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This year's holiday ice show to feature 50 young skaters

Allison Plean

Courtney Gill and Kim Haggarty watched “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” at least 10 times while choreographing this year’s holiday ice show.

They plan to emphasize the classic Christmas story’s universal message.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re different,” said Haggarty, co-director and producer of the show. “And it’s not just skating. There are dramatic scenes and footnotes in the program so you can follow along.”

There will be 50 children in the show, ranging in age from four to 17.

“The little ones love doing it, and they are so happy,” Gill said. “They just keep us going.”

Many of the performers are members of the Steamboat Springs Figure Skating Club, the Learn to Skate program and the Synchronized Skating Team.

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“Half of them skate just because they love to do the ice shows,” Haggarty said.

This is the first year Haggarty and Gill have co-produced and directed the annual ice show. They said they work very well together.

“When we can’t think of anything, we feed off each other,” Haggarty said.

Typically the skaters perform the same show for two consecutive years. This is the first year of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”

“In the second year, we look at what worked and what didn’t work so we can improve it,” Gill said.

“The second time there are different solo skaters, and the kids get bigger parts,” Haggarty added. “But if it’s a bomb, we won’t do it again.”