It was standing room only as the public packed the Rainy River Arena on both Saturday and Sunday, March 7 and 8. Throngs of proud parents, grandparents, and friends were treated to an amazing show entitled Blades on Broadway, presented by the Rainy River Figure Skating Club.
Coached by Paula Rundquist and her assistant, Tala Quran, 40 young people put on a series of amazingly choreographed and entertaining pieces. From juniors through seniors, the enthusiasm, ability, and dedication shone clearly.
Costuming was stunning, coordinated, and colourful. And all the juniors were . . . well, simply adorable.
The senior duos were great, showing what is achievable by hard work and dedication. Of particular note was the slick number Super Trooper by Emma Olson and Madison Kreger.
A solo performance by Destiny Storbeck of Baudette, Mn . showed the level of sophistication the Club can, and will continue to produce. This was one of Storbeck's final shows—she will be leaving the Club after graduating High School this year and heading for the University of North Dakota.
Emcee Mark Mast did a very professional job from the announcer's booth and a busy canteen staff kept everyone fed and watered. Terry Wood ran a very successful 50/50 Draw, with the lucky winner Paula Rundquist skating away with more than $300.
It is remarkable the level of organization, and behind-the -scenes effort put into this program. The practices, costumes, promotion, financing, sponsors, programmes, and sets . . . simply unfathomable.
It was all volunteers, and mostly parents. Kudos.