Go figure skatePublished 12:30pm Wednesday, March 13, 2013
The Albert Lea Skating Club is about to close its season in grand fashion.
The club will present its 52nd annual show at 7 p.m. March 23 and 2 p.m. March 24 at the Albert Lea City Arena.
“It is the climax of our season,” said Cathy Rofshus, a skating club board member.
The show, titled “Planes, Trains and Blades,” will feature more than 50 skaters, 31 numbers and a set of detailed props, including a train and station, an outline of a town, a submarine, an airplane and a giant skate blade. Plus, the set will include a real tractor.
“Our show set is always impressive,” Rofshus said.
For being a somewhat small club in a small community, Rofshus said the show isn’t short on talent. The audience can expect to see a variety of acts, like adorable numbers from the young Tiny Tots to more advanced numbers from older skaters.
“They can expect to see a lot of talent out on the ice,” Rofshus said.
The show kicks off with 23 freestyle skaters performing to Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again.” A few highlights include a senior solo by Alexa Calaguas of Clear Lake, a rendition of “Little Old Lady from Pasadena” and the Tiny Tots skating to “Yellow Submarine.”
The yearly boy-girl number — this year to the song “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy” — is always a fan fan favorite, according to Rofshus.
“It’s a really impressive show,” she said.
Along with Calaguas, the following skaters will perform solos: Erin Murtaugh, a junior at Albert Lea High School; Emma Tewes, a freshman at ALHS; Holly Wichmann, a sophomore at ALHS; and Maddie VanBeek, an Albert Lea eighth-grader at Minnesota Virtual Academy.
The talent on the skating club isn’t limited to just Albert Lea, as the skating club has skaters from Iowa, New Richland, Hayward, Alden and other towns.
“It really is the surrounding region,” Rofshus said.
Rofshus said the skaters will likely display more complex choreography, more complicated routines and more jumps, largely thanks to a new harness system. The system, controlled by coaches, allows the skaters to practice moves without the risk of injury.
“They can actually learn jumps without the fear of falling,” Rofshus said.
The performance will feature two champion guest skaters from the Bloomington Figure Skating Club. Michelle Heges is the novice ladies champion from the 2013 Minnesota State Finals and novice ladies champion from the 2013 Upper Great Lakes Regionals. Kirsten Horsemann is the intermediate champion from the 2013 Minnesota State Finals and intermediate bronze medalist from the 2013 Upper Great Lakes Regionals.
“We’re very excited to have these guest skaters,” Rofshus said.
Tickets for adults are $8 in advance and $9 at the door. Tickets for students are $6 in advance and $7 at the door. Admission is free for children age 5 and younger.
Tickets are available from members, at the Freeborn County Shopper and at the door. Each ticket is good for both shows, meaning people can attend both shows for the price of one ticket.
“I really encourage people to come out and see the show,” Rofshus said.
Look for more information at www.alfsc.org/ or on the club’s Facebook page.