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Holiday fun arrives at local rink aboard “The Magical Christmas Express”

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Let the figure skaters and students of the Robert Morris University Island Sports Center’s Figure Skating Academy and Skating School add some winter cheer to your holidays with the rink’s annual holiday ice skating show. This year’s show, “The Magical Christmas Express,” features an all-star cast of 24 skaters ready to bring Christmas magic to the ice on Sunday, Dec. 8 for a 1 p.m. performance. Joining them will be members of the Pittsburgh Figure Skating Club’s Theater on Ice as well as Steel City Blades Synchronized Skating Teams and the Island Sports Center’s developmental synchronized skating team Little Blades.

Little Blades and the Steel City Blades Beginner team, Pre-Juvenile team and Open Juvenile team will kick off the afternoon with several pre-show performances of their programs. From there, audience members will be transported on the Magical Christmas Express to a “Magical Winter,” “Candy Land,” the “Island of Misfit Toys” and the North Pole.

Cara Murphy will open the show as the Winter Fairy skating to “Once Upon a December” followed by routines featuring Pajama Kids and Polar Express Conductor Emmy Francek. Christiana Fragale as Frosty The Snowman, Alexandria Hagan as Jack Frost and Mia Zhang Nacke as Mother Nature will also perform during this act.

The show gets a little sweeter with the next set of performances in “Candy Land” with Anastasia Lestina and Ben McLemore as Candyman and Hershey Kiss skating to “Kiss The Girl” and an adorable collection of Lollipop Girls and Candy Girls dressed as M&Ms, Tootsie Rolls and peppermint twists.

From there, it’s off to “The Island of Misfit Toys” and the North Pole where the audience will see Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (Lily Zhong) skate alongside Theater on Ice members as a slew of iconic Misfit Toys and soloists Hannah Sharrer, Nadia Ryan-White and Nicole Carlins. Don’t miss a special appearance by Santa Claus!

The show concludes with performances by DeAnn Devers as a Snow Angel skating to “Believe,” Elspeth Cunningham as the Magical Express Child skating to “I Believe” and skating school students as elves and Pajama Kids.

Stick around following the show for the complimentary public skating session, free with your admission ticket. If you’d rather shop for last-minute holiday gifts than skate, the rink’s lobby will be bustling with special vendors selling seasonal stocking stuffers and gifts as well as Steel City Blades members selling yummy treats and tickets for its raffles, basket auction.

Tickets for “The Magical Christmas Express” are on sale at the front desk at the Robert Morris University Island Sports Center or by calling guest services at (412) 397-4454. Advanced tickets are available through Dec. 6 for $7 general admission. Tickets can also be purchase on show day for $9 for adults and $8 for senior citizens and children ages 12 and under.

For more information about “The Magical Christmas Express,” visit www.rmuislandsports.org or contact guest services at (412) 397-4454.

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