Union Street Players
is delighted to announce the cast of Anne of Green Gables:
Anne Shirley – Suzanna Hall
Marilla Cuthbert – Sophie Mathonnet-Vander Well
Matthew Cuthbert – Phil Hoole
Rachel Lynde – Denise Gregory
Mrs. Spencer/Mrs. Barry/Miss Stacey – Jana DeZwarte
Diana Barry – Madison Thingstad
Ruby Gillis – Sara Collins
Jane Andrews – Hannah Cutler
Josie Pye – Mandolin Holmes
Gilbert Blythe – Jesse Nieboer
Moody Spurgeon McPherson – TBA
We are grateful to all who auditioned. Thank you for having the courage to step on stage and share your talent with us. Casting a show is a very difficult process, especially when so many talented people come out to auditions. If you were not cast and would still like to be involved in the production please contact us through the Union Street Players email address. We are in the process of organizing our production crew and would love to have your help!
Anne McCullough Kelly (Director) and Deb Linn (Assistant Director/Producer)
With a final “God bless us, everyone!” from Tiny Tim, Union Street Players closed it’s 2014 production of A Christmas Carol yesterday. Directed by Pati Van Zante, the large cast performed five shows over the weekend. There are usually four shows produced on a typical weekend, but a misprint in early advertising for Pella’s annual “Christmas in Pella” weekend and Tour of Homes listed Saturday’s performance as a 2:00 p.m. matinee. Rather than trying to correct the mistake, the cast and crew simply embraced it and added a fifth performance to the weekend.
Attendance numbers for the five show run were:
Thu Dec 4: 139
Fri Dec 5: 278
Sat Dec 6 (matinee): 168
Sat Dec 6 (evening): 206
Sun Dec 7: 200
Tom Waechter, one of Union Street Players’ founding members and a former Board Member, was memorialized yesterday in a service at Second Reformed Church where he was a life-long member. Tom passed away last week. Several USP members were present to pay their respects including Walk of Fame members Bev Graves, Pat Moriarity, Arvin Van Zante, Pat Van Zante, and Lisa Witzenburg. USP also sent a beautiful bouquet of flowers for the service.
During the service, Rev. Sophie Matthonet-Vander Well read excerpts from a eulogy written by USP Alumnus, Rick Schmidt who was directed by Tom in four of the five USP productions Waechter directed (Harvey , Arsenic and Old Lace , You Can’t Take it With You , The Man Who Came to Dinner ).
Rick’s eulogy was made available to anyone who wanted to read it. You make download or open the file from the link below.
Tom Waechter Eulogy
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
Adapted by Peter DeLaurier based on novel by L.M. Montgomery
Directed by Anne McCullough Kelly (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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)
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