Greatest show on ice

Catch 'The Grinch' at Howelsen Ice Arena this weekend

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Ellese Lupori is 6 years old, but she thinks of herself as a veteran when it comes to performing on the ice.

"I like to skate for people," she said.

Wednesday morning, Lupori and many other members of the Steamboat Springs Figure Skating Club practiced their routines for this weekend's "The Grinch's Holiday Ice Show."

Lupori is just one of several girls who are playing the part of Cindy Lu Who, the young girl who befriends the Grinch and transforms his feelings about Christmas.

"I do a spin, a jump, and I think that's about it," Lupori said of her role as Cindy Lu Who.

Veteran skater Jamie Jones is playing the part of the Grinch.

Nearly 60 skaters of all levels and ages are participating in the three shows during the holiday weekend. The skaters in the Steamboat Springs Figure Skating Club are taking part, as well as the skaters in the Learn to Skate and Introduction to Skating programs.

Program coaches Kim Haggarty and Courtney Gill have spent hours selecting music and teaching the skaters, ages 3 to 17, their routines.

Practice began in October, and the final dress rehearsal is this morning.

"It all comes together," Haggarty said.

The first half of the ice shows this weekend is dedicated to upbeat Christmas music such as "Jingle Bell Rock," "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "Frosty the Snowman."

During the program's second half, the figure skaters will perform Dr. Seuss' story "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas."

Haggarty and Gill have created a part for every skater. Some of the 3-year-olds just learning to skate are a little wobbly, so they will be pulled across the ice on a sled. The older skaters in the Figure Skating Club are performing solos.

Last year, the older skaters did not skate in the holiday show, so the addition of their routines and performances will certainly add another element to this weekend's shows, Haggarty said.

In addition to Jones, the following skaters will be performing solos over the weekend: Jenny Spencer, Mackenzie Frank, Alex Morrison, Katie Krueger, Allison Lewis, Kelsey Comeau and Kelly Ascher.

Tickets to "The Grinch's Holiday Ice Show" are $5 and can be purchased at the Howelsen Ice Arena, where the shows will take place, at Celebrations in Riverside Plaza or at the door before the show.

Show times are 7 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday.

The Howelsen Ice Arena is in downtown Steamboat Springs on Howelsen Parkway east of the rodeo grounds and Howelsen Hill.

-- To reach Melinda Mawdsley call 871-4208

or e-mail mmawdsley@steamboatpilot.com

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