Chicago in for Dramatic Week
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|Los Angeles Ice Theater, the 2008 U.S. senior champions|
Photo by Claudyne Cassella Hutchinson
(6/24/09) - Theatre On Ice (TOI) teams from around the country will descend on the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville, Ill., June 25-27 for the second annual National Theatre on Ice Competition and the 14th International Theatre On Ice Competition (ITOI). The Wagon Wheel Figure Skating Club will host these two competitions, which will be held consecutively, with the national event beginning Thursday and the international competition taking place Saturday.
A record 31 teams will compete in this year's event, with some traveling from as far as California and Florida. With an average of 28 skaters on each team, more than 850 skaters from across the United States will take part in the competition.
Theatre On Ice uses all aspects of figure skating, incorporating a theme, emotion or story enhanced by music. For instance, last year's adult champions, Imagica Theatre on Ice (SC of Boston), captured the title with a humorous program about a group of retired superheroes who become rejuvenated after receiving shots of a vitamin supplement.
Theatre On Ice consists of two events: choreographic exercise (similar to the short program) and free skate. Criteria for this year's choreographic exercise incorporate the following elements:
- Theme: Living Together
- Process: Amplification
- Gesture: Lively
TOI teams consist of between eight and 30 skaters. An overall TOI package includes choreography, skating movements and the rapport between the skaters and/or sub-groups of skaters, props or scenery, sound and theme. Theatre on Ice is one of the fastest-growing U.S. Figure Skating programs, with the number of registered teams having grown from 19 in 2004 to 50 in 2009.
For more information on Theatre on Ice, visit the TOI homepage on U.S. Figure Skating Online at http://www.usfigureskating.org/Programs.asp?id=49.
Heidi MacDonald contributed to this story.