Performers in the West Holt Medical Services Foundation’s Variety Show took to the stage in Atkinson, Nebraska to sing, dance and entertain the audience at two performances this past weekend. Eleven local acts showcased their incredible talent.
When the curtains closed, the audience cast votes for their favorite acts. The youngest performer, Selah Keim (age 4), took 1st place with her adorable dance routine to the song “In Summer” from the motion picture “Frozen." Taking 2nd place performing a comedic song medley from the motion picture “Sister Act” was Melody Brink, Teresa Janzing, Deb Kaup, Monique Johnson and Bonnie Krysl. Hula hooping her way to 3rd place was Adrianna Mincer to the song “Let’s Twist Again” by Chubby Checker.
The variety show’s Director and West Holt Medical Services Foundation Director, Jessica Prussa, shares, “It was amazing to witness the community rally together to raise funds for the Foundation’s medical scholarships. I would like to extend a special thank you to all of our volunteers, performers, West Holt High School and our variety show sponsors Baird Holm, the Good Samaritan Society, Green Valley Irrigation, Miles Garwood with Waddell and Reed and an anonymous sponsor. This fundraising event would not be possible without your help and support.”
Twelve acts auditioned for the variety show on March 1 and 11 acts were selected by volunteer judges Jarrod Hamik, Tana O’Neill and Karen Nollette.
Helping prepare for the variety show were volunteers Miles Garwood, Marvin Smoot and Cecelia Schrunk. The weekend festivities opened with a soup supper provided by Faith Wesleyan Men-4-Men Ministries. Sandy Schrunk and Patti Skrdla provided lovely decorations for the meal. Along with the delicious soup, desserts were provided Saturday and Sunday by Sandra Garwood, Jan Hysell, Monique Johnson, Courtney Laetsch, Tracy Ludwig, Susan Olberding, Linda Price and Cecelia Schrunk. Collecting free-will donations at the door were Miles Garwood, Jarrod Hamik, Margaret Linse, Karen Myers and Marvin Smoot.
Audience members received a special greeting by Abigail Pfeifer, Andrew Pfeifer, Annalise Pfeifer, Cecilia Neuverth, Grant Neuverth and Kyle Neuverth as they graciously handed out the variety show programs.
The charming emcee, Wayne Prussa, welcomed the audience with warmth, and guided the performers and the audience through an enjoyable show. Cody Kohler and Tony Meyer filled the shoes of the sound and light crew. Curie Mincer assisted director Prussa as stage hand and provided complimentary roses to the performers from her flower shop, Atkinson Floral.
Act I performances were:
St. John’s Lutheran Church Handbell Choir— Jake Falor, Jack Flannery, Sharie Flannery, Jeanine Hale, Jaci Harmon, Fran Janzing, Janet Kliment, Michelle Laetsch, Lois Poessnecker, Larry Poessnecker, Mitzi Rentschler, Steve Rentschler, Shirley Rossman and Melody Brink on the flute.
Vocalist— Lacey Pollard
Dance group— Jace Gregory and Madalyn Pistulka Vocalist— Madison Tunender
Vocal group— Melody Brink, Teresa Janzing, Monique Johnson, Deb Kaup and Bonnie Krysl
Hula hoop dance— Adrianna Mincer
Act II performances were:
Vocalist— Bill Fox
Dance group— Morgan Breiner, Sidney Breiner, Alisha Keim, Cassie Neibauer, Cierra Parks, Lydia Sigler and Makenna Welke.
Vocalist— Ava Hoffman
Comedy skit— Maxine Brink, Roxanne Hollingsworth, Cindy Kubik, Lorraine Lieswald and Claranna Witherwax.
Over 200 people were in attendance at the variety show which raised approximately $4,000 for the West Holt Medical Services Foundation’s staff development and scholarship fund.