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It’s Showtime! March 1st and 2nd

Tickets are now on sale for “It’s Showtime!” – a musical revue featuring some of the best musical talent in the Estes Valley. This is the third year for the Rotary Club of Estes Park to sponsor an evening of vocal and instrumental performances that raise money for scholarships offered by the Rotary Club Foundation.

“Our goal is to raise $10,000 for the scholarship fund,” explained club president and show chairman Pete Sumey. “Last year, we raised just over $8,000 for scholarships from the show and this year we hope to do even better.”

The show is Friday, March 1st from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. and a repeat on Saturday, March 2nd from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies, 1700 Brodie Ave. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Children and students are free. Tickets may be purchased in advance at Macdonald Book Shop, Estes Park Visitor’s Center, MedX of Estes, and at the Thursday Noon Rotary meetings.

Many of the performers who were in shows the last two years are back along with some new faces.

Betsy Skinner is director of this year’s show and returns as Master of Ceremonies and will be performing as well. Betsy has spent over 40 years performing professionally in operas, oratorios and musical theatre including such roles as Violetta (La Traviata), Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance) and Eliza Doolittle (My Fair Lady). She holds both Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the prestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, where she was also on the faculty, teaching classes in voice and vocal performance pedagogy. She is well-known in Estes Park as a director (Amahl and the Night Visitors, Man of La Mancha), recitalist (with the Estes Park Winter Music Concert Series) and as the new director of the Mountainaires Women’s Chorus. In 2011, she founded the Allenspark Performing Arts Group, offering quality summer musical theatre productions in a stunning outdoor mountain setting.

“Betsy is first class,” said Sumey. “She brings enthusiasm and an incredible talent to the stage and we are delighted to have her serve as director and emcee of this year’s production.”

She is one 21 acts filling two hours of great entertainment. Included in the lineup are vocalists Lori Burnham, Christy Florence, Larry Pierce, Randy Boyd, Major 13 High School Jazz Choir, Elk Hollow with Dmitri Galcovski, Ruby Bode, Roger Thorp, Steve Smersh, Vic Anderson, the OLM Trio, Valerie Dascoli, Colleen Buckert, the Four Tenors, and Scott Anderson. The high school jazz band also will perform as will 8th grader Ted Dumont, a violinist of exceptional talent. Rotarian Bob Brunson is working up a humorous piece as George Burns singing “I wish I were 18 Again.” And Margaret Patterson will perform a classical piano solo.

Businesses wanting to advertise in the program for “It’s Showtime!” can purchase a half-page ad for $50 or a full-page ad for $100. Contact Ken Cole at 586-1181 to purchase an ad. Sponsorships also are being sought to help underwrite production expenses. Please contact Phil Moenning at 586-3748. Make checks payable to the Rotary Club of Estes Park Foundation. Your donation is tax deductible.

You’ll read more about some of the performers in the weeks to come, but be sure and buy your tickets early for “It’s Showtime!”

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