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Ice Show Frequently Asked Questions


What is an SMSC Ice Show?

Every two years, our club produces an amazing Ice Show event where our skaters get to show off their skating skills and talents live on the ice under all the bright spotlights, colorful stage lights, hi-fidelity sound system and awesome props. On-ice performing their numbers or off-ice preparing and helping each other with their costumes, hair and make-ups or simply making beautiful memories – everybody enjoys every minute of our Ice Show.

Is the Ice Show open to all skaters?

Yes! All SMSC skaters from CanSkate (including Pre-CanSkate), StarSkate and Adult skate are invited to participate. In fact, our youngest CanSkaters are often the most popular part of the show. CanSkaters MUST be registered in Session 2 (Winter) in order to participate in the Ice Show.

How are skaters grouped for the Ice Show?

Once registration is complete, the Ice Show Director and our coaches work to group skaters of similar skill level together. Some adjustments may need to be made depending on costume availability and group size (some show numbers require larger groups, which can result in a broader range of skill level). If there is a group with widely varying levels, the more senior levels may take a leadership role and/or have an opportunity to do additional skating skills.

What will my skater be doing?

Our coaches design each show number to showcase the appropriate skating level so everyone can participate and enjoy. During rehearsal time, our coaches will choreograph a number to fit the accompanying music and it will be performed by the group during each Ice Show performance.

How many show numbers will my skater participate in?

  • Pre-CanSkate / CanSkate1 show number (to be performed on all 3 scheduled shows)
  • Star 1 - Star 22 show numbers (to be performed on all 3 scheduled shows)
  • Star 3 - Star 42 show numbers (to be performed on all 3 scheduled shows)
  • Star 5 - Gold3 show numbers (to be performed on all 3 scheduled shows)
  • Adult Skate2 show numbers (to be performed on all 3 scheduled shows)

How much is the registration fee?

There is a slight increase with our StarSkate registration fees in comparison to the fees we had with our last ice show 5 years ago. CanSkate/Pre-CanSkate and Adult skate registration fees will remain the same.

  • Category Level2023 Registration Fee2018 Registration Fee
  • Pre-CanSkate / CanSkate$100$100
  • Star 1 - Star 2$185$150
  • Star 3 - Star 4$185$150
  • Star 5 - Gold$235$200
  • Adult Skate$100$100

Will there be a discount for families with 2 or more skaters?

Yes, we are extending some financial assistance to our members with 2 or more skaters. First skater will pay full price, second skater will have a discount of $10, third skater will have a discount of $15 and the fourth (or greater) will have a discount of $20.

What do my registration fees cover?

Ice Show registration fees cover the cost of costumes, coaching fees and a portion of the production costs e.g., ice rentals for both rehearsals and performances, lights and sound system rentals and services, etc. Registration fees do not cover the full cost of the Ice Show production.  We expect to cover the majority of the production costs through ticket sales, program sales and other fundraising activities during the skating season.

When and where is the Ice Show held?

All performances are at Iceland Arena, 705 Matheson Blvd E., Mississauga – April 28 (evening dress rehearsal starts at 5 pm), April 29 (1:30 pm and 7:00 pm performances) and April 30 (1:30 pm performance). All skaters must participate in all 3 performances plus the dress rehearsal.

When and where are the practice rehearsals and dress rehearsal?

Pre-CanSkate/Canskate rehearsals are held from April 6 – April 27. StarSkate rehearsals are from April 12 – April 27. All practice rehearsals are to be held at Meadowvale Four Rinks (Rink 3). All skaters attend a dress rehearsal at Iceland Arena on the evening of Friday, April 28.

A detailed rehearsal schedule will be posted March 20, but generally skaters can expect to rehearse 2-3 times per show number. CanSkater rehearsals will generally be scheduled when CanSkate sessions would normally run (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday) and CanSkaters can expect to practice 3 times before the dress rehearsal.

What about helmets?

As per Skate Canada rules, skaters up to CanSkate Level 5 must wear helmets.

Can members request for siblings or friends be grouped together?

We are unable to take requests to put friends or siblings in the same group or to change groups based on rehearsal times.  All inquiries regarding casting should be made to

Does my skater get to keep his/her Ice Show costume?

No. Some costumes are rented from a costume company and some are owned by the club. Costumes must be returned in good condition right after the final Ice Show performance on Sunday, April 30. In keeping with the theme of the show, if skaters are in more than 2 or 3 show numbers, they may be asked to provide certain elements of their costume from basic clothing elements they may already own or purchase basic reusable items to supplement costumes that they can keep for future use. (i.e., boot cover tights, black leggings, plain T-shirts, etc.)

PLEASE NOTE:The Club acknowledges that for religious reasons only, some skaters are required to cover the body. If this affects your child, please identify this issue at the time of registration, so we can speak with you directly.

Does my skater have to attend every practice?

We ask that skaters attend all practices but we understand that you may have to miss a practice due to illness. Please keep in mind that each skater becomes part of the Production Team. Skaters who repeatedly miss practices will not be able to take part in the show and cannot have their payment refunded. 

How much time will my CanSkater be on the ice during the show?

CanSkate participants will have 1 group number (group size- approximately 7 – 16 skaters) as well as participating in either the 1st or 2nd half finale. Although this may not seem like a lot of time on the ice, young CanSkate members see it as a very important event.

How are solos and other highlighted performers chosen?

The Ice Show Director will select a small number of StarSkaters for solos, duets or highlights based on their completion of a minimum number of Gold assessments and / or their participation in competitive and regional or provincially qualifying competitions.  Please note that there will be an extra cost to cover costume and coaching expenses for those skaters selected.

Are there any extra costs?

Tickets for family and friends to watch performances will be offered for sale starting March 31.
Other costs (Optional): Video and Picture purchase, Ice Show program.

What other commitment is required?

We need help from many volunteers to make the Ice Show a success.  We are counting on our skaters’ parents to get involved and lend a hand where they can.  We will mostly need volunteers around the actual show time but there is a ton of work to be done proactively and we would love to have you involved.  For our StarSkate parents, Ice Show volunteer assignments will count towards the annual volunteer commitment; a detailed listing of volunteer positions will be posted and available for sign-up 4-6 weeks prior to the Ice Show.

Where do I register?

Registration must be completed online starting January 18, 2023 up to Sunday February 5, 2023 via our website – – just as you would register for your regular skating sessions. You will need to register for the appropriate program AND enter your skater’s measurements and sizing for costumes.

Skaters’ measurements must be added to their skater profile by February 5 to ensure proper costume fitting. If you are unfamiliar with measuring, we can help during one of our Ice Show registration sessions. The registration sessions will allow you the opportunity to ask questions, watch a video, view pictures and get all of the details worked out.

When are the Ice Show Information Costume Measurement Sessions?

They are scheduled as follows:

  • Monday, January 23, 20236:15 pm - 7:45 pm
  • Tuesday, January 24, 20235:45 pm - 7:45 pm
  • Wednesday, January 25, 20236:15 pm - 7:45 pm
  • Thursday, January 26, 20235:45 pm - 7:45 pm
  • Saturday, January 28, 202311:45 am - 1:15 pm

When do I have to register?

We must finalize the casting and costume as soon as registration is complete. Our registration deadline is February 5, 2023. Late entries are subject to a $25 late fee and will only be accepted at the discretion of the Ice Show Director.

More questions? Please email

Our bulletin board will also have updated information.

We are looking forward to an exciting and fun-filled show!

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