About Amateur Ice Shows
In the 1930's Sonia Henie's movies and shows introduced figure skating to the public. They were very popular and amateur skating clubs, taking her cue, have held carnivals ever since. Most clubs hold a show either annually or bi-annually.

The intent of amateur carnivals is to showcase the individual talents of its members for an audience that includes a significant number of immediate families. The individual skater is somewhat sublimated to the whole but his talents are still recognized and appreciated. The end result is an experience of fun, support and satisfaction by the skaters and a feeling of pride in them by the audience.

In carnivals skaters tend to forgo the technical considerations of their sport for a while and enjoy and explore its theatrical components. For most skaters skating with others under spotlights in special costumes, perhaps to vocal music (prohibited in competition) while exploring unrestricted movement to advance a theme is a much-anticipated and enjoyed experience.

There is a place in amateur carnivals for every skater in the club from pre-schoolers to adults. Unlike professional shows where casting is done in accordance with the needs of the show, amateur carnivals showcase all members with appropriate costumes, music and choreography.

Carnivals are usually produced in a joint professional-amateur manner. The club hires a Carnival Director, one of the coaches on staff, to select and develop a theme and to provide for the choreography- usually done collectively by the coaches on staff. Carnival Directors are responsible for what happens on the ice, things like developing the theme, selecting and editing the music, setting up schedules, organizing coaches to choreograph numbers, suggesting costumes and generally providing for the smooth running operation of the show. They are not usually involved in financial or other off-ice decisions.

The Club provides the many, many volunteers needed to develop the vision of the Carnival Director. Costumes have to be selected and rented or designed and made, tickets printed, props made, lighting arranged, photos taken, programmes laid out and printed, advertising sought, facilities acquired such as the building rental, the seating, dressing rooms etc. not to mention assembling and organizing all the volunteers needed to serve as dressers, ice marshals and so on.

Responsibilities of the Carnival Director
1. Develop the theme and running order
2. Prepare the casting
3. Provide music for the show
4. Design and/or choose costumes in conjunction with the Carnival committee.
5. Arrange for the semi-feature and group numbers to be choreographed.
6. Prepare a rehearsal schedule.
7. Oversee rehearsals.
8. Oversee the lighting.
9. Proofread the carnival programme.
10. Post all relevant information in a timely manner.
11. Conduct production and dress rehearsals.
12. Monitor all the shows.
13. Communicate with the Carnival Committee on a regular basis.
14. In general, provide for the smooth running operation of the show.

Responsibilities of the Carnival Committee
1. Provide the Carnival Director with all necessary information to complete casting.
2. Provide the Carnival Director with a list and names and phone numbers of Carnival Committee members.
3. Run Photo Day.
4. Supply and fit costumes.
5. Supply all necessary facilities.  
6. Supply all necessary props, sets (including curtain) and lighting.
7. Prepare and supply programmes .
8. Provide adequate time and volunteers for ticket sales.
9. Provide adequate volunteers to effectively man the shows.
10. Communicate with the Carnival Director on a regular basis
11. In general, provide information and manpower to facilitate the realization of the show.