Parents and Skaters

Welcome to Showtime on Ice! 

We know you have a lot of questions and we have tried to answer them all below. If your question isn’t covered, please email us at We are happy to help in any way we can!


What is Showtime on Ice? 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. Audiences have enjoyed a variety of performances including Alice in Wonderland, Hairspray, Fairy Tales on Ice and more! This year marks our 48th production!

When and where are the performances? There will be four performances over the weekend of April 24-26, 2020. There will be one Friday evening performance (7:00pm), a Saturday matinee (1:00pm) and evening performance (7:00pm) and one Sunday matinee (1:00pm). All performances take place at South Suburban Ice Arena.

How long is the show? Most productions run approximately two hours with a 15-20 minute intermission between halves.

Are you affiliated with the Holiday Ice Shows? – No


What is the cost? Skaters who are considered “Learn to Skate” or Basic Skills can roughly expect the cost to be in the range of $200 – $225. A $135, non-refundable deposit is due at time of registration. The balance will be due in January 2020.

What is included in the cost? The cost includes audition time, instruction, costume, rehearsal ice time, staging fees, an official show program for each skater, participation in all four shows and an autograph session with the guest skaters.

Are there any additional costs? We do have a father/daughter number in the show. If your skater and her dad would like to participate, there is an additional $10 charge to cover choreography. We do offer official Showtime on Ice apparel and t-shirts for purchase. You may also purchase an ad for your skater in the official show program. These are all optional.

How many skaters are in the show? We generally have about 150-160 skaters in the show. 

Can we keep the costume? Yes!

If we withdraw our skater, are the registration fees refundable? No, the registration deposit is non-refundable as we begin ordering costumes soon after the cast list is revealed. 


When are auditions? Interested skaters will attend an audition on November 2, 2019. Auditions are meant to be a fun and no-pressure experience! Skaters will be casted as a specific character or member of a skating group. Our Casting Criteria is posted on the bulletin boards at South Suburban Ice Arena, Family Sports Center and show website. Please register your skater online by October 30, 2019.

What should my skater wear to auditions? Many skaters wear a skating competition dress or pants but new kiddos can wear a skirt or skating dress. Boys can wear skating pants or jeans. Please don’t run out and buy anything! Leggings are fine. Please dress warm and feel free to bring helmets, gloves or mittens and a hat.

Is the audition process difficult? Not at all! Learn to skate kids are grouped by level and will have a great time! They will all be out on the ice together. We let them perform and show off their best moves – even the beginners! Higher level kids will also get to show off their abilities.

My child is a learn to skate student, where will she/he be cast? All learn to skate students will be cast in a group number in the first half of the show – either Aladdin or Mulan. 

Audition Schedule – Saturday, November 2, 2019 at South Suburban Ice Arena

8:10am-8:40am – Learn to Skate and Basic Skills

8:40am-9:10am – Pre-Preliminary-Preliminary Free Skate and Dance

9:10am-9:40am – Pre-Juvenile-Juvenile Free Skate, Pre-Bronze and Bronze Dance

9:40am-10:10am – Intermediate – Senior Free Skate, Pre-Silver and higher Dance

REHEARSALS (commitment)

What is the rehearsal schedule like? Rehearsals begin March 28, 2020 and run right up to opening night! Rehearsal times are dependent on your skater’s level. The rehearsals usually run for an hour or so on Saturdays or Sundays and possibly one-week night. The week before the show, we rehearse every night. We typically suggest setting aside the weeks of April through the actual show to plan for rehearsals.

Does my child need to attend all rehearsals? Yes! Rehearsals are mandatory. We do a lot in a short amount of time and it is important that all cast members attend all their scheduled rehearsals. 


What level does my skater need to be? All levels are welcome to participate. We have a place and part for all types of skaters. This is a great opportunity for your skater to build new relationships in the skating community, learn what it takes to be a member in a large-scale production and get some extra skating practice! Be sure to read our Casting Criteria for eligibility and more information. These can be found on the main Parents and Skaters page of the website.

Can my skater perform in both halves of the show? If your skater has passed USFS Pre-Preliminary free skate or higher, they are invited to audition for the second half of the show. If they have not passed and are in learn to skate or basic skills classes, they will be cast in a group in the first half of the show.

Do I need to do anything? Yes, we do ask that all parents volunteer at least four hours of their time to the show. Most of the volunteer time will take place during show week and weekend. It takes a village to put on this show and aside from the directors, it is entirely run by volunteers! We have jobs for the beginner families all the way to seasoned veterans of the show. Volunteering and helping is a very important piece to help the show run smoothly. Jobs include everything from dressing room supervision during shows to helping sell tickets, assisting backstage, helping with set-up day, decorating the rink, selling programs and more!   


What is the Father/Daughter Number? The father/daughter number is a Showtime on Ice tradition! Fathers will take the ice with their daughters in a special, choreographed number. This number is either at the end of the first half or the beginning of the second half of the show. 

What skating skills do the fathers need to have? Due to the number of people on the ice during this number, we do require that all dads have basic skating skills. Both rinks offer lessons and both offer private lessons.

Is there a rehearsal for the father/daughter number? Yes, there will be one mandatory rehearsal for this number closer to the show dates.

What is the cost? The cost is $10 and can be added on at the end of registration. This fee covers choreography for the number and skates for the dads.


What is the dance number? The dance number is a choreographed number in the show and is only available to skaters that have passed USFS dance tests. 

Can I sign up for the dance number as a learn to skate or regular USFS student? No, only skaters that have tested USFS in dance can participate.

What is the test cut-off date to be considered for the dance number? November 1, 2019

What is the cost? The cost is $20 and can be added on at the end of registration.

IMPORTANT DATES – Please mark these on your calendar.

October 1, 2019 – Registration opens!

October 30, 2019 – Registration cut-off date for USFS skaters

November 1, 2019 – Last test date for casting consideration (USFS tested skaters)

November 2, 2019 – AUDITION DAY! (We will not take walk-in registrations on Audition Day. Please make sure you are registered by October 30)

Mid-Late November – Cast list posted

January 15, 2020 – Final balances due

February 23, 2020 – Showtime 101, cast photos and costume fittings at Family Sports Ice Arena

March 28 – April 19, 2020 – Show rehearsals

April 18, 2020 – Set-up day at the rink – we transform the DeLio rink into our stage

April 20-23, 2020 – SHOW WEEK – Rehearsals every night. April 22nd and 23rd will be dress rehearsals

April 24-26, 2020 – SHOW WEEKEND!

April 26, 2020 – Guest skater autographs, last show and cast cupcake party!