Senior Variety Show Taking a Detour

Our recent world and community conditions have created many speed bumps, including one for the Senior Variety Show.  Like driving, it means slowing down, shifting gears, or sometimes changing lanes. The Senior Variety Show (SVS) Board and Committees found themselves navigating this unusual road and actively looking for a detour.  Although it is not known exactly when it will be safe to gather together, it is acknowledged that the SVS performing population (which ranges from ages 60-90’s) is in a category considered at greater risk if COVID-19 is contracted.  Thus it was decided recently that the traditional August senior variety show will not be performed at Ames City Auditorium this year.


However, although the planned, traditional show hit a speed bump, the creative minds of SVS are still looking for ways to safely highlight senior talent in the area.  There are a few options how best to do this, so the SVS crew is still asking local seniors over the age of 60 to dust off their talents and prepare an act of 3 minutes or less. (The original theme, “Antics Roadshow” will be saved for a later date which means back to the drawing board for a new act if you had already started preparing.)  Yes, indeed!  It is still full speed ahead, so please stay tuned to Web site: SeniorVarietyShow.org, our Facebook page, or call 515-292-9394 as plans continue to develop.


In its 25-year existence, SVS has donated over $210,000 to local senior projects and programs. This year the SVS board has voted to donate $5,000 toward a September Freedom Flight tour to Washington DC.   Despite a change its original plans, the Senior Variety Show still hopes to honor that commitment.   Last year, SVS awarded $3,000 to Good Neighbor Emergency Assistance; $2,500 to Ames Choral Society; and $2,000 to the RSVP Volunteer Transportation Program. These continued donations are possible because SVS is entirely a volunteer effort of performers and workers.  It is also possible because of its loyal audiences and generous community sponsorships.  This year we are hoping to all work together again to provide entertainment in some format at a time our community needs it the most.  


If you have a talent to share or would like to support this show as a volunteer or sponsor, please be watching for further updates and stay in touch at 515-292-9394 or PO Box 223, Ames, Iowa 50010.

Show dates are Friday August 14, 7:30 and Saturday August 15, 2:00

Dates To Remember

SVS Social February 13 | 3:30p – 5:00p
Join us at Northminster Presbyterian Church (NPC*) to look back on our 25th Anniversary Show, “Celebrating Silver – Creating Gold”, then look down the road to our upcoming show “Antics Roadshow”. Connect or reconnect with previous cast members, hear the directors vision of the show, and get your questions about the Senior Variety Show answered.

Auditions! Saturday, April 4 | 10:00a – 12:00p and 2:00p – 4:00p @NPC*
Bring your best Antics. Each act needs to be under 3 minutes and each participant can be in 2 acts.

Auditions On Demand Friday, April 17 | 7:00p – 8:00p @NPC*
Can't come to Auditions on April 4? Send an email to julie.minot@prairieinet.net and we will hold Auditions this evening. NOTE - WE WON'T SHOW UP FOR THIS DATE UNLESS PEOPLE SIGN UP IN ADVANCE!

Call Backs Saturday May 9 | 10:00a – 12:00p
Did your act need some more polishing? More members? This is the last chance to show us your act is suitable and ready for the big show. The lineup for the show will be determined and you will be notified which act you will be in after May 9. No acts will be added after this point.

ACT 1 Previews! Saturday, July 11 |10:00a - 12:00p @NPC*
We will be running Act 1 (in show order) for your peers! This is your first chance to perform your polished act for your fellow performers. You will be getting some stage direction and individual attention to your act.

ACT 2 Previews! Saturday, July 11 | 1:30p – 3:30p
We will be running Act 2 (in show order) for your peers! This is your first chance to perform your polished act for your fellow performers. You will be getting some stage direction and individual attention to your act.

“But I'm already booked” Previews! Saturday, July 18 | 10:00a – 12:00p
We know - everyone is busy. If you couldn't make it to your scheduled Preview date, we will catch everyone else today. It is very important we preview all acts before we get to the big stage in City Hall because we have lots of other things to work out there. (Lights, sound, etc.)

Ames City Hall Auditorium

Monday, August 10, 6:30
Act 1 in order

Tuesday, August 11, 6:30
Act 2 in order

Wednesday, August 12, 6:30
Dress Rehearsal
Full show in costume

Thursday, August 13, 6:30
Dress Rehearsal
Full show in costume

Show Time!
Friday August 14
6:30 Call 7:30 Show

Saturday August 15
1:00 Call 2:00 Show

Join us after the show on Saturday for some merriment, refreshments, and a look ahead to 2021!

* NPC – Northminster Presbyterian Church, 1416 20th Street, Ames
(directly across the street from Ames High School)