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Auditions for Tulip House

Union Street Players is proud to announce auditions for the World Premiere of Tulip House by Stephanie Alexander. There are roles for 3 women and 2 men:

  • Brenda Sutton – 34-45, mother, teacher
  • Jennifer Hughes – 20s, film producer
  • Todd Sutton – late 30s-late 40s, husband, writer
  • Amber Sutton – 16-18, Brenda and Todd’s daughter
  • Ken Jenkins – 20-50, cameraman

Performances are May 2nd at 7:30 and May 3-5 at 4:30 p.m. (during Pella Tulip Time).

Auditions will be at the Pella Community Center (712 Union Street) Saturday March 3, 10 am to Noon and Tuesday, March 6, 7-8:30 pm. Perusal scripts available at the Pella Public Library.

For more information, of if you’d like to help with costumes, set, sound, lighting, make-up or stage crew, please contact Ann Wilkinson at 641-628-3667 or Pat Moriarity at 641-628-1549. You may also e-mail usp@iowatelecom.net.

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Winter Drops Curtain on Sunday Performance

The Winter storm that continues to drop snow on Central Iowa has left actors and crew stranded, forcing Union Street Players to cancel our Sunday afternoon performance of Morning’s at Seven. Director, Tom Vander Well, would like to thank the faithful cast and crew who trekked from Newton, Knoxville and Osky on Saturday night to perform for the 30 audience members who braved the elements – and witnessed the final bow of the production.

We apologize for any inconvenience to our audience members who were looking forward to the Sunday afternoon performance. Due to scheduling conflicts across the cast and crew, rescheduling the peformance is, unfortunately, not an option.

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Cheesecake is a Hit Along With Show

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Audience members at this weekend’s performance of Morning’s at Seven have been treated to more than just a wonderful comedy. Union Street Players has provided cheesecake and hot coffee for theatre-goers at intermission. Being a non-profit organization, USP has served the refreshments on a free-will donation basis to cover costs.

The idea of serving the cheesecake was that of Wendy VanderMornings_at_seven_intermission Well, who has worked over the past two weeks to produce the fourteen cheesecakes that will be served throughout the run of the show. Vander Well’s effort yielded a variety that includes New York Style, Grasshopper, Chocolate, Key Lime, Tiramasu, and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk. All of them have been a hit with audiences. The normal fifteen-minute intermission has been extended five minutes each night to accommodate audience members pleasuring their taste buds!

There are two more opportunities to get in on the laughter and the cheesecake. Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. and the Sunday matinee at 2:00 p.m.

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Great Opening for Morning’s at Seven

It was a beautiful spring evening in Pella – just perfect for a night out at the theatre. February shows are traditionally known for small audiences, and Thursday openings have a reputation for being even smaller. The impressive crowd of 100 in the Joan Kuyper Farver Auditorium was a testament to the growing quality and popularity of Union Street Players’ shows.

From the opening lines, the crowd laughed heartily at the comedy Morning’s at Seven and the laughter never stopped. The chuckles and giggles poured out into the lobby during intermission where USP offered cheesecake and coffee for a donation to the non-profit group. The cheesecakes were make by Wendy Vander Well and included a wide range such as Key Lime, Tiramasu, Grasshopper, as well as traditional New York Style.

"I was having so much fun, I was sad when the intermission came," said one theatre-goer as she took another bite of her Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cheesecake. "I can’t wait to find out what happens!"

She wasn’t disappointed. When the climactic moment of the show came, the audience roared with laughter, challenging the concentration of the actors on stage. They held it together, and the crowd gave a warm ovation to the ensemble cast after the final curtain.

"It scares me to think I almost didn’t come tonight," another audience member from Knoxville was heard saying on the way out.

Don’t miss out on a great show…and cheesecake! There are three performances left – Friday and Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. and a Sunday afternoon matinee at 2:00 p.m.

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Audience Reaction to “Morning’s at Seven”

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We’re looking for your thoughts, comments and reviews of USP’s comedy Morning’s at Seven. 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).

