USP Spotlights: Rachel Wiese

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We’re excited to have Rachel Wiese make her USP debut in the Tulip Time production, Tulip House. Rachel is from Kansas City, Missouri and is finishing her first year at Central College where she majors in Theatre and Political Science.

Rachel’s first year at Central has been a busy one. She’s been in three main-stage shows: Wrestling Season, Don Juan and Kinderstransport. Her role in Kinderstransport earned her a nomination for the American College Theatre Festival’s Irene Ryan Scholarship. Prior to coming to Central, Rachel was active in high school theatre at both the local and state level.

In Tulip House, Rachel plays the role of Jennifer Hughes, an up-and-coming television producer trying to make her first major project a big success. In this case, she’s taking a modern California family and placing them in depression-era Pella for a nine-week reality television series. Jennifer is an assertive, driven young lady – intent on making Tulip House a hit television show. What she doesn’t know is that the family she’s chosen has a secret – one that may very well doom her production.

"Tulip House is a great combination of history and entertainment," Rachel says, "and the best part is that it’s all about Pella. The community of Pella is really amazing, and the people I’ve met through USP are just wonderful and so talented. Working with them has been a privilege."

Tickets for Tulip House are selling fast, as many seats are being bought up by tour groups coming to Tulip House. We encourage you to get your tickets today! The show will be performed on the stage of the Joan Kuyper Farver Auditorium in the Pella Community Center (712 Union St):

May 2 @ 7:00 p.m.
May 3 @ 4:30 p.m. During Tulip Time!
May 4 @ 4:30 p.m. During Tulip Time!
May 5 @ 4:30 p.m. During Tulip Time
!

Tickets are $7.00 and may be purchased in advance at the Pella
Historical Society office, located in the Wyatt Earp Home in the Pella
Historical Village on Franklin St. Any remaining tickets will be
available at the door of each performance.

USP Spotlights: Madison Vander Well

Madison_vander_well_tulip_houseMany audience members of Union Street Players have seen Madison Vander Well on stage, but her return in Tulip House is the first chance most audience members will have had to actually hear her. That’s because Madison’s debut with USP was playing "The Mute" in the 2005 summer musical, The Fantasticks.

In Tulip House, Madison plays the role of Amber Sutton, an angry teen-ager who is forced to participate in a reality TV show with her parents (played by her real-life dad and step-mom, Tom and Wendy Vander Well). Amber must give up her cell phone and modern conveniences to live ("in antique underwear") as a teen in 1935 Pella.

Madison, a Freshman at Pella High School, began acting in commercials when she was very young, and continued to perform in several school productions. Her love of singing has led her, of late, to spend her time and energy in the PHS Dutch Divas and the high school worship team at Third Church. She is also running track this season.

In addition to her school and community activities, Madison’s heart and faith in Christ has led her to serve others globally. She spent a month of her summer last year on a Global Expedition’s mission project working in orphanages, schools and villages in Thailand. This summer she embarks on two mission trips to Baja, Mexico and Costa Rica.

Come see and hear Madison in Tulip House! The show will be performed on the stage of the Joan Kuyper Farver Auditorium in the Pella Community Center (712 Union St):
May 2 @ 7:00 p.m.
May 3 @ 4:30 p.m. During Tulip Time!
May 4 @ 4:30 p.m. During Tulip Time!
May 5 @ 4:30 p.m. During Tulip Time
!

Tickets are $7.00 and may be purchased in advance at the Pella Historical Society office, located in the Wyatt Earp Home in the Pella Historical Village on Franklin St. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door of each performance.

USP Spotlights Jason Chohon

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USP is excited to have two Theatre Central students on stage for our Tulip Time production of Tulip House. Our community theatre is fortunate to have access to the minds, resources and talent that exist at Central College, and Jason Chohon is a great example.

Jason is a Theatre major at Central and hails from Columbus, NE. He has been in shows like Flags and The Wrestling Season at Central. While this is his first production on USP’s home stage, he has performed with USP members in the Pella Shakespeare Company and his abilities are well-known to the USP veterans.

Jason plays the part of "Ken" the videographer who has the responsibility of filming all that takes place in the Tulip House, a reality TV show in which a California family must spend nine weeks living as the Van Zee family in 1935. While Jason’s part has relatively few lines, his character is a constant presence on stage – which can be a challenge for the most experienced of actors.

When asked about Tulip House, Jason responds, "This is a great new play with great history. I’m enjoying working with all the people from the community!"

Tulip House will be performed on the stage of the Joan Kuyper Farver Auditorium in the Pella Community Center (712 Union St):
May 2 @ 7:00 p.m.
May 3 @ 4:30 p.m. During Tulip Time!
May 4 @ 4:30 p.m. During Tulip Time!
May 5 @ 4:30 p.m. During Tulip Time!

Tickets are $7.00 and may be purchased in advance at the Pella Historical Society office, located in the Wyat Earp Home in the Pella Historical Village on Franklin St. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door of each performance.

Arvin Van Zante in “The Underpants”

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USP’s Arvin Van Zante will be performing as the King in Steve Martin’s "The Underpants" with StageWest Theater Company at the Civic Center’s Stoner Theater the first two weekends in May.  Show dates are 5/4 – 5/6 and 5/9 – 5/13.  Tickets are available at the Civic Center ticket office or through Ticketmaster.  Infomation is available at www.StageWestIowa.com or (515) 309-0251. 

    "The Underpants" is sex, lies and lingerie as Martin adapts Carl Sternheim’s classic German comedy, Die Hose.  The Underpants embraces the chaos that befalls a neglected housewife whose underpants fall down during the procession of the King, creating a public scandal and earning some determined new admirers.  Martin uses saucy jokes, witty wordplay, slamming doors, and sophisticated literary style to lampoon our contemporary culture’s fascination with fame.

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