The New Ulm Figure Skating Club presents… ‘Blades on Broadway’
NEW ULM — ‘Blades on Broadway’, the New Ulm Figure Skating Club’s (NUFSC) 2019 ice show, will slide into the New Ulm Civic Center (NUCC) this coming Saturday and Sunday.
Performance times will be at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday and also at 1 p.m. next Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students age 3-17 and are available in advance at Hy-Vee or in the NUCC lobby one hour before each show.
Sunday’s performance will also include guest skaters from The Minnesota Ice Theatre.
This year’s annual show will present performances to the best music from top Broadway shows such as Mamma Mia, Hairspray, Wizard of Oz, Les Miserables, Wicked, Phantom of the Opera, Chicago and more. With over 63 dedicated skaters ages 3-90 participating in this year’s spectacle from New Ulm, Winthrop, Comfrey, Madelia, St. Peter and Mankato, prepare to be entertained and impressed.
“Our skaters started working on the ice show numbers the first week of January,” Show Director Ellie Kolb said. “Some skaters are on the ice practicing for the show four days a week. We had our tryouts for the soloists, duets and trio spots back in October, so some skaters have been preparing for the show since then. I am so impressed by the skaters’ and coaches’ dedication to the show. It is their favorite time of year with skating, so they are all so excited when it comes to preparing for the show. There are countless hours of work that go into picking costumes, cutting the music, painting props and setting up along the way as well.”
The theme this year comes from Kolb’s love of Broadway and the opportunity it presented her skaters when it came to being able to skate and tell great stories at the same time.
“I absolutely love Broadway,” Kolb said. “The music is incredible and with skating, that is the most important quality when deciding a theme — it has to be something great to skate to and be able to express. The other concept was that we could tell stories through the Broadway shows and their characters, which help the audience follow along. I think Broadway truly has something for everyone and there are bound to be many songs that are loved and familiar to everyone.”
The show will feature soloists Kassidi Gomez, Ashley Harris, Lexi Johnson, LorRae Portner, Olivia Owens and Malia Wagner, along with duets, trios and group numbers.
“I am really excited about our featured skaters, the soloists, duets and trios,” Kolb said. “You can watch for the soloists throughout the show that are the main characters of the Broadway shows and intertwine throughout the group numbers to tell the stories. The group numbers showcase the depth of our skating club. We have our beginner skaters in their first ever ice show, our higher level skaters and our adult skaters. The show brings everyone together and all ages love to perform for the community in the production.”
The shows will run no longer than two hours, including a 20-minute intermission. Non-food concessions include flowers provided by A to Zinnia Florals & Gifts, souvenirs and good luck trinkets.
Kolb hopes everyone will check out one of the shows this year.
“Blades on Broadway is something I urge everyone in the New Ulm area to see,” she said. “There are talented skaters, incredible music and stories most people know well. Make it an affordable night out for the family or even a date night. Our show will be fun for everyone and I hope people get out and experience something new in New Ulm. We are privileged in the community to have a lot of art, culture and sport, and Blades on Broadway is just one of those experiences unique to New Ulm.
“I saw my first community ice show in Michigan when I was 4 years old and told my parents to sign me up to skate,” Kolb said. “I later went on the skate professionally with Disney on Ice, skating in shows around the world. The opportunities with figure skating are endless and all of these kids deserve to dream big. My wish is that there are even a few kids or even adults that have never skated before that come out to see our show and fall in love with skating just like I did.”
There will also be information at the ice show for registering for spring group lessons for those that would like to try out.
If you go…
Saturday, February 23
1 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Sunday, February 24
New Ulm Civic Center
1212 North Franklin St.
New Ulm, MN 56073
$10 for Adults, $5 for Students age 3-17. Tickets are available at Hy-Vee and at the lobby of the New Ulm Civic Center on the Brown County Fairgrounds one hour before each performance.