‘Alice in Wonderland’
New Ulm Figure Skaters to tell classic fantasy story in this year’s show
The club has scheduled three performances of “Alice on Ice” at the New Ulm Civic Center. The first two performances are 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday, March 4 with the third at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 5.
“Alice in Wonderland” is an 1865 fantasy novel by Lewis Carroll. In the book, a young girl named Alice falls into a fantasy world of strange creatures who behave in nonsensical ways. The story has been adapted into several popular films, but also includes an ice show.
All of the New Ulm Figure Skating Club (NUFSC) is participating in the show, from ages three to eighteen. Approximately 80 skaters will bring Wonderland to life.
This production of Alice on Ice is a return to form for NUFSC. Director Katrina Berbrich said the original NUFSC ice shows all followed a storyline, but in the last few years, the show had a theme but no narrative. The club is excited to make a return to telling stories through skating.
The production will feature songs from the Alice in Wonderland movie and other fun songs that fit the theme.
“Alice on Ice” will be split into individual chapters, just like the book, with club members cast in various roles. This means, in addition to skating practice the performers are taking acting practice to pantomime stories. Rehearsal began during the second weekend in January and the cast had the choreography down by early February.
“This is probably one of the most elaborate shows in some time,” Berbrich said. “There are so many pieces to an ice show but we have parents who can volunteer to do this. Parents make it happen.
Berbrich said the skaters are really enjoying the show and becoming their characters. She said the performers are especially enjoying the chapter in which Alice is put on trial by the Queen of Hearts. The whole cast gets to participate.
The production promises to be a visually stunning show. The skaters will each be dressed in distinct costumes. Ellie Hoffmann is unmistakable Alice in her blue dress. White Rabbit, played by Emma Hoffmann is easily identified by her ears and watch. The Queen of Hearts, played by Alle Johnson, wears a suit of hearts. Mad Hatter, played by Sage Boyle, has one of the greatest challenges–skating while wearing an oversized top hat.
One of the most elaborate costumes is for Caterpillar. The Caterpillar will be played by multiple skaters in a segmented costume.
The ice show will feature sets like a traditional play. The sets can be slid into place. Sets include the magic tree, castle and tea party.