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Audience Response to The Christmas Post


We’re looking for your thoughts, comments and reviews of USP’s holiday musical The Christmas Post. Click on the "comment" link in the footer of this post and let us know what you thought of the performance (e-mail subscribers should click here – you’ll be taken to a permalink of this post complete with footer).

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Morning’s at Seven Audition Notice!

The curtain is just ready to rise on The Christmas Post, but Union Street Players is already making plans for our next show!

Director, Tom Vander Well, will be holding auditions for Morning’s at Seven Dec 20, 21 & 27 in the Pella Community Center (712 Union Street). There are roles for 5 adult women and 4 adult men. No experience is necessary and everyone is welcome to audition.

Morning’s at Seven is a wonderful, gut-busting comedy about family relationships and small town life. The four Gibbs sisters have lived together in the same Midwest town their entire lives. In fact, Ida and Cora are neighbors, and the entire play takes place on their back porches and in their back yards.

Their spinster sister, Aaronetta, lives with Cora and her husband, Thor. Everyone suspects that something illicit has been going on between Aaronetta and Thor for years, and there’s plenty of family scuttlebutt on the subject. Nevertheless, no one knows for sure.

Next door, Ida and her neurotic husband, Carl, live with their equally odd adult son, Homer. The middle-aged Homer has never been able to “cut the apron strings” and he has been dating Myrtle for 12 years and engaged to her for 7, though no one has ever actually seen her. The conversation “over the hedge” is filled with suspicion. Maybe the phantom fiancé doesn’t even exist! Suddenly, Homer announces that he’s bringing Myrtle home and the family is abuzz with whispers and speculation regarding this strange turn of events.

The fourth sister, Esther, lives up on the hill with her educated husband, David. The intellectual David looks down the hill, and his nose, on the rest of Esther’s family. Esther’s had enough. She is ready to leave David and move back in with her sisters, but David’s not going to give up that easily!

Sisters. Husbands. Wives. Children. In-laws.
Morning’s at Seven provides us with a side-splitting look in the mirror. USP is proud to produce this humorous study of the family relationships, family gossip and family secrets common to us all.

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Extra! Extra! We’re Ready!

Last night was the final dress rehearsal for The Christmas Post, and everything is ready for opening night. The cast, crew and orchestra did so well that director, Wendy Vander Well, gave everyone the night off on Wednesday to get rested up for Thursday’s first performance. There was plenty of energy on stage and the show is ready for an audience. You could tell that the show was primed and ready when the orchestra was busting a gut and parents who’ve sat through countless rehearsals were laughing, clapping and enjoying themselves. Even the director was heard laughing, applauding and cheering from the darkened auditorium!

Do you have your tickets? This is the most fun and entertainment you’ll find for $5.00 this holiday season! Click here to find out where to purchase your tickets.

Performance dates/times:
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.

All performances are at the Pella Community Center (712 Union Street), just West of the Pella Public Library – two blocks South of the town square. Doors open at 6:30 for evening performances and 1:30 for the matinee. Tickets are available at the door.

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One Week to Curtain!!

The cast of The Christmas Post is in the home stretch. Last night was the final run through before dress rehearsals next week, and a week from tomorrow is opening night!!

We’re still looking for a few individuals who would like to work back stage as stage managers. If you’re interested, please contact the director – Wendy Vander Well via e-mail or by calling 641-780-0673. We would need you each night next week and Dec 7 & 8.

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Two Weeks to Curtain!

We’re down to two weeks until opening night for The Christmas Post. The lights are being hung and focused. The final touches are being put on the set, the costumes are getting their final stitches, and the actors are working their tails off. This is the point in production when the rehearsals get loooooong. You’re finding the rough spots and working them out. You’re discovering which parts you have nailed and which scenes need a lot of work.

But it looks great. It sounds great. We’re right on schedule! This is a show you and your family won’t want to miss. Click here for information on how to get tickets.

Performance Information
Performances run 90 minutes without an intermission.
Performance dates are:
Thu Nov 30 @ 7 p.m.
Fri Dec 1 @ 7 p.m.
Sat Dec 2 @ 7 p.m.
Sun Dec 3 @ 2 p.m. MATINEE!
Thu Dec 7 @ 7 p.m. (coinciding with Pella‘s Tour of Homes!)
Fri Dec 8 @ 7 p.m. (coinciding with Pella‘s Tour of Homes!)

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Christmas Post Rehearsal Tonight

The Full Cast is expected at rehearsal tonight as we work from the end of The Christmas Rush to the end of the show. A reminder that the Costume Shop will be open from 6-7 for Newsies to get costumed.

Also, the set continues to make great progress, and Arvin Van Zante was working on setting lights. Thanks to everyone who worked on the set Saturday:
Jim Palmer
Matt & Ann McCullough-Kelly
Dave Hopkins
Pat Moriarity
Tom & Wendy Vander Well