Showtime on Ice is an annual ice show that has been a tradition in Denver, Colorado since 1973. The late Peggy DeLio, created the show experience to expose figure skaters and their families to Broadway musicals and classics. The first show was modeled after Ice Follies and every year, the show has had a different theme. Peggy was the founder of Colorado Skating Club and worked on every “Showtime On Ice” production. She served as producer-director of the show from 1973 through 2012. Peggy had already begun to work on the 2012 show before she passed away in December of 2011.
Many up and coming skaters have used the experience they’ve gained through the “Showtime On Ice” show for training purposes. Some of the young skaters who have performed in past shows have gone on to professional skating opportunities in Disney On Ice, Ice Capades and Stars on Ice.
Over the years, many famous ice skaters have participated in the show including: Scott Hamilton, Dorothy Hamill, Paul Wylie, Robin Cousins, Kristi Yamaguchi, Rudy Galindo, John Curry, and many other national, world, and Olympic skating champions and competitors. In 2012, Showtime on Ice featured guest skaters Gracie Gold (2013 national silver medalist) and Joshua Farris (2013 national junior champion). In 2014, Gracie made skating history again as reigning U.S. national champion and member of the U.S. Olympic team.
Audiences have enjoyed a variety of performances including Peter Pan, The Sound of Music, Annie Get Your Gun, The Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland and many Disney favorites – Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, the Lion King and Aladdin. The first half of the show is usually one of the Broadway or Disney classics. Second half shows have featured musical selections from High School Musical, the television show, Glee and also tributes to Michael Jackson, the Olympics among other genres. In 2013, Showtime on Ice made history. For the first time, flying was introduced. Our skaters brought Peter Pan to life as the characters skated and flew during the performance! It was a huge success and will likely be part of future shows.
Although Showtime on Ice has a storied past with many top skaters/rising stars, ice skaters of all ages and levels are invited to participate. Most of the participants come from local Denver ice arenas, South Suburban Ice Arena and Family Sports Center. Showtime on Ice is a highlight of their skating year – learning the choreography, skating with the guest skaters and participating in four performances over three days. The memories last a lifetime! Each year the show is proudly hosted by prominent Colorado figure skating clubs, Colorado Skating Club and Denver Figure Skating Club.