Competition

The 2020 Competition is at our own EPIC rink!

Wednesday, August 4 – Sunday, August 9, 2020.

EPIC Productions members do not need to register separately for ensemble events.

Instructions for Solo/Duet Registration:

  1. Go to the EntryEeze registration site for showcase
    • For DUETS: Click the Teams button. Only one person needs to fill out the registration info for a duet.
    • For SOLOS or interpretive click the Skaters & Parents button.
  2. Put in your skater’s USFS number and PIN from a previous competition as prompted.
  3. For solo/interpretives: Put in skater information, and your own name for Chaperone information (this gets you a badge for each)
  4. For duets: Create a “team name” that will be read/displayed for the event, and the number of skaters (2).
    • Put in your (parent) information for Team Contact and chaperone.
  5. Use Marianne for your main coach, regardless of your normal main coach (see the handbook if you need their information).
  6. Fill out the rest of the information, and click “Save skater information” (or “team information”) button at the bottom.
  7. Under “Select an event” on the right, select the event you want, then “Add to shopping cart.” (for duets, a 30 word, NO COMMAS, description is required on a later screen)
  8. Practice Ice options will appear on the right (except for Interpretive). Select your Practice Ice and add to cart.
  9. Click the “Go to shopping cart” button on the right (then “No…” skipping the additional mechandise)
  10. For duets, click “Take me to the team roster now” and enter information for BOTH skaters (USFS number, date of birth, skate levels, and email)
  11. When you’re done, click the Shopping Cart button and finish checkout.
  12. After you’re registered and paid, you can go to the music upload page and upload an MP3 of your music. Music deadline is mid-July.

Showcase Travel

  • Arrive before noon on 7/31 and leave after 8 p.m. on 8/4 to accommodate all Finals events
  • Lodging will be coordinated by Kelly Cann (kelly.cann79@gmail.com) – more info coming soon!

About Showcase

The National Showcase Competition is an annual non-qualifying competition held by U.S. Figure Skating that fuses artistic creativity with skating for single skaters, duets, ensembles of 3 – 7 and production numbers of 8 – 30 skaters of all levels, from no-test to adult.

The competition is 5 exciting days during the first week of August. Most showcase numbers are 2–6 minute programs with music from popular Broadway or movie musicals, such as Hamilton, Lion King, Moana, Diary of a Nerd, Chicago, and Monsters, Inc.

Showcase uses 6.0 judging for all events. To compete with solo and duet events, skaters must place in the top four at any USFS Showcase/ entertainment event the previous year and be freeskate level Preliminary or above.

Showcase is a big deal!

In 2017, 541 individual skaters and 111 teams from across the country competed in nearly 837 events at the competition. Some rinks focus only on this theatrical style of skating, auditioning in the fall and rehearsing all year for this competition. For that reason, the competition is fierce. Don’t expect an easy win here!

A different style of competition

The style of showcase skates is different than the Light or Dramatic Entertainment programs FCFSC skaters might be used to. Numbers for this competition often include spoken dialog and skaters frequently address the judges directly. There are very few high level jumps or spins used, as they don’t improve skater scores directly. Instead, the focus is on excellent interpretation of the music. In groups, synchronization is key!

No credit is given to jump difficulty, and a beautiful skate with no clear character or story will likely place lower than a simpler program with terrific characters acted out well on the ice. Originality, humor, and above all, expressiveness are important for this competition. Vital to all events are acting, costumes, props, and scenery, and the most successful competitors have clear characters, mouth the words to dialog in songs, and perform stories on the ice.

Want to see more? Take a look at the video of EPIC Production’s 2018 performance!