Sara Collins, Annie Foskett, Greg May, and Pat Moriarity have been rehearsing since December in Newton Community Theatre’s upcoming new production of Boublil and Schnonberg’s “Les Miserables.” With a cast of over 50 area actors they are excited to bring one of the world’s most popular musicals to stage. Sara Collins, playing the part of Fantine has performed in many of Pella’s Union Street Players shows including the part of Kim in last summer’s “Bye, Bye, Birdie”. Sara is a junior at Iowa State University. Annie Foskett is playing the part of Cosette and has performed on stage with the Union Street Players and Newton Community Theater. Annie is a second grade teacher at Madison Elementary. Both Greg May and Pat Moriarity are part of the ensemble and have performed with the Union Street Players, Central Theatre, Pella Opera House, Pella Shakespeare, and Knoxville Area Community Theatre. Greg works at Mediacom in Knoxville and Pat is with Marion County Bank.
Show dates are March 14 & 15 at 7:30 PM, March 16 at 2 PM, March 18, 20, 21, and 22 at 7:30 PM. General Admission Tickets go on sale March 5. Tickets are $17 for adults and $15 for Youth. The Newton Community Theatre is located on 1701 S 8th Ave E. Phone number is 641-780-1230. The Box office is staffed 11:00 AM to 1 PM & 6:30 PM to 8 PM Monday through Friday & one hour before productions. “Les Miserables” is licensed by Musical Theatre International (MTI) by arrangement with Cameron Mackintosh LTD.”
To all who auditioned: Your professionalism, patience and hard work during the audition process was much appreciated. There were so many good auditions to chose from! Final cast selection was a very challenging exercise and I look forward to the prospect of working with each and every one of you – if not now, then in the near future. If you were not selected for this production, please keep in mind that there are many opportunities to be involved with the Union Street Players.
Sincerest thanks to everyone who auditioned,
-Ann Wilkinson, Director
UNION STREET PLAYERS PRESENTS
Ham Buns and Potato Salad
Written by Tom Vander Well
Directed by Ann Wilkinson
Tom & Wendy Vander Well, Producers
Performance Dates: April 10-12 @ 7:00 p.m.; April 13 @ 2:00 p.m. Pella Community Center
Tickets will be available on-line 30 days prior to performance.
Questions? Call USP’s Virtual Box Office 641.204.1094 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsored by the Pella Community Center
(in order of appearance)
Dean De Haas ………. Doug DeWolf
Arl Van Dam ………. Mark Moreland
Lola Van Dam ………. Cyndi Atkins
Betty De Haas ………. Denise Gregory
Abby De Haas ………. Lily Villalobos
Marian De Haas ……… Jana DeZwarte
Bob “Old Man” Schuler ………. Arvin Van Zante
Gladys Iskowitch ………. Wendy Vander Well
Thomas Prins ………. Karl Deakyne
Matt Schüler ………. Danny Rivas
For those in the cast: There will be a table reading of the play at 6:00 p.m. tonight (Sun Feb 9) at the Pella Community Center. If you cannot make it, please contact Ann Wilkinson (email@example.com) or Tom/Wendy Vander Well (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com) as soon as possible!
For those who were not cast: There are many production and back stage opportunities. Please let us know how you’d like to be involved! We would love to have you be part of the crew! Contact Ann Wilkinson or Tom/Wendy Vander Well (see emails in the paragraph above)
Union Street Players, Pella’s award-winning community theatre, will hold final auditions for their spring production of Ham Buns and Potato Salad this Saturday, February 8 (10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) at the Pella Community Center. Ham Buns and Potato Salad is a full length comedy in two acts written by local playwright, Tom Vander Well. Those who cannot make the audition and are still interested in being considered for a part are asked to contact the show’s Director, Ann Wilkinson (firstname.lastname@example.org). No roles are precast and no experience is necessary.
Performances scheduled for April 10-13, 2014.
Five roles for Men. Four roles for women. One role for a preteen girl.
Ham Buns and Potato Salad is set in the fictional town of Hebron, Iowa (population 318). After a tragic accident, the town is preparing for the funeral of a local couple. Their son, Thomas, was an only child who left town after high school, twelve years earlier, and never returned. Thomas’ departure after high school coincided with a town scandal which has never been resolved and has simmered in the town’s collective conscience for over a decade. With his impending return, the town is buzzing with anticipation and the heat on the old scandal is raised to a full boil. The script can be downloaded for perusal as a PDF by clicking on the link below:
Ham Buns and Potato Salad 01-17-2014.PDF
Ann Wilkinson (right) works with Wendy Vander Well during auditions of USP’s “Ham Buns and Potato Salad.”
Union Street Players congratulates Ann Wilkinson on receiving the Innovative Teacher award from Region V of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Ann has been involved in USP for the past decade and has directed several shows for USP including K.O.L.D. Radio, The Fantastiks, The Dominie’s Wife, Letters from Pella, Tulip House, and Wooden Shoes and Windmills. She teaches theatre at Central College and is currently directing the USP spring production Ham Buns and Potato Salad.
Union Street Players congratulates Victoria Karnes, who has assisted with costumes on USP productions and is a faithful volunteer in the USP costume shop, and Davis Vande Steeg (Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Bye Bye Birdie). Both Pella High School students received awards from the Iowa Thespian Festival. Karnes won an award for her costuming while Vande Steeg won an award for theatre marketing. USP is grateful for the many talented young people who participate in our productions and are proud of Victoria and Davis for the contributions they are making at Pella High and the larger theatre community! Thanks to Suzi Jones for sharing the good news with us and allowing us to share in the celebration.