Mozeltov! USPs “Fiddler on the Roof” a Success!

Fiddler Men

photo: Jim Palmer

Union Street Players’ production of Fiddler on the Roof closed its seven show run this past Sunday. It’s always a good sign when the final show has the biggest attendance. It means that we’ve gotten good “word of mouth” and people wanted to make sure they saw it. So it was with this production of Fiddler which boasted significantly larger crowds in the second weekend of the run:

Jul 24-26

Fri: 181
Sat: 195
Sun: 188

Jul 30 – Aug 2

Thu: 220
Fri: 244
Sat: 236
Sun: 253

Total: 1517

Up Next for USP: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe will be our holiday show directed by Deb Linn. Click here for show and audition information.

Opening night is July 24!

Union Street Players is delighted to present another outstanding show this summer. Fiddler on the Roof is a well-known musical and will be loved by audiences of all ages. Tickets are now available at The show will be performed over two weekends, beginning July 24.


Charlee Eekhof as the Fiddler

Golde and Tevye

Kim Beyer as Golde and Doug DeWolf as Tevye.

The Mamas

The Mamas in the opening number, “Tradition!”

Rabbi and son

Rabbi and son, played by Gifford Graham and Karl Deakyne.

Hodel and Perchik

Newcomer to USP stage, Erin Payne, plays the role of middle sister Hodel. And Perchik is played by Lonny Appleby.

Tzeital and Hava

Breanna Terpstra and Anne McCullough Kelly are two more of Tevye’s many blessings (daughters)!

Village gals

Village girls, Suzanna Hall and Megan Atkins, with Shaindel, mother of Motel the poor tailor.

Leadership Changes Ahead for Union Street Players

The 2014-2015 USP Board of Directors. At least four of the seven Board members will be not be returning this next year.

The 2014-2015 USP Board of Directors. At least four of the seven Board members will be not be returning this next year.

At the monthly meeting of Union Street Players, this past Monday, it was announced that at least four of the seven members of the USP Board of Directors will not be returning for 2015-2016. Board President, Tom Vander Well and Treasurer, Wendy Vander Well, have decided to step aside after a decade of service. Tom has been USP President since 2005 and Wendy has continuously served on the Board of Directors since 2004. She moved from an At-Large position to become USP Treasurer in 2007. Board Secretary, Anne McCullough Kelly, and At-Large Board Member, Mat Kelly, are also taking a year off from their positions. Anne has been USP Secretary since 2007 and Mat has been an At-Large Board member since 2010.

USP Board Members are elected by our group’s members each year at the August meeting (our fiscal year starts September 1). This year’s annual USP picnic and group elections will be held at West Market Park on August 10th at 6:00 p.m. in the north shelter house. We will collect annual $10 membership fees for the 2015-2016 year. It’s not necessary to be a member or to become a member to attend the picnic/meeting! Any member can run for a position the Board, but only members can be nominated and only members can vote. If anyone wishes to be run for a Board position, please contact Board Secretary Anne McCullough Kelly ( Union Street Payers is a community group and everyone is invited to attend the picnic and meeting whether you are a member or not. The picnic is a potluck. Everyone is asked to bring a main dish and a side dish to share. USP will provide table settings and water.

After dinner there will be a very short meeting. We will take final nominations for Board positions and hold elections. The President will give a brief recap of the year. Shows for the 2015-2016 season will be announced. The Board of Directors will announce this year’s inductee(s) into the USP Walk of Fame (Awards Night is coming October 3rd!).

USP Annual Meeting and Picnic

When: August 10, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.
Where: West Market Park at the North Shelter House
What to bring: A main dish and side dish to share (and a drink if you want other than water)
What will be provided: plates, cups, silverware, napkins, water to drink, good conversation, FUN!

Fiddler on the Roof Opens July 24

The beautiful music of Fiddler on the Roof is ringing through the Pella Community Center. These photos give you a little preview of the show! Tickets are on sale now. Tickets may be purchased on-line using a credit card. To purchase tickets on or after June 15, visit and click on the “TO PURCHASE TICKETS CLICK HERE” link.IMG_4750

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“Fiddler on the Roof” Tickets on Sale June 15

Tickets for Union Street Players summer production of “Fiddler on the Roof” will go on sale to the public on June 15, 2015. Tickets may be purchased on-line using a credit card. To purchase tickets on or after June 15, visit and click on the “TO PURCHASE TICKETS CLICK HERE” link.

Patrons of Union Street Players enjoy advance ticket sales as a benefit of their annual financial support. A postcard with a special password is being mailed out to patrons allowing them to purchase tickets before they go on sale to the general public. For more information about becoming a patron, visit and make a tax-deductible contribution that supports live theatre in our area.

The USP box office number is 641-204-1094 which connects you to a USP volunteer who can assist you with tickets or questions. Please note that we do not have a physical box office location. Our box office phone is a   mobile phone carried by different volunteers who will answer, respond to messages, and do our best to assist with questions/issues and accommodate your needs. USP is a volunteer community organization and we make effort to provide the best possible service given our limited human resources.

USP’s Production of “Fiddler on the Roof” is Sponsored by

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