2008 The Odd Couple

Rehearsals Begin for “The Odd Couple”

Oddcouplelr After a read-thru last week, rehearsals began in earnest tonight for Union Street Players‘ production of Neil Simon’s "The Odd Couple". The cast combines a USP new comer (Suzi Jones) with some USP veterans (Cyndi Atkins, Greg May, Mark Moreland, Wendy Vander Well) and welcomes back some USP alumni from seasons past (Sheryl Vander Linden, Jana DeZwarte, Lana Pol).

The action takes place in Olive Madison’s pig-sty of a New York apartment. It’s mid-summer in the mid-eighties and the girls are gathered for their weekly game of the popular new game, Trivial Pursuit! The obsessive-compulsive Florence Unger is late for the game, and it’s soon revealed that Florence’s husband of fourteen years has left her. The ultra-slob, Olive, invites the ultra-neat-freak, Florence, to move in with her. Let the laughter begin!

There are opportunities for volunteers to help with props, lights, sound, and general backstage help. If interested in joining the fun, please contact the director.

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USP Welcomes New Member!

WelcomeUnion Street Players welcomes our newest member, Cheryl DeHeer of Otley. Cheryl began attending shows last February when she came to Morning’s at Seven. She got hooked and came back for Music Man and then The Best Christmas Pageant Ever! She decided to join in on the fun. While we won’t see her on stage, she would love to pitch in behind the scenes.

Welcome, Cheryl! We’re happy to have you!

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USP Members Make Appearance on Dutch TV News

Arv_and_anneWe were made aware today of a link (from an insider in the Netherlands), which will take you to a Dutch national news broadcast. Between the 4:00 and 6:00 minute marks there is a story about the Democratic caucus here in Pella.

Peggy Moriarity, Anne McCullough-Kelly, Pati Van Zante and Arvin Van Zante are a few of the familiar faces you’ll see in the news clip!

2008 The Odd Couple

Cast List Announced for ‘The Odd Couple’

Union Street Players kicks off 2008 with an updated American comedy classic. Neil Simon’s "The Odd Couple" has been a favorite of audiences since it first appeared on Broadway. It was eventually made into a successful film and television series. Simon rewrote his comedic masterpiece with a gender twist in the 1980’s and turned Felix Unger and Oscar Madison into Florence Unger and Olive Madison.

USP is excited to bring this new take to Pella audiences February 21-24. Performances will be held on the stage of the Joan Kuyper Farver Auditorium in the Pella Community Center. For more information, please check our website or email us at info@unionstreetplayers.com

Under direction of Tom Vander Well, the cast is (in order of appearance):

Sylvie – Jana DeZwarte
Mickey – Cyndi Atkins
Renee – Sheryl Vander Linden
Vera – Lana Pol
Olive Madison – Wendy Vander Well
Florence Unger – Suzi Jones
Manolo Costazuela – Mark Moreland
Jesus Costazuela – Greg May

The play is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.