Union Street Players Set for 2008

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In the annual membership meeting of Union Street Players, USP elected new board members for the 2007-2008 year (USP fiscal year starts September 1) and approved the 2008 production season.

(It should be noted that USP has done a Tulip Time production for the past three years. Typically, USP and Central College have traded off doing a show every other year for the annual Pella Tulip Festival.  USP agreed to do a production for Central College in 2006, but starting in 2008 we take a much needed break and return to the every other year agreement with our compatriots at the local university.)

Union Street Players 2008 Season will be:

The Odd Couple (Female Version) by Neil Simon
USP starts 2008 by staging a classic comedy with a whole new twist. Unger and Madison are at it again! Florence Ungar and Olive Madison, that is, in Neil Simon’s hilarious contemporary comic classic: the female version of The Odd Couple . Instead of the poker party that begins the original version, Ms. Madison has invited the girls over for an evening of Trivial Pursuit. The Pigeon sisters have been replaced by the hilarious Constanzuela brothers. USP audiences should plan on plenty of warm laughter to ease the February chill.

The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan
Ahoy! Swashbuckling adventure and romance sail onto the USP stage in one of the most beloved musicals of all time. Frederic, a Pirate’s apprentice leaves the pirate band to find love and marriage. What he finds is a Major General with many daughters, but his band of pirates return and claim them all as brides. What will the honorable Major General do to save his daughters from their fate? Will Frederic choose love or loyalty to the pirates? Arrrrggghh. This is a show you won’t want to miss! USP has conscripted Spencer Ver Meer to direct this band of rouges.

Cheaper by the Dozen dramatized by Christopher Sergel
Another beloved American classic caps off the 2008 season. Frank Gilbreth and his wife are industrial engineers and pioneers in motion efficiency. With twelve children, their home becomes a real-life laboratory. This creates many hilarious situations, unless you happen to be a teen-aged daughter trying to fit in at school and avoid embarrassment with boys. Father and daughter end up at odds and must come to an understanding. Love, laughter and tender family moments make this show the perfect family entertainment for your 2008 holiday.

The Union Street Players Board of Directors for the 2007-2008 year is pictured above.

President: Tom Vander Well
Vice-President: Jamie Kacur
Secretary: Anne McCullough-Kelly
Treasurer: Wendy Vander Well
Board Member: Spence Ver Meer
Board Member: Doug DeWolf
Board Member: Sherm Van Zee

Music Man Barbershoppers to Sing at State Fair!

This from USP Board Member, Spence Ver Meer:

The School Board gets an encore!

In case you haven’t heard, the School Board Barbershop Quartet is singing up at the Iowa State Fair! Karl Ribbens, Robert Uy, Gary Verhoef and Spence Ver Meer are gathering one more time in front of an audience to reprise a few of their songs on stage with the Des Moines Pride of Iowa Barbershop Chorus.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of when Meridith Willson first put the Music Man on Broadway, and to commemorate the event, Pride of Iowa was looking for one of the established quartets to sing some of the songs from the musical. After Robert asked a few of the quartets if they were interested, they politely declined, preferring to stick their own repertoire than learn several songs from scratch in a short period of time. Robert asked the higher-ups if it would be ok for the Pella Quartet to join in, since the music was learned, and all singers were previous member of P.O.I.  They agreed with Robert.

So that brings us to today. The performance/concert will start at 1pm, this Sunday afternoon, August 12, at the Anderson Erickson Stage. Hope to see you there!

Call to Help USP Alumni Allison Trotter

This from Jane Boswell:

As most of you know, Allison Trotter has been fighting cancer since early this year. her recovery has been very difficult, and is now in need of financial help. Her employer terminated her job late in July. I believe she will be able to recover and be fully independent as soon as she is once again healthy and can reenter the workforce.

Allison is always first in line when called up upon to help someone. She’s a kind and generous person. I have never seen her in anything but a positive light, throughout this great challenge. I don’t know how she does it, but she does.

Many of you have been very helpful and I know she is very grateful for this. I feel compelled at this time to ask you personally for financial assistance for Allison. Through Allison’s church, Lutheran Church of Hope, we can make a tax deductible, charitable contribution which will ultimately go to Allison.

Your chuck will need to be written to: Lutheran Church of Hope
The memo line must read: "Needy Family Fund"

You can put this check in an envelope along with a note stating this money should go to a person struggling with cancer that has financial issues. Photo copy your check.

I will be glad to deliver your enveloped to the Lutheran Church of Hope myself. I know this is soon, but I hope to gather your responses by Friday, August 3. Otherwise, of course you can do however you see fit in this matter.

Thank you for your consideration and generosity,

Jane Boswell
1888 Harbor Hill Dr.
Pella, Iowa 50219
641-780-9200 cell

‘Music Man’ a Huge Success!

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When Union Street Players’ production of the American classic Music Man opened on Wednesday night, the number of tickets available for the weekend run were already dwindling. Audiences packed in the Joan Kuyper Farver Auditorium in the Pella Community Center and have raved about USP’s 10th Anniversary musical celebration. People are anxiously scooping up the remaining tickets for the weekend’s performances.

Kudos to Shelley Buhrow (producer) and Pati Van Zante (director) for their leadership. They’ve packed the stage (literally!) with a fine cast. Sherm Van Zee (music director) has the audience tapping their toes and humming along with the well-known songs.

If any tickets are remaining you may purchase them Friday at the Pella Community Services Office in the Pella Community Center between 7:30 and 4:30 p.m. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door. Occasionally, some audience members return tickets before a performance. It’s always worthwhile to show up at the door and check. Doors open at 6:30.

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