AZTEC — Why did the cow cross the road? To find out, and enjoy some family-oriented entertainment, dust off the Minnie Pearl hat, hop in the jalopy and head down to the Aztec Senior and Community Center this Saturday for the center's production of "Yee Haw!"

The show is loosely modeled after "Hee Haw," the popular country-themed television program of the 70s and 80s.

Offering comedy, variety and musical acts by local performers, "Yee Haw!" will also present numbers by such local celebrities as Gary Cook and Joel Racheff of the Bar D Wranglers, the musical duo Jane Voss and Hoyle Osborne, the Sleepy Grass String Band, the Chokecherry Band, Fort Lewis College's Folklorico dance troupe, Enchanted Dancers and the Point of Grace Dancers.

"There's a lot of talent out there that people don't know about," said senior support secretary Fawna Lee, who is helping prepare for the event. "There's going to be a lot of singing and dancing, and it will also be really hilarious."

"Yee Haw!" is the brainchild of Senior and Community Center Director Cindy Iacovetto, who wants to use the center for more community projects and events.

"During one of our board meetings, several of our seniors expressed a desire to do some plays on the stage," said Iacovetto. "Someone suggested a Hee-Haw type show, and because I have all this stuff already at my ranch for props and a set, I came up with Yee Haw!'"

To save on the cost of purchasing a script, Iacovetto wrote her own, which follows "Winnie Garnet," (a take-off of Minnie Pearl), played by Aztec resident Sue Dodson.


"The show will be based on Miss Winnie's journey through town," said Iacovetto. "She's a gossip, and she travels around checking on the good folks of Aztec, who are all getting ready for a shindig at the big, red barn."

Iacovetto has integrated Aztec locations and local lore into the storyline.

"I've made it really personal in that way," she said, adding that technical support for the production was provided by Before and Beyond DJ and Karaoke, the Aztec High School Drama Department, and Bottom of the Barrel Productions.

Iacovetto hopes "Yee Haw!" will be the start of more theater and community events at the center.

"I want people to know that, in addition to this being the Senior Center, it's also a community center, and is available to rent for parties and events," she said.

One such event will take place Nov. 16, when Bottom of the Barrel Productions offers a performance of Judy Castleberry's 1800s-era melodrama/comedy, "Villainy in the Valley," or "The San Juan Scoundrel."

"I'm excited to see this stage come back to life," said Iacovetto. "I would love to see more shows performed here, and more of the community using the center."