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USP Spotlight: Sherm Van Zee

Sherm_head_shotAudiences at Union Street Players’ successful production of The Christmas Post, this past December, were treated to a host of new faces to the Pella Community Theater stage. Among them was Sherman Van Zee, who made his USP debut as the lovable Brother Sam. Sherm had such a positive experience, that he chose to audition for the upcoming production of the comedy, Morning’s at Seven.

I’m so excited to have Sherm back with us for Morning’s at Seven,” says the show’s director. “This part allows him to show us so much more of his acting talent than we saw in The Christmas Post. Sherm has continually kept the cast and crew in stitches through the rehearsal process. Audiences are going to love him.”

Sherm grew up in Prairie City, attended Central College and now lives in Newton. He is owner of The Reiswinkel Travel Shoppe here in Pella. He brings a wealth of experience to the travel business. He not only lived in London as part of Central’s Study Abroad program, but has served on mission trips to Mexico, Haiti and Appalachia. As a tour guide, he has visited 35 countries. Sherm’s travels have certainly given him an appreciation for other cultures, and perhaps that plays a part in his being an avid scholar of the Judaic roots of Christianity.

In Morning’s at Seven, Sherm plays the part of Carl Bolton. Carl is a senior citizen who is still a bit mixed-up about where he’s going in life. He’s known to have “spells” that send him into the back yard to lean his head against a tree and ask “where am I?”. The family thinks Carl’s is a bit odd, and his spells leave them a tad scared. Perhaps that’s why Carl’s son, Homer, is still living at home at the age of 40 – fearing to leave his mother home alone with Carl. Still, there’s one member of the family who thinks Carl isn’t odd at all. His brother-in-law David thinks Carl is special while the rest of the family is a bunch of “morons”.

This comedy is a lot of fun,” Sherm says, “and people who see it will enjoy the family interactions and the uniqueness of each character. I have enjoyed everything about this production, especially the great people.”

Is Carl “special” or is he crazy? We invite you to decide for yourselves between laughs. 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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