Morgantown, W.Va. The president of the Figure Skating Club at West Virginia University will direct and appear in performances of “The Wizard of Oz on Ice” on March 29 and March 30 at the Morgantown Ice Arena. Tickets to the performance, which will begin at 4:30 p.m. on March 29 and 5:30 p.m. on March 30, are $6 in advance and $8 at the door. WVU students pay $5 in advance and $6 at the door. Children under three are free.
Presale tickets are available at the Morgantown Ice Arena (1001 Mississippi Avenue), where the shows will be performed. They are also available at Slight Indulgence, at both its downtown (407 High Street) and Suncrest (3200 Collins Ferry Road) locations, and at Pinocchio’s Books and Toys (322 High Street).
All proceeds will benefit the Mason-Dixon Figure Skating Club, a Morgantown-based organization dedicated to offering young people the chance to perform in shows and exhibitions as well as to test at various skill levels through the U.S. Figure Skating Association. Members of the Mason-Dixon Figure Skating Club, as well as BOPARC’s “Skate with Us” program, will perform in the show.
Angela Kreger, who is pursuing a master’s degree in nursing at the University, is the show’s principal director. She is assisted by other members of the WVU Figure Skating Club, including junior Gina Geils, freshman Courtney Ann Caldwell and Fairmont State University junior Shaun Adams. Kreger, Caldwell and Adams are scheduled to perform in the show. The key parts will be portrayed by younger skaters, including Morgantown High School’s Heather Carpenter (Dorothy), Terezia Galikova (Scarecrow), and Jessica Onorato (Tin Man), Mountaineer Middle School’s Kelcie Britton (Lion), Suncrest Middle School’s Rebecca Brazaitis (Wicked Witch), and South Middle School’s Holly McMullen (Toto).
The roles the WVU Figure Skaters will perform in the show will be announced closer to the date of the first performance.
“So many hands come together to make this possible,” Kreger said. “If you enjoyed last year’s ‘Cinderella on Ice,’ please join us again for another fun and exciting show.”
Kreger is a U.S. Figure Skating gold medalist in moves in the field and freeskating. She is the skating coach for a number of the skaters who will appear in “The Wizard of Oz on Ice.” Adams, who is double majoring in architecture and graphics technology at Fairmont State, has been skating for 15 years and coaching and doing choreography for six years. Geils has been skating competitively since she was 6 years old and has been coaching for six years. Caldwell has been teaching figure skating since she was 16 years old.
The faculty adviser to the WVU Figure Skating Club, Mark Brazaitis, a professor in the Department of English, said the show will appeal to people of all ages. “The Wizard of Oz is a classic story, full of great characters and wild plot turns,” he said. “Performed on ice, it will be fast and fantastic.”