USP Announces Cast for “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”

Union Street Players is excited to announce Director Deb Linn’s cast for USP’s production of C.S. Lewis’ classic The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Performances will be November 29 & 30 and December 1, 3, 4, 5, & 6, 2015.

Aslan Lonnie Appleby
The White Witch Jana De Zwarte
Mrs. Beaver Denise Gregory
Mr. Beaver Terry Faidley
Peter Tom Palmer
Susan Emily Carlo
Edmund Will Rasmussen
Lucy Elyse Parisee
The White Stag Mark Schaefer
Mr. Tumnus Karl Deakyne
Ms.  Unicorn Rachel Faidley
The Centaur Jesse Nieboer
Ms. Fenris Ulf Analu Reigstad
The Dwarf Conner Gauley
Father Christmas Spence Vermeer
The Elf / Faerie Devin McCain
Queen’s Army-Head Mark Schaefer
Queen’s Army Grayson Parisee
Queen’s Army Elliot Heartsill
Queen’s Army Maggie Anne Landon
Queen’s Army Mandolin Holmes
Queen’s Army Hannah Cutler
Queen’s Army Nathan Boldt
Queen’s Army Braden Rowe
Woodland Creature Briana Klein
Woodland Creature Kathryn Andringa
Woodland Creature Danielle Heartsill
Woodland Creature-The Fox Isaac Piersma
Woodland Creature-Chipmunk Colin Henry
Woodland Creature- The Owl Avary Grace Schumann
The Wood Nymphs-1 Lilly Teeple
The Wood Nymphs-2 Nora Rasmussen
The Wood Nymphs -3 Josephine McDonald
The Wood Nymphs-4 Dora Roorda
The Housekeeper Maggie Anne Landon

Big Turnout for USP Annual Potluck Picnic; New Leadership Selected

2015-2015 USP Board of Directors (L-R) Denise Gregory, Deb Linn, Cyndi Atkins, Kim Beyer, Cody Kooi, Mark Schaefer, Jana De Zwarte

2015-2016 USP Board of Directors (L-R) Denise Gregory, Deb Linn, Cyndi Atkins, Kim Beyer, Cody Kooi, Mark Schaefer, Jana De Zwarte

Union Street Players gathered at West Market Park on Monday evening, August 10, for the annual membership meeting and potluck picnic. This has been an annual event the past few years and this year’s crowd was bigger than ever with over 50 people in attendance. Under the canopy of the north shelter, after everyone had enjoyed the feast, the annual meeting was held.


Carolyn Scharff (seated on left) played Yente in this summer’s “Fiddler on the Roof.” She will be honored as this year’s inductee in the USP Walk of Fame.

During the meeting, the USP Board of Directors announced that this year’s inductee to the USP Walk of Fame will be founding USP member, Carolyn Scharff. Scharff has served USP faithfully on and off stage over the years. She will be inducted at USP’s annual Award’s night held at the Pella Opera House on October 3rd at 6:30 p.m.

Outgoing President, Tom Vander Well, presided over the meeting and gave his annual report to the membership. A few highlights from his report include:

  • USP had 39 members.
  • YTD USP is at nearly a $13,000 in the black. As a non-profit USP is not in business to make money, but wise fiscal management and profitable productions allow us to reinvest in our facilities, improve our productions, and provide opportunities that further our mission.
  • USP received a record $14,173 in patron support.
  • USP produced 3 great main stage shows:
    • Christmas Carol
      • Attended: 991
      • Profited $2642
    • Anne of Green Gables
      • Attended: 529
      • Profited $1426
    • Fiddler on the Roof
      • Attended: 1517
      • Profit: $6343
  • USP continued our award-winning tradition:
    • Lonnie Appleby won ICTA award for Outstanding Lead Actor (Ebenezer Scrooge/Christmas Carol)
    • USP had several finalists in ICTA’s annual awards:
      • From Ham Buns and Potato Salad (April 2014) Cyndi Atkins as Lola Van Dam – Supporting Actress, Mat Kelly and Anne McCullough Kelly – Scenic Design, Arvin Van Zante – Lighting Design
      • From A Christmas Carol (December 2014) Lonnie Appleby as Ebenezer Scrooge – Lead Actor, Jana De Zwarte (Mrs Dilber), Denise Gregory (Charwoman), Jim Palmer (Old Joe), Spencer Ver Meer (Undertaker) – Ensemble
      • From Anne of Green Gables (Feb/Mar 2015) Pati Van Zante – Costumes
  • USP welcomed Don Graves into the USP Walk of Fame in October of 2014.
  • USP added new audio equipment (gift from Pella Shakespeare) and new LED lighting instruments.
  • The Costume Shop led by Pati Van Zante and the Costume Shop Committee updated flooring, cleaned and organized, set new rules for school rentals, and continued to provide costumes for area productions.
  • Thanks to the hard work of Vice-President, Deb Linn, we made $5100 in advertising income and covered all of our program costs.
  • For the first time we welcomed a sponsor other than the Pella Community Center, Hopkins Roofing who sponsored Fiddler on the Roof.
  • Once gain, thanks to Brystal Hopkins and Suzi Jones, USP Drama Camp was a bigger success than ever with more kids than ever. Offering classes two sessions of classes for over 120 campers.

Vander Well mentioned that this will be the last time for him to present the President’s Report after a decade of service. He is stepping down from the Board along with three other long-time Board members: Wendy Vander Well (Treasurer), Anne McCullough Kelly (Secretary), and Mat Kelly (At-Large Member). Elections were held for the 2015-2016 fiscal year and new Board members were elected by the membership:

Cyndi Atkins, President
Deb Linn, Vice President
Kim Beyer, Secretary
Denise Gregory, Treasurer
Jana De Zwarte, At Large
Cody Kooi, At Large
Mark Schaefer, At Large

While the composition of the Board has changed, USP will continue to benefit from solid, veteran leadership. Deb Linn, Mark Schaefer, and Cody Kooi are continuing in their positions. Cyndi Atkins, Denise Gregory, and Jana De Zwarte have served on the Board in prior years. Kim Beyer is the only new officer who has never served on the Board before.

New Board members will begin their tenures on September 1. USP’s next meeting is Monday, September 14th at 7:00 in the Pella Community Center. Everyone is welcome at USP’s monthly meetings, though you must be a member to vote. Annual membership in the organization is $10 for adults and $5 for junior members.

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!