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Nutcracker on Ice
December 10 @ 2:00 PM
Saturday, December 10 at 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 10 at 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 11 at 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 11 at 4:30 p.m.
from Chapter member Sharon Whitlock:
Nutcracker on Ice is currently being presented for the 18th year at Webster Groves Ice Arena on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., and on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
My daughter, Charity (Whitlock) Hendrickson, has been the Director of the show for all 18 years. She is a physical therapist (graduated from SLU) and also has coached St. Louis Synergy Synchronized Skating Teams since 2004. She skated in the Nutcracker On Ice when it was in Rockford, IL years ago and loved it so much that she decided to bring it to St. Louis. Her boyfriend (now her husband) proposed to her on the ice at the first show!
The show usually sells out, although the late Sunday afternoon performance often has open spots. (bleachers–dress warm!) Tickets can be purchased at the website http://www.nutcrackeronice.org
There is an option for a “Group Ticket Order” and a section of seats can be held for a group (nice to be able to sit with people you know and not have to search for seats). Also, if a group of AGO members (even a small group) attend together, Charity can make sure that the announcer (live) will recognize them before the show starts. The seating is all handicapped-accessible–there is an elevator. Just dress warm.
The music is the classic Tchaikovsky music, adapted by me for ice skaters of all ages and levels (taking much liberty with the score!). This year, around 150 skaters will be performing. The youngest skater in the show is 3, and the oldest skater is in their 60s and possibly 70s, but we won’t tell! Skaters from several different St. Louis area rinks are involved.
The sets are gorgeous and so are the costumes–sequins and sparkles abound, and all of the skaters have worked for several weeks on their group and solo numbers.
One couple, Mark and Pat Dirsa (owner of Auto Evaluators in Webster Groves) are the Founding Sponsors and have been in the show every year (Adult Party Scene).
Mother Ginger will be played by Fred Bird (St. Louis Cardinals mascot) and other surprise guest stars.
And at the end of the show, a certain jolly old elf comes all the way from the North Pole to join the fun!
All of the principles, along with that jolly elf, will give autographs and pose for pictures after the show.
Also, there is a can drive, with donations this year going to Operation Food Search. Girl Scout troops have participated in this for years and are recognized by troop # before the show starts.
It’s a great show, only one hour long (plus a few exhibition numbers before the show), which means that children generally can make it all the way through without getting too restless. And if they do get restless–it’s in an ice rink, not a theater! It’s OK to get up and walk around the back of the arena! The audience is encouraged the cheer and applaud the numbers to encourage the skaters. And there are occasional falls and collisions, but that’s ice skating! (There are even a few skaters wearing hockey skates!)
The rink has the usual snack bar, and there is also a table full of reasonably-priced souvenirs. All the monies go to the MetroEdge Figure Skating Club to pay for the expenses associated with the show.
I hope that there will be members of the St. Louis AGO who will attend the show, perhaps with a little one, and have a great time hearing the great Tchaikovsky music accompanying ice skaters. I will be there for most of the shows, although I have to play for an Advent Luncheon (children’s choir) and may miss one of the Saturday shows. I usually sit through all four shows, and so did my late husband–it’s so much fun and to me, it’s a highlight of the Christmas holiday season.
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