Since 2008, Fort Bragg’s Cleland Ice Rink has hosted a holiday show and this year will be no different.
The production, “Tis the Season” will be featured Sunday for two shows at 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. and tickets are $7.
This year’s show will have more than 20 skaters ranging in age from 4 to 13 years, who will participate in groups as well as highlighted solo performances. All skaters participating in this year’s show are a part of the Fort Bragg’s Learn to Skate Program.
According to Elizabeth Egetoe, Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation skating director, the audience will be able to easily identify with this year’s production because it is based on “A Christmas Carol” and its characters.
“We want to kick off the holiday season through the eyes and joy of the children involved in the program,” said Egetoe. “For those coming to this show, they’re going to have a wonderful opportunity to see our skaters portray graceful athleticism while telling a story on the ice.”
Even though the skaters have practiced five hours a week and spent months refining the skills necessary to execute the choreographed routines, some skaters have reasons other than showing off their moves to be excited.
“I hope that our performance reminds the audience that Christmas is a time to just be thankful for what we have too,” said Rileigh Sevigny, 11, a performer. “This show really is a good way to spread the Christmas spirit during the holidays.”
There will be leaps, feats of balance and some fun surprises for the audience, said Egetoe.
“I love the performing and getting out there to show every thing we’ve worked hard on, said Megan Reeder. “I’ve had to work hard to be flexible so you can do some of the moves, but more important than that you have to remember to smile and have fun.”
For more information about the event or how to join the Learn to Skate Program, call 232-6116.