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Wren Wertin
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Some people flip through the pages of a scrapbook. Others flip – and twist and leap and twirl – through the air, bringing a scrapbook to life. In a joint effort with the Vail Recreation District, Skating Club of Vail performs “The Making of a Memory: The Scrapbook Comes to Life on Ice” Thursday at the Dobson Ice Arena in Vail.”The show chronicles all the phases of a person’s life, from birth to getting married,” said Robin Deighan, president of Skating Club of Vail. Deighan has two children in the club, which promotes amateur figure skating in the Vail Valley.”Figure skating is a combination of athleticism and creativity,” said Deighan. “It seems to attract a lot of kids who want to perform.”

Robin’s daughter, Kendall Deighan, 10, is one of those spotlight lovers.”I like performing a lot,” exclaimed Kendall. “It’s a lot of fun, and I have a lot of outside-of-school friends in Skating Club.”Kendall’s been in the club for five years. This season, she learned how to land her axel, a milestone for any skater. Her friend, Anna Tedstrom, 9, has fine-tuned her mohawk, another skating move. “I like that we get to learn new things,” said Anna about the club. “You can compete if you want to, and the coaches are really nice.”

The show, directed by Dawn Ristow, is geared for all ages. The performers include children and adults at varying levels of expertise. There will be a guest appearance of the Vail Recreation District’s Storytime kids, ages 3 and 4, who apparently steal the stage as they wobble around on skates. “The performance has a lot of great music,” enthused Robin. “And the costumes are great. In the ‘Hairspray’ number, the kids wear black wigs and skate with cans of hairspray. It’s really cute.”Musical highlights include “Baby Face,” “Teenage Drama Queen,” “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” “16 Candles,” “Going to the Chapel” and “Celebrate.” During the course of the show, there’s also a tribute to Vail, which fittingly kicks off with John Denver’s “Rocky Mountain High.””It’s my favorite number,” said Kendall. “Everyone is out there. It’s more fun because we live in Vail and get to dress up what we do here.”

And what is that?”I get to ski every Friday, Saturday and Sunday,” she said. “And I love it.”Costumes for the tribute run the gamut from old fashioned hoop skirts to snowboarding and skiing garb. “Really, it’s just going to be a fun, fun night,” said Deighan. Tickets for the show are available at the door, and cost $5 for kids, $10 for adults and $25 for a family of four (two adults, two kids).Vail Colorado




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