00 News & Updates, 2018 The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid has been cast!

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Director:  Deb Linn – Producer: Denise Gregory

Ariel – Kaitlyn Collin

Prince Eric – Michael Howland

King Triton – Danny Rivas

Grimsby – Jim Palmer

Ursula – Phyllis Beyer

Sebastian – Brad Rozenboom

Scuttle – Denise Gregory

Flounder – Sami Clark

Flotsam – Mia Andringa

Jetsam – McKenna Evans

Winward – Griffin Turner

Leeward – Hope Vos

Chef Louis – Doug Dewolf



Sarah Purdy

Taylor Decious

Sarah Maxwell

Emily Cutler

Katie Williams

Kathryn Andringa


Sailors/Sous Chef:

Pilot – Mark Schaefer

Arlyn Stuart

Chris Brown

Scott Vandenberg

Spence Vermeer

Jim Emmert

Dayrel Gates

Doug Dewolf



Sarah Dron

Lynn Cutler

Hanna Sampsel

Zarah Van Dyke



Karen Ryals

Marti Zylstra


Sea Creatures/Merfolk

Amaya Cervantes

Carlyn Henry

Claire Braafhart

Kate Braafhart

Jessa DeNooy

Raegan Decious

Josephine McDonald

Kadin Ryals

Della Hesseltine

Rashaun Boyer

Aurelia Zylstra

L. Ver Meer

Kristina Mullen

Kenzie Kanis

Kelly Dykema

00 News & Updates, 2018 Kiss me, Kate

Kiss me, Kate closes.


Kiss me, Kate featured fabulous costumes, great music and the fantastic voices of a cast who clearly enjoyed every minute of the performances. We think our audiences enjoyed the shows very much too. Once again we were lucky to have so many talented actors and crew members help us bring this production to life!

As the director, Pati Van Zante noted “This has been a fun and challenging musical production, Mr. Porter has provided a wide range of musical challenges and this cast has risen to those challenges. Special thanks to vocal directors Spence Ver Meer and Kathy Haug for setting the bar so high, and getting us all up and over, to Tyler Coleman for working with the score and orchestra recording to bring a full digital orchestera to this USP production, and to my producers, Denise Gregory and Holly DeWolf whose help and mad organizational skills have made this production and the director’s sanity possible. Thanks to a talented, dedicated cast, crew and production staff.”

I would also like to add a special thanks to our audience members who attended our production and helped spread the word! We sincerely hope you enjoyed the show!



Friday, July 27 – 98

Saturday, July 28 – 77

Sunday, July 29 – 71

Tuesday, July 31 – 79

Friday, August 3 – 102

Saturday, August 4 – 93

Sunday, August 5 – 79

Total of 599 attendees

00 News & Updates, 2018 Kiss me, Kate

Tickets for Kiss me, Kate are on sale!

Tickets for Kiss me, Kate are on sale now!

Sign language interpreter available on July 31st

Please look for the Tickets tab on the main page of our website or click on the button below to purchase your tickets.

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If you have questions regarding tickets, please feel free to contact the USP Box office at 641-204-1094 or uspboxoffice@gmail.com.

00 News & Updates, 2018 Kiss me, Kate

Kiss me, Kate has been cast!

Fred Graham/Petruchio   Spence Vermeer

Lilli Vanessi/Kathryn   Lynn Cooper

Lois Lane/Bianca   Sara Collins

Bill Calhoun/Lucentio   Shawn Pavlik

Harrison Howell   Greg May

Gangster   Robert Uy

Gangster   Danny Rivas

Harry Trevor/Baptista   Arvin Van Zante

Hattie   Kim Beyer

Ralph   Arlyn Stuart

Paul   Jobe Fee

Gremio/Ensemble   Doug DeWolf

Hortensio/Ensemble   Dave Erickson

Dance Captain/Ensemble   Hannah Blom

Ensemble/Quartet   Sarah Purdy

Ensemble/Quartet   Marti Zylstra

Ensemble/Quartet   Elise Pederson

Ensemble/Quartet   Kathryn Andringa


Ashley Uitermarkt

L. Vermeer

Kim Blom

Frances DeArmond

Denise Gregoray

Tianna Loftis

Jonathon Mason

00 News & Updates, 03 Drama Camp

Drama Camp Registration is open for Middle School Camp. Elementary camp is full.

Please scroll down to the registration button at the bottom of the page to register.

Union Street Players’ Drama Camp is an annual week-long opportunity for young people to receive a basic overview of theatre and stage craft. Camp activities include: script writing/reading, set and prop building, actin, mime, puppertry, characterization, vocalization, improv, reader’s theatre, audition preparation, costume shop visit, make-up clinic, and more!!!

Spots are not guaranteed until full payment is received. Registration will remain open until camp session is full.

Elementary Camp: August 6-10, 8:30am – 11:30 am. Open to any student entering grades 2-5* in the Fall of 2018.

Please note: We have returned to only one session of Elementary Camp but doubled our staff to accommodate a similar number of campers when two sessions were held.

Camp Director: Brystal Hopkins

Middle School Camp: August 6-10, 12:30pm – 3:30pm. Open to any student entering grades 5*-9 in the Fall of 2018.

Camp Director: Suzi Jones

*5th graders may choose Elementary or Middle school camp.

Both camps will be held on the second floor of the Pella Community Center, 712 Union Street, Pella, IA 50219.

Performance date for both camps is August 10, 2018 at 6:30pm

Fees: $65/camper (discount for siblings available after first full fee registration). Fee includes Drama Camp t-shirt. Scholarships available. Please email the camp director for more information.

Instructors and Contact information:

  • Brystal Hopkins (brystalhopkins@gmail.com) 641.620.9158
  • Suzi Jones (suzanne.jones@pella.k12.ia.us) 641.628.1522

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00 News & Updates, 01 Auditions & Talent Calls, 2018 Kiss me, Kate

Auditions for Kiss me, Kate!

Kiss Me, Kate is Cole Porter’s rollicking and naughty take on
Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. Leading man Fred Graham
is reunited with his ex-wife, Lilli Vanessi, when the two are forced to
play opposite one another in a musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s
Taming of the Shrew. The battle of the sexes continues onstage and
off, as it becomes clear that, as much as this couple profess to hate
each other, they are also still in love. Throw in a few cases of
mistaken identity, the mob, bawdy Shakespeare humor and Cole
Porter lyrics into the mix and you’ve get Kiss Me, Kate — a dazzling
Broadway classic that earned the very first Tony award for Best

Auditions will be held at the Pella Community Center,

712 Union Street, Pella, IA 50219

May 15 and 17 from 6:30-9:00pm and May 19 from 1:00-4:00pm

Roles available for those 16 years of age or older

Show dates are: July 27, 28, 31 and August 3, 4 at 7:00pm

and July 29 and August 5 at 2:00pm.

Perusal scripts are available at the Pella Public Library


at the Pella Community Center, 712 Union Street, Pella