Parent and Skater Handbook

Welcome to Showtime on Ice! Whether you are a new parent or a show veteran, this page is your ultimate resource for all things related to Showtime on Ice. If you have a question that isn’t answered below, please email us and we will get back to you. We cannot express how excited we are to be back and on a new stage! We look forward to seeing you all soon!

Showtime on Ice is the region’s longest and biggest local ice show! 2022 will mark fifty years for us and we are excited to celebrate this milestone with you all at the new South Suburban Sports Complex. We are a full-scale, professional ice production that uses lights, curtains, large-scale props, and more to give our skaters and audience a fantastic and memorable experience! Click HERE to read more about the origin and history of the show.

Communication

We primarily communicate through email. We also post on Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for our emails and follow us on social media for all the latest news and announcements!

  • Sign up for our email list HERE
  • Follow us on Facebook HERE
  • Follow us on Instagram HERE
  • Go to our Contact Page HERE

Preliminary 2022 Production Calendar

Below is the preliminary calendar for the 2022 show. Please mark all of these dates in your calendar.

  • Show Dates – April 22-24, 2022 (all shows run approximately 2 hours, including a 20-minute intermission)
    • Friday, April 22 – 7:00 pm
    • Saturday, April 23 – 1:00 pm
    • Saturday, April 23 – 7:00 pm
    • Sunday, April 24 – 1:00 pm
  • Theme Announcement – September!
  • Registration Opens – October 1, 2021
  • Registration Closes – November 1, 2021
  • Last day to test for casting consideration (USFS tests only) – November 5, 2021
  • Auditions – November 6, 2021
  • Photo Day/Showtime 101 and initial costume fittings – March 5, 2022
  • Rehearsals – Begin the weekend on March 26, 2022
  • Show Week – April 18-21, 2022
  • Set-Up Day – TBA

Skater Eligibility & Requirements

Due to the high level of interest in our show, we only consider skaters that fit the following criteria:

  1. A current student in the Learn to Skate program at South Suburban Sports Complex and/or Family Sports Center. We do not accept skaters outside of these rinks.
  2. Skaters not in the Learn to Skate program must be a current full or associate member in good standing of the Denver Colorado Skating Club (Formally Denver Figure Skating Club and Colorado Skating Club) AND must be coached a majority of their time at South Suburban Sports Complex and/or Family Sports Center.
  • TIME COMMITMENT – Aside from Audition Day and Photo Day, the biggest required time commitment will be rehearsals. We have a very limited time to rehearse, so we expect all skaters to attend every rehearsal. Rehearsals begin the last weekend in March and run through opening night. If you have a skater that is also involved in spring sports and/or other extracurricular activities, we suggest you consider this before committing to the show.
    • LEARN TO SKATE CAST MEMBERS– Learn to Skate skaters will only be cast in a group number in the show’s first half.
      • Expect to attend a Saturday OR Sunday rehearsal for approximately one hour beginning the first weekend in March. So, your skater will attend rehearsals on the weekends of March 26/27, April 2/3, and April 9/10.
      • Expect to attend rehearsals on April 16. There will be no rehearsals on April 17 due to the Easter holiday.
      • Expect to attend rehearsal every evening of Show Week. Regular rehearsals will be Monday and Tuesday, April 18 and 19, at 6 pm. Dress rehearsals are Wednesday and Thursday, April 20 and 21, at 6 pm.
      • Show weekend is April 22-24. There will be one evening show on Friday, two shows on Saturday (matinee and evening), and a matinee show on Sunday.
    • USFS SKATERS IN BOTH HALVES OF THE SHOW – Expect to attend a Saturday and/or Sunday rehearsal as well as a Tuesday and/or Thursday evening rehearsal beginning the first weekend in March.
      • Your rehearsals will be determined by which groups and/or character role you are assigned.
      • Additional rehearsals may be added on at the discretion of the Directors and may be short notice decisions.
  • CODE OF CONDUCT – All skaters will be required to sign a code of conduct form when registering for the show.
A Note on Skating Levels

If you are new to skating and a bit confused on the levels, here is a quick explanation followed by a link to the United States Figure Skating site. You can also consult with your child’s coach or contact us at any time with questions.

Learn to Skate – Learn to skate students are considered skaters that are currently enrolled in the Learn to Skate program. Testing in this program is specific to the level and takes place at the end of each session. Learn to Skater skaters will be cast in a group number, with skaters of the same skill level, in the first half of the show.

