Each year’s shows have a theme — this year, the performance is filled with drama.
This year’s theme focuses on the drama surrounding the new “show director,” who is voted in by the club. Keaton Patrick, announcer, plays the part of a director with a one-track mind.
“I feel like I’m a glorified babysitter of adults,” he joked during a recent home show as he stomped around in frustration when the skiers ignored his directions.
But the attitude and frustration is part of the act.
“It’s his way or forget it,” real show directors Randy and Tracey Patrick explain. “He expects everyone to fall in line, no questions asked. It’s not a democracy, it’s a dictatorship — which, of course, causes a whole lot of dissent among the ranks.”
The directors think the show reflects reality because “you can’t please everybody all of the time.” It also fits the show well because although the skiers each have big personalities, when they are on the water together, they are one unit.
In his narration, Keaton banters with other Lake City Skier coordinators and announcers while he introduces the acts.
Acts include ballet lines, swivel skiers, jumps, partner acts, barefoot skiers and pyramids. But the personality is really seen off the water.
As the boats tow the skiers to shore in front of the bleachers, the skiers are introduced individually and occasionally perform a dance.
The shows take place at 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Sunday, on Hidden Lake, at the corner of Anchorage Road and SR 30, except when the team is competing.
There will be no home show Aug. 5 or Aug. 12 as the team will be in Janesville, Wisc. for the national tournament.
The team competes regularly, and often with success. A few years ago, they placed first at the Central Region Tournament that consists of nine states.
All Lake City Skiers shows are free to watch and open to the public. Brenna Goshert, secretary for the organization, said concessions are available and viewing bleachers will be set up, although visitors might want to bring a lawn chair in case the bleachers fill.
Skiing lessons are also offered by members for $15 to $20 for a couple of hours. There will be a special “Learn to Ski” clinic at 6 p.m. Aug. 14.
The group is always looking for new members, age and experience is not considered. For the remainder of the year, the team is waiving all new member fees, however new members must pay $45 for insurance.
For more information visit www.lakecityskiers.org.