Steamboat figure skaters: Thank you Steamboat for making ice show possible |

Steamboat figure skaters: Thank you Steamboat for making ice show possible

On March 30 and 31, we put on “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Ice.” It was an incredible experience for us, as skaters of the Steamboat Skating Club, and it took a lot of time and effort not just from us.

There were many people who dedicated their time to make this show unforgettable. We would first like to thank the club director Celina Taylor Jackson for directing the show and spending countless hours since June choreographing the majority of the numbers in the show. She believed in us even when we didn’t believe in ourselves.

Our coach Courtney Gill kept us organized and made sure all ran smoothly. She was stressed about the show so we wouldn’t have to. We would also like to thank the rest of our coaches, Jeremiah Jackson, Kelly Ascher, Stacy McAllister and Becca Gray for working with us to make every number almost nearly perfect.

Thank you, Stuart “Stu” Handloff for helping us with our acting skills. He brought our characters to life. There were also many volunteers who helped us with set building, costumes, hair and makeup, concessions, lighting and setting up and breaking down the set. The show couldn’t have happened without them.

This show was very expensive to put on, but there were many generous companies in our community that were willing to help us out. We are so grateful for our sponsors: The city of Steamboat Springs, Alpine Lumber, Steamboat Springs Arts Council, Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs, Ace Hardware, Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty and many more.

Another huge contributor to our show was the Boys & Girls Club. They graciously allowed us to use their space to build our amazing set and practice our programs off-ice.

Leading up to our show, we spent a lot of time at the rink, and the rink staff were completely cooperative. Dimitry Chase, instead of getting rest, was at the rink at 6 a.m. three times a week to open the rink for us. The staff even agreed to take the glass off of the ice for the show, which is a hard and tedious task. We appreciate everything they did for us.

Rehearsing for the show required a lot of ice time, and the costs for the large amount of ice time were very high. That is when we looked to the city for support. Steamboat Springs City Manager Gary Suiter convinced the city to support us on the costs for ice time. Because of him, we were able to put on two shows for our community and get vital rehearsal time.

In addition, we would like to thank our parents for supporting us when we wanted to figure skate. Thank you, for paying for all of our lessons and buying us our skates. Thank you for waking up at 5 a.m. to drive us to practice, and thank you for being our biggest fans, we couldn’t have done it without you.

Finally, we would like to thank our community for being so supportive of our program and coming to our show. We wouldn’t have had a show without you. We really appreciate you taking your time to come see us skate, we worked so hard and hoped you loved “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Ice” as much as we did.

The skaters of the Steamboat Skating Club Competition and Development Team — Mallory, Emma, Madison, Serena, Natasha, Cadence, Anja, Lily, Ellie, Anneliese, Kaelyn, Pacy and Neve

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