USP Announces Auditions for “Fiddler on the Roof”

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Union Street Players, Pella’s Award-winning community theatre, is excited to announce auditions for our summer musical: Fiddler on the Roof. USP brings this Broadway classic to the Pella stage for the second time. Set in the Pale of Imperial Russia in 1905, it is based on Tevye and his Daughters (or Tevye the Dairyman) and other tales by Sholem Aleichem. The story centers on Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his family and Jewish religious traditions while outside influences encroach upon their lives. He must cope both with the strong-willed actions of his three older daughters—each one’s choice of husband moves further away from the customs of his faith—and with the edict of the Tsar that evicts the Jews from their village. Come sing along with timeless classics like Sunrise, SunsetTradition, and If I Were a Rich Man.

No experience is necessary and no roles are pre-cast. Union Street Players welcomes everyone to audition. Those wishing to be considered for a solo role are asked to bring a prepared song, with a copy for the pianist.

Fiddler on the Roof will be directed by Arvin Van Zante and you can direct any questions to him at 641-628-1890 or apvzante@gmail.com.

Auditions:
2:00 to 5:00 pmSunday, May 17
7:00 to 9:00 pmMonday, May 18
7:00 to 9:00 pm Tuesday, May 19
Call Backs (if necessary): 7:00 to 9:00 pm Thursday, May 21
Audition requirements:  Everyone welcome. No experience necessary. No roles are pre-cast. Wear comfortable clothes and be prepared to read, move, and sing. Those wishing to be considered for a solo role are asked to bring a prepared song, with a copy for the pianist.
Performances:
7:00 pm Friday, July 24
7:00 pm Saturday, July 25
2:00 pm Sunday, July 26
7:00 pm Thursday, July 30
7:00 pm Friday, July 31
2:00 pm Saturday, Aug 1
Thursday (7/23) and Saturday (8/2) will be used if additional performances are required

Appleby Brings Home ICTA Award for Outstanding Lead Actor

Union Street Players, Pella’s award winning community theatre, is proud to announce that Lonnie Appleby received the Iowa Community Theater Association’s award for Outstanding Achievement as Lead Actor (Ebenezer Scrooge) in USP’s 2014 holiday production of A Christmas Carol.

In a post on Facebook, Lonnie wrote, “ABSOLUTELY stunned and could not be more humbled!!! THANK YOU!!!” and he added in a personal message to USP President Tom Vander Well, “I DO want to say, in true Jana DeZwarte fashuon, a HUGE….THANK YOU, USP!!!

We are so proud of Lonnie and all of our 2014-2015 ICTA finalists!

Pella’s Got Talent Auditions April 23 & 24 @ 7 p.m.

Pella's Got Talent 2015
Pella’s Got Talent Auditions – April 23rd and 24th, 7 p.m.
 
For the second year in a row, we are inviting all local talent to come to the Opera House and sing, dance, act, and share whatever their talent(s) might be. Everything from A to Z, from acrobatics to zither playing, is eligible. To sign up for your audition slot, or to ask any questions, please call 641-628-8628 as soon as possible.
 
No experience is necessary! This is a fun event, and we do our best to help everyone have a great time at auditions!
Last year, we were thrilled to celebrate, support and showcase local talent and we are happy to do so again this year. So put on your old tap shoes, or dust off the french horn in the closet, or prepare your recital of Casey at the Bat. All are welcome. Call 641-628-8628 to sign up. (And please feel free to share this news with your Aunt Wanda, the washboard player, or Cousin Cal the kazoo-ist.)
Ten finalists will be selected to perform at the May 16th finals. The top three finalists will be awarded cash prizes $250 (first place), $100 (second place) and $50 (third place).

Theatre Central Looking for High School Age Actors

Theatre Central is looking for High School age actors for a performance of “A Bad Case of Stripes” which will be produced by the Children’s Theatre course and performed during Central’s “Weekend of the Arts” on May 2. The Audition information is listed below. Please direct any questions to CD Adamson (adamsonc@central.edu).
“A Bad Case of Stripes” (Children’s Show) Auditions
Part of the “Children’s Theatre” Course at Central College and directed by students
In need of 7-11 people of both genders
Cold Readings from the script
April 12 at 2:30pm
Kruidenier Theatre
It will have performances on May 2 at 2pm and May 3 at 1pm
Minimal commitment as it is a very short show

Anne of Green Gables Delights

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Anne of Green Gables delighted audiences with its four show run Feb 26-Mar 1. The production, directed by Anne McCullough Kelly, was a hit with many who have long enjoyed the classic tale about the growing up experiences of a young girl who goes to live at Green Gables with an adult brother and sister, Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert. Attendance numbers for the weekend were:

Thu, Feb 26: 69
Fri, Feb 27: 165
Sat, Feb 28: 140
Sun, Mar 1: 155
Total: 529

USP has 10 Finalists up for Six 2015 ICTA Awards!

2015 USP ICTA Finalists

Union Street Players is proud to announce those who have been announced as finalists in the 2015 Iowa Community Theater Association’s awards for Outstanding Achievement. Awards will be presented at the annual Iowa Community Theater Festival which will be held this year in Waterloo on the weekend of April 11.

USP Finalists:

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 Vermeer (Undertaker) – Ensemble

From Anne of Green Gables (Feb/Mar 2015)

Pati Van Zante – Costumes

Union Street Players congratulates all of our finalists!