Union Street Players opened the world premiere of Stephanie Alexander’s Tulip House to a record crowd last night! During Tulip Time, the Wednesday night show is traditionally viewed as an opportunity for community members, who otherwise volunteer during the festival, to see the show. In the past, cast and crew have looked at the Wednesday night performance as a ‘warm up’ for the larger crowds who attend during the three days of Tulip Time. Last nights crowd was easily the largest audience to attend the opening night of a Tulip Time production. Attendance was estimated at 240 for the performance, and there were very few seats left in the house of the Joan Kuyper Farver Auditorium.
Last night’s crowd was buoyed by at least two buses of tourists from Michigan and Georgia who were in town early for the festival. Audience members were pleased with the show, which provided them with an entertaining and poignant look at Pella’s history and the things that make Pella a special place.
The shows playwright, Stephanie Alexander, was also in the audience last night accompanied by her husband. Alexander had not attended rehearsals and it was the first time she had seen her original script staged. She was complimentary of the actors who brought her words to life on stage. "I cried," she said to the cast after the show. "I knew what was going to happen and I still cried at the end!"
There are still three opportunities to see 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 – two blocks south of the Pella town square, just West of the Pella Library):
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.