00 News & Updates, 04 The USP Walk of Fame

USP Awards Night, October 6th!

Please join us for the

Annual Union Street Players Awards night on October 6th, 6:00pm at the Pella Golf and Country Club!

We will be inducting Wendy Vander Well into our USP Walk of Fame.

And The USPy Awards honoring the outstanding contributions of cast and crew members from the productions of:

It’s a Wonderful Life, 12 Angry Men, and Kiss me, Kate!

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And the nominees are:

Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role

Lonnie Appleby as George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life

Doug DeWolf as Juror #8 in 12 Angry Men

Spence Ver Meer as Fred Graham/Petruchio in Kiss Me, Kate

Outstanding Actress in a Leading Role

Briana Heartsill as Mary Hatch Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life

Deb Linn as Clare Odbody, Angel 2nd Class in It’s a Wonderful Life

Lynn Cooper as Lilli Vanessi/Katharine in Kiss Me, Kate

Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role

Arvin VanZante as Mr. Potter in It’s a Wonderful Life

Danny Rivas as Juror #7 in 12 Angry Men

Greg May as Harrison Howell in Kiss Me, Kate

Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role

Denise Gregory as Mother Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life

Kim Beyer as Hattie in Kiss Me, Kate

Sarah Collins as Lois Lane/Bianca in Kiss Me, Kate

Outstanding Young Performer

Annabelle Winward as Zuzu in It’s a Wonderful Life

Hannah Blom as Lead Dancer/Ensemble in Kiss Me, Kate

Outstanding Newcomer

Gillian Howard as Violet Peterson in It’s a Wonderful Life

Simon Vos as Mr. Welch in It’s a Wonderful Life

Mark Bishara as Juror #11 in 12 Angry Men

Michael Garrison as Juror #3 in 12 Angry Men

Justin Lenger as Juror #5 in 12 Angry Men

Shawn Pavlik as Bill Calhoun/Lucentio in Kiss Me, Kate

Outstanding Direction

Pati Van Zante for It’s a Wonderful Life

Spence Ver Meer for 12 Angry Men

Pati Van Zante for Kiss Me, Kate

Outstanding Production

It’s a Wonderful Life

Twelve Angry Men

Kiss Me, Kate

Outstanding Technical Achievement

Mat Kelly for Set Design in It’s a Wonderful Life

Jim Emmert and Spence Ver Meer for Videography in 12 Angry Men

Mindi Chamberlain for Costume Design in Kiss Me, Kate

Mat Kelly for Artistic Scenic Design in Kiss Me, Kate

Outstanding Ensemble

Dayrel Gates, Arlyn Stuart, Simon Vos as Drunk Ensemble in It’s a Wonderful Life

Jim Palmer and Arlyn Stuart as Bert and Ernie in It’s a Wonderful Life

Jurors of 12 Angry Men

Danny Rivas and Robert Uy as Gangsters 1 and 2 in Kiss Me, Kate

Kathryn Andringa, Elise Pederson, Sarah Purdy, and Marti Zylstra as Quartet in Kiss Me, Kate


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 closed.

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, puppetry, 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.