Sounds of ‘Musi-cool Magic’ to fill arena

Sibling number, father-daughter routine featured at Saturday skating show

Submitted photo Pictured are members of the Southwest Figure Skating Club who will perform Saturday.

MARSHALL– Skaters from around the region will take to the ice this Saturday, showing off their moves to songs from well-known musicals.

The Southwest Figure Skating Club, along with Marshall Community Services, is presenting the program “Musi-cool Magic” at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Red Baron Arena in Marshall.

Skating coach Jodi Schreurs said the group picked songs from musicals or from movie musicals for this year’s show.

“We have songs spanning from ‘The Sound of Music’ to ‘Grease’ to Disney to ‘The Greatest Showman,'” Schreurs said.

New this year is a “sibling” number. Schreurs said the club had to come up with something creative in place of the hockey players/high school skating club members routine.

“We have many siblings in skating, either in Marshall’s Learn to Skate program and in the figure skating club,” Schreurs said. The routine consists of five pairs of siblings performing to such songs as “We Go Together” from Grease. “So far we’ve had a good group of them.”

Schreurs said that hopefully the club will see the hockey number revisited for next year.

Schreurs said the show also has its largest father-daughter number yet. Eleven couples will perform on Saturday. Club members in sixth grade and above take part in the father-daughter skate, Schreurs said, and this year, the pairs are skating to “Singing in the Rain.”

The choreography for the father-daughter skate is easy, Schreurs said.

“They (the fathers) don’t have to move much, and their daughters help them along,” Schreurs said. Some of the fathers have been part of the father-daughter skate for a few years and get “more brave” each year they do it, Schreurs said.

The show includes guest skater, Susan Van Amber. Schreurs said Van Amber is 20 and has skated the majority of her life.

“She grew up in New Ulm and is a two-time Minnesota state champion and also a two-time non-qualifying UGL Regional Gold medalist,” Schreurs said. “She is currently a coach with Shakopee and continues to train with a figure skating club in the Twin Cities.”

Schreurs noted that there are only four club members from Marshall, and that the rest are from surrounding communities like Slayton, Russell, Revere, Minneota and Walnut Grove.

“Some of them have a good 45- to 50-minute drive,” Schreurs said. “It’s showing that the interest is beyond Marshall.”

Besides preparing for the ice show, members of the figure skating club have been to a couple of competitions in Fargo, North Dakota and Mankato, Schreurs said. For many of the skaters, it was their first-ever competition.

“It went well,” Schreurs said. “I think we did a good job.”

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