National Showcase Team EPIC Productions
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EPIC Productions 2020 FAQ:
Frequently Asked Questions for 2020 Season:
We are a competitive program created in 2017 to enhance artistic and theatrical opportunities for FCFSC skaters. Members are 15 – 30 skaters who learn original ensemble numbers with theatrical costumes, props, and scenery. EP provides over 90 hours of customized training on- and off-ice to enhance your teamwork and ensemble skating. EP is directed by Marianne Strobel, with certified coaches Diana Deka, Denaysa Sisemore, and Lomi Christiansen.
An annual non-qualifying competition held by U.S. Figure Skating that fuses artistic creativity with solo, duet, and ensemble events. It is held over 5 days the first week of August – in 2020 it will be here in Fort Collins! Most showcase numbers are 2 to 5 ½ minute programs with music from popular Broadway or movie musicals, such as Hamilton, Lion King, Moana, or Chicago. Showcase uses 6.0 judging for all events, based on technical merit (20%), skating skills (30%), and entertainment value (50%).
How do I sign up for EPIC Productions?
Fill out the online registration form by December 6th in order to attend the Casting Call on December 15th. All skaters must register each year. We hold informational meetings at EPIC to answer any questions. Final sign up and the deposit are due December 20th. Go to epicProductionsFoCo.org to sign up now!
What will I do for the casting call on December 15th?
The casting call is conducted in groups of skaters, organized by level. It lasts about 30 minutes for each group. You will not skate an individual program. You’ll be asked by coaches to perform jumps, spins, theatrical tricks, and an interpretive group skate. The purpose of the casting call is to place skaters into roles for the large and mini ensembles, as well as create choreography that best suits the skaters. Placements are based on skating level, skill, age, size, and the number of skaters.
What kinds of roles can I get?
Skaters will each have two roles: one in the large ensemble with all skaters, and one in a mini-ensemble of 3 – 7 skaters. All skaters have featured moments. Younger skaters often skate in trios or quartets, and more advanced skaters have featured vignettes. Roles include exciting theatrical costumes and many skaters use props.
When are rehearsals and competitions?
Rehearsals start in mid-January, and are usually held on weekends or Friday evenings during the school year. In June and July, rehearsals are usually Tues., Wed., and Thurs. at 7:00 a.m. (final days/times will be announced in January)
- January – May – 2 rehearsals per week: 90 minute rehearsal for large ensemble + 60 minute for minis
- June & July – 4 rehearsals per week: two 60-minute large ensemble + a 60-minute for minis + a 60 minute off-ice
The ensembles will compete at Fort Collins Classic and at the USFS National Showcase Competition, which will be in Fort Collins in 20202. We may also perform a program in the Spring Spectacular ice show and rink exhibitions.
How much does it cost?
Members pay a $250 non-refundable deposit (due December 20th), and 8 monthly fees (January through August). You will be billed electronically, and you may use bank or credit card payments. Approximate total cost for the 2020 season is estimated at $2,000 per skater for rehearsals, costumes, props, competition registration, photos/videos, and all other program expenses. The final cost will be announced after the casting call.
Why has the cost gone up from last year?
This year we’ve added nearly 40 hours of training by starting 3 months earlier, and we added a competition: Fort Collins Classic. We are also have four coaches (rather than three) this year, and have added regular off-ice reheralsals in the spring. You will receive a separate sheet with costs detailed for the current year as part of your membership packet before fees are due.
What if I have more questions?
We will hold a parent meeting the first week of December before the casting call. Or you can email Marianne Strobel at email@example.com or the volunteer Team Manager Rosa Martey at firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to www.epicProductionsFoCo.org.
Video for 2018 group production The Greatest Showman!