Sheldon variety show rehearsal

Members of the Jay Shelp Community Theatre in Sheldon — Jessie Huitink, Bill Boscaljon and Jake Ven Huizen — rehearse a scene from "A Christmas Chaos." They will perform a one-act version of the show Saturday evening in the Sheldon High School auditorium for the community theatre's Holiday Variety Show.

SHELDON—The Jay Shelp Community Theatre will welcome the new year in dramatic fashion by hosting its inaugural Holiday Variety Show on Saturday evening in the Sheldon High School auditorium.

The show, which will start at 7:30 p.m., will feature about 20 musical and theatrical performances by talented N’West Iowa residents. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and admission is $5.

Wayne Burnette, president of the Jay Shelp Community Theatre Board, said the theatre organization used to put on radio shows each year around Christmas but decided to switch it up this holiday season.

“We want to do more as a community theatre, and we just felt like by doing a variety show, we would get more people from the communities involved and provide a nice show for people in the community to come see,” Burnette said.

Many of the acts are musical in nature, such as singing or instrumental performances, but there were no specific criteria for the variety show. To sign up, would-be performers either called Burnette or messaged the Jay Shelp Community Theatre’s Facebook page with a description of what they wished to do.

Members of the community theatre also will perform a one-act play taken from the production, “A Christmas Chaos,” by Michael Wehrli. The farce tells the story of a theatre company scrambling to prepare a last-minute performance of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.”

Also taking to the stage will be the recently created Sheldon Community Choir. The group was formed earlier this year during the community theatre’s production of “Murder on the Orient Express.”

“There were quite a few people sitting around, and one of the guys — Mark Richards — said, ‘Hey, we should start a choir,’” Burnette said. “Before you know it, they had a choir started.”

Burnette said members of the community theatre are excited for the opportunity to showcase local talent while having fun in the process.