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USP Spotlights: Arvin Van Zante

Arvin Van Zante has been aptly dubbed by many a patriarch of Union Street Players. Arvin has been involved in USP from the the very beginning and his sixteen years worth of credits include most USP productions. There are very few roles in Pella’s Community Theater that Arvin hasn’t played. He’s been President, Board Member, Actor, Director, Lighting Director, etc, etc, etc. His involvement extends well beyond USP. He has also been involved in productions in Knoxville and Des Moines, and recently played Henry Higgins in Newton Community Theater’s production of My Fair Lady.

In USP’s current production of the Paul Osborn comedy Morning’s at Seven, Arvin brings his wealth of experience to the role of David Crampton. David is a proud, well-educated college professor who is married to Esther, the eldest of four geriatric sisters. David despises his wife’s family and has forbid her to visit them – even though they live just a block away. In fact, he’s made it clear that a visit to her family will result in marital separation – Esther will have to move to the second floor of their house while he lives on the first floor.

"As a director, there is a tremendous amount of comfort in having an actor of Arvin’s experience in the cast," says the show’s director. "He puts a lot of work into every role, and you know that he will nail his part. Arvin plays David so well. You love to hate him, but Arvin brings a real sense of humanity to David – you feel the insecurity that lies beneath David’s arrogance."

USP invites you to enjoy Arvin’s performance in person. 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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