The Rotary Club of Estes Park Presents It’s Showtime!
A fast-paced musical variety show
Sit down with four of the major players in the new musical variety show, It’s Showtime! debuting Thursday and Friday, April 14 and 15, at the Estes Park High School and you get an avalanche of adjectives and superlatives to describe what a ticket buyer might expect. Pete Sumey, Bill McNamara, Madison Casey, and C.J. Jensen chime in with descriptions almost like a chorus:
Pete: “It’s a musical variety show.”
CJ: “With some of the best talent in Estes Park.”
Madison: “A fast-paced, exciting, musical variety show with some of the top talent in Estes Park.”
CJ: “We have a lot of talent in this little town. We all know it.”
A lot of the groups and individuals appearing in It’s Showtime! have been seen around town in one venue or another from time to time, but this is the first time for all of them to appear together in a single show.
“The show starts at 7:00 p.m. and I plan to get everyone out of there within two hours,” says Pete Sumey, chair of the Estes Park Rotary club’s Music Committee, sponsor of the show. “Some programs in town tend to run on for hours and hours. This one won’t.”
Music coordinator Madison Casey says it will be “short acts. It’ll move right along.”
Stage manager C.J. Jensen says, “It’s a fast-paced, energetic, exciting, talented show.”
Sixteen acts are lined up for the show with a mixture of youth and adult performers. The Estes Park High School Jazz band will kick things off the first night, Thursday, April 14th. The high school jazz choir directed by Alan Denney, Major 13, will appear in Act I that night and then start the show on Friday, April 15th.
“The music that Major 13 does is a lot more challenging and totally different than what we normally sing in choir,” says Alan Denney, choir director. “It’s very challenging music and I think that an opportunity to sing in front of a live audience is pretty important because it’s really good for them to put out there what they’ve been working on.”
Major 13’s appearance in It’s Showtime! is a sort of “tune-up” before the group performs at the Greeley Jazz Festival the last week in April. Denney says the group’s name stems from the music it performs.
“A major 13 is a jazz chord and we have 13 members and that’s how we came up with the name,” says Denney.
Others in the show include Nancy Bell who will sing a song from the popular Broadway production “Wicked.”
Margie Patterson on piano with husband Glenn on string bass will perform a ragtime number.
11-year old Ted Dumont and 13-year old Doug Klink then present a violin duet.
These two are terrific performers,” says Casey. Klink won the concerto competition of the Denver Young Artists Orchestra and will appear as a soloist on April 10th with the Conservatory Orchestra playing Jean Batiste Accolay’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in A Minor.
Casey says the song they will do for It’s Showtime will be much different. “Millionaire’s Hoedown is a three-minute, foot-stomping, country hoedown type song. It could be exciting,” he says.
“I think that will be a wake-up call for the audience” Sumey chimes in.
“You want to surprise them,” says Jensen. “You want to always surprise them.”
Lori Burnham and Bob Gunn will perform the beautiful duet “All I Ask of You” from Phantom of the Opera.
Chris and Connor Gallagher will perform a song made popular by Michael Buble´, “Haven’t Met You Yet.”
Jack Overly and Gary Reeves, better known as Elk Hollow team up with fiddler Dmitri Galcovski for a couple of folk songs: “Roseville Fair” and “Shenandoah.”
High school junior Erin Dietrich will perform the flashy piano solo “Toccata in E Flat Minor.”
Show emcee Betsy Skinner, accompanied by pianist Margie Patterson, will show her wide range of musical talent with “The Girl in 14G.”
Scott Anderson weighs in with “Maria” from West Side Story, then joins Melissa and Jordanne Westover for “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.”
Ruby Bode will perform a vocal solo.
Accompanying the singers will be Michelle Gergen-Wisner on piano.
The last group to perform will be The Four Tenors (Dave Evans, Mark Richards, Dick Broman and Pete Sumey) who will offer up two barbershop numbers: “Cecilia” and “Hello My Baby.”
Sumey says there are a number of students included in the program for a reason.
“It’s our future,” he says. Proceeds from the show will go the Estes Park Rotary Foundation’s Scholarship Fund. “We hope to hand out a total of almost $30,000 in scholarships this year. That’s a huge goal, but it’s reachable. We need to – for our kids.”
“Every opportunity our students get for assistance in going to college is important,” says Major 13 director Denney. “It’s really an encouragement to our students to have the community’s support. I bet every one of the students in Major 13 is college bound.”
“We’re supporting our future,” says Jensen. “It’s going to be a great night of entertainment. Better than your TV”
“And at a very reasonable price,” says Casey. Tickets are $10 for adults; students are free.
“It’s for a good cause. It’s scholarships for our future, for our youth.”
Show director Bill McNamara says, “It’s a nice mixture of genres and ages. You know, we’ve got classical, folk, popular, and jazz. We’ve got instrumental. We’ve got soloists. We have duets. We have ensemble pieces. It’s real musical variety.”
“That’s what we mean by variety,” says Sumey.
“Every minute is different. It’s not the same ol’, same old,” says Jensen.
Tickets for It’s Showtime can be purchased in advance at Macdonald Book Shop, MedX, Hobart’s Office Services and the Estes Park Visitors Center or at the door on performance night.