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March 19, 2014

Party on with the SCS Figure Skating Club

By Kristyne E. Demske
C & G Staff Writer

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Members of the St. Clair Shores Figure Skating Club will put on Celebration on Ice March 21-23 with performances that evoke parties, like this one for Cinco de Mayo.

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Local skaters will celebrate just about everything with their newest production, Celebration on Ice, the 43rd annual show put on by the St. Clair Shores Figure Skating Club.

“This year’s production is a … party-themed show,” said Co-Director Brenda Willhite. “We are celebrating everything from Cinco de Mayo, St. Patrick’s Day to birthday parties. You name it, we’re celebrating it.

“We have a connective script, and we go from party to party — and there are many more.”

This year’s show will be performed at 7:30 p.m. March 21, 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. March 22, and a matinee show at 2 p.m. March 23 at St. Clair Shores Civic Arena, 20000 Stephens.

About 100 skaters will take part in the production, all part of the St. Clair Shores Figure Skating Club or the St. Clair Shores Learn-to-Skate program.

The show will also highlight the club’s nationally competitive novice pair team, Justin Highgate-Brutman and Kailey Matkin, who placed sixth at the U.S. National Championships, as well as other sectional, regional and national competitive skaters, plus two special productions: one of SCSFSC alumni at a “coming out of retirement party,” and a group of dads of skaters who will perform a “toga party” theme.

“Everybody loves to party,” Willhite said. “We are really excited to have these extra numbers, along with our current membership.”

The show is the club’s largest fundraiser of the year, said Co-Director Marisa Marrocco-White. Money raised goes toward maintaining the club, keeping down the cost of ice time and more, she said.

Willhite said this year’s inspiration came from the idea of writing what you know.

“Marisa has thrown many a themed party,” Willhite said. “The music that goes with some of these ideas, we were really excited about, so we thought it would definitely be entertaining and a lot of fun.”

In addition to the shows open to the public, the club also performs for the Shorewood Kiwanis Special Needs Children’s Day at the Ice Show, now in its 41st year.

“It’s wonderful,” Willhite said. “It is so well-received. Our kids love to perform, and they know that that particular audience enjoys the show immensely.”

The club started preparing for the show in August, developing scenes and picking costumes and groups of skaters. Marrocco-White said many volunteers, as well as the coaching staff, put in lots of time helping to pull the production together.

“They are a lot of work, but it is a lot of fun. The music is wonderful; it is high-energy, upbeat, a lot of dancing as well as skating,” she said. “It’s the biggest (amateur) show in the Midwest.”

Willhite said the show is a special time for the skaters to let loose and show what they know to friends and family.

“All year when they compete, they’re held to a judge’s standards,” she said. In the ice show, they “can show off skills that are fun to their friends and family that they can’t exactly do during the competition season. The costumes are a lot more elaborate during the show than they are during competitive season, as well.”

A snack bar will be available during the performances. Tickets are available at the door and are $10 for adults, and $8 for senior citizens and children younger than 16. For more information, call (586) 774-7530 or (586) 445-5350 or visit scsfsc.org.