Arts / Theater

Mark your calendar for annual ‘It’s Showtime!’ talent show, April 22-23

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Vic Anderson

ESTES PARK – “It’s Showtime!” has lined up some of the best musical talent in the Estes Valley to help raise money for scholarships for Estes Park High School graduates. The Rotary Club of Estes Park sponsors “It’s Showtime!” which will be held Friday, April 22 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 23 at 2 p.m. at Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies, 1700 Brodie Ave. in Estes Park.

“This musical revue partners with the Rotary Golf Tournament, the Shred-A-Thon, and the Rotary Foundation to raise $24,000 for three, four year academic scholarships awarded each year to local graduates. Last year, Showtime raised over $9,300 toward our goal. We hope to do even better this year,” said Pete Sumey, show chairman.

Almost every musical genre is on the program from opera to folk music, rag time piano and jazz with a splash of humor thrown in for good measure.

The lineup of performers includes the Estes Park High School Jazz Band and Major 13 Jazz Choir, Kelley & Brad Anderson, the quartet Uncommon Connection  (Bert Bergland, Don Bryson, Bob Gunn, and Roger Thorp), Christy Florence, Vic Anderson, young violin prodigy Ted Dumont, the folk-rock duo Uncommon Connection made up of Bert Bergland and Bruce Carmichael, soloist Randy Boyd, Madison Casey and Bob Brunson doing a Victor Borge routine, and the singing quartet Elk Hollow (Jack Overly, Gary Reeves, Dmitri Galcovski and Tim McLemore). And that’s just the first act.

After the intermission, Act Two opens with a comedy routine by C.J. Jensen and Raylene Tyson, followed by soprano soloist Nancy Bell, ragtime pianist Scott Wilseck, Rene Moquin comes on as Rodney Dangerfield, Lori Burnham sings a composition by Andrew Lloyd Weber, Steve Smersh performs an original composition, and baritone Larry Pierce wraps up the music with a solo. Kurtis Kelly will emcee the program.

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Nancy Bell

“This is 17 acts that includes some of the best musical talent in the Estes Valley and the Rotary Club is thrilled they are donating their time and talents to helps raise money for scholarships,” said Sumey. “I guarantee you will leave the concert with a smile knowing your money was well spent because you heard some great music and entertainment and our kids are the ones who benefit.”

Tickets are $15 purchased in advance or $18 at the door. Children and students are admitted at no charge. Tickets may be purchased at Macdonald Book Store on Elkhorn, at the Thursday Noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Estes Park (downstairs at the Country Market on Moraine Ave.), the Estes Park Convention and Visitors Bureau, and at MedX.

Anyone wanting to add to the scholarship fund can send a tax deductible contribution to: Rotary Club of Estes Park Foundation, P.O. Box 1854, Estes Park, Colorado 80517. Put “Scholarship Fund” on the memo line of your check.

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