Parents and Skaters
PARENT and SKATER GUIDE to SHOWTIME ON ICE
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 again this year! We look forward to seeing you all soon!
Showtime on Ice is the region’s longest and biggest local ice show! Last year marked our 50th production. 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.
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2023 Production Calendar
Below is the preliminary calendar for the 2023 show. Please mark all of these dates in your calendar.
Registration Opens – October 1, 2022
Registration Closes – October 30, 2022 or when 200 total skaters and 100 LTS skaters register
Last day to test for casting consideration (USFS Tests only) – October 28, 2022
Auditions – Saturday morning, November 5, 2022.
Initial costume fittings (USFS Skaters only) – February 11, 2023
Photo Day/Showtime 101 and initial LTS costume fittings – February 12, 2023
Last Day to Test for Stars of the Show – Denver Invitational Competition (March 9 – 12, 2023)
Rehearsals – begin the weekend of March 25, 2023
Show Week – April 17-23, 2023
Set-Up Day – April 19, 2023
Show Dates – April 21-23, 2023 (all shows run approximately 2 hours, including a 20-minute intermission) Your skater will perform in all four shows.
- Friday, April 21 – 7:00 pm
- Saturday, April 22 – 1:30 pm
- Saturday, April 22 – 7:00 pm
- Sunday, April 23 – 1:30 pm
Skater Eligibility & Requirements
Due to the high level of interest in our show, we only consider skaters that are 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.
Skaters that are not in the Learn to Skate program must be a current full or associate member, in good standing, of the Denver Colorado Figure Skating Club AND must be coached a majority of their time at South Suburban Sports Complex and/or Family Sports Center.
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.
LEARN TO SKATE CAST MEMBERS REHEARSAL COMMITMENT*
Learn to Skate skaters will be cast in a group number, in the first half of the show.
Regular Rehearsals – Expect to attend a Saturday OR Sunday rehearsal for approximately one hour beginning the last weekend in March. So, your skater will attend rehearsals on the weekends of March 25/26, April 1/2, April 15/16. Expect to attend rehearsals on April 8. There will be no rehearsals on April 9 due to the Easter holiday.
Show Week Rehearsals – Expect to attend rehearsal every evening of Show Week. Regular rehearsals will be Monday and Tuesday, April 17 and 18, and run from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Dress rehearsals are Wednesday and Thursday, April 19 and 20, and run from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Learn to skate skaters will be released early on these evenings and do not stay the entire time.
Showtime Weekend – April 21-23. There will be one evening show on Friday, two shows on Saturday (matinee and evening), and a matinee show on Sunday. Your skater will be in all four shows. This is a big weekend so, block it off entirely.
USFS SKATERS REHEARSAL COMMITMENT
USFS skaters will be cast in both halves of the show. Skaters may be in two group numbers or they may be cast as a character in one half and in a group number in another.
Regular Rehearsals – Expect to attend a Saturday OR Sunday rehearsal AND a Tuesday and/or Thursday evening rehearsal for approximately one hour beginning the last weekend in March.
Show Week Rehearsals – Expect to attend rehearsal every evening of Show Week. Regular rehearsals will be Monday and Tuesday, April 18 and 19, and run from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Dress rehearsals are Wednesday and Thursday, April 20 and 21, and run from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm.
*A Note on Skating Levels for New Families
If you are new to skating and a bit confused about 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 Skate 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 Skating Skills test (Formerly Moves in the Field) 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. Skaters who are tested in both free skate and dance, may choose the highest tested level for auditions. Skaters tested in pairs must be registered and attend auditions with their partner.
Click HERE for more information on USFS testing and levels.
Click HERE for Dance Equivalency Chart
Registration and Cost
Registration will open on October 1, 2022, and close on October 30, 2022. ALL skaters that wish to be in the show MUST register by the deadline. No exceptions. **Please note that registration may close sooner if we reach a maximum of 200 registrations overall and 100 LTS registrations total.
Please click below and read through the entire Registration Guide. The guide includes all casting criteria, code of conduct expectations, and more.
**Please note that parents will be entering skater measurements for costumes in the registration form this year. All details and examples on how to measure are on the Registration and Costume pages. Measurements for LTS skaters will be verified at auditions.
Each skater will pay a registration fee and will pay the balance in January 2023. Each registration includes ice time for auditions, rehearsals, and our show weekend, the costume(s), a free Showtime 101 seminar for new skaters, a show program and, an autograph session with the guest skaters on the last day of the show.
Learn to Skate/Basic Skills/USFS below Pre Preliminary: $225 ($150 at registration and $75 due 1/15/23)
USFS Skaters, Pre-Preliminary Freeskate and above, cast in two groups: $350 ($150 at registration and $200 due 1/15/23)
USFS Skaters, Pre-Preliminary Freeskate and above, cast in a group and as a named character: $400 ($150 at registration and $250 due 1/15/23)
Additional Costs and Fees
Parent/Skater Dance – $30
The Parent/Skater Dance is an optional add-on and is an opportunity for a skater and her/his parent to participate in the parent/skater number for two of the performances. This year the increase in cost is due to the show T-shirt parents will be wearing during the performance.
