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USP Spotlights: Marty Racheter

I like becoming someone else for a while,” says Marty Racheter. The “someone else” in this case is Aaronetta Gibbs in Union Street Players‘ upcoming production of the comedy Morning’s at Seven. Racheter plays Aaronetta, who is the “old maid” among four elderly sisters in the comedy. Arry, as she’s known by the sisters, has been living with her sister, Cora and Cora’s husband Thor for forty-five years. The family suspects that there has been “something going on” between Arry and Thor for years – though no one knows for sure and no one has been willing to say anything to Cora.

This play is an ensemble piece,” explains the show’s director, “but the character of Arry is, in many ways, the linchpin of the show. It can be a difficult part because Arry isn’t always the most likable person, but Marty has worked hard to bring out different sides of Arry in her performance. It’s been fun watching her bring Arry to life on stage.”

Marty is probably best known among USP veterans for her role as Ouiser in Steel Magnolias. She also appeared as Sister Hubert in Nunsense, though audiences might best remember her most recent portrayal of Mrs. Banks, the mother of Corie Bratter in 2005’s production of Barefoot in the Park. This is her fourth show for USP.

“[Morning’s at Seven] is a really funny comedy,” Marty commented about the upcoming production, “but at the same time it mirrors reality.”

When not gracing our stage, Marty edits, a website of local news ("It’s not a repeat of the shopper", she adds) along with additional proofreading duties. What many people may not know about Marty is that she’s a poet. She has written a book of poems about her beagle, Daisy – and is looking for any help you might be able to provide in finding a publisher.

We invite you to come and see Marty’s performance in Morning’s at Seven 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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