ORLEANS – The COVID-19 pandemic is altering First Night Chatham, but it isn’t stopping the Lower Cape Figure Skating Association from holding its annual Holidays on Ice show at the Charles Moore Arena in Orleans.
However, this year’s show will look a little different — it’s going to be a virtual event featuring masked participants.
Forty-three figure skaters ranging from ages 6 to 17 participated in a socially-distant show at the arena on Dec. 20 that was filmed and will be shown as a part of First Night Chatham’s virtual programming. Chatham resident Hannah Kast was one of a handful of coaches who helped organize the event, a tricky undertaking given the challenges presented by COVID-19 safety protocols and social distancing procedures.
“It was nice to see it was still possible to hold the show — we just had to get creative due to the safety protocols,” said Kast. “We didn’t have any group numbers this year, but each skater received about 20 or 30 seconds of a song to do a solo within a bigger number. We don’t typically do it that way, but it really gave the kids an opportunity to shine and really have their moment. It’s cool to see that’s an option going forward because it worked quite well.”
Kast said this year’s group consists of about 33 skaters from the Lower Cape Figure Skating Club and about 10 more who are in the club’s bridge program, transitioning out of learn to skate and heading to private lessons. The 30-minute show will be shown on Channel 18 as well as online beginning at noon Thursday. Although it will look different, the organizers and participants are happy to close out the year with a show.
“It was nice to see that this was possible and that these kids could be a part of something,” Kast said. “Families are so appreciative that their kids could show off and work towards something. It was nice to see it all work.”
The Lower Cape Figure Skating Association is a non-profit figure skating organization which offers private lessons, synchronized skating, competitions and participation in a spring skating show.
Visit firstnightchatham.com for more information about the Holidays on Ice show.