The 24th annual Senior Variety Show is set to perform on the stage at Ames City Auditorium in August.
With the theme “Simply Stellar,” “this year’s show will not disappoint,” said Betty Boccella, publicist for the production.
“‘Simply Stellar’ is Friday night, Aug. 17, at 7:30 p.m.,” Boccella said. “And for the first time, instead of the usual Sunday afternoon performance, the second show will be a matinee on Saturday, Aug. 18, at 2 p.m.”
“Simply Stellar” is under the direction of two people familiar to the Ames theatre community, Julie Minot and Ronnie Lindeman. This duo will creatively bring to the stage all things stars, moon, sun and outer space through song, dance and the spoken word.
Performed by older adults at least 60 years of age, the audience will recognize songs and skits that span generations. There will be something for everyone. The stage décor will be enhanced by artists Jo Meyers-Walker and Nick Amundson, who is the Resident Scenic Designer at the Des Moines Community Playhouse.
In observing the show’s theme the community is asked to share their photo experiences of last year’s total solar eclipse for pre-show entertainment. Please send your photos to MrsJennLee@gmail.com by July 27.
In keeping with this year’s theme proceeds will benefit SunSmart Ames in purchasing 10 solar packs for senior benefit. Also receiving funds will be Heartland Senior Services Meals-on-Wheels program, Ballard Community Performing Arts Association and Ames Historical Society.
The Premier Show Sponsor this year is Bethany Life; and Marquee Sponsors are Northcrest Community, Green Hills, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and Ames Ford Lincoln.
Tickets are $10 in advance and now on sale at the following outlets: In Ames, Heartland Senior Services (205 S. Walnut Ave.); Mary Kay’s Flowers and Garden Café (3134 Northwood Drive); and Worldly Goods (223 Main St.). In Nevada they are available at the Ben Franklin Store (1038 6th St.) and in Story City at the RSVP/Senior Center (503 Elm Ave). Tickets are $12 at the door.