The Christmas Post

Tickets On Sale for “The Christmas Post”

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The Christmas Post

Tickets Now On Sale to General Public!

Performance Dates/Times
Fri Dec 2 @ 7:00 p.m.
Sat Dec 3 @ 2:00 p.m.
Sun Dec 4 @ 2:00 p.m.
Tue Dec 6 @ 7:00 p.m.
Fri Dec 9 @ 7:00 p.m.
Sat Dec 10 @ 2:00 p.m.

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Advance Tickets
$10 Adults/$8 Students & children
Tickets are $2.00 more at the door.

Tickets for all USP performances are made on-line.
Any unsold seats will be sold at the door 30 minutes prior to performance.
We’re sorry, but USP does not have a physical box office location.
If you need assistance making alternative purchase arrangements, please call our virtual box office 641-204-1094.

The Christmas Post


Joan Kuyper Farver Auditorium Seating Chart


Stolen Uniform Articles Retrieved


Late this afternoon a local Good Samaritan contacted Union Street Players to explain that they believed they had located stolen costume pieces, including an authentic Naval officer’s uniform belonging to USP member Jim Palmer, a veteran of the U.S Navy. Palmer had loaned his uniform to Union Street Players for the upcoming production of The Christmas Post. Within an hour of receiving the initial call, most of the stolen articles were back in USP’s possession. A uniform dress shirt and uniform dress pants remain missing.

On Sunday evening a story was posted on USP’s website and Facebook page asking help from the public in locating Palmer’s uniform along with other uniform related articles stolen from Union Street Players’ Green Room in the Pella Community Center last week. While still hopeful that the remaining articles will be retrieved, USP is extremely grateful to the concerned local citizen who located and returned the vast majority of stolen items.

Union Street Players would like to thank everyone in the community who has shared the story on Facebook and other social media. A special thank you to KNIA/KRLS who picked up the story and helped spread the word on their website and news broadcasts. Without community concern and action, it’s doubtful we’d have the stolen items back.

The Christmas Post , a heart-warming Broadway style musical based on two Norman Rockwell paintings will be performed Dec 2-4, 6, 9-10 in the Pella Community Center. For information regarding showtimes and on-line ticket ordering visit

Pella Veteran’s Uniform Stolen from Union Street Players


An authentic naval dress jacket & hat similar to the one worn by Tom Vander Well in the 2006 production of “The Christmas Post”, which belonged to naval veteran Jim Palmer (right, in brown hat) was stolen from the USP Green Room.

Sometime between Tuesday evening, November 8th and Thursday evening, November 10th someone stole several pieces of an authentic naval uniform from Union Street Players’s (USP’s) Green Room in the Pella Community Center. The uniform belonged to USP member Jim Palmer from his years serving our country as a pilot in the United States Navy. Palmer served on the USS Ranger aircraft carrier. Palmer, a member of the cast and crew of “The Christmas Post” had brought his old uniform to the community center to see if they could be used in the show.

“The Christmas Post” is USP’s holiday show and one of the characters runs a small town department store like a naval commander. The character, portrayed by Tom Vander Well, was utilizing Palmer’s dress uniform jacket and hat for his costume. Those two articles disappeared from the USP Green Room along with a white dress shirt, black dress pants, and wool overcoat that all belonged to Jim Palmer. A policeman’s hat, unrelated to Palmer’s uniform was also stolen.

Union Street Players is interested in finding and reclaiming the stolen pieces. If anyone has any information that might lead to their recovery, we encourage you to e-mail us at or call our box office at 641-204-1094.

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.

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