By REBECCA WEBSTER
Recorder News Staff
TOWN OF AMSTERDAM -- Let the country music begin.
Today at 7 p.m. in Amsterdam High School's Bert DeRose Theater, the Amsterdam Rotary Club -- and many talented residents -- will take the stage for the annual Rotary Club Variety Show.
And this year, it has got a country swing to it.
Named "Hot Rockin' Country" the show features acts filled with modern and classic country tunes, comedic skits, and a little bit of swing dancing.
Thursday night, the group of nearly 50 participants gathered in the theater -- with hay bails, cowboy hats, and some items from local farmers -- for their final dress rehearsal.
Watching the rehearsal was one of the directors, Bill Nelson.
"The individual people that have been working to prepare their individual acts have been working on their acts, putting in countless hours at home," Nelson said.
"This is really a labor of love for the people involved and the fact that they are willing to give of their time, give of their talents, and really do a lot of preparation for this at home is just a testament to just how much these people love this community and love to see groups like the Rotary Club succeed in their fundraising."
Amsterdam High School alumna Michele Marzullo, who will be performing a hip-hop-country dance with fellow alums Danielle DiGiacomo and Gonelle Cislo in the show, said Thursday that it feels great to be back on the AHS stage.
"It's good for the community," Marzullo said. "This is a great show, a great cause in the community and it feels good to give back."
Milly Andrews, who pops in throughout the show as comic act Minnie Pearl, said she's just always been a "corny, crack-up person" and was excited to be involved.
"It's just a good opportunity for community members to act and play and have fun, and then provide that entertainment for the community and always for a wonderful cause," Andrews said.
The show kicks off opening night today at 7 p.m. at the Bert DeRose Theater and will run again Saturday at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Student tickets are $6.
All proceeds will benefit the Horace J. Inman Senior Center and the Rotary Youth Scholarship Fund.