Ice skaters practice at the John Lindell Ice Arena May 11 in preparation for the 39th annual Royal Oak Ice Show.

Ice skaters practice at the John Lindell Ice Arena May 11 in preparation for the 39th annual Royal Oak Ice Show.

Photo by Erin Sanchez


Annual ice show to adopt a ‘Royal Oak-centric’ theme

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published May 14, 2019

 Skaters rehearse for  the ice show.

Skaters rehearse for the ice show.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

 From left, Dakota Rosso, Peyton DePottey, Katerina  Cenefels, Colin Bibbs and Wren Nathan pose for a photograph in their costumes.

From left, Dakota Rosso, Peyton DePottey, Katerina Cenefels, Colin Bibbs and Wren Nathan pose for a photograph in their costumes.

Photo provided by Brian Masserman, of Massermann Photography

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ROYAL OAK — Twizzles, axels, camels and lutzes will be on display during the 39th annual Royal Oak Ice Show, “City Skate,” at the John Lindell Ice Arena May 18-19.

Diana Peraino, the new director of the show, chose a theme that gives a nod to Royal Oak’s parks, zoo and lively cultural scene, and she selected music that celebrates the city’s daily life.

Numbers such as “Talk to the Animals” and “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” reference the Detroit Zoo, while other routines will reflect the city’s theaters, shops and nightlife.

Peraino described the theme as “Royal Oak-centric” and said she believes the audience will see a bit of themselves and the things they enjoy locally in the show. She added that the music will be different than in previous ice shows.

“We have chosen music from the past thirty years with an emphasis on pop tunes that everyone will recognize,” she said in a statement. 

The show will feature more than 80 skaters, ranging from age 3 to adult, who are members of the New Edge Figure Skating Club or are enrolled in the city’s Learn to Skate program.

“The kids do the show because they love it,” Peraino said in a statement. “You can see their joy come through.”

This year, the show will highlight five graduating seniors as soloists: Akina Behrens, of Royal Oak High School; Hannah Calendar, of Berkley High School; Leah Hodgman, of Lutheran High School Northwest; Jayne Peterson, of Seaholm High School; and Nora Rhein, of Berkley High School.

Sue Richardson, publicist for the ice show, said the skaters began practicing for the show right after Easter.

“It’s a really good show,” Richardson said. “Even though the skaters are all amateurs, we do have some pretty high-level skaters, and of course, the audience always likes the tots. They’re always so cute — no matter what they do, they get the applause.”

The coach performance is another big hit each year, she said.

“I’ve heard that the preorder on the ticket sales has been pretty heavy,” she said. 

Shows will take place at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, May 18, and at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 19. Tickets cost $12 for adults and $8 for children ages 6-12. Younger children may attend for free. 

There will be bleacher seating, as well as on-ice seating, to accommodate large crowds.

The John Lindell Ice Arena is located at 1403 Lexington Blvd., near 13 Mile and Crooks roads.

For more information about the show, call (248) 246-3950 or visit www.royaloakicearena.com.

Call Staff Writer Sarah Wojcik at (586) 218-5006.

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