Steamboat Springs figure skaters, back row from left, Kaitlyn Espinosa, Heather Nereson, Kira Lorenzen and Jenna Miller, and front row from left, Sara Pugh, Hanna Haggarty and Patricia Davie perform a routine for “Slumdog Millionaire” during a dress rehearsal for the “A Night at the Movies” ice skating show. The Steamboat Springs Figure Skating Club is putting on the performances at 7 p.m. today and Saturday.

Photo by John F. Russell

Steamboat Springs figure skaters, back row from left, Kaitlyn Espinosa, Heather Nereson, Kira Lorenzen and Jenna Miller, and front row from left, Sara Pugh, Hanna Haggarty and Patricia Davie perform a routine for “Slumdog Millionaire” during a dress rehearsal for the “A Night at the Movies” ice skating show. The Steamboat Springs Figure Skating Club is putting on the performances at 7 p.m. today and Saturday.

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What: Steamboat Springs Figure Skating Club’s annual show

Where: Howelsen Ice Arena

When: 7 p.m. today and Saturday

Cost: $5

— Members of the Steamboat Springs Figure Skating Club will bring three decades of movies, ranging from “Twilight” to “Footloose,” to the ice at Howelsen Ice Arena this weekend.

The club’s annual spring show will host two performances. The first is at 7 p.m. today, with an encore showing slated for 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets cost $5 and are available at the door.

“This show should be a lot of fun,” club co-director Kim Haggarty said. “This is the second year in a row that the show has been held in the spring. We used to do it around Christmas, and we were pretty limited in what we could do.”

This year’s theme will be movies, and the event will showcase blockbusters such as “Slum­dog Millionaire,” “Twi­­light,” “Ghost Busters,” “Satur­day Night Fever,” “Footloose” and “Moulin Rouge.”

“There will be three decades of movies in this one show,” Haggarty said.

She said skating club members started working on a few of the numbers in September but that most of the show has come together in the past three months.

“This is my favorite event of the year,” skater Sara Pugh said. “It’s just so much fun. This year me and Kaitlyn (Espinosa) helped with the props, and it’s just a lot of fun to skate and perform.”

The show will include 40 to 50 local skaters, including 30 members from the club and another 20 skaters from the city’s Learn to Skate program. Several club members will be highlighted, including Kaitlyn Espinosa, who will skate in the “Twilight” number; Heather Nereson, who will be featured in a “Titanic” number; and Pugh, who will star in a “Pulp Fiction” number.

Haggarty said the show also would feature several older skaters who were a part of the club’s top-rated synchronized skating squad, Team Volant, a few years ago. Haggarty said skating fans who come out for the show also should expect to see some of Steamboat’s best “A” league hockey players strutting their stuff as part of a number that features items not included in a traditional hockey uniform.

“How many times do you get to see some of the best hockey players in Steamboat Springs dressed in skirts and fishnet stockings?” Haggarty said.

Haggarty, who is producing the show with fellow skating club co-director Courtney Gill, said the show would feature 19 numbers. But she said the show moves quickly and will last just more than an hour.

“It’s a great show for families,” Haggarty said. “There is a lot of great skating, but it’s not so long that it can’t hold the attention of younger audience members.”

Haggarty said this is the 17th winter that the Steamboat Springs Figure Skating Club has hosted a show. In the past, the event has been held around Christmas, but two years ago it was moved to the spring to give the skaters more time to prepare and the directors more freedom to select the themes.

“It’s just a lot of fun to skate to the music from all the movies that we know, Espinosa said. “This show is great because it’s a lot more relaxed than the competitions. It’s a chance to go out and skate, and just have fun.”

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