USFS Tested Skaters – United States Figure Skating testing begins after learn to skate programs. These test dates are monthly and you must register in advance, usually under the advice of your child’s skating coach. Each level requires two tests; the first is the Moves in the Field test which tests technique and, when passed, the skater is eligible to take the free skate test. The free skate test encompasses a skating program to music with required elements. Skaters may also take additional tests to advance in Dance and Pairs. USFS tested Pre Preliminary free skate and above levels are eligible to be cast in BOTH halves of our show. These skaters may be cast in two group numbers or one group and one character role.

Click HERE for more information on USFS testing and levels.

Registration and Cost

Registration will open on October 1, 2021, and close on November 1, 2021. ALL skaters that wish to be in the show MUST register by the deadline. No exceptions.

Showtime on Ice 2022 Registration Guide – Coming Soon

  • Cost – Each skater will pay a registration fee and the balance of their fees in January. Each registration includes ice time for auditions and rehearsals/show, the costume(s), a free Showtime 101 seminar for new skaters (on ice), a show program, and an autograph session with the guest skaters on the last day of the show.
    • Learn to Skate – Expect to spend approximately $210 – $250.
    • USFS tested Skaters – Expect to spend approximately $325 – $350 to be cast in two groups or $370 – $400 to be cast in a group and a character role.
  • Additional Costs and Fees
    • Father/Daughter Number – Additional small fee per father, and this includes skate rental (TBA).
    • Dance Number – additional fee for show registered skaters and for adult skaters looking to ONLY skate in the dance number (TBA). This option is ONLY available to those skaters who are USFS tested skaters in dance. Learn to Skate skaters are not eligible for this option.
    • Program Skater Ad – Parents can place an ad for their skater in the official show program. The cost varies depending on ad selection.
    • Apparel – We sell various t-shirts and hoodies with the show theme on the front and cast list on the back. Apparel sales begin in early to mid-January.
    • Any additional merchandise options – We do sell additional items that will be available for purchase.
  • Withdrawals and Refunds
    • Early Withdrawal – If you decide that your skater cannot participate in the show, contact us before auditions in order to receive a full refund. After auditions, you will receive a partial refund.
    • After November 20 – No Refunds as we will have ordered costumes by this date.

Auditions – Saturday, November 6, 2021

Auditions will be held throughout the morning by skater levels. A schedule will be posted as soon as it’s available.

  • Learn to Skate Auditions – The Learn to Skate auditions are meant to be fun and are mostly a chance for us to meet the skaters and organize them by levels and age. There is absolutely zero pressure and your skater will be with other skaters in a group, with a leader, the whole time.
  • USFS Auditions – These skaters will be broken into groups/times by USFS level.
  • What to Wear
    • Learn to Skate – If your skater has a favorite skating skirt or dress, this is the perfect time to wear it! However, skaters can wear anything that they are comfortable with. Please don’t go out and buy anything special for this day. Leggings, jeans, fleece coats, etc..are fine. If your skater wears a helmet, please bring it. We also encourage gloves and/or hats to keep warm.
    • USFS – This is your time to shine! Wear your favorite competition or testing dress/outfit. Do your hair and makeup. If you want to be a specific character in the show, dress the part! This is your opportunity to WOW the committee and casting coaches.

Casting

The casting committee meets immediately following auditions. It generally takes a week or two to post the final cast list.

The Casting Criteria guide is coming soon.

Learn to Skate – as we said above, Learn to Skate levels will be cast in a group number in the first half of the show. Your skater will be in a group of similar ages and levels.

USFS – All USFS skaters will be cast in both halves of the show. Skaters may be cast in two group numbers or one group and one character role. USFS skaters also have the option to only participate in one half, if they so choose.

Important Information for USFS Skaters

  • Last day to test for casting consideration – November 5, 2021
  • Last day to test for Stars of the Show – Denver Invitational Competition
  • Levels Considered – Only free skate levels are considered for casting. We will not consider MIF levels.
  • Dance Equivalency – We do consider dance levels in our casting. Click HERE to see how we correlate dance levels to casting free skate levels. Please note that this chart is NOT a USFS chart and was created by our directors as an indicator of where dance levels fit within our casting parameters.

Costumes

Costumes are included with your registration and your skater can keep them after the show. Showtime on Ice costumes can be re-used for artistic competitions, holiday shows and Halloween!

  • Initial Measurements – ALL skaters must be measured on Audition Day.
  • Fittings – The first fittings will take place in late February or early March. You may have to attend additional fittings.
  • Costume Care – Once you have your costume, take good care of it! We will not have replacement costumes or accessories. Keep everything together and safe in your house until dress rehearsals and show weekend. You will have to take your costume home with you after dress rehearsals and performances. Please make sure that you have all costumes and accessories accounted for before you leave.
  • When to wear – You will not wear your costume(s) to rehearsals. The only time you will wear your costume is at the costume dress rehearsal and show week dress rehearsals. Please keep them safe until then.
  • Leotards – If you have a small skater we recommend getting them a nude leotard to wear under their costume. This will help keep them warm. We will have more information about this as we get closer to fittings. The leotard type will depend on the type of costume you have.

