2009 Sound of Music

Cast List Announced for “The Sound of Music”

Union Street Players are proud to present "The Sound of Music" this summer. The classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical will be performed July 30th through August 2nd on the stage of the Joan Kuyper Farver auditorium in the Pella Community Center. The show is being directed by Deb Linn and produced by Shelley Buhrow.


Captain Georg von Trapp: Spence Ver Meer
Maria Rainer: Brystal Hopkins
Liesl von Trapp: Nicole Vande Zande
Friedrich von Trapp: Joshua Bailey
Louisa von Trapp: Delanie Anderson
Kurt von Trapp: Tyler Rezapour
Briggitta von Trapp: Rachel Peter
Marta von Trapp: Lucy Zylstra
Gretl von Trapp: Tierney Copeland
Franz, the butler: Randal Maifeld
Fran Schmidt, Housekeeper: Joy Maifeld
Admiral von Schreiber: Tim Hall
Elsa Schrader: Patty Zylstra
Max Detweiler: Doug DeWolf
Rolf Gruber: Cameron Van Kooten
Ursula: Kaitlyn Schaudt
Herr Zeller: Greg May
Baron Elberfeld: Arvin Van Zante
Baroness Elberfeld: Connie Jaqau
Festival Duet: Don Buhrow
Festival Duet: Sally Job
Festival Bowing Lady: Shelley Buhrow
Festival Bowing Lady: Elaine Stanley
Festival Quartet: Ben Maifeld
Festival Quartet: Cole Maifeld
Festival Quartet: Jalayna Maifeld
Festival Quartet: Isabelle Hall
Soldier: Tim Hoekstra
Soldier: Ben Palmer
Soldier: Austin Rozendaal
Soldier: Chess Van Wyk
Soldier: Thomas Salz
The Mother Abbess: Jakie Duffy
Sister Berthe: Jana DeZwarte
Sister Margaretta: Terri Crumley
Sister Sophia: Erin Valerio-Garsow
Claire Anderson, Kelly Anderson, Cyndi Atkins, Megan Atkins, Hannah Beltman, Kim Blom, Hannah Blom, Diana Burkin, Heidi Christenson, Elizabeth De Wolf, Sarah De Wolf, Amy Dybsetter, Elizabeth Edwards, Hannah Emmert, Ruth Geurts, Isabelle Hall, Laryssa Klein, Maggie-Anne Landon, Ashley McGee, Elyse Parisee, Lori Parisee, Kaitlyn Schaudt, Karissa Schaudt, Haley Smit, Grace Solomon, Amelia Tripp, Jodi Vos, Jessi Vos, Tressa Vos, Eleanor Witt, Emily Witt, Alexa Zylstra.


Director: Deb Linn
Producer: Shelley Buhrow
Assistant Director: Pat Moriarity
Music Director: Jackie Duffy
Choreographer: Karen Ryals
Dance Captain: Laryssa Klein
Pianist: Christine Myers
Lights/Sound: Tim & Wanda Blount
Stage Manager: Dan Fynaardt
Costume Mistress: Lori Vande Zande
Make-up Designer: Holly Long De Wolf
Set Designer: Jim Palmer

2009 Letters from Pella

“Letters from Pella” Closes Successful Run

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Another Tulip Time in Pella is behind us, and the curtain dropped on the 2009 Union Street Players premier of "Letters from Pella." The show was very well received by residents and tourists alike, who appreciated learning a forgotten chapter in Pella's rich history.

Attendance was down compared to the past Tulip Time productions, though the show enjoyed good houses. Unofficial attendance figures from Producer Pat Moriarity are:

Wed: 124
Thu: 80
Fri: 164
Sat: 142

(above) Wendy & Tom Vander Well portray Dominie H.P. Scholte and his wife, Mareah
(below) Sherm Van Zee portrays Teunis, a disgruntled immigrant

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2009 Letters from Pella

Last Chance to See “Letters from Pella”!

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Saturday, May 9th is the last day of Pella's 2009 Tulip Time, and it's the last day to see Union Street Players' world premier of "Letters from Pella." The one-act play, which tells a forgotten story of Pella's founding residents, has been well received by residents and tourists alike. Audiences have found the show both entertaining and informative.

The final performance of "Letters from Pella" will be this afternoon at 4:30. Tickets are $7.00 and may be purchased in advance at the Central Park ticket booth or at the door. It will be performed at the Pella Community Center, located two blocks directly south of the square just west of the Public Library (712 Union Street).

(above) Sherm Van Zee, Sara Peterson, Sally Job and Christina Thompson portray disgruntled colonists.(below) Tom Vander Well portrays Pella Founder, Dominie Hendrik Peter Scholte, with Christina Thompson

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2009 Letters from Pella

“Letters from Pella” Pleases Audience on Opening Night

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Union Street Players' world premier of "Letters from Pella" opened last night and generated great reviews from audience members. Producer, Pat Moriarity, reported that there were 124 audience members at the opening performance. Because most Pella residents are busy volunteering during Tulip Time, the Wednesday night performance is generally full of Pella residents for whom this is the only opportunity to see it.

Even life-long Pella residents claimed to learn things about Pella's history that they did not know, even as they were entertained by the story and the colorful characters in Tom Vander Well's original script. The one-hour show shares a largely forgotten story of the intense personal discord between Pella's founders, and their struggle towards reconciliation as they build the town of Pella in the middle of the Iowa prairie.

There will be additional performances each day of Tulip Time at 4:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased for $7.00 at the door of any performance or at the Central Park ticket booth.


(above) Robert D. Justice plays Tim Bloem, a young pastor who is struggling with the realities of leading his first congregation. Peggy Moriarity plays the matriarchal librarian, Shirley, who takes Tim under her wing and shares with him the incredible story of Pella's first residents.

(below) Cameron Van Kooten (left) portrays Hendrik Hospers, who at 17, came to America by himself and helped create the town of Pella, eventually becoming Mayor. Arvin Van Zante (right) portrays Isaac Overkamp, a tutor to members of the Dutch royal family who became Pella's first schoolmaster.

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2009 Letters from Pella

“Letters from Pella” Opens TONIGHT!

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Union Street Players' world premier production of "Letters from Pella" opens tonight, May 6th at 7:00 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the Pella Historical Village Ticket Office or at the door of the performance. The show will be performed on the stage of the Joan Kuyper Farver Auditorium in the Pella Community Center (712 Union Street – just two blocks south of the square and immediately west of the Pella Public Library). All tickets are $7.00. Additional performances will be 4:30 p.m. each day of Tulip Time (May 7, 8, & 9). The performance is one hour in length.

Letters from Pella tells the forgotten story of Pella's first immigrants. It reveals the intense conflict and interpersonal hardship they faced as they struggled to forge a community on the Iowa prairie. Based on actual letters from the founding citizens to their family, friends and colleagues back in the Netherlands, the untold story of Pella's past is one you won't want to miss!

The play was written by Tom Vander Well, directed by Ann Wilkinson, and produced by Pat Moriarity.