In a wonderful annual sign of the winter holiday season, some of the most beautifully skilled figure skaters in the area glided onto the ice at the Midcoast Recreation Center Friday night for The Skating Club of Maine — Coastal Region’s show, Celebration on Ice, which was followed by an invitation to all to skate with Santa.

As always, the show, themed this year as “Angels,” again proved a rousing success with plenty of color, festive lights, beautiful, upbeat music and electrifying performances by wonderfully talented youngsters.

The holiday favorite, directed by Jennifer Cormier of Skating Club of Maine — Coastal Region, featured four soloists: Kacey Montana, Kimberly Roman, Delia Saastamoinen and Natasha Shacklett.

There also was specialty numbers by the Pursuit of Excellence, Basic Skills and Snowplow Sam classes skating to songs such as “City of Silver Dreams” by Sugarland, “Last Christmas” by Glee, “I Saw Three Ships” by Sting and “Angels” by David Archuleta.

The synchronized skating group, Subzero, performed to “Rise,” a stirring and enthusiastic piece. The group, now 20 skaters strong, has incorporated new moves, patterns and lifts in their recent practices.

This is the third year the Skating Club has offered a synchronized skating class. Due to its popularity, the group now offers a Junior Synchro class, students from which performed in the show, skating to “Sleigh Ride.”

Proceeds from ticket sales to the show and sale of decorated wreaths benefit the Skating Club of Maine Learn To Skate programs.

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Friday night’s program included:

“Last Christmas” by Glee, with skating performances by Bethany Berry, Hayley Downs and Brooke Hammond.

“Pirates of the Caribbean” by Klaus Badelt, performed by Montana.

“Sleigh Ride” by Debbie Gibson, performed by the Intro to Synchro Group.

“Angels” by David Archuleta, performed by Willow Grinnell and Olivia Hupper.

“We Need a Little Christmas” by Kimberly Locke, performed by Jewelia Dickenson, Brynn Kooyenga and Ireland LeBlanc.

“I Saw Three Ships” by Sting, performed by Saastamoinen.

“Hark the Herald Angels Sing” by Mannheim Steamroller, performed by Pursuit of Excellence class.

“Masquerade Waltz” by Katchaturian, performed by Richard Scheno, the event’s guest skater.

“Mistletoe” by Colbie Callait, performed by Intro to Figure Skating class.

“Haven’t Met You Yet” by Michael Buble, performed by Shacklett.

“City of Silver Dreams” by Sugarland, performed by Elena Laustsen and Ashley Pezanowski.

“A Marshmallow World” by Brenda Lee, performed by Roman.

“Winter Wonderland” by Selena Gomez and The Scene, performed by Basic Skills Skaters.

“Arise” by E.S. Posthumus, performed by Subzero.

“Close Without Touching” by David Arkenstone, David Lanz and Kostia, performed by Scheno.

“Angels Among Us” by Alabama, performed by entire cast, featuring Emie Wood.

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