Theatre on Ice

We had a blast skating at Nationals, and we’re eager to start our fourth season!

Circle City Theatre on Ice invites all Indianapolis-area skaters to join our team and explore the theatrical side of skating. Our teams have fun learning about music, choreography and story-telling, while they improve their skating skills.


If enough skaters are interested, we plan to create two teams, an ADULT team (18 and older) and an INTERMEDIATE team, for children and teens (21 and younger). The teams will perform at several local events and compete at the Theatre on Ice Nationals in Wichita, KS, June June 24-28, 2020. We had a blast skating at TOI Nationals the past three seasons and we’re eager to go again!

What: Each team creates two programs. One is a “choreographic exercise” short program that demonstrates the required theme and movement concepts. The second program is a long free skate telling a story through skating, dance, acting, costumes and makeup.

Who: CCTOI welcomes any skater able to pass a U.S. Figure Skating test by April 1, 2020. You must be a member of a skating club or an individual member of U.S. Figure Skating. Last season, Circle City had members from Winter Club, Indy Central FSC, and Sycamore ISC. TOI is a fun way to build bridges among the clubs. Our skaters ranged from 9 to 72 years old. We have pre-preliminary skaters as well as a former international synchro competitor. Coaches are welcome to join the Adult team. The team will be coached by Patty Hagen and Jessica Sheplavy, with help from professional choreographer Kelley Morris-Adair and other coaches. Plus, many volunteers are needed to organize and manage the teams.

When: During the fall, the coaches will select themes and music and plan choreography with lots of input from team members. A Call-Out Meeting will be scheduled. The teams will start weekly practices in January.

  • Tell a coach you would like to participate: circlecityTOI@gmail.com. We need to know how many are interested so we can plan the budget and choreography.
  • Sept.-Dec: Try to attend Winter Club Focus Groups called TOI Prep. Also, if you need to pass a test to qualify, work with a coach to learn and pass the test. Attend Call-Out Meeting on date TBD.
  • January: Weekly practices, likely on Sunday Winter Club sessions, with practice time on the floor after.
  • February-June: Practices most weeks at Fishers Fuel Tank. We may travel to competitions and critique sessions in the spring. Travel to Nationals in Kansas June 26-30. In recent years, 80 teams have competed!

How much will it cost? Team members will share the cost of ice time, coaching, costumes, competition entry fees, team T-shirts, coaches’ expenses at competitions, trading pins, and professional photos. Our guesstimate is $700 per skater for the January-June season. Each family also will pay their own travel expenses (hotel rooms, food, gas, etc.) Payments will be made in several parts. If more skaters participate, the cost per skater will be lower. 

Read more about TOI at usfigureskating.com, click on Programs and then click on Theatre on Ice. You can also watch TOI programs on youtube.com.

If you are interested in joining the team, or have questions, contact coach Patty Hagen. Include your name, age, badge or test level.  Skaters need to have finished Basic 6 or Adult 3.  learntoskate@winterclubindy.com