We approach the New Year holiday, and it’s natural to have a little time of introspection. Where have we been? Where do we find ourselves? Where are we going?

Union Street Players ended 2010 with one of the most successful, if not the most successful, production in our 23 years. Annie capped another successful season. KOLD Radio warmed audiences with laughter in the spring.  Charlotte’s Web delighted audience members of all ages (with a cast of all ages) this past summer.

As I stood back stage a few weeks ago, I marveled at what community theatre represents. Well over one hundred people made up the cast, band, and production crew for Annie. People drove from miles round to be part of it. Other than a very small gift USP provides to our directors, no one is paid for their time or compensated for their talents when it comes to USP productions. Each year, hundreds of people come together to devote themselves to putting on a handful of performances. It’s not about money and it’s not about fame. At the heart of it, community theatre is really about community.

USP is looking forward to another great season in 2011 with three productions we know our audiences will love. We begin the year by taking our audiences back to the days of old-time radio. Vintage Hitchcock is a compilation of three radio plays by the master of suspense himself. This summer, the fable of The Princess and the Pea comes to life in a funny, musical classic made famous by Carol Burnett in Once Upon a Mattress. We end the year with a heartwarming, music-filled, family Christmas offering, A Tinkerman Christmas, written by our own Walk of Fame member, Beverly Graves.

Will you help keep community theatre alive and growing? USP is a non-profit organization and we depend on the financial support of local individuals and businesses. The support of our patrons allow us to continually improve the quality of our productions while keeping ticket prices reasonable. As we come to the end of the year and you consider your tax-deductible giving, I would ask that you consider making a donation to Union Street Players.

Checks should be made out to Union Street Players and can be mailed to 712 Union St., Pella, IA 50219. If you would like to make a donation using your credit card, please call 641-620-9107 and ask for Tom or Wendy.

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