The New Ulm Figure Skating Club takes you ”Back in Time…to the ’80s”
NEW ULM – The New Ulm Figure Skating Club will present “Back in Time to the ’80s” this weekend at the New Ulm Civic Center.
The show, which is in its third year under the direction of co-directors Jenny Gieseke and Chrissy Frank, will consist of 60 skaters performing to all things 1980s – ranging from movies, TV shows and music from that time period.
The theme for the show is centered around a high school class reunion that brings its participants back to the 1980s.
“We were trying to come up with something different that we haven’t had,” Gieseke said. “Both of us grew up in the ’80s, so we liked the music and it was easy to pick.”
The costumes will be bright and fluorescent with giant sunglasses and Rubik’s Cubes galore. Some of the featured music artists include Michael Jackson, Prince and Madonna as well as some heavy metal. Movie themes are “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and “Beetlejuice.”
Featured skaters include Katrina Bjorkstrand of New Ulm, Emily Vogel of Springfield and McKayla Stumm or Arlington.
Practices for the show began in the second week of January and consisted of bringing skaters from numerous towns together.
“It takes thousands of hours to put on a show, between practicing and choreographing and coaching and writing the script and the schedules,” Gieseke said.
Outside of New Ulm, some other skaters in the show hail from Springfield, Arlington, Redwood Falls, St. Peter and Mankato.
Four seniors of the NUFSC will also be performing in the show. They are Katrina Bjorkstrand, Mikayla Gohl, Anna Johnson and Quintin Branch. Gieseke said Branch will be the first male graduate from the club
“We’ve had male skaters, [but he is] the first one to go through all the way to graduate,” Gieseke said of Branch.
There will also be three team compulsory teams performing as well. The team compulsory groups are competitive teams that perform to music, but each skater has his or her own element that must be executed to perfection in order to keep the performance going, Gieseke said.
“It’s an event that they go to different competitions for,” Gieseke said. “We just happened to have them pick music that would fit our show well.”
The show will be performed three times this weekend. The first performance will be at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28, the second will be on 7 p.m. on March 1 and the third will be at 1 p.m. on March 2. Tickets are available at Hy-Vee, Cash Wise and at the door one hour before the show begins.