Peet Variety Show set for weekend


For nearly 50 years Peet’s Variety Show, formerly known as Cabaret, has exhibited acts performed by the students that ranged from humorous, to musical, to heartfelt and sincere, and this year will be no exception.

“There is a lot of prep work that goes into putting on Peet’s Variety Show. Directors begin preparing music with large groups [such as] jazz band, melodies and women’s and men’s choir around October [or] November. Students begin coming up with ideas for acts, auditions, creating the show order, decorations, lights, etc. The list is really endless,”  Samantha Eilers, the choir teacher at Peet, said.

The Variety Show always has four directors every year according to Eilers. The directors are Ben Byersdorfer, Samantha Eilers, Kenton Engels and Eric Lins.  And the parent volunteer this year is Darcy Johnson.

The students are also working hard to make a special performance. The M.C.’s create their own script, and all the students in the show work hard to prepare their own acts to audition with and perform.

Because of the crazy weather and schedule, Eilers said that rehearsals have been cancelled, changed and moved so everyone has had to work extra hard.

Ahmad Madlock, a student at Peet, is emceeing, performing in Melodies and is soloing in the show.  Madlock said he practices at school every study hall as well as working at the show practices that happen with the whole group.

“It’s the parts that the crowd doesn’t see [that are the best part.] It’s the offstage moments that we’re all together and having a good time—there’s honestly nothing like it,” Madlock said. “So much attention to detail [goes into this show], strong stage direction, practice and work from everyone makes for a great set of performances.”

Performances are Friday, March 1 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 2 at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.  Tickets for the Saturday 1:30 show are $2 and all other tickets will be $6. 

“Our hope with shows in the future is to give students a place to share their talents, that we continue to help students find their voice, whether that be on stage or backstage. We want to show our school and our community that performing can have such a big impact on students at this age,” Eilers said.

Show Times

Friday, March 1 at 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 2 at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.


1:30 p.m. show tickets are $2

7 p.m. tickets for Friday 

and Saturday are $6

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