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The show is ready!

The final dress rehearsal. The actors are ready. Lights, sound, open the curtain! We are now ready to present the Union Street Players summer musical, "The Sound of Music." Hopefully you've already bought your ticket because many reserved seats are sold out. General admission, balcony seating is still available, but call today, 641-620-9107. 


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USP Mourns Death of Local Broadcaster

Dean Johnson Union Street Players is grieved to learn of the death of former local broadcaster, Dean Johnson. In his tenure as Pella News Director for KNIA/KRLS Radio, Johnson proved to be a huge supporter of local arts and USP. Johnson actively sought to promote USP through his noon "Let's Talk Pella" radio show. Dean was also a regular audience member.

Johnson was killed when he lost control of his car on Highway 61 near Red Wing, Minnesota. He had recently left his position at KNIA/KRLS to return to Wisconsin and be closer to family.

USP extends our sincere condolences to Dean's family and to his friends and co-workers at KNIA/KRLS.

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List of USP Shows Now Available on Website!

A list of all shows produced by Union Street Players (USP) is now listed on the USP website. Go to www.unionstreetplayers.com and look on the right side bar. Under the heading of "USP Resources" you'll find a link to "Past Shows". The page lists USP productions chronologically. Perfect for a trip down memory lane!

Thanks to Carolyn Scharff  for asking if the list was posted on-line and prompting the idea!

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Photos of rehearsal

For our cast, crew and friends of USP,

Here's a few more photos from our latest rehearsal of "The Sound of Music." Don't forget, tickets are on sale now!


Captain Von Trapp (Spence Ver Meer) encourages the children to sing. Von Trapp children are: 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


Our fabulous nun chorus. Beautiful, heavenly music!


The Captain with Louisa.


On her way to the wedding, Maria (Brystal Hopkins) accepts a bouquet from Gretl.


The nuns enjoy a moment of laughter with the Mother Abbess (Jackie Duffy) who is also music director for our performance. Left is Sister Berthe (Jana DeZwarte).

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The stage is alive, with the Sound of Music!

Cast and crew continue to perfect their lines and notes for the upcoming performance of "The Sound of Music." Tickets are still available, but selling quickly! 

The show times are Thursday July 30, Friday July 31, and Saturday Aug 1 at 7 p.m.;  and Sunday, Aug 2 at 2 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the Community Center Office, 712 Union from 7:30-4:30 p.m. M-F, by phone with a credit card, call 641-620-9107.   

Below, Doug DeWolf as Max talks to the Von Trapp children about singing at the festival.


   Gretl sings sadly while missing Fraulein Maria.