Story by: Julia Sanders / The Red & Black
Christmas is the time of year for snow and winter themed events, including ice skating. The Classic Center is hosting an ice skating performance on multiple days at the Akins Ford Arena.
Danny Bryant, the arena and pavilion services manager at the Classic Center, explained this was the first year that the Classic Center had ever had a Christmas-themed ice skating performance. The performance is called “Christmas on Ice.”
“I think we want to provide something in the community that is family friendly … we want to give a good show,” Bryant said.
Many ice skating performances are only in big cities like Atlanta, but for this holiday season, Athens is having an ice skating performance of its own.
“You don’t have to go to Atlanta to see an ice show — you can come to your hometown,” Bryant said.
The Classic Center is partnering with a company called Ice Creative Entertainment to put on the show. Ice Creative Entertainment is an international production company, which does a lot of ice skating shows around the world. This company has worked on the “Christmas on Ice” performance for five months, and the performers have been practicing for several weeks.
The performance is centered around a Christmas-themed story and will be 75 minutes long with intermission.
Alex Wilfand, the president of Ice Creative Entertainment, explained the storyline in more detail.
“I think it is a really great ... new fresh Christmas carol that we kind of created to kind of bring 2017 to Christmas,” Wilfand said. “It’s a story about a bunch of toys coming to life, but more modern-day toys.”
Wilfand has been working with the performers on the company’s previous ice skating shows.
“We have 10 performers in the show and all of them are world professional ice skating champions. We have some from Belgium, England and United States,” Wilfand said. “And the story kind of revolves around a skater named Catherine who actually is a Broadway level singer who also will be singing and skating. And then we have some flying acts and some fire and all kinds of amazing moments in the show.”
Bryant said the Classic Center wants to help the Athens community by providing good performances and bring business to downtown Athens.
“I think part of our mission is to be a culture center for our community … It brings people downtown. It is over three days, so a lot of restaurants will get business,” Bryant said.
The performance is open to all ages, and it is a way to get into the Christmas spirit.
“I think it is going to be fun for the whole family. It is at a good price for the whole family. And hopefully it is at a good time for everyone,” Bryant said.
Bryant is hopeful that the performance will go well.
“People are going to be really impressed by the performance and singing the songs on their way out the door,” Bryant said.
The first performance of “Christmas on Ice” is Thursday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. There is also going to be a school performance on Friday, Dec. 15 at 11 a.m., and two more regular performances on Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 16 at 1 p.m.
Ticket prices depend on the seat location, but they are no more than $30. The tickets can be bought on the Classic Center’s website or over the phone.