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USP Spotlights: Lori Pearson

Union Street Players not only enjoys a host of local talent, but we’re also fortunate to draw upon a wellspring of regional talent. Lori Pearson is a great example. Lori is from Knoxville, where she has  been an educator many years. She has been an elementary school teacher, principal and currently works as a school improvement consultant for Heartland AEA. She has performed for our friends at K-ACT in Knoxville, but we’re thankful that she’s also made the drive to join USP productions like A Christmas Carol and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Lori is currently cast in USP’s February show, Morning’s at Seven.

"Morning’s at Seven has very strong characters who reveal their fears and dreams to the audience," she said. "People will be intrigued with the weaving of each character and their relationships with the rest of the cast. This is a show that could be seen multiple time and you would find out more about each family member with each additional viewing."

Lori’s plays Esther, the eldest of four sisters, who provides a sense of peace and stability within a family full of quirks and strained relationships. "Esty" isn’t immune to relational issues. Her husband, David, has – for years – forbidden her to visit with the rest of her family. He’s threatening to banish her to the second floor of their house if he catches her with them. Lori has enjoyed bringing the character of Esty to life on the USP stage.

"I’ve enjoyed watching each cast member define their character – making each one of them seem like somebody you’ll encounter at your next family reunion. I’ve also enjoyed working with a great director and all of the people behind the scenes who make this show a must see."

Lori brings her own strong sense of self-definition to the role of Esther. She inhabits the role of the eldest sibling who is the ‘rock’ that the family depends on. "Lori has a very calm quality about her," Director Tom Vander Well says, "and she does a great job of playing that ‘omniscient’ quality that elder siblings often have when they take over the role of parents after parents have passed on."

Performances of Morning’s at Seven will be at USP’s stage
home – the Joan Kuyper Farver Auditorium in the Pella Community Center.
The Community Center is located at 712 Union Street in Pella, two
blocks south of the town square and next to the Pella Public Library.

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

Tickets are $7.00 for Adults, $6.00 for Balcony, & $5.00 for students and children. Click here for information on where to buy tickets.

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