CHRISTMAS is almost upon us and for members of Kirkcaldy Ice Skating Club this means one thing - it’s time for their annual festive show.
The club are working hard to ensure everything is in place for the show which will take place at Fife Ice Arena later this month.
This year will see the young skaters display their skills as they perform figure skating and ice dance techniques to musical sets in the seventh annual Christmas show to be hosted by the Kirkcaldy club.
Around 50 children and young people, whose ages range from five to 21, will take part in the show, which this year has the theme ‘Best of Broadway’.
Learn to skate
Jackie Coubrough, head coach with Kirkcaldy Ice Skating Club, said: “We have members of the club, and kids from the ‘learn to skate’ programme which we run, taking part this year.
“We have the two public performances on the Saturday and Sunday, but we are also doing one for the schools on the Friday, as a sort of dress rehearsal.
“There’s about 700 people coming to that one.
“We’re busy preparing and getting the costumes sorted out.
“Everyone is training really hard, and on a Sunday morning they are in at 5.45 a.m., but it has to be done.”
The skaters will be turning their attentions to the Broadway stage and skating to a wide variety of music from some of the top musicals.
Jackie said: “We have got the ‘Sound of Music’, ‘Chicago’, ‘West Side Story’, ‘The Lion King’, ‘We Will Rock You’, there’s quite a lot of different ones.
“We always try to pick really good music the crowds can enjoy.
“A lot of the music though, the children have never heard before but they get in to it and enjoy doing it.”
The extreme winter weather conditions last winter unfortunately had an impact on audience numbers for the ‘Dancing Around the World on Ice’ show, but organisers are hoping the public will come out and show their support again this year.
“We’re hoping for a good turnout,” Jackie told the Press.
“Last year was a bit of a shame because the weather was so atrocious that weekend with the snow and it did affect the crowd numbers.
“By the end of the show it was like a blizzard outside.
“We’re hoping this year the weather will be kinder to us.
“It’s a big thing for the club and everyone puts in so much hard work that they deserve a big crowd.
“Hopefully this year we’ll not get that weather situation again, fingers crossed.”