More than two dozen talented folks from around the area will gather for an evening of laughter, song, dance and the spoken word as the Actors’ Studio of Hope and WILLow LeaVes of Hope present the return of their popular Annual Christmas Variety Show at 7 p.m. Saturday.

This year, the event will feature new talent and familiar faces, says producer Naomi Fleetwood-Pyle, ranging in age from 10 years old upwards to 70-ish.

The performances at 7 p.m. Saturday evening and 2 p.m. Sunday will feature more than two dozen talented individuals who will show off their skills in a variety of arenas, as well as the return of WJOY 1225 radio personalities, Holly Dayz and Douglas Fir.

Pyle, who plays reporter Holly Dayz keeps Douglas Fir, played by Trevor DeWitt, abreast of the evening’s events and breaking news as she reports for “WJOY 1225 Your station of choice for the holiday season.”

The evening’s news updates, as written by Pyle, are a seamless thread of holiday delights that weaves the evening’s performances together, including the presentation of a modern take on the birth of Christ that culminates in a whole-house closing carol.

“I always have the audience join me and we sing ‘Silent Night’ or another Christmas song with audience participation,” Pyle says. “It kinda leaves them with warm fuzzies in their bellies.”

DeWitt says taking the stage with Pyle is one thing, keeping up with her is something else.

“It is fun working with Naomi,” he says. “You never know what we are going to come up with together. You don’t keep up with Naomi, you just roll with it.”

Although he considers his stage presence this year relatively minimal, DeWitt says this year certainly offers a little something for everyone.

And, if anything, he is hoping his contributions to the production helps to spread a little holiday cheer.

“We got so tickled last year [on stage] when we did a little improv,” DeWitt recalls. “We messed up and the audience loved it. It is really all about making people laugh.”

However, keeping the laughter coming isn’t always an easy task. Pyle says keeping the show fresh each year is something that presents its own unique challenges.

“That is the hardest part for me,” Pyle admits. “I try to get new people and add something different and something new.”

Clearly, Pyle and the ladies at WILLow LeaVes of Hope are doing something right as they are just coming off of a another record-making offering of “Church Basement Ladies: A Second Helping” last month, which drew a crowd of more than 700 people over the course of the show’s run.

With that kind of momentum, you want to keep it going.

Aside from Christmas of Yesteryear, which took place a couple of weeks ago, the Annual Christmas Variety Show is another indication that the season of giving has arrived.

“The first year we did it, it was like, ‘OK we need to do this again,” says Vicki Tedder, co-owner of WILLow LeaVes of Hope.

And so they did. And each year, the show enjoys a full house for every performance, Tedder says.

Over the years, the stage has played host to a variety of talent including jugglers, ventriloquists, cloggers, singers and actors, Tedder says, and she says she is very much looking forward to seeing who takes the stage this year.

Tedder says, for the performances this weekend, smoked pork chops will be on the menu along with some other yummy treats.

“We’ve had all sorts of different performers and that is what makes it entertaining,” Tedder says. “It gets a jumpstart on everything with the Christmas season and it is just a neat evening.”

Pyle says that although the show is holiday-themed, attendees can expect more than just Christmas music, as there will be show tunes and other surprises.

Those who attend are welcome to take advantage and do some shopping, too, as the ladies at WILLow LeaVes are offering some pretty awesome deals for holiday shoppers.

Regardless of whether people want to shop or simply come out for an evening of good food, great company and talented entertainment, Pyle says she is hopeful this year’s show will rival, if not exceed, shows past in both attendance and memorable moments.

“We have sold out every year to date and we are hoping to sell out again this year,” Pyle says. “It is nice to get into the holiday spirit. COVID has done a number on a lot of things, I just think it is nice to get back to where we were with people feeling good and families getting together.”