Skating club brings Polar Express to town |

Skating club brings Polar Express to town

— The Polar Express will pass through Steamboat Springs this holiday season when the Steamboat Springs Figure Skating Club brings Chris Van Allsburg’s award-winning book to life on the ice.

“We’ve done the Grinch That Stole Christmas the past two years,” said Courtney Gill, who will direct production the along with Kim Haggarty and Tonia Brisson. “It was Kim’s idea to do the Polar Express.”

The older skaters started working on the show in November. Gill said it was a bit challenging because she had to wait for the compact disc with the music to come out.

The younger children from the Learn to Skate Program were blended into the program Dec. 12 and Gill is confident the program will be ready to go by opening night.

Tickets for the show are $5 and can be purchased at Celebrations or the ice arena.

The show will feature four of the club’s senior skaters: Allison Lewis, Jessie Cannon, Kelly Ascher and Kelly Comeau. Unfortunately, another top skater, Mckenzie Frank, suffered an injury and will be unable to perform.

“This will be a special show for these girls,” Gill said. “It’s these skaters last year with the club and their last holiday show.”

The six members of Mini Team Volant, Steamboat’s synchronized skating team, will perform in the show. Gill said the older Team Volant also would have liked to perform in the show, but could not because it was too difficult to move the on-ice props off the ice during the 45-minute show.

“This will be a full-scale production with a lot of skaters on the ice,” Gill said. “It will highlight the best parts of the movie.”

The shows will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

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