‘Happily Ever After’
With 70 local and area skaters of all ages, even a 90-year-old, the New Ulm Figure Skating Club presents the Disney classics in “Happily Ever After”, in its annual ice show. Productions start at 1 and 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 24 and 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25 at the New Ulm Civic Center, 1212 N. Franklin St
It’s only right that Show Director Ellie Elchert directs the show. She skated professionally with Disney on Ice (a series of touring ice shows in which figure skaters portray the roles of Disney characters in performances derived from Disney films) for five years.
“I love what Disney can do for people of all ages,” Elchert said. “Whether you are 3 or 63, these are stories that everyone loves and can bring out their inner child.”
Skating show soloists include Kayla Adema (Anna), Julia Schneller (Elsa), Malia Wagner (Mulan), Elise Webb (Pocohontas), Amy Harris (Rapunzel), and LorRae Portner (Ariel).
Skating runs in the Hoffmann family. Rachel Hoffmann skated for the New Ulm Figure Skating Club for 15 years. She will skate in the show with her daughters Emma, 8; and Ellie 7.
“I have a lot of passion for skating and ice shows,” Rachel said. “They give everybody an opportunity to skate. It takes a lot of dedication to put on a show. Everybody really comes together in this club to fulfill their skating goals and dreams.”
Rachel Hoffmann plays “Snow White” in the ice show.
She said her children were skating as soon as they could stand up.
Emma Hoffmann, a third-grader at New Ulm Area Catholic Schools, is skating in her fifth New Ulm ice show, as a mermaid.
Amy Harris, a New Ulm High School (NUHS) senior, is in her 13th year with the figure skating club. She plays “Belle” in “Beauty and the Beast.”
“I’m pretty busy in the ice show,” Harris said. “I’m performing in every number I can. I think the show will be super. We haven’t done this one before. Skating is an individual sport but it’s fun skating with the youngest and oldest skaters in this show.”
Josie Groebner, a NUHS senior, one of nine seniors in the show, is in her 13th ice show. She’s playing “Cinderella” in a duet with her Fairy God Mother.
“It’s fun to see how much everyone in the club progressed from last year’s ice show to this year,” Groebner said. “It’s fun seeing all our friends and community members coming out to support us.”
Tickets, $10 for adults and $5 for students age 3-17, are available at Hy-Vee Foods and at the New Ulm Civic Center door one hour before each show. Shows will run no more than two hours, including a 20-minute intermission.
Photos can be taken of the princesses after the show.