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.

USP Adds Fifth Performance of “A Christmas Carol”

christmas-carolUnion Street Players, Pella’s award-winning community theatre, has announced that we will be adding a fifth performance on Saturday, December 6th at 2:00 p.m. The schedule for performances of the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol, will be as follows:

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.

All performances will be on the stage of the Joan Kuyper Farver Auditorium in the Pella Community Center. In keeping with a long standing tradition of keeping holiday ticket prices low as USP’s gift to the community, ticket prices for all performances will be $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for students/children for all performances whether purchased in advance or at the door.

Tickets will go on sale approximately 30 days prior to production.

Auditions for “A Christmas Carol” Announced

A Christmas Carol frontpiece

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Union Street Players, Pella’s award-winning community theatre, is pleased to announce auditions for An Evening with Charles Dickens presenting A Christmas Carol directed by USP Walk of Fame member, Pati Van Zante. The Christmas classic about Ebenezer Scrooge and his  run in  with the ghosts of Christmas past, present and, future will be produced December 4-7 on the stage of the Joan Kuyper Farver Auditorium in the Pella Community Center.

There are as many as 40 parts for all ages male and female. Along with the principal lead roles, there are many small parts allowing for participation in the show with a relatively small investment of time.

Auditions will be held:

Tue Sep 16 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Thu Sep 18 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Sat Sep 20 1:00-3:00 p.m.

All auditions will be held at the Pella Community Center. No roles are precast and no experience is necessary. Being in a USP show is a wonderful way to get to know fellow community members while participating in the fun and excitement of a stage production. USP regularly casts community members in their first stage experience, so if being in a show is on your bucket list we’d love to have you come and audition!

For more information or to ask questions, please email director Patricia Van Zante at pvzante@hotmail.com.