Rotary show brings Saranac Lake’s best

Winter Carnival Court members Roslyn McClatchie, Alexandra Hill, Madison Grimone, Savanna Donaldson, Maggie Peer, Natalie Dewey, Kayleigh Merrill, Dzihad Cecunjanin, DJ Morgan, Brett Dawson, Emery Swanson, Jarrett Ashton, Austin Ecret and Julian Gambacurta dance at the Rotary Variety Show Friday evening, twirling, stutter-stepping and performing acrobatic spins and tosses. (Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone)

SARANAC LAKE — The Rotary Club held its annual Winter Carnival Variety Show Friday night, putting some of its most talented, selfless and entertaining individuals on stage.

The night started with the introduction of the carnival royalty and court, led by King and Queen Clyde Baker and Nancy LaBombard, respectively.

The Court Pages, Ashley Tomaszewski, Madison Wilcox, Lilly Zander, Lucas Rogers, Trey Mariano and Brice Heery, performed an energetic dance routine, jumping, cartwheeling and grooving around every inch of the stage.

The court performed an acrobatic dance, mixing classic ballroom dance with modern moves, and featuring high-flying tosses and flips.

The high school men’s and women’s vocal ensembles performed separately and together, again mixing classics like “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man” and “Poor Wayfaring Stranger” with newer songs like “Stay” and “White Winter Hymnal,” which featured a rhythmic addition as the ensemble clapped, snapped and stomped out the beat.

The Pages of the Winter Carnival Court dance excitedly on stage, leaping, cartwheeling and rocking out. The Pages performed a routine with a few improvisations, and smiled the entire time on stage. (Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone)

A performance from members of the Dance Sanctuary followed, as the dancers interpreted Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” into expressive movement. Flitting across the stage, collapsing to the floor and bounding over and around each other, they received a standing ovation from several members of the crowd.

The Paul Smith’s Woodsmen (and women), the forestry college’s championship-winning lumberjack team, riled up the crowd with a competition in ax throwing, cross-cutting and stump carving. After onlookers were divided on the left and right to root for either the “River Pigs” or the “Steam Goats,” they cheered raucously as the Woodsmen hurled axes at targets, sliced through logs with hand saws and carved rabbits out of wood with chainsaws.

By the end of the night, the stage was covered with sweat, wood shavings and the smiling faces of the Winter Carnival royalty and court.

Members of Saranac Lake’s Dance Sanctuary Company perform an emotion-fueled routine to Leonard Cohen’s classic, “Hallelujah.” Company members include Jillian Clark, Anneliese Dramm, Claire Fletcher, Ava Isabella, Lea Kidd, Kailey Kipping, Ruby Maiore and Ruby Smith. (Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone)

A Paul Smith’s Woodsman tries to land a bullseye with an ax toss on stage at the Rotary Show. The championship-winning team left the stage covered in sawdust at the end of their competition. (Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone)


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