Siblings Leo and Pilar Maekawa of the Racquet Club of Victoria Skating  Club enjoy dress rehearsal for A Toy Story on Ice. The ice show will be performed at Archie Browning Sports Centre, March 19 and 20.

Siblings Leo and Pilar Maekawa of the Racquet Club of Victoria Skating Club enjoy dress rehearsal for A Toy Story on Ice. The ice show will be performed at Archie Browning Sports Centre, March 19 and 20.

Racquet Club skaters bring Toy Story to life on the ice

Racquet Club of Victoria Figure Skating Club to perform Toy Story on Ice at Archie Browning March 19 and 20

Pirjo RaitsNews Staff

Saanich’s Racquet Club of Victoria Skating Club members are making the final tweaks to ready for their bi-annual ice skating show, A Toy Story on Ice.

Deena Beacom, director of the Racquet Club and the upcoming ice show, said they took the concept of the characters from Toy Story and created a new story line specifically for skating.

“One character goes missing and the other characters have to look for it,” said Beacom in explaining the show concept.

The production showcases all of the club’s disciplines; pairs, high-level dancers, soloists.

“It’s not like the movie, there is no conversation on the ice,” Beacom said. “The movements create the storyline.”

They have built their own soundtrack with different pieces of music that interpret the characters.

Featured in the show are club members Leo and Pilar Maekawa, skaters familiar in the competitive arena. They are taking a break from skating competitions and are coaching with the club. Beacom, along with Matt Lewis, have coached the Maekawas for many years. The Maekawas are now both in their 20s.

“They are a great addition to our club,” said Beacom.

Skaters are rehearsing two hours per day on the ice. The skating club puts on a show ever two years, as it is a lot of effort for the club.

One constant through it all has been by Anne from Robans Designs, who designs the costumes.

“She has worked with me for every show over the past 16 years,” said Beacom. “She does a phenomenal job.”

It’s not just costumes that make a great ice show, it is also the lighting, music and the set.

“People say it is just like a professional show, it’s quite a good production,” said Beacom. “We put a lot of work into it. It’s a really fun show for all ages.”

Proceeds from the show go back to the club to cover costs.

A Toy Story on Ice takes place on Saturday, March 19 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and on Sunday, March 20 at 1 p.m. Tickets are on sale through the McPherson Playhouse and at Archie Browning Sports Centre, 1151 Esquimalt Rd.

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