Show Elements

In addition to our overall theme, we have other elements in our show. From our phenomenal guest skaters and club teams to our fathers and daughters and graduating seniors, we pack a lot in our productions!

Guest Skaters – By far the biggest excitement is when we announce our guest skaters in February. Every year, our show has hosted some of the biggest and brightest stars in figure skating. Past guest skaters have included Adam Rippon, Ryan Bradley, Max Aaron, Gracie Gold, and going way back we had Scott Hamilton, Paul Wylie, and more!

Father/Daughter Number – This is a time-honored tradition of the show and is a special musical number where we invite dads to take a spin around the ice with their daughters. This number has a small additional fee at registration to cover rehearsals and includes rental skates, for those who need them. Fathers are required to have basic skating skills and there is one mandatory rehearsal and one mandatory dress rehearsal.

Dance Number – The dance number is choreographed for our USFS dance skaters and is placed within one of the scenes in the show. Adult dance skaters are welcome to register for this number. Only USFS tested dance skaters are eligible for this number.

Senior Number – Every year we celebrate our graduating seniors. Many of our skaters have been in the show from a young age and the Senior Number is a special acknowledgment of these skaters and their accomplishments.

Denver Synchronicity – These teams skate in two of our four shows. Denver Synchronicity is part of the Denver Colorado Skating Club and focuses on synchronized skating, where teams of 8 to 20 skaters perform programs together with challenging sequences and elements. Read more about synchro HERE.

Theatre on Ice – Theatre will also skate in two of the four shows and is also a part of DCSC. Theatre on Ice is another team skating structure that incorporates skating elements with theater and dance. Read more about theatre on ice HERE.

Parent Involvement

Showtime on Ice is a time-honored, volunteer-driven event! We cannot pull off this production without the amazing support from our skating community. All parents are expected to volunteer at some level and we have many, many options to choose from! This is a great opportunity to meet other parents, learn more about the show, and be involved with your skaters!

  • Sub-Committees – Sub-committees are a great opportunity for parents to be more involved with the overall show on a more specific level. From costumes and props to ticket sales, advertising, marketing, design, and more; we have a lot of opportunities for parents who want to be more involved. We are always in need of parents with specialized skills! The time commitment for sub-committees is generally longer and varies by job and usually requires weeks and/or months. For example, if you are on the costume committee, you may be making small headpieces or embellishing a group of costumes. If you are on the prop committee, you may be in charge of making large or small props, painting, etc.
  • Event and General Volunteering (we ask that parents give at least four hours of their time, if not more!) – For parents with limited time, the general volunteer option is best. We need people on event days and during our production weekend. General volunteering jobs include dressing room parents, ushers, ticket sales, skater check-in tables, event days, merchandise sales, and more.

Advertising and Sponsorships

Showtime on Ice is a non-profit entity that relies on advertising, sponsorships, and ticket sales. This is an opportunity for local businesses and Showtime families to help support the show and our skaters.

Show Sponsorships – We have several packages of sponsorships to choose from. All sponsorships include an ad in our show program, logo placement on our website, newsletters and, select sponsorships also receive premier logo placement on our tickets and apparel. If your company or someone you know would like to sponsor our show, please contact SOI Committee for more information HERE. Some of our past sponsors have included:

  • The Denver Broncos
  • Woodhouse Day Spa
  • Land Rover
  • Trice

Show Program Advertising – Get your message out to masses in the skating and surrounding communities with an ad in our show program. We offer full color and black and white ad space at fantastic rates.

Tickets

The directors, choreographers and skaters work so hard and it is our mission every year to sell out as many shows as possible. The skaters love performing in a packed house!

