Five USP Alumni Nominated for 2015 Tulip Court

Here at Union Street Players, Pella’s award-winning community theatre, we’ve long known that being involved in theatre helps develop kids into confident, expressive, well-rounded individuals. So, it comes as no surprise that we have have five USP alumni nominated for the 2015 Pella Tulip Time court! We encourage everyone to support these amazing young ladies in their bid to represent our community at next year’s Tulip Time.

USP Alumni nominated are (in alphabetical order):

 

Megan Atkins

Megan Atkins (A Christmas Carol [2004], Yes Virginia There is a Santa Claus, The Christmas Post, Cheaper by the Dozen, The Sound of Music [2009], K.O.L.D. Radio, Annie, Once Upon a Mattress, Seussical the Musical, A Christmas Carol [2014])

 

 

 

 

Devin McCainDevin McCain (Jungle Book, Bye Bye Birdie, Seussical the Musical)

 

 

 

 

Annie Matherly

Annie Matherly (Annie, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat)

 

 

 

 

 

Leah Wilborn

Leah Wilborn (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, A Christmas Carol [2004], Yes Virginia There is a Santa)

 

 

 

 

 

Eleanor Witt

Eleanor Witt (Music Man [2007], Sound of Music [2009], Annie)

 

 

 

Voters may select their top three candidates from the 20 ladies nominated and drop their ballots off at specified locations, including the Pella Hy-Vee, Fareway, the Vermeer Windmill and Marion County Bank by Tuesday, October 21st. Official ballots were included in this week’s local newspapers. Once the votes have been tallied and the twelve finalists selected, the 2015 Tulip Time Royal Court will be chosen by a panel of judges on Saturday, November 8th at the Pella Christian High School. Tickets to the event will go on sale next month. Rules include only one ballot per voter, and voters must be at least 17 years old and have a permanent home address in the Pella Community School District.

Don Graves Inducted to Walk of Fame at 2014 USP Awards Night

On Saturday night, October 4th, Union Street Players gathered at the Pella Opera House for our annual Awards Night. Don Graves was this year’s inductee to the USP Walk of Fame. Don was instrumental in the founding of USP and our award winning community theatre’s early years. The evening began with a social hour. USP President, Tom Vander Well, was mater of ceremonies. A slide show highlighting USP’s three productions since last year’s Awards Night was presented. Vander Well announced that all three shows, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Ham Buns and Potato Salad, and Seussical the Musical were profitable productions. The slide show also honored USP Walk of Fame member, Dottie McGee, who passed away this past summer. The evening’s honoree, Don Graves, was introduced by his wife, Bev Graves, who was inducted to the Walk of Fame back in 2009. Together, the Graves represent the third married couple to be inducted, joining Pat and Peggy Moriarity and Arvin and Pati Van Zante. The evening’s program ended with Vander Well honoring Pati Van Zante for stepping up and volunteering to manage the USP Costume Shop for three years after McGee’s passing. All those who have volunteered at the Costume Shop over the years were also honored.

The evening continued in the Opera House auditorium with Theatre Central’s production of The Game’s Afoot. After the show, everyone returned to the Great Room for dessert and merriment highlighted by Wendy Vander Well’s cheesecakes. The cast and crew of the Central show were invited to join in the festivities along with Theatre Central faculty and alumni. Greetings from former Theatre Central professor and USP member, Ann Wilkinson, were shared with the group by Tom Vander Well as conveyed through Mary Jo Sodd.

Cast for USP’s “Christmas Carol” Announced

Union Street Players and Director Pati Van Zante are proud to announce the cast for this holiday’s production of :

An Evening with Charles Dickens Presenting A Christmas Carol

Cast List

Charles Dickens – Arvin VanZante

Ebenezer Scrooge – Lonnie Appleby

Jacob Marley – Pat Moriarity

Bob Cratchit – Doug DeWolf

Mrs. Cratchit – Deb Linn

Peter Cratchit – Braden Rowe

Martha Cratchit – Hannah Blom

Belinda Cratchit – Taryn Johnson

Cratchit Children: Lily Villalobos, Nora Rasmussen, Aiden Smith

Tiny Tim Cratchit – Evan Smith

Spirit Christmas Past – Mandolin Holmes

Spirit Christmas Present – Spence Ver Meer

Spirit Christmas Future – Mathew Kelly

Gentleman 1 – Aaron Smith

Gentleman 2 – Mark Schaefer

Gentleman 3 – Arvin VanZante

Fred – Vince Mandi

Clara – Suzanna Hall

Shopkeeper – Greg May

Beggar – Randy Icenbice

English Bobby – Karl Deakyne

Schoolmaster – Arvin VanZante

Young Scrooge – Isaac Piersma

Little Fan – Lily Teeple

Felicity – Bryleigh DeJong

Violet – Kylie Villalobos

Thomas – William Rasmussen

Young Jacob – Sam Beukelman

Adult Fan – Suzanna Hall

Mr. Fezziwig – Tom Vander Well

Mrs. Fezziwig – Wendy Vander Well

Young Marley – Vince Mandi

Misses Fezziwig: Hanna Henry, Brenna Hildebrand, Johanna Leonard, Alex DeArmond, Francis DeArmond

