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Skaters performing “In the Bleak Midwinter” include, left to right: Kobe Wisner, Haleigh Moyer, Jayden Haller, Kaylee Levernier, Andrew Hampl, Cheryl Zupko and Jacob Schlagnehaft.PRESS PHOTOS BY DOUGLAS GRAVES Skaters performing “In the Bleak Midwinter” include, left to right: Kobe Wisner, Haleigh Moyer, Jayden Haller, Kaylee Levernier, Andrew Hampl, Cheryl Zupko and Jacob Schlagnehaft.PRESS PHOTOS BY DOUGLAS GRAVES
Two theater students assist with production elements for the ice show. Aaron Finkle and Dylan Gombos set up the spotlight for the next day’s performance. Two theater students assist with production elements for the ice show. Aaron Finkle and Dylan Gombos set up the spotlight for the next day’s performance.
Jiselle Bracero leads a line of figure skaters across the rink. Jiselle Bracero leads a line of figure skaters across the rink.
Senior Eva Greene,Artistic Director Thom Mullins, junior Kaylee Levernier, and senior Andrew Hampl pose during a break in the practice. Senior Eva Greene,Artistic Director Thom Mullins, junior Kaylee Levernier, and senior Andrew Hampl pose during a break in the practice.
Jiselle Bracero, Emily Hamscher and Eva Greene complete a turn in a dance featuring flags. Jiselle Bracero, Emily Hamscher and Eva Greene complete a turn in a dance featuring flags.
Niairah Hemingway, Kaylee Levernier and Jiselle Bracero smile during a lull in their routine. Niairah Hemingway, Kaylee Levernier and Jiselle Bracero smile during a lull in their routine.

Charter Arts skaters practice for the big show

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 by Douglas Graves Special to The Press in School

About 20 graceful ice skaters from The Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts participated in the annual winter ice show for the community at Steel Ice Center recently. The Press was present for the dress rehearsal.

Thom Mullins, the high school’s artistic director of figure skating, coached the skaters through their routines on one of the two ice rinks at the Steel Ice Center. Mullins was appropriately bundled up in the cold arena; the skaters, on the other hand, wore costumes suggesting warmer temperatures as many had bare arms and heads, wore tights and big smiles.

The two-act program had a distinctly multicultural theme as reflected by the titles of some of the numbers: “The Christmas Waltz” (Christian), “The Chanukah Song” (Jewish), “Heri Za Kwanzza” (American-African and Pan-African), “Muhammad” (Islam) and the “Loy Loy Krathong Song” (Thai Buddhist).

According to Mullins, the show “celebrates winter as celebrated the world over.” He said “Students researched and choreographed authentic movements from those traditions to incorporate into their skating.”

Each piece in the show, Mullins said, centered around a different gift; gifts of love, peace, family, to nature – all demonstrating that, while our traditions may differ, we all seek the same gifts in our lives.

The show culminates with the gift of compassion, according to Mullins. The skaters show how a simple gift of a warm coat can change the life of a person. In connection with the show, students are conducting a coat drive to take their art to reality.