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Posted on: February 8, 2013

Olympians Rachael Flatt and Ben Agosto join local skaters in ice show

The Lakewood Winter Club, in cooperation with Pierce County Parks and Recreation, is delighted to present the 2013 ice show, "Reflections on Ice – ONCE Upon A Dream."

This professionally choreographed figure skating show will be held Feb. 8-10 at Sprinker Recreation Center's Ice Arena. Five public performances are scheduled, including a special Friday afternoon matinee catered to senior citizens and the Pierce County Boys and Girls Clubs. Balcony and on-ice seating will accommodate up to 1,000 spectators per performance. Each show lasts approximately two hours.

This annual event showcases featured guest performers as well as local talent. This year's featured performer is 2010 United States Ladies Champion and 2010 Olympian Rachael Flatt along with 5-time United States ice dance champion and Olympic silver medalist Ben Agosto.

The creative force behind the ice is U.S. figure skating double gold medalists Heidi Sullivan and Stephanie Rowland. Both are members of the skating staff at Sprinker Recreation Center and they have extensive experience as choreographers for professional productions throughout the country.

The 100-member cast was chosen after tryouts and auditions in late August. They have practiced a minimum of two times per week to get ready for the February performances under the direction of Kathy Wainhouse, the technical show director and director of skating for Sprinker. She oversees the competitive skating program and hosts seminars for the Professional Skaters Association.

For the show, Sprinker's Ice Arena is transformed into a professional set with state-of-the-art light and sound, costuming and props. These annual ice shows increase in popularity every year. Be sure to get your tickets as soon as possible.

The ice show was instituted as a way of giving local skaters an experience outside the rigors of competitive life. It is enriching and rewarding for both viewers and participants. Five former cast members are currently touring in professional shows.

Show TimesFriday, Feb. 8: 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 9: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 10: 2 p.m.

Ticket InformationBalcony seats are $12 and on-ice seats are $18. Cash, check, debit, VISA and M/C are accepted. Order tickets by phone at 253-798-4000 or in person at Sprinker Recreation Center, 14824 South C Street in Tacoma.

Shani Stewart, Parks & Recreation office assistant

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