One 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, in partnership with WILLow LeaVes of Hope, present the return of their popular Annual Christmas Variety Show at WILLow LeaVes of Hope, located at 326 Jackson St., Hope, at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The dinner theatre-style performances Saturday evening and at 2 p.m. Sunday will feature a dozen talented individuals who will show off their skills in a variety of arenas, including performances of song, dance, and spoken word, as well as the return of WJOY 1225 radio personalities, Holly Dayz and Douglas Fir II.

Pyle, who plays reporter Holly Dayz keeps Douglas Fir II, played by Pete Law, 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.

The second act of the evening features something a little different as Pyle takes the stage for a whirlwind tour of the history of clogging, from basic steps to buckdancing and other styles.

Hope resident James Cave returns this year for his fourth appearance with guitar in hand.

The guitarist and singer will perform a variety of beloved holiday favorites, he says. And though he admits he is a personality that finds it difficult to say, “No,” he says he is very much looking forward to sharing the stage with Pyle again.

“I hope the show sells out and does well,” he says.

Actor Jason Bowser says he will be performing an original skit he wrote about an unhappy wife who falls asleep and wakes to find her life is actually perfect as it is.

“I am looking forward to the skit since it is something new,” Bowser says.

Returning for his third appearance, Bowser has been more involved this year with writing and prepping material for the show, he says. In addition to exercising his skit-writing abilities, Bowser is donning the leisure suit once again to croon holiday favorites as only the late King of Rock and Roll could deliver, including "Blue Christmas" and "The First Noel."

Bowser says a fellow cast member recently made mention that considering 2022 has been the year of Elvis, with so many appearances made by the icon on the WILLow LeaVes stage, it is only fitting that he closes out the year, too.

It is literally the “variety” of the evening that visitors look forward to, Pyle says.

This weekend’s performances are reminiscent of the days of Carol Burnett and Ed Sullivan, Pyle adds.

“To me, because of our demographic, years ago variety shows were so popular,” Pyle says. “I think people can relate to a variety show because they know they’re going to get a little bit of this and little bit of that.”

Bowser adds he hopes those who attend not only have fun, but “get filled with the Christmas spirit because that is what this is about, a celebration of the season.”