On the evening of October 15, Union Street Players gathered at Monarch’s on the Molengracht for our Fourth Annual Awards Dinner to honor Deb Linn as this year’s inductee into USP’s Walk of Fame. Pati Van Zante introduced Linn, commenting on her long list of credits with Pella’s award winning community theatre including actor, director, producer, board member and program ad salesperson extraodinaire. She becomes the seventh member of the Walk of Fame joining Dottie McGee, Pat Moriarity and Arvin Van Zante (2008), Bev Graves and Peggy Moriarity (2009), and Shelley Buhrow (2010).
The annual awards dinner was attended by USP members, faithful supporters along with family members celebrating with Linn. USP celebrated another successful year of productions (Annie!, Vintage Hitchcock, Once Upon a Mattress) with a slide show of photos from all three shows. Three USP members were also honored for receiving awards from the Iowa Community Theatre Association (ICTA). Mark Moreland and Jonathon Gregg were awarded for excellence in character acting for their roles in Vintage Hitchcock. Jana DeZwarte was awarded Outstanding Actress in a Featured Role for her turn as Miss Hannigan in Annie!
2012 represents USP’s 25th Anniversary season with three productions planned. A Tinkerman Christmas Eve is an original musical by USP founder and Walk of Fame member Bev Graves and will be performed the first weekend of December. Ayn Rand’s The Night of January 16th is a courtroom mystery in which audience members make up members of the jury to decide the play’s end. It will be produced in March and will be directed by Anne McCullough Kelly. The children’s favorite Jungle Book will be produced next summer and directed by Lisa Morgan. The grand finale of the 2012 season will be Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat directed by Pat Moriarity.
Deb Linn 2011 Walk of Fame Inductee
Union Street Players (USP), Pella’s award-winning community theatre, is proud to announce that Deb Linn will be honored as the 2011 inductee into USP’s Walk of Fame. Deb’s first credited role with USP was as Costume Seamtress on the 1989 children’s production “Polky Dot and the Christmas Wish.” Since that time, Deb has continually helped to hold the seams of USP together. She has been involved in over 20 USP productions and has been credited in a wide range of production roles both on stage and off. She has contributed as actor, director, producer as well as working on costumes, set construction, props, programs and publicity. On top of all that, Deb has served for many years as a member of the USP Board of Directors as both Secretary and Vice-President and has been a faithful volunteer in the USP Costume Shop. Most people are unaware that for several years Deb has managed, single-handed, the advertising sales for USP’s programs.
This will be the fourth year USP has honored one of our members by inducting them into the Walk of Fame. Walk of Fame inductees are nominated by USP members or the public. The inductee is chosen from those nominated by the USP Board of Directors. USP has set general criteria used by the Board of Directors for choosing each year’s honoree(s). Walk of Fame members have been involved with USP for at least ten years, have served in multiple capacities, and have helped USP further its stated mission. Deb Linn will join Dottie McGee (2008), Pat Moriarity (2008), Arvin Van Zante (2008), Bev Graves (2009), Peggy Moriarity (2009), and Shelley Buhrow (2010).
Awards Dinner Information
Deb will be honored at the Fourth Annual USP Awards Dinner on October 15th, 2011. The Dinner will once again be at Monarch’s on the Molengracht. A cash bar will be open at 5:30 p.m. with the dinner and program scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. The dinner is $25 per person and reservations are required. You may R.S.V.P. by sending a check to Union Street Players, 712 Union St., Pella, IA 50219. You may also R.S.V.P. and pay by phone using a credit card by calling Tom or Wendy Vander Well at 641-620-9107.
Walk of Fame Members (L to R) Pat Moriarity, Peggy Moriarity, Shelley Buhrow, Bev Graves, Arvin Van Zante (Not Pictured: Dottie McGee)
It’s time for the Union Street Players Board of Directors to begin consideration of the 2011 Walk of Fame inductee. Started in 2008, the USP Walk of Fame honors individuals who have gone above and beyond in helping USP fulfill its mission. The Board of Directors began the inaugural year with three inductees (Dottie McGee, Pat Moriarity, Arvin Van Zante), then pared it down to two in the second year (Bev Graves, Peggy Moriarity) and one in the third (Shelley Buhrow). The Board plans on inducting a new member of the Walk of Fame at the annual Awards Dinner which is scheduled for September.
