2008 Pirates of Penzance

USP Spotlights Sandy Olsthoorn

SolsthoornUnion Street Players is pleased to spotlight Sandy Olsthoorn, one of the talented actors in our summer production, Pirates of Penzance. Sandy plays “Ruth”, the seafaring maid of the pirates, assigned to apprentice poor Frederic. On USP’s home court, Sandy had the leading role in 1999’s Hello Dolly and most recently played “Lady Thiang” in 2003’s The King and I.  She has an extensive resume performed in many surrounding community theatres, including Newton, Grinnell, Knoxville, and the now defunct Ingersoll Dinner Theatre in Des Moines.  Her favorite role has been playing the Wicked Witch of the West in three different productions of The Wizard Of OZ, the last one in Newton’s 2005 play in which fellow Pirates castmember, Annie Wignall (“Mabel”), played the role of “Dorothy”.

From a home office in Kellogg, Sandy does computer tech support for law enforcement software for Shield Technology Corporation.  She likes to work in her vegetable garden and a number of flower beds around the house that she shares with Harvey, her husband of 34 years.  She is especially proud of the landscaping around the four waterfalls that empty into her fish pond.  But her real hobby is the theater, which she has showcased during the past 22 years in over 60 roles. 

In UPS’s current production of the Gilbert and Sullivan musical, Sandy’s wonderful voice can be heard singing the songs and dialogue of the play.  Her character is Ruth who accompanied Frederic as his nursemaid and has taken care of him while on the pirate ship for the last 13 years.  She has grown to love Frederic as a son, and wants to continue to care for him and to hug him regularly as any good mother would.  Now that her young charge is leaving, Ruth is confused as to her feelings and what her future will be.

Come see Sandy and the rest of the cast of Pirates of Penzance July 30th through August 3rd. Performances will be at the Pella Community Center. More information can be found at www.unionstreetplayers.com and tickets can be purchased by phone by calling Tom or Wendy at 641-620-9107.

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