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Curtain Set to Rise on ‘Tulip House’

A select audience, including the Tulip Queen and her court, were in the Joan Kuyper Farver Auditorium to preview Union Street Players‘ production of the world premiere of Stephanie Alexander’s Tulip House. The preview earned positive comments from audience members, who were struck by the shows emotional impact.

"All the characters were so real," one audience member commented after the show. "I believed each one."

The show tells the story of a modern-day California family who are cast to spend nine weeks living as a 1935 Pella family (the year of the first Tulip Time) in a reality television series called "Tulip House". The mother is excited about the show, the teen-age daughter is horrified (played by Wendy and Madison Vander Well, right), and the father is along for the ride. What the family doesn’t know, is that their historical experience in Pella will bring them on a collision course with their own past – from which they thought they were running.

The show opens Wednesday night, and tickets for Tulip House are selling fast. 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.

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