The USP Board is seeking the nomination of individuals who have been involved for ten years or more, have contributed in multiple ways (actor, director, stage manager, lighting, sound, set work, Board Member, etc.), and have helped USP further its on-going mission.
To nominate an individual, simply provide the following information in an email sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or in a letter mailed to USP Walk of Fame, 712 Union St., Pella, IA 50219:
- Your name
- Your email
- Your phone number
- Name of person you are nominating
- Explanation of why you think this person should be inducted into the USP Walk of Fame.
To help determining who is eligible, the following Microsoft Excel file contains a historical database of individuals and their roles in various productions and positions on the Board of Directors. There is a drop down menu next to the heading of each field. You can filter your view using the drop down menus to view results by individual.
Union Street Players gathered at Monarch’s on the Molengracht last night for their 3rd Annual Award’s Dinner. It was a chance to celebrate the 2009-2010 year and to honor another of USP’s faithful contributors with induction in the USP Walk of Fame.
Current USP President, Tom Vander Well, served as Master of Ceremonies and provided a snapshot of what USP has accomplished in the past year. The group then watched a slideshow of photographs from this past year’s main stage shows (“Little House Christmas at Plum Creek,” “K.O.L.D. Radio, Whitefish Bay,” and “Charlotte’s Web”) played to the strains of “There’s No Business Like Show Business.”
The group honored member, Mike Atkins, who passed away this past spring. Vander Well said that he’d considered asking for a moment of silence, but it just wasn’t appropriate for theatre people. “Silence makes us nervous,” he said, “and gives the feeling that someone isn’t picking up their cues.” He then asked those present to stand, raise their glasses in a toast to Atkins with a resounding “Huzzah!”
USP Vice-President, Deb Linn, introduced this year’s inductee to the USP Walk of Fame. She shared Shelley Buhrow’s many contributions to the community theater over the past 23 years including (but not limited to): actor, director, producer, writer, board member, President and Secretary. Buhrow accepted the honor, expressing her appreciation for those in USP who have meant so much to her.
The program ended, but the evening was far from over as those in attendance sat and socialized far into the night.
In 2008, Union Street Players instituted a Walk of Fame to honor individuals who have been instrumental in making the popular community theater a successful part of Pella's cultural heritage. The USP Board of Directors recently announced Shelley Buhrow as this year's inductee. This next Saturday, USP will hold their third annual Awards Dinner at Monarch's on the Molengracht to honor Buhrow for her contributions to the group over the past 23 years.
Shelley Buhrow has been a constant presence in Union Street Players from the earliest years. USP archives first credit Buhrow as having worked in the Green Room (where actors prepare to go on stage) in 1989's "Polky Dot and the Christmas Wish." Since that time, Buhrow as contributed to Pella's award winning community theater as writer ("Mom's Christmas Memories"), Director ("South Pacific," "Christmas in Tree Town"), Producer ("Sound of Music," "Music Man"), Actor ("Morning's at Seven," "Our Town") as well as serving as President of USP's Board of Directors in 1993-1994. Her long list of credits made her a logical choice for the USP Board of Directors who chose Buhrow from multiple nominations they received.
"Shelley has contributed to the success of Union Street Players in numerous ways," said current USP President, Tom Vander Well. "She exemplifies the type of person USP wants to honor in the Walk of Fame and we're excited to celebrate her many contributions to our group."
Union Street Players Walk of Fame inductees are nominated by USP members or members of the public. The Board of Directors then choose each year's inductee(s). Criteria for nominees include ten years of participation, participation in multiple roles, and contributing to USP's on-going mission. Buhrow will be the sixth inductee to the Walk of Fame. Previous inductees are: Bev Graves (2009), Dottie McGee (2008), Pat Moriarity (2008), Peggy Moriarity (2009), and Arvin Van Zante (2008).
Shelley Buhrow will be honored at Union Street Players' third annual Award Dinner. The dinner will be held at Monarch's on the Molengracht on Saturday, August 28th at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $25.00 per person, payable at the door, which includes dinner and the program. The public is welcome, though reservations are required by contacting Cyndi Atkins at 641-757-9785 or email@example.com.