Having a blast with summer on ice
Published 11:00 am Saturday, March 14, 2015
Albert Lea Figure Skating Club to heat up arena with annual show
By Cathy Hay
The Albert Lea Figure Skating Club will heat up Albert Lea City Arena with its 54th annual show, “Summer on Ice,” at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
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“The club has been blessed with skaters who pull out all the stops to give the community a great show,” said Carol Linde, club president. “Our skaters work hard all season to improve their skills to provide a show that is full of fun and talent. This is a great way for families to spend an evening or afternoon together. Bring the grandparents too!”
The show will feature more than 50 skaters, almost 40 numbers and a set of summer scenes. The Albert Lea club is the largest of its type among Owatonna, Austin and Mason City. The talent on the skating club reaches beyond Albert Lea, with members from Iowa, New Richland, Hayward, Alden and other towns. The audience can expect to see a variety of acts, including Tiny Tots, five groups of basic skills skaters, a trio, duets, features, solos and artistic groups.
The show kicks off with 21 freestyle skaters performing to Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out.” New to the show this year will be a junior line of synchronized skaters. The club added this line after bringing back the traditional senior line for the 2014 show. Always a hit with the crowd, this year’s boy-girl number featuring hockey players and figure skaters will perform to “Summer Nights” from the iconic movie “Grease.”
Another highlight will be the senior showcase to “Hold onto the Memories” and solos by 12th-graders Holly Wichmann, Courtney Field and Shelby Schroeder.
Holly, daughter of Warren and Terri Wichmann, will graduate from Albert Lea High School this spring. She has skated for 13 years, all with the Albert Lea club. Her other activities include hockey, soccer, track, Youth in Government and National Honor Society.
Courtney, daughter of John Field and Kim Bryant, is a senior at Garner-Hayfield/Ventura High School. Off the ice, she enjoys cross country, color guard and music. Courtney plans to attend Luther College this fall.
Shelby, daughter of Tracy and Connie Schroeder, will graduate from Garner-Hayfield/Ventura High School this spring. She’s been figure skating for 11 years, the last three with the Albert Lea club. Off the ice Shelby’s active in National Honor Society, speech, choir, band, church, dance, color guard and cheerleading. She plans to attend the University of Northern Iowa and major in elementary education.
Other soloists include Emma Tewes, an ALHS junior; Kailey Christensen, an ALHS sophomore; Zoe Heimendinger, a sophomore at Lake Mills High School; Stephanie Nettleton, a freshman at Garner-Hayfield/Ventura High School; Maddie VanBeek, a Minnesota Virtual Academy sophomore; Carine Rofshus, an ALHS freshman; and Ella Zelenak, an ALHS freshman.
Skating features will be Nikki Bos, an ALHS junior; Marissa Mortenson, a New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva junior; Lauren Bizjak, an ALHS freshman; Katie Bradley, an Alden-Conger freshman; and Dani Helland, an Alden-Conger seventh-grader.
This year’s guest skater will be Mariah Burroughs of the Mankato Figure Skating Club. She started skating at age 2 with the Albert Lea Figure Skating Club. In fact, her first show was the Albert Lea show at age 3. She is now a sophomore atMankato West High School. Her first coach, besides her mom Rachel, was Carol Colstrup, a founding member of the Albert Lea club.
Mariah is now coached by Debbie Radzak and Nicole Lecy. She is working on her junior moves and freestyle tests, the seventh of eight levels in figure skating. Mariah is an active competitor, placing first and second in many events.
For more information, go to www.facebook.com and search for “Albert Lea Figure Skating Club.”
What: “Summer on Ice,” annual show by Albert Lea Figure Skating Club
When: 7 p.m. Saturday, March 21, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 22
Where: Albert Lea City Arena
How much: $8 in advance or $9 at the door for adults; $6 in advance or $7 at the door for students; free admission for children 5 and younger
Where to buy: From club members or at the door