Spence Ver Meer Welcomed to USP Walk of Fame

USP Walk of Fame Members welcome Spence Ver Meer into the fold (L-R, Pat Moriarity, Peg Moriarity, Deb Linn, Pati Van Zante, Spence Ver Meer, Arvin Van Zante, Lisa Witzenburg, Don Graves, Bev Graves)

USP Walk of Fame Members welcome Spence Ver Meer into the fold (L-R, Pat Moriarity, Peg Moriarity, Deb Linn, Pati Van Zante, Spence Ver Meer, Arvin Van Zante, Lisa Witzenburg, Don Graves, Bev Graves)

Union Street Players (USP), Pella’s award-winning community theatre, welcomed Spence Ver Meer into the USP Walk of Fame at the group’s annual Awards Night October 8th. Approximately 50 people attended the festivities at Central College’s Graham Annex.

Since 2008, USP has met annually to honor long-time members who have gone above and beyond in contributing to the community theatre’s success. Each year an inductee is chosen by the USP Board of Directors. General criteria for nomination is ten or more years involvement, contribution in multiple roles (actor, director, producer, Board member, and etc.) and contributing to the furthering of USP’s mission.

USP President, Tom Vander Well, once again served as Master of Ceremonies for the festivities. He summarized what was another successful year for USP, including The Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe which became USP’s highest attended holiday show, USP’s middle-school theatre experience with Tom Sawyer, and another record setting year for USP Drama Camp. The group then enjoyed a year-in-review video.

Vander Well also introduced Spence Ver Meer as this year’s Walk of Fame inductee, citing Spence’s faithful involvement over 20 years. While Ver Meer is most notably remembered by audience members for his multiple turns as leading man crooning Broadway favorites in popular musicals such as Sound of Music and South Pacific, he also served as Director (Pirates of Penzance, Our Town), keyboard player (Vintage Hitchcock), and Board President. Vander Well also celebrated Ver Meer for his limitless creativity.

That creativity was on full display during the remainder of the evening. In Ver Meer’s acceptance speech Spence kept the crowd in stitches as he recounted the many women he’s kissed on stage, and the fact that most of them were never seen on stage again. After his induction, he joined with fellow members of Pella’s fledgling improv troupe in performing several improv games for the evening’s audience. In acceptance of the Walk of Fame honor, Ver Meer gave kudos to the many directors and fellow actors he’d worked with through the years.

As the evening’s audience enjoyed dessert, they enjoyed the improv performance from improv troupe members Kathryn Andringa, Lynn Cutler, Denise Gregory, Kathy Haug, Stephanie Lantz,    along with Spence Ver Meer.


USP Costume Shop Sign

Costume Shop Extended Hours

Union Street Player’s Costume Shop will, once again, be open extended hours to accommodate local area residents’ Halloween Costume needs! Costume Shop Manager, Pati Van Zante, has announced that the Costume will be open:

Sat Oct 22 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Sat Oct 29 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Sat Nov 5  9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Sat Nov 12 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The USP Costume Shop is located on the east (Main Street) side of the Tulip City Agency Building on the northeast corner of the Pella square. The Costume Shop offers an amazing variety of costumes including period clothing, character costumes, cultural costumes, hats, shoes, jewelry and accessories.

Staffed entirely by volunteers, the USP Costume Shop is normally open from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturdays. Customers can also reach Pati Van Zante at 780-3190 to discuss making an appointment outside of normal hours.

Please keep up on all the up-to-date Costume Shop information on our Facebook Page.


RSVP NOW for USP Awards Night!


Next Saturday, October 8th, Union Street Players invites everyone to join us for an evening of fun, food, laughter, love, and camaraderie as we induct Spence Ver Meer into the Union Street Players Walk of Fame. The evening will include food, drink, a cash bar (wine/beer), and dessert (including Wendy’s cheesecake!). Entertainment will be provided by Pella’s fledgling improv group.

Purchase tickets online by Wednesday, October 5th!

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2016 Walk of Fame Event Oct 8th


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For the ninth straight year, Union Street Players (USP) is inviting the public to join us for an evening of food, fun and entertainment as we celebrate another successful year as Pella’s award-winning community theatre. USP will be inducting Spence Ver Meer to the USP Walk of Fame. Spence has been an active member of USP for over 20 years and has contributed both on stage and off.

Our Awards Night will include heavy appetizers, a cash bar, and desserts. This year’s entertainment will be comedy by Pella’s fledgling improv troupe led by Stephanie Lantz. We will look back at our 2015-2016 productions including The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe directed by Deb Linn, Almost Maine directed by Kevin McQuade, and this past summer;s Middle School Experience production of Tom Sawyer led by Cody Kooi and Deb Linn. We will also remember and honor Randy Icenbice who performed in many shows over the years and made his final exit this past December.

When: Saturday, October 8th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Graham Annex on Central College Campus
6:00 Reception with heavy appetizers and cash bar
6:45 Evening program and Induction of Spence Ver Meer
7:15  Improv entertainment
Dessert, drinks, and conversation to follow

Tickets this year are $15 for adults and $10 for children. Tickets must be purchased on-line by October 5


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Spence Ver Meer to USP’s Walk of Fame

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Union Street Players, Pella’s award winning community theatre, is proud to introduce Spence Ver Meer as our 2016 inductee in USP’s Walk of Fame. Instituted in 2008 to honor individuals who have contributed to the success of Union Street Players, the Board of Directors chooses an inductee each year. General criteria for induction include over ten years of participation, contributions in multiple capacities (acting, directing, serving on the Board, and etc.), and assistance in furthering USP’s mission. Spence becomes the 12th member of the Walk of Fame.

Spence’s first credited for USP was over 20 years ago in 1995’s The Man Who Came to Dinner in which he played the role of John. Since that time Spence has contributed both on stage and off. Local audience members likely remember Spence for his beautiful voice and lead roles as Captain Von Trapp in Sound of Music (1999 and 2009), and Emile DeBecque in South Pacific (2004). Spence most recently played four different characters in Almost, Maine this past April. In addition, Spence has served as Director (Pirates of Penzance, Our Town) and was President of USP’s Board of Directors in 1996 and 1997.

Spence will be honored at Union Street Player’s annual Award’s Night, Saturday October 8th, at the Graham Annex on Central College’s campus. Please stay tuned to Union Street Players website (www.unionstreetplayers.com) or Facebook page for more details.


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