Early Ticket Sales for “Noises Off” Now Available to USP Members

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Early ticket sales for Union Street Players’ spring comedy, Noises Off are now available for USP members with a coupon code. A mailing was sent to members on Friday, February 17th, with a coupon code which will allow members to purchase tickets before they go on sale to the general public March 1. If you are a USP donor or member and do not receive your mailing by February 21, please contact the USP Box Office at 641-204-1094.

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Eight Ways to Get Involved in USP!

Union Street Players (USP) recently made two major changes to our organization. Both of these changes are intended to advance our stated mission of welcoming and embracing a larger number of individuals to participate in community theatre here in Pella.
The first change was to include everyone who donates financially to our group into our membership. The second was a change in our organization’s By-laws establishing eight standing committees to oversee various aspects of our organization and operations. No matter what your gifts, abilities, talents and interests, there is a role for everyone to play in USP. We’d like to invite you to get more involved with us!
Below you’ll find a list of standing committees and their general duties. At least one member of the Board of Directors is on every committee and committees are limited to no more than six members. If you are interested in volunteering some time and getting involved in our award-winning community theatre, please contact our current President, Tom Vander Well at usppresident@gmail.com and he’ll put you in touch with the appropriate person for that committee. You can also leave a message for Tom at the USP Box Office (641-204-1094) .
We’d love to have you get in on the act!

Costume Shop Committee – Chair, Costume Shop Manager
Rentals/Community Donations
Costume Reciprocal Relationships
Costume Shop Volunteers
Costume Shop Landlord relationship
Costume Shop Facebook/website presence
Past Production Gallery
Housing library of scripts and other relevant materials

Financial Committee – Chair, Treasurer
IRS/Investments
Capital Improvements
Vendor relationships (AR/AP)
Annual audit

Technical Committee
Computer hardware and software
Lights/sound/video equipment inventory, organization, maintenance, and storage
Training and oversight of technical volunteers

Production Committee
Play Selection
Director proposal assistance
Audition assistance
Production oversight and assistance
Ensure cast photo, show poster, video, photos are received/archived

Front of House Committee
Box Office
Ticket sales
Usher oversight for performances
Donor care at performances (i.e. Patron Lounge)
Front of house assistance to Directors/Production team
Pick-up of auditorium and gallery after performance

Set/Materials Management Committee
Set design/building
Materials/tools management
Storage units
Prop storage and organization

Events and Marketing
Drama Camp
Middle School Theater Experience
Annual Meeting Picnic
Walk of Fame/Award’s Night (nominations, event, plaques, and etc.)
Selling Program Ads
Advertising/Marketing USP Events
Display case in community center hallway

Back Stage, Green Room, and Room Manager
Organization, cleanup and management of community center rooms & back stage
Make up supplies and inventory
Cleaning supplies and inventory
Audition supplies and inventory
Post-show strike inventory, purge, and cleaning

“Noises Off” Cast Announcement

Director Denise Gregory is pleased to announce her cast and crew for Union Street Players’ Spring production of the comedy Noises Off! Show dates are March 30 – April 2.

Cast:
Dotty Otley:  Stephanie Lantz
Lloyd Dallas:  Spence Vermeer
Garry Lejeune:  Lonnie Appleby
Brooke Ashton:  Sarah Davis
Poppy Norton-Taylor:  Jana Dezwarte
Frederick Fellowes:  Doug Dewolf
Belinda Blair:  Lynn Cutler
Tim Algood:  Jesse Nieboer
Selsdon Mowbray:  Terry Faidley

Crew:
Director:  Denise Gregory
Asst. Director:  Isaac Piersma
Producer:  Deb Linn
Special Asst. to the Director:  Rachel Faidley
Set Design: Jim Palmer
Costumer:  Pati VanZante
Lighting:  Arvin VanZante
Sound:  Mark Schaefer
Stage Manager:  Leigh Rasmussen
Stage Crew/Props:  Tessa Campbell
Props:  Julie Collins

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“Christmas Post” Closes Holiday Run

 

Union Street Players (USP), Pella’s award-winning community theatre, ended its six show run on Saturday afternoon. It was Director Wendy Vander Well’s third time at the helm of the holiday musical. She first directed the show at Third Church in Pella in 2001. Five years later, in 2006, she was tapped to produce the show for Union Street Players. The heart-warming musical, based on two Norman Rockwell paintings, tells the story of a World War II widow trying desperately to make enough commission at the local department store to buy her children the “special gifts” that will fulfill their Christmas wishes. With the help of an angelic newsstand owner, and the support of friends and co-workers, the widow overcomes a greedy store owner and hard-hearted Sales Manager and develops the faith needed to believe it will happen.

Along with Vander Well, the cast and crew included a few members (Dirk Ryals, Karen Ryals, Cal Van Ee, Brian Vande Lune, Lisa Vande Lune) who had participated in all three local productions, along with a host of others who had been in two of the three. As with most USP productions, the cast included seasoned veterans as well as newcomers, such as lead actresses Mia Andringa (Katie) and Elise Pederson (Alice), who were in their first USP production.

Attendance for the six show run:

Fri Dec 2: 225
Sat Dec 3: 242
Sun Dec 4: 289
Tue Dec 6: 154
Fri Dec 9: 249
Sat Dec 10: 220
Total: 1379

For veterans of the 2006 production of The Christmas Post, this year’s show tugged extra hard on the heart-strings, and it wasn’t just the sentimental storyline that elicited emotion. In the past 10 years USP has memorialized three of the cast members of the 2006 production who have since passed away: Mike Atkins (Accompanist), Randy Icenbice (Caroler), and Sherm Van Zee (Brother Sam).

Next up for USP:
Noises Off by Michael Frayn; Directed by Denise Gregory
Auditions Jan 12-14

 

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