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Steamboat Springs gets sweet treat with skating club’s performance of ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’

Skater Ellie Brown plays the part of Willy Wonka in the Steamboat Skating Club's production of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" on ice. Shows will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights at the Howelsen Hill Ice Arena.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The Steamboat Skating Club hopes its audience has a sweet tooth as its members prepare to present “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” on ice — one of the club’s biggest shows ever.

"I think in Steamboat there are a lot of kids that do a lot of things, and families don't have the ability to commit to another sport, but the kids really like to skate,” said Celina Taylor, director of the Steamboat Skating Club. “The really great thing about an ice show is that it gives an end goal for those kids. … It gives them something to look forward to and a chance to perform."

Taylor said “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” will be a bit different from past ice shows where a group of skaters would skate to music from the show, but it wasn't tied together by the story. This year's show will be more theatrical with characters and a story the audience can follow.

She said about half of the skaters are part of the club and others are community members, including young skaters, hockey players and adults, who wanted to be a part of the show.

The doors at the Howelsen Hill Ice Arena will open at 6 p.m., and the show is expected to begin at 6:30 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday nights. Taylor said beer and wine will be available for adults. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children 15 and younger. Children younger than 5 are free.

Tickets can be purchased at steamboatskatingclub.org or at the door. There is a $2-per-ticket convenience charge for tickets purchased online.

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Taylor said opening the show to the community is one of several steps the club has taken to build a base.

"We kind of changed the way that we do programming at the skating club," Taylor said. “In an effort to build the club this year, we allowed kids to drop in for club lessons. So that is kind of how we built our numbers this year — by trying to provide lessons to all ages and abilities."

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If you go:

What: Steamboat Skating Club presents “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”

When: Doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 30 and Saturday, March 31

Where: Howelsen Hill Ice Arena,  285 Howelsen Pkwy.

Tickets: $20 for adults and $15 for children 15 and younger; children younger than 5 are free

More information: Tickets can be purchased at steamboatskatingclub.org or at the door. A convenience charge of $2 per ticket is charged for tickets purchased online.