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A Little Correction…

If you are an e-mail subscriber to the USP blog, you may have noticed that on our previous post spotlighting Jamie Kacur, we referred you to a "comment" link in the footer of the post that didn’t exist.  We apologize for any confusion. The footer only appears on the actual web-page. To make a comment on the post and send a word of encouragement Jamie’s way, we should have instructed you to click on the title of the post in your e-mail ("USP Spotlights: Jamie Kacur") which would take you to the appropriate page with the comment form.

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USP Spotlights: Jamie Kacur

Jamie Kacur is new to the stage, and she steps right into the spotlight playing one of the lead roles in USP’s holiday production, The Christmas Post. Hailing from Tallahassee, Florida, Jamie came to the Pella area to work as a school psychologist. Her only previous stage experience was in a church play a few years ago, but she’s enjoying being part of the show.

"I love the arts and thought that this would be a great way to meet people. I have loved every minute. I have met wonderful people and have learned so many things about theater," she said.

Jamie plays the part of Alice Garfield, a single-mother widowed by World War II and struggling to make ends meet. She desperately wants to provide the special presents her children want for Christmas, and takes a job at Herzog’s Department Store working on sales commission. At the store she encounters a  scrooge-like boss and a selfish sales manager who stand in the way of making the money she needs. Alice learns that she must have faith that God can provide a Christmas Eve miracle.

Jamie believes that The Christmas Post will be a "a wonderful way to start out the Christmas season and remind us of what it is about."

Though Jamie is new to the stage, Christmas Post director, Wendy Vander Well, says that Jamie acts like a veteran. "Jamie has taken to the stage well. I appreciate her willingness to learn and be a big part of this team that’s brining The Christmas Post to life."

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Are You Interested in Learning the Craft?

Are you interested in learning more about directing, producing or doing more behind the scenes of a USP show? Do you ever think "It would be fun to be a director or producer" but you shy away from saying anything because they feel inadequate for the task?

A great way to learn stagecraft is by becoming part of the production team such as Assistant Director or Stage Manager. Tom Vander Well is looking for people who would like to "apprentice" and learn more about how to put a show together. The upcoming Spring production Morning’s at Seven will begin pre-production work soon after the curtain goes down on The Christmas Post.

If you’ve got an interest in someday directing or producing a show, this would be a great opportunity to have some fun and learn how it all works. For more information you can e-mail Tom or call him at 641-620-9107.

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The Christmas Post Swings Along

Rehearsals for USP’s production of "The Christmas Post" continue to swing along. The Christmas Post is a Broadway-style musical for the whole family, which tells the story of a young widow in 1947. Trying to make ends meet and buy her children the special Christmas gifts they want, she must learn to have faith that anything can happen on Christmas Eve.

The Christmas Post is 90 minutes long without intermission. Performances are:

Thu Nov 30 @ 7:00 p.m.
Fri Dec 1 @ 7:00 p.m.
Sat Dec 2 @ 7:00 p.m.
Sun Dec 3 @ 2:00 p.m. MATINEE!
Thu Dec 7 @ 7:00 p.m.
Fri Dec 8 @ 7:00 p.m.

Performances are at the Joan Kuyper-Farver Auditorium in the Pella Community Center.
As a holiday gift to the community, USP has reduced ticket prices to $5.00! Tickets can be purchased in the Pella Community Center Office or at the door. For more information e-mail us.