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.