Tickets for USP’s “Christmas Carol” ON SALE NOW!

Pat Moriarity (Ghost of Marley) and Lonnie Appleby (Scrooge) star in USP's production of "A Christmas Carol"

Pat Moriarity (Ghost of Marley) and Lonnie Appleby (Scrooge) star in USP’s production of “A Christmas Carol”

Tickets for USP’s “Charles Dickens presents A Christmas Carol” on sale and can be purchased on-line by clicking this link!

Questions about the show? Please contact:

Pati Van Zante (Director):
Sara Collins (Assistant Director):


Thu Dec 4 @ 7:00 p.m.
Fri Dec 5 @ 7:00 p.m.
Sat Dec 6 @ 2:00 p.m.
Sat Dec 6 @ 7:00 p.m.
Sun Dec 7 @ 2:00 p.m.

Where: Pella Community Center
712 Union St.
Pella, IA 50219


$7.00 Adult
$5.00 Child/Student and all Balcony Seats


  1. On-line by clicking here.
  2. By phone using a credit card and calling the USP Box Office at 641-204-1094
  3. At the door of any performance (subject to availability)

NOTE: If you have a “Warm Welcomes” coupon or some other form of ticket voucher you may simply exchange it at the door of any performance for a ticket (subject to availability) or call the Box Office to reserve a seat(s).

USP BOX OFFICE: 641-204-1094

Joan Kuyper Farver Auditorium Seating Chart

USP Founding Member Passes

Union Street Players (USP) is sad to announce the passing of founding member Tom Waechter at the age of 74. Tom was heavily involved in the early years of our community theatre. His first credited involvement came in USP’s first year as an incorporated non-profit group when he helped with advertising and ticket sales in productions of Never Too Late and Polky-Dot and the Christmas Wish. Tom’s involvement grew in subsequent years. He served four terms as the group’s Vice-President (1990-1993) and directed five shows:

  • Harvey (1990)
  • Arsenic and Old Lace (1992)
  • You Can’t Take It With You (1993)
  • Greater Tuna (1995)
  • The Man Who Came to Dinner (1995)

Though he had not been actively involved for many years, Tom continued to attend USP shows and supported numerous productions by loaning furniture and other items for set pieces and props. USP is appreciative of Tom’s contributions to the group and the leadership he provided during the early years of our organization. He will be remembered at USP’s annual Award’s Dinner in the fall of next year.

Waechter is, sadly, the fourth major contributor USP has memorialized in recent years. He joins Walk of Fame member Dottie McGee along with Sherman Van Zee, and Mike Atkins. USP will pass along funeral and memorial information as it becomes available.

“Anne of Green Gables” Audition Information

Anne of Green Gables

Adapted by Peter DeLaurier based on novel by L.M. Montgomery

Directed by Anne McCullough Kelly (

Anne of Green Gables is a classic, bestselling 1908 novel by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery which recounts the adventures of Anne Shirley, a young orphan girl, age 11 who is mistakenly sent to Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, a middle-aged brother and sister who have a farm on Prince Edward Island and who had intended to adopt a boy to help them. The story recounts how Anne makes her way with the Cuthberts, in school and within the town. USP brings this classic to the stage for the first time. Sure to please the whole family!

Production dates February 26 – March 1, 2015

Parts available for 8 women (ages 15+) and 3 men (ages 15+).
Perusal scripts available at the Pella Library beginning Tuesday November 25 for 4-day checkout.


Saturday, December 13 from 1-4pm (USP meeting room and Green Room)

Monday, December 15 from 6:30-9:30pm (Theater)
Tuesday, December 16 from 7:30-9:30pm (Theater, mostly callbacks but will accept additional auditions)

Rehearsal Information
First read-thru of script: Monday, December 29 from 7-9pm
Rehearsals begin the first week of January.  We will rehearse on the following dates and times:

Mondays from 6:30-9:30pm

Tuesdays from 7:30-9:30pm

Thursdays from 7:00-9:00pm

Saturdays from 1:00-3:30pm (1-4pm in February, no rehearsal Feb. 14)

Sunday, Feb. 15 from 1-4pm (Tech Rehearsal)
During performance week we will rehearse from 5:30pm-10:00pm

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.