Miss Belle – Megan Atkins

Young Ebenezer – Jesse Nieboer

Mature Belle – Cyndi Atkins

Belle’s Husband – Greg May

Belle’s granddaughters: Josephine McDanial, Sietje Beukelman

Topper – Aaron Smith

Party Guests: Jana DeZwarte, Greg May, Denise Gregory, Jim Palmer

Serving Girl – Lily VerMeer

Ignorance – William Rasmussen

Want – Eleanor Kyte

Old Joe – Jim Palmer

Mrs. Dilber/Laundress – Jana DeZwarte

Charwoman – Denise Gregory

Undertaker’s Man – Spence Ver Meer

Wilkins Micawber – Mark Schaefer

Caroline Micawber – Anne McCullough Kelly

Madeline Micawber – Madeline Kelly

Remarkable boy/Caroler – Eli Ebeling

Poultry Man – Thomas Salz

Rag Urchins: Madelyn VanUtrecht, Charlize DeArmond, Kylie Villalobos
Production Team

Director – Pati VanZante

Stage Manager – Sara Collins

Producers – Anne McCullough Kelly, Mark Schaefer

Costume Design – Victoria Karnes

Costume Assistant – Adair Smith

Make-up & Hair Design – Peggy Moriarity, Kim Beyers

Props – Lisa Witzenberg

Scenic Design – Mathew Kelly

Set Platform Design – Dan Fynaardt

Light Design – Arvin VanZante

Sound Design – Cody Kooi

Light & Sound Board Operator – Clarissa Laverman

Crew Chief – Cody Kooi

Crew – Karl Deakyne, Mark Schaefer

Set Construction: Jim Palmer, Pat Moriarty, Mark Moreland, Matt Kelly

 

Thanks to everyone who auditioned and has volunteered their time, energy and resources!

An Evening with Charles Dickens Presenting A Christmas Carol

Productions dates:

December 4, 5 at 7:00  p.m.
December 6 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
December 7 at 2:00 p.m.

All shows will be on the stage of the Joan Kuyper Farver Auditorium in the Pella Community Center, 712 Union Street, Pella, Iowa

Tickets $7 for Adults and $5 for students/children

Tickets will be on sale in early November and may purchased on-line at http://www.unionstreetplayers.com

2014 Awards Night; Don Graves to Walk of Fame

Don Graves rehearsing for his role as Jacob in USP's "Joseph"

Don Graves rehearsing for his role as Jacob in USP’s “Joseph”

Members, patrons, friends and fans of Union Street Players, Pella’s award-winning community theatre, are invited to a special evening of fun, celebration and entertainment. At this year’s Walk of Fame Award Event we will honor Don Graves. Don has been an instrumental part of USP since the beginning and has, quite literally, done everything in his service to USP over the years.

Don Graves has not only been on stage, but he has done just about everything back stage that there is to do. He has directed, designed set, been on stage crew, helped with lights, managed tickets, photography, videography and he also served several years as Treasurer of the USP Board of Directors. The current USP Board of Directors is excited to honor Don Graves as this year’s inductee to the USP Walk of Fame.

In addition, this year we will honor the memory of USP Walk of Fame member, Dottie McGee, those who have stepped up to manage the Costume Shop after Dottie’s untimely passing, and honor all who have volunteered their time, talents, and energy to make the Costume Shop a success through the years.

Everyone is invited to celebrate Don and another successful year of community theatre with Union Street Players!

We will honor late USP WoF Member, Dottie McGee

We will honor late USP WoF Member, Dottie McGee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When: Saturday, October 4th
5:30 p.m. Walk of Fame Reception (Heavy Appetizers, Cash Bar)
6:30 p.m. Walk of Fame Award presentations
7:30 p.m. The Game’s Afoot (or Holmes for the Holidays) presented by Theatre Central
9:30 p.m. Post-Show Dessert & Social time (Cash Bar)

Where: Pella Opera House, 611 Franklin, Pella

Attire: Cocktail/Party/Business Casual

Cost:
Includes reception, show and post-show
$25.00 Adult (16 and over)
$20.00 Child (15 & younger)

Please purchase your tickets by September 26!

To purchase tickets by credit card, please visit Walk of Fame Tickets.
To purchase tickets by check or cash, please call the USP box office at
641-204-1094 or email info@unionstreetplayers.com.

Memorial Benches for Dottie McGee Outside Costume Shop

Two memorial benches honoring USP Costume Shop Founder and Walk of Fame Member, Dottie McGee, have been placed outside the Costume Shop on Main Street. The benches were donated to the City of Pella by Dottie’s family. The existing USP memorial bench which had always sat outside the Costume Shop has been moved by the City just outside the Community Center. Dottie McGee passed away earlier this summer. USP plans to honor her memory at the annual USP Awards Night on October 4th at the Pella Opera House.