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2018 NATIONAL THEATRE ON ICE COMPETITION Hunt, who, with her daughter, Piercyn, has built the top theat-


rical skating program in the country, said they listened to many selec- tions of music before finally deciding on Te Phantom of the Opera. Tey also incorporated classical pieces into the final cut of music. “We switched music until something completely clicked, and once it did it was super easy after that,” Hunt said. Finishing third, Los Angeles Ice Teater (Los Angeles FSC) used


music from the soundtracks to Memoirs of a Geisha and China Girl to create an Asian-inspired fusion take on Alice in Wonderland that featured twizzles in unison and spread eagles. Creative Ice Teatre (Northern Ice SC) performed a whimsical free performance about looking up from their electronics and engaging with the world around them en route to a fourth-place finish.


Junior Several teams used a Halloween theme, including champion


Harmony Teatre Company (Ice House Skating Academy). Skating to “Tis Is Halloween,” Harmony used a series of technical ele- ments — including flying broken leg sit spins — with a “quirky and Halloweenish” flair to regain the junior crown. “It was kind of like Tim Burton meets the fun house,” coach


Michelle Hunt said. “We also used Harmony colors — black, white and green. Every single costume had green, as did all of our props, including the pumpkins.” Last year’s champions, San Francisco Ice Teatre (SC of San


Francisco), claimed silver, skating to an original story line of an enchanted forest, resplendent with fairies and magical qualities. Creative Ice Teatre (Northern Ice SC) performed to a narrative


on the life of French King Louis XVI to finish third. It won the award for Best Adaptation. Channeling a revolutionary theme, Act 1 of Boston (SC of Bos- ton) skated to the music from the Broadway hit Hamilton, exhibiting high energy and hip-hop movements to pull up from seventh after the choreographic exercise to finish fourth overall.


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“What an honor it was for the Skating Council of Illinois to host the competition. It was exciting to see how passionate the teams were and how they cheered for each other. It’s been a wonderful experience and well worth all the hours of preparation.”


Birmingham, Alabama, will host the 2019 National TOI Competition, June 26-29. HARMONY - JUNIOR


MAY WIZA, COMPETITION CO-CHAIR SKATING 29


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