Elmira Jackals To Hold Blade Tryouts

ELMIRA, N.Y. - The Elmira Jackals announced today that they will hold open tryouts for the position of Blade on Wednesday, October 16 at 6:00 p.m. inside First Arena.

The tryout process will consist of a skating test, an improvised skit, and a question-and-answer session with the panel of judges. The skating test and improvised skit will be done inside of the Blade costume while the Q & A session will be done face-to-face.

The skating test will mimic Blade's pre-game introduction at a Jackals home game. The improvised skit will need to be three minutes long and is limited only by the performer's creativity. It can range from a dance performance to a comedic skit similar to interacting with fans at a Jackals game. If the performer chooses to dance during the improvised skit, he or she will get a minute and a half to perform to a song of their choice, and then a minute and a half to perform to a song of the judges' choosing.

Performers should wear comfortable fitting athletic clothes to wear while in costume. Athletic shoes should also be worn while in costume and not on skates.

The Blade hopefuls will be evaluated and scored on skating ability, entertainment value, enthusiasm, improvisational skills, creativity, and leadership qualities.

A panel of celebrity guest judges will score each of the performers' tryouts. The panel is comprised of:

Meghan Reed - Marketing Director of Arnot Mall
Laura Caso - Good Morning Twin Tiers Anchor on WENY-TV
Mario Sacco - Sports Anchor & Reporter for WETM-TV
Jean Bourbeau - Elmira Jackals forward and 2012-13 captain
Ray Schmitt - Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for Elmira Jackals and First Arena.

Interested performers are required to be 16 years old or older, be 5-6 or taller, and be able to provide their own transportation to and from Jackals home games.

To register for Blade tryouts please fill out the Tryout Registration Form and return to Ray Schmitt via email (ray@firstarena.com) or fax (607-733-2237).

Mark your calendars! The Jackals open their home schedule for their seventh season of ECHL hockey on Friday, October 25 against the Reading Royals at 7:05 p.m. Don't miss a minute of the action with Jackals season tickets. They offer the best discount off of the box office price and come with great benefits like merchandise discounts, exclusive meet-and-greets with the team, ticket exchange, and more. Call 607-734-7825 to order your season tickets today. They start as low as $10 per game!

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Thursday, October 10: Gary's Body Shop Comedy Club at First Arena featuring Rob Steen. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Click here to order tickets.
Saturday, October 12: Elmira Jackals Exhibition Game vs. Reading, 7:05 p.m. Click here to order tickets.

Sunday, October 13: Piccadilly Circus. Family fun at three shows - 1:00 p.m., 3:30 p.m., and 6:00 p.m. Click here to order tickets.

Thursday, October 17: Air Supply Live in Concert. Show begins at 7:00 p.m. and tickets start at $25.75. Click here to order tickets.

Friday, October 19: Art of Combat V. Preliminary card begins at 4:30 and main card begins at 7:00. One ticket covers both cards! Click here to order tickets.

Friday, October 25: Elmira Jackals Home Opener vs. Reading, 7:05 p.m. Click here to order tickets.