Skaters bringing The Beatles to the ice

Matthew Gourlie
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Moose Jaw Skating Club to close out season with ice show on Sunday

The members of the Moose Jaw Skating Club will come together Sunday to show off their skills during their annual ice show.

Members of the Moose Jaw Skating Club's First Blades pose in their costumes Thursday as they prepare for the club's ice show — Imagine: The Beatles on Ice. The 3-5 year olds are dressed as sea creatures — octopi, turtles and fish — and will dance to the song Octopus's Garden by The Beatles.

This year's show will feature 23 skates set to the music of The Beatles. Imagine: The Beatles on Ice, will take place at 2 p.m. at Mosaic Place.

"They're a band that everyone knows and the music works well for the small kids, but it works well for the teenagers too and everyone in between," said coach Jana Beesley-Capili from the Moose Jaw Skating Club.

While the Beatles remain one of the more enduring bands of all time, a lot of the club's young skaters discovered the band through the process of preparing for the show.

"Most of the kids didn't really know their music before and now they're learning it while they skate to it and they're really starting to like it," said Beesley-Capili.

More than 65 skaters will take part from the First Blades skaters — who are between the ages of three and five and are in their first year skating — all the way to their top provincial-level competitors.

The First Blades skaters will perform as a group to Octopus's Garden. The Canskaters are doing a number to Yellow Submarine in sailor outfits that will be completed by a large yellow submarine.

"The sister of one of our skaters built a yellow submarine for us at Peacock. It will be on the ice and it turned out really well," said Beesley-Capili.

The club will also showcase a number of solo performances from their club skaters.

"The solo skaters have achieved different things during the season to be rewarded with a solo in the ice show," said Beesley-Capili. "We have skaters of a really high calibre who are amongst the best in the province.

Raine Eberl and Ryann Terry both landed double axels in competition this year and will be featured soloists. Eberl will also skate his final pairs routine with his partner Amanda MacDonald.

In addition to showing their progress over the year, it's a fun way to conclude the skating season and bring the club together.

"It's the end of the year. Everybody has fun with it. It's fun to go out and show everyone what they can do," said Beesley-Capili.

Tickets are $15 for adults and children four and under are free.



Organizations: The Beatles, Moose Jaw Skating Club, First Blades

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