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St. Joseph High School to have Variety Show this weekend

IRONTON — It is as much a St. Joseph High School tradition as the prom, Charity Fair and the turkey dinner in the fall: The 33rd annual Variety Show will be this weekend at the high school gymnasium.

The theme this year is “At The Joe,” a takeoff on the school’s name, explained Maria Whaley, who, along with John Lutz, supervises the student production. Colleen Griffith is the vocal coach.

The 1950s tune “At The Hop” has been borrowed and altered a bit for the evening and sets the tone for the night of entertainment.

“We have skits that are a spin-off of James Bond and Scooby Doo,” Whaley said. “We have news, sports and weather in the tradition of Saturday Night Live.” There are also musical numbers, she said. Fifty-five students are taking part this year.

The annual event is meant to showcase the school’s talent and to give students a chance to learn the ins and outs of stage production.

“The scripts are not prewritten. They write their own scripts, do the lineup and they learn a lot of what it takes to put on a show,” Whaley said.

Show times are 8 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday. The Saturday show will be preceded by a dinner at 6:30 p.m. The menu is Hawaiian chicken, rice and salad. The cost is $5 at the door for either show or $13 for the dinner and show on Saturday.