Wonka, Beatles themes will highlight ice show

`Showtime' returns to South Suburban

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Skaters in the May 9-11 “Showtime on Ice” at South Suburban Ice Arena include (from left) Reese Gautsche, Janie Ochitwa, Chloe Maciolek, Daniel Arsenault, Emily Fredrickson, Mia Maciolek, Isabelle Booth and Tamara Valdez.
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“Showtime on Ice” enters its 41st season with a show that will entertain families May 9 to 11 at the South Suburban Ice Arena.

A collaboration between the Denver Figure Skating Club and the Colorado Skating Club, the show will include more than 130 local skaters and guest artists Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim, 2013 U.S. pairs silver medalists, and Courtney Hicks, individual skating competitor and 2014 Olympic Team alternate.

The performance opens with local Stars of the Show and guest skaters Scimeca and Knierim, followed by a Willy Wonka series of scenes: Candy Shop, Golden Tickets, Charlie's Golden Ticket, Factory Tour, Candy Adventure and Charlie's Good Deed.

Following intermission and ice resurfacing will be a Beatles tribute, with these scenes: Yellow Submarine, Ticket to Ride, All You Need is Love and Penny Lane.

Completing the program are an ice dance number, a father/daughter piece, guest skater Courtney Hicks and a Twist and Shout scene.

The show will run about two hours.

With the exception of show directors, choreographers, costume designers, prop designers and graphic talent, this production is run by parent volunteers.

It is the nation's largest amateur ice show, according to publicist Madeline Daley.
Performance director is Amy Schneider and the director of choreography is Kelly Corcoran Smith. Both bring extensive experience in performing and directing.

Skaters come from across the metro area, with the south suburbs heavily represented: 25 from Highlands Ranch/Lone Tree; 23 from Centennial; 13 from Castle Rock/Castle Pines; 10 from Aurora; seven from Cherry Hills Village, Greenwood Village and Englewood; six from Denver and five each from Littleton and Parker. The rest are from the learn-to-skate program, and Daley didn't have their hometowns available.

If you go:

The South Suburban Ice Arena is at 6580 S. Vine St., Centennial. Performances will be at 7 p.m. Friday, May 9; 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, May 10; and 1 p.m. Sunday, May 11. Tickets include general admission and reserved rinkside and bleacher seating. They cost $10 to $20, showtimeonice.com.