Antietam Rec presents love songs with a touch of country, Sinatra and Elvis

February 02, 2011|BY TIFFANY ARNOLD |
  • Tim Rotz portrays the 1970s-era Elvis Presley in Antietam Recreation's Valentine's Day variety show, which opens Friday, Feb. 4. Providing background vocals are, from left, Kristi Cook, Lauren Hartman, Tiffany Egolf and Tracey Rotz.
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FUNKSTOWN —  Nothing says "baby, I love you," like porkchop sideburns and a white jumpsuit.

"For me, Elvis of the '70s is what Elvis is all about," said Tim Rotz, who will impersonate The King during Antietam Recreation's Valentine's Special. The variety show debuts Friday, Feb. 4, at the camp's facilities south of Funkstown, and continues Fridays and Saturdays through Saturday, Feb. 19, with special shows on Sunday, Feb. 13, and on Valentine's Day, Monday, Feb. 14.

Rotz, the show's director, described a program of half country and half Elvis, with some Frank Sinatra and Michael Bublé on the side. A cast of 12 will comprise the first half of the 90-minute program, including 9-year-old "power singer" Hannah Richardson — possibly the next female version of Justin Bieber. Hannah sings Connie Francis covers and lives in Waynesboro, Pa. Hannah's YouTube channel (look for "mlpgrow123") has amassed more than 2,200 subscribers and more than 240,900 uploads since she joined in 2009. She's also won several talent shows in Nashville, Tenn.

At Antietam, Hannah will sing "Show Stopper," "Stupid Cupid" and "Where the Boys Are."

The first half of the program will also include 16-year-old singer Jessica Snyder, of Frederick, Md., and the dancing Shirk sisters from Clear Spring.

As for the second half of the show, "That's the Elvis set," Rotz said. The 22-year-old has been impersonating Elvis for at least six years. Rotz takes his cues from Elvis's movies — he owns them all. This is also where he finds his shtick, like ending songs with a karate kick and throwing out his arms at the last cymbal crash.

Show business seems to be the Rotz family business. His older brother, Andy Rotz, is a record-holding rodeo-style roper and regular performer at Antietam's Christmas program, which mom Mary Rotz said drew 5,000. Mary Rotz is the owner of Antietam Recreation. The camp has been in owned by the family for more than 30 years.

She said the Valentine's program, which will enter its third year, is one of the newest addition. Last year, the event fetched nearly 1,000 people,  many of them bused in from Lancaster, Pa., and Pittsburgh.

"We hope to keep going with it," Mary Rotz said.

If you go ...

WHAT: Antietam Recreation's Valentine's Special dinner and variety show
WHEN: Opens 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4. Shows continue Fridays and Saturdays through Saturday, Feb. 19. There will be additional shows on Sunday, Feb. 13, and on Valentine's Day, Monday, Feb. 14.
WHERE: Antietam Recreation, 9745 Garis Shop Road, south of Funkstown.
COST: General admission, $29; $27 admission for ages 60 and older. Group discounts are available.
MORE: Call 301-797-7999, e-mail or go to

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