For three days in May, the award-winning Northbrook-On-Ice will dazzle spectators with thrilling skating, spectacular costumes, imaginative props, sophisticated lighting and theatrical dance numbers. The Northbrook Park District is celebrating the 45th year of the ice production, called Skate Home Chicago and featuring returning alumni and high-level soloists at the Northbrook Sports Center.
"We have approximately 35 alumni (Icettes and guys), who will perform in the show this year," said Heather Aseltine, a former National Collegiate Champion skater and Northbrook-On-Ice veteran who directs the show. "The theme was selected as a salute to our returning alumni. And, throughout the show, audience members will experience the highlights of Chicago, including sports teams, special events, nightlife and business."
Northbrook-On-Ice was created in 1969 as an Ice Follies-style presentation to showcase the talent of area skaters. The production has continued to grow each year, captivating audiences, motivating skaters and creating lasting friendships and memories. In 2012, Northbrook-On-Ice won the Outstanding Special Event Award from the Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA).
Approximately 350 skaters will participate in this year's shows, the official culmination of the Park District's skating program at the Northbrook Sports Center. They include tiny tots, just learning to march across the ice, and more than 100 upper-level skaters. Many of the advanced skaters share a background in dance, so their performances will display technical ability as well as artistic expression.
The championship Teams Elite synchronized skating teams will open the second half of each show. The returning young men will perform an entertaining number that includes stunts and comedy. And, this year's performances include five seniors who have skated together for up to 14 years.
Heather Aseltine and Ashley Gallagher, both Northbrook Park District employees and former Icettes, will perform in Skate Home Chicago, along with returning alumni, who include mothers of current skaters and other Icettes. "We are excited to blend the many generations of Northbrook-On-Ice into one fantastic anniversary show," Aseltine added.
Northbrook-On-Ice 2014 expects to attract about 4,000 spectators. Performance times are:
Friday, May 9 at 7pm
Saturday, May 10 at 1 and 6pm
Sunday, May 11 at 1pm
Ticket prices are $8-12. For more information, call 847•291•2993.