What could be more fun than the circus?

How about a circus — on ice.

Gliding Stars, a therapeutic ice skating program that includes more than 110 people challenged by disabilities, will present its annual show Friday and Saturday at the Amherst Pepsi Center.

This year’s theme is “Big Star Circus on Ice.”

“The show is an opportunity for family and friends to cheer on the skaters,” said Elizabeth O’Donnell, founder and president of Gliding Stars’ local chapter, which practices at Hyde Park Ice Pavilion in Niagara Falls. “They get highlighted in front of their families.”

Among the program’s highlighted skaters are Megan Perez of Niagara Falls and Cori Bosso of Grand Island. Perez and Bosso will perform with Kenmore’s Jackie Fildes in the featured trio.

Perez, an adult who attends Niagara County Community College and has been diagnosed with a learning disability and seizures, has been skating with Gliding Stars for three years. Her father, Jim Perez, helps with equipment and her mother, Kathy Perez, makes signs for the program.

“Gliding Stars has been a wonderful experience,” Kathy Perez said. “The whole family enjoys it.”

Bosso, an adult who works at Burger King and also has been diagnosed with a learning disability, has been in the program for two years.

“I know Cori can do the trio with her friends,” said her mother, Julie Grana, who also volunteers with the program. “She exceeds when given a challenge.”

Amy Gardner of Wheatfield, a student at Orleans-Niagara BOCES, has been participating in Gliding Stars for 17 years, since she was nine months old.

Amy’s mother, Sue Gardner, said she was told her daughter would “probably never walk or talk.”

“They didn’t now Elizabeth O’Donnell,” Sue Gardner said.

O’Donnell said that after past performances, parents have told her that the show allowed them to see their child in a different light, capable of things they hadn’t previously thought possible.

“When somebody learns skills in a step-by-step manner, all of the sudden they blossom,” O’Donnell said. “As human beings, we all want to be seen at our best. This show allows that.”

The shows will start off with a parade featuring several local skaters: Zachary Smolen, Elizabeth McCormick and Ian Rolfe of Lewiston; David Bandinelli of Niagara Falls; Elizabeth Podsiadlo and Colten Deuser of Grand Island.

Friday’s 7 p.m. premier will be followed by Saturday’s 1 p.m. matinee. Tickets cost $8 and can be obtained at the door, or by calling 608-8345.