Adult Skater Number (Adult ONLY tested skaters) – $75
This option is ONLY available to tested skaters. Learn to Skate skaters are not eligible for this option.
Program Skater Ad – Varies
Parents can place an ad for their skater in the official show program. The cost varies depending on ad selection.
We sell T-shirts and hoodies with the show theme on the front and the cast list on the back. Apparel sales begin in early February and items range from $10 to $40.
Any additional merchandise options
We will have additional items that will be available for purchase.
Show Cancellation Policy
During normal show production, a non-refundable deposit is required at the time of registration. This non-refundable deposit represents a portion of the entire show fee. All final balances must be paid in full by January 15, 2023.
- Payment is collected by PayPal online.
- If the Show is canceled PRIOR to Audition Day (November 5, 2022) – 100% of the show deposit will be refunded.
- If the show is canceled AFTER Audition Day (after November 5, 2022) – 50% of the show deposit will be refunded. This is due to the fact that casting takes place immediately after Audition Day and costume order is placed promptly after that date. A portion of the deposit money is used for marketing, setting up facility contracts, and paying director fees.
- If the Show is canceled any time after November 30, 2022 – 20% of show registration fees will be refunded.
Auditions – Saturday November 5, 2022 South Suburban Sports Complex
Auditions will be held throughout the morning by skater levels. Complete information on auditions, including the schedule and mandatory forms can be found HERE.
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 level 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.
SCHEDULE – Saturday, November 5, 2022 at South Suburban Sports Complex from 7:30 am to 9:45 am. A more detailed schedule will be advanced to all registered participants prior to Auditions.
Casting will take place directly after auditions. It generally takes a week or two to post the final cast list.
Learn to Skate – Learn to Skate skaters will be cast, in a group number, in the first half of the show. Skaters will be grouped by age and skating level.
USFS Skaters – these skaters will be cast in both halves of the show. A skater will be assigned to two group numbers in each half OR one group number and one character role. Please see the Casting Criteria section in the Registration Guide for more information.
INITIAL MEASUREMENTS – All skaters will follow the same protocol as last year and will enter their measurements during registration. More information can be found HERE
FITTINGS – The first fittings will take place in mid-February or early March. You may have to attend additional fittings if your costume requires alterations after the initial fitting.
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. **New this year, we will offer black garment bags with SOI logo for an additional cost of $10.
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.
In addition to our overall theme, we have other elements in our show. From our phenomenal guest skaters and club teams to our parents and skaters 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!
PARENT/SKATER DANCE – This is a time-honored tradition of the show and is a special musical number where we invite moms and dads to take a spin around the ice with their sons and daughters. This number has a small additional fee at registration to cover rehearsals and includes rental skates, for those who need them. All participating parents are required to have basic skating skills and there is one mandatory rehearsal and one mandatory dress rehearsal.
ADULT SKATER NUMBER – The dance number will be replaced this year with adult tested skaters being choreographed within one or more scenes in the show. Only adult skaters who are tested in free skate and/or dance are welcome to register for the 2023 SOI production. Adult skaters who are in LTS or Basic Skills are NOT 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.
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 eight 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 not-for-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 and present sponsors have included:
- The Denver Broncos
- South Suburban Parks and Recreation
- Woodhouse Day Spa
- Land Rover
- Advoda Technology Solutions
- Greer Law, LLC
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.
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 15, 2023
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 and need to purchase an additional ticket for their child who is skating in the FIRST HALF to be able to watch the SECOND HALF of the show. We discourage purchasing on-ice row A seats if you are only planning to stay and watch your skater perform in the FIRST HALF of the show. WE APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT OF THE WHOLE SHOW AND ALL OF OUR SKATERS!!
Purchasing a ticket for a child 3 years and older is recommended. Children under 3 have free admission and may sit in their parent/guardian’s lap.
BLEACHER SEATING – $20 (A few rows are discounted to $10 for a partially obstructed view.)
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. On-ice seating prices vary from $20 to $30.
HANDICAPPED SEATING – We do offer a rather limited amount of handicapped seating. If you need assistance with wheelchair 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 designated bleacher seating.
TICKET EXCHANGES – You may contact our Ticket coordinators for any ticket related questions and exchanges HERE. There will be no refunds offered once the tickets are purchased. Tickets will only be fully refunded in case of show cancellation. Exchanges will be allowed until one week prior to the show.
Showtime on Ice and Show Themed 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 February 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.
Photo Day/Costume Fittings/Showtime 101 and Parent Meeting – February 12, 2023 at South Suburban Sports Complex (NOT at Family Sports Center).
The SOI Kick-Off day at South Suburban Sports Complex is a half-day event that signals we are revving up for the 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 parent/skater 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!
*NEW THIS YEAR: Costume fitting for all USFS skaters will take place at South Suburban Sports Complex on February 11, 2022. Costume fitting for all LTS skaters will take place after cast photos are taken on February 12, 2022 (SSSC).
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 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 normal 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 to block off every weeknight the week of April 17th. 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.
Show Week and Weekend
Information coming soon!