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The New Ulm Figure Skating Club presents: I Survived the Family Vacation

February 27, 2011
By Serra Muscatello, Staff Writer

NEW ULM - Folks will be entertained when 80 skaters from the New Ulm Figure Skating Club ages two years old through adult perform in the annual two-hour ice show called "I Survived the Family Vacation."

"It's going to be a really fun one (show)," said Beth Enter, who is the director of the ice show, "It's definitely family entertainment... Even if you don't know skating it's going to be a great show."

The show will feature a variety of music as the story of a Hawaiian family unfolds ... a father, mother along with their two children "Tina" and "Timmy" are taking a road trip across the United States. They will be traveling from the west coast to the east coast.

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Photo by Steve Muscatello

Senior soloist Kaitlin Apitz.

"There's all the usual things that happen on a family vacation," said Enter, "The kids are fighting in the back seat, the little brother is always asking 'Are we there yet?' ... they run out of gas ... they try to make their million in Las Vegas and they lose all their money so they have to go work in Oklahoma."

The audience will see movie stars, a 10-person Chinese dragon doing power skating, popular princesses and Minnie Mouse fans and Mardi Gras skaters. The trip also includes a "Skater" family reunion which is open to all past ice show participants (with or without skates). Any skaters with their family members can also come and skate in the show's number "We Are Family."

"They're all invited to come," said Enter, "We have a special deal for them ... anyone who has skated in the show before (the alumni) can go to Facebook and go to New Ulm Figure Skating. They don't have to put their skates on if they don't want to."

Fact Box

If You Go:

What: New Ulm Figure Skating Annual Ice Show 2001 "I Survived the Family Vacation"

When: 7-9 p.m. Friday, March 4, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 5 and also 7-9 p.m. and from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, March 6.

Where: New Ulm Civic Center, Brown County Fairgrounds, 1212 N. Franklin St. New Ulm.

Tickets: age two and under free of charge, new lower price for children age 3-12 are $5 and adults $10. (Save $1 off adult tickets)

Alumni skaters can also check out for more information about it.

The last few years the ice show had featured more of a recital format with a theme.

"We're going back to a story line production with actors," said Enter.

The script for the show was written by Enter. Enter, who also chose all of the music for this year's show, said she began working on the script in August.

"I love doing creative things," said Enter, "It takes a lot of time. There's a lot of people that work hard to pull this thing off."

Try-outs for the ice show were held in October. Practices for the skaters began in January.

"The kids look forward to skating in the show so much," said Enter.

Doing a show like this involves many different costumes for the skaters. The skaters sell candy bars and the credit for their candy bar sales goes toward their costume purchases.

"Some of the kids are in as many as eight numbers," said Enter.

This show's guest skater is 16-year old Cale Ambroz, a high school junior from Twin Cities area. He is one of 12 males to qualify at the Men's Novice level to compete at the 2011 United States Figure Skating Nationals in Greensboro, N.C. this year.

His words of advice to other skaters is: If at first you don't succeed, try again! and "If opportunity comes knocking, open the door. If opportunity does not come knocking, build a door."

"He (Cale) does triples ... his spins are just a blur ... I mean he's got really good presentation," said Enter, "He's very talented."



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