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USP Spotlights: Shelley Buhrow

Shelley Buhrow, originally from Newton, Iowa, came to Pella in 1975 after spending two years in sunny San Diego, CA. with her then new husband, Donald. They have now been married for almost 34 years, have a son Jason who is married to Tami, and a daughter Kristin who is married to Ben Bravard.  Shelley enjoys writing, crocheting, and cooking as well as spending time at her favorite new hobby…shopping for and spending time with their new granddaughter, Julia.

Shelley joined Union Street Players around 1988 and has had a variety of small acting roles in many of the USP and K-ACT productions over the years.  She has also directed several adult productions including Nunsense and South Pacific, and has written and directed many of the children’s Christmas productions.

Most people think of Shelley as the strict school teacher or as the busy American Family Insurance Representative, but few would imagine her as the true climber of trees that she is.  Just this past summer she was observed at the top of a tall tree in Montreal, Canada.  Why did she do it?  Just to prove she still could!

It is that same spirit that caused Shelley to attend the auditions for Morning’s at Seven.  She wanted to prove to herself that she was still capable of memorizing the lines and portraying a character.  Though it has been a challenge, she is beginning to feel that she might actually be able to "do it".  This show seemed to be the perfect venue for her to again try her talents, as it is one of the few shows that is written with the "senior citizen cast members" in mind.  She is enjoying the adult humor in the show, and the all-to-close-to-home references to the inevitable and often amusing processes of growing older.

Anyone who has experienced or been close to someone who has experienced the dubious "joys" of growing older should appreciate this show.  The underlying theme of "Where am I?" or put another way "What do I want to be when I grow up?" is one which most of us face at some point in our lives.  The ever-present family feuding, which seems to endure even the passing of many years is also a thread woven thru this comedy, to which so many of us can relate.  How fun to see these ideas in a humorous light.

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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