Coolest show in town is also the hottest

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT - JBJ Re­porter

AS A young girl, Olga Sharutenko, wanted to be a fig­ure skater like her mother, so she be­gan train­ing on the ice at the age of six.

Now, Sharutenko trav­els the world with The Im­pe­rial Ice Stars performing shows on ice.

She plays the role of Cin­derella in Cin­derella on Ice which is on at the Artscape Opera House. There are four shows left, to­day at 3pm and 7.30pm and to­mor­row at 2pm and 6pm.

The Im­pe­rial Ice Stars tells the story of Cin­derella, a hum­ble cho­rus dancer who re­ceives at­ten­tion as a prima bal­le­rina and catches the eye of the hand­some mayor’s son with her grace­ful per­for­mance.

But her mean step­sis­ters try to steal his heart.

Luck­ily, her father and a gypsy for­tune teller en­sure true love tri­umphs.

The cast com­prises mostly Rus­sian skaters, many of whom have been trained by Russia’s lead­ing coaches, from as early as age four.

But the for­tune teller, played by Fiona Kirk, is from Cape Town. She be­gan train­ing on ice at the age of seven.

The troupe boasts 25 cham­pi­onship skaters who be­tween them have won more than 250 com­pe­ti­tion medals.

This is their sev­enth visit to South Africa where they have many fans

Cin­derella on Ice is their third pro­duc­tion. The au­di­ence has been en­ter­tained by stun­ning skat­ing feats, some seen in Olympic are­nas. This in­cludes breath­tak­ing high speed throws and in­cred­i­ble lifts.

It takes 14 tonnes of ice to cre­ate the frozen stage – the same weight as nearly three ele­phants.

In a theatre, the ice rink takes more than 140 hours to build but only 30 man-hours to dis­man­tle.

The show has glo­ri­ous cos­tumes and awe­some spe­cial ef­fects in­clud­ing fire and rain, and scenery de­pict­ing a town square in icy Siberia.

Scenes from which is on at the Artscape Opera House to­day and to­mor­row.


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