  • Box Office Opens – February 2022
  • Poster Canvassing and Promotional Images – We will have days where we need help to post our show posters in local businesses. We will also provide images to help you promote ticket sales for your skater. Help them win those prizes!
  • Skater Ticket Contest – every year we hold a skater ticket contest that starts when the box office opens and ends on dress rehearsal night (the Thursday before opening night). Skaters have a chance to win prizes ranging from gift cards and small items to a step-out in the next production!
  • Tickets do not come with skater registration – All families are required to purchase tickets to the shows they wish to attend.
  • Bleacher Seating – We are still mapping out the bleacher seating in our new rink and will have a ticket map as soon as we can.
  • On-Ice Seating – Every year we offer the chance for our audience to experience the magic up close and in person! On-ice seating is set around the perimeter of the rink and tends to be generally colder than the bleachers. Bringing a dark color blanket is advised. Showtime on Ice fleece blankets are also available for sale each year.
  • Handicapped Seating – We do offer rather limited amount of handicapped seating. If you need assistance with WC seats, please contact us HERE.
  • Volunteer Seating – For our parents that volunteer during the first half of the show, we do offer complimentary seating during the second half, if available. Your volunteer wristband is required for entry to the side bleacher seating.
  • Exchanges and Refunds – We will have a specified time to handle ticket refunds and exchanges.

Showtime on Ice and Show Theme Apparel

Outfit your skater in the latest Showtime on Ice apparel! Our black jackets will be available for purchase in late Fall or December. Theme apparel will be available for purchase in January and will be ready the first weekend of rehearsals.

Showtime on Ice Official Jackets – Each year, we offer our skaters the opportunity to purchase official Showtime on Ice back skater jackets. There is an option to embroider their name and, in a community where all of the jackets look the same, we highly recommend that you do so!

Showtime on Ice Theme Apparel – Each show offers t-shirts, long-sleeved T’s and hoodies with the theme graphic on the front and the cast list on the back.

Family Sports Photo Day/Showtime 101/Costume Fittings and Parent Meeting – March 5, 2022

The SOI Kick-Off day at Family Sports Center is a half-day event that signals we are revving up for show! This is the month that we begin rehearsals and we will be knee-deep in ticket sales, apparel sales and wrapping up ad sales.

Showtime 101 – (50 minutes) The day begins with an optional, free, on-ice seminar for our first time show skaters. Pre-registration is required and the form will be live on the site in December. This is a great opportunity for your skater to experience a few of the skating elements we have in the show, meet fellow skaters, practice finale bows and break the ice, so to speak! The event is led by one of our show choreographers and the groups are led by our older, seasoned skaters and group leaders. Parents will have an opportunity to ask our Show Committee members questions and we will take a group skater photo at the end.

Cast Photos – We will be taking group and character photos for the show program. These photos are available for purchase from the photographer. We will have a detailed schedule as we get closer to the date and all the information on what to wear, where to be and the overall logistics of the day by December. The father/daughter group photos will also be taken at this time.

Costume Fittings – This is also our initial costume fitting day! We will have hundreds of costumes to fit so, following the order of the day is crucial to keeping things on track. We will have more information as the day gets closer. Not all costumes will be available, some will get to take theirs home and some will need alterations. Please be patient as our seamstresses and costume committee works tirelessly to get it all done!

Parent Meeting – We will hold our major parent meeting at the same time the costume photos are going on (don’t worry moms and dads, we will have our older skaters chaperoning our younger skaters). This meeting is crucial and will cover many items as we approach rehearsals, show week, and show weekend. You don’t want to miss this!

Volunteer Sign-Up – Our amazing Volunteer Coordinators will be on-site to help you choose the best volunteer opportunities that fit your schedule. They can also answer any questions you may have.

Committee Tables – Our SOI Committee Members will be available to answer any questions you have about rehearsal schedules, apparel orders, tickets, program ads, and more.

Rehearsals

Rehearsals begin the last weekend in March and run through Show Week. Skaters in the second half of our show will also have rehearsals on Tuesday or Thursday evenings.

Rehearsals are Mandatory – we only have a limited amount of time to rehearse for our show. With close to 200 cast members in our last production, every rehearsal and every minute counts! Please make sure when you sign up for the show that you are taking your child’s Spring sports and/or extra-curricular activities into consideration.

Learn to Skate – You should expect to rehearse for one hour on a Saturday or Sunday until Show Week. With such limited time, we really need this age group to attend all rehearsals. You will also need to block off April 16th and every weeknight the week of April 18th. This is our Show Week. Rehearsals run from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm but our younger, first half skaters are usually released on these nights by 7:00 or 7:30. We run the full production each of these nights with dress rehearsals on Wednesday and Thursday.

USFS Skaters in Both Halves of the show – You should expect to attend rehearsals on Saturdays or Sundays and Tuesdays or Thursdays. Your times will vary depending on how many scenes you are in. Rehearsals run for three hours on Saturdays and Sundays and two hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please plan accordingly! The Directors may add or extend rehearsals as they deem necessary.

What to wear/bring – Rehearsals are fun but we do recommend dressing your skaters in warm clothing, helmets if needed, and bringing along blankets, water and a light snack.