February 7 – Happy Birthday Bert DeRose

bertderose2Beginning in the 1950’s, Bert DeRose single-handedly made the Amsterdam High School Drama Department one of this city’s most treasured cultural assets. With an amazing eye and ear for acting, singing and stage design talent, today’s Amsterdam Birthday Blog celebrant would grab kids out of his drama class, the chorus and sometimes right out of the hallway and convince them that together, they could bring the thrill of Broadway to the elegant Wilbur Lynch auditorium. If you weren’t around back then, believe me when I tell you that a Bert DeRose High School production…

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