Everyone who posts a comment will be entered in a drawing to win two tickets to USP’s 2007 summer musical, The Music Man!

Give us your two cents – and you just might win two tickets!

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USP Spotlights: Arvin Van Zante

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Arvin Van Zante has been aptly dubbed by many a patriarch of Union Street Players. Arvin has been involved in USP from the the very beginning and his sixteen years worth of credits include most USP productions. There are very few roles in Pella’s Community Theater that Arvin hasn’t played. He’s been President, Board Member, Actor, Director, Lighting Director, etc, etc, etc. His involvement extends well beyond USP. He has also been involved in productions in Knoxville and Des Moines, and recently played Henry Higgins in Newton Community Theater’s production of My Fair Lady.

In USP’s current production of the Paul Osborn comedy Morning’s at Seven, Arvin brings his wealth of experience to the role of David Crampton. David is a proud, well-educated college professor who is married to Esther, the eldest of four geriatric sisters. David despises his wife’s family and has forbid her to visit them – even though they live just a block away. In fact, he’s made it clear that a visit to her family will result in marital separation – Esther will have to move to the second floor of their house while he lives on the first floor.

"As a director, there is a tremendous amount of comfort in having an actor of Arvin’s experience in the cast," says the show’s director. "He puts a lot of work into every role, and you know that he will nail his part. Arvin plays David so well. You love to hate him, but Arvin brings a real sense of humanity to David – you feel the insecurity that lies beneath David’s arrogance."

USP invites you to enjoy Arvin’s performance in person. Morning’s at Seven will be performed at the Joan Kuyper Farver Auditorium in the Pella Community Center (712 Union St. – two blocks south of the Pella square and immediately west of the Pella Public Library). Performances will be:

Thu Feb 22 @ 7:00 p.m.
Fri Feb 23 @ 7:00 p.m.
Sat Feb 24 @ 7:00 p.m.
Sun Feb 25 @ 2:00 p.m. Matinee!

Tickets are $7.00 for reserved seats, $6.00 for balcony seats and $5.00 for children and students with an I.D. Click here for information about buying tickets.

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USP Spotlight: Doug DeWolf

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Doug DeWolf is well known to audiences of Union Street Players. Doug has been active with USP for many years, as his credits will attest. He has been in shows like Guys & Dolls, Oklahoma!, South Pacific, Much Ado About Nothing, The Fantasticks, and last summer’s production of Our Town. In addition, Doug is a current member of the USP board.

Doug grew up in Northwest Iowa and moved to the area to be a veterinarian in Newton. Had he flunked out of vet school, Doug’s "Plan B" was going to clown college. That wouldn’t surprise the many people in Pella who know Doug as "the juggler". Doug has a passion for juggling. He’s entertained many a cast party with his flaming sticks and has even put on workshops for people interested in the art.

Doug’s latest role is that of Homer Bolton in USP’s production of the comedy Morning’s at Seven. Homer is a shy, awkward man of 40 who’s still living at home. Homer’s been dating the same woman for 12 years, but he’s never brought her home and his family isn’t sure if she even exists. But, that’s about to change. When the curtain rises, Homer’s family is anxiously awaiting his arrival with Myrtle – and it will set about a series of events that will send the family into hilarious chaos.

"This show is about family," Doug says, "I think everyone can relate to the characters and the relationships they will see on stage. I’ve enjoyed trying to find the character behind the lines. There’s probably a little bit of Homer in me – I dated my wife for five years before we were married!"

Morning’s at Seven will be performed at the Joan Kuyper Farver Auditorium in the Pella Community Center (712 Union St. – two blocks south of the Pella square and immediately west of the Pella Public Library). Performances will be:

Thu Feb 22 @ 7:00 p.m.
Fri Feb 23 @ 7:00 p.m.
Sat Feb 24 @ 7:00 p.m.
Sun Feb 25 @ 2:00 p.m. Matinee!

Tickets are $7.00 for reserved seats, $6.00 for balcony seats and $5.00 for children and students with an I.D. Click here for information about buying tickets.