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Senior Variety Show Plans for August Performance

As the calendar turns a new page, some of the people who are involved with the Story County Senior Variety Show enjoy reuniting after the long winter and brainstorm ideas for the next August show. On February 17th several potential performers gathered at Northminster Presbyterian Church in high spirits despite the cold weather and listened to this year’s director, Julie Minot, give her vision and some possible ideas for the upcoming show titled, “Antics Roadshow.” Since COVID has caused postponement of the show for two years, everyone was excited to see light at the end of the tunnel! Some people had a start on their acts already; others were brand new and learning about the process. It was good to see both the faithful faces and newcomers as well.

The show’s parameters are the same as in the past. Each act needs to be three minutes or less, theme-related (antics, roads, traveling), performed by a Story County resident (or living nearby) who is age 60 by show time.

The actual audition for the show is Saturday, April 2, 12:30-2pm and 2:30-4pm so there still is plenty of time to join the fun. Those who are putting a finishing touch on their acts will be seen a second time on Saturday, May 7, 12:30-2pm and 2:30-4pm. These both will take place at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 1416 20th Street in Ames.

One of the purposes of the show is to raise money for senior programs or projects in Story County. (In the past, the recipients have included Heartland Senior Services, Freedom Flight, Good Neighbor Emergency, RSVP, Ames Historical Society among many other programs.) Grant applications are found at and are due June 1st. If you have further questions about this community grant, please contact Pat Meek, SVS Board President at 292-8203. Also Grant Liaison, Kitty Fisher, will be available to help you with the grant application process.

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