00 News & Updates

Spacey Chastises Audience in Character in Richard III

Kevin SpaceyFor actors on stage, there is nothing quite as unnerving and distracting as audience members who refused to turn off their phone or insist on talking, moving and squirming in their seats. During his recent acclaimed turn as Shakespeare’s Richard III, Kevin Spacey has taken matters into his own hands. While staying in character as the wretched monarch, Spacey has broken the fourth wall to chastise audience members and point them out for ridicule. Read the article from The Huffington Post.

00 News & Updates, 01 Auditions & Talent Calls

Up Next for USP: Ayn Rand’s “Night of January 16th”

 Union Street Players

proudly announces auditions for

The Night of January 16th

A play by Ayn Rand

March 29th – April 1st, 2012



Bjorn Faulkner has swindled millions of dollars from investors, investing cash he did not have in order to control the gold trade.  In the wake of a crash, he is facing bankruptcy despite borrowing money from Mr. John Graham Whitfield, a prominent banker whose daughter, Nancy Lee, married Faulkner shortly after the loan.  On the night of January 16th, Faulkner and Karen Andre, his secretary and lover, are in the penthouse at the top of the Faulkner Building in New York when Faulkner falls to his death.  Shortly thereafter Karen Andre is accused of murdering him and is put on trial.  But did she kill him?  Did he commit suicide rather than face his financial troubles?  Or did someone else have a motive for ending his life?  Only YOU, the jury selected from our audience, can decide the fate of Karen Andre!  Come witness (and maybe be a part of) the trial, shift through the evidence, and render a verdict – is Karen Andre guilty or not guilty?


Directed by Anne McCullough Kelly with assistance from Cyndi Atkins




6-9 parts for adult women, 9-11 parts for adult men

Auditions scheduled to take place at the Pella Community Center on:

Saturday, January 14th 1:00-3:30pm

Monday, January 16th, 7:00-9:30pm

Callbacks, if needed on Thursday, January 19th, 7:00pm

Perusal Scripts will be available in the Pella Community Library from December 19, 2011 – January 19 2012

Also looking for people to fill the following technical and backstage roles:

Stage Manager Costuming (play is set in late 1920s to early 1930s)

Light and Sound Design Prop Design

Light and Sound Board Operators Make-up Coordinator

Set Construction


For questions or to volunteer for technical/backstage positions, please contact Anne McCullough Kelly at 621-1576

2011 Tinkerman Christmas Eve

“Tinkerman” Delights Christmas Crowd

This past weekend was Christmas in Pella. The Pella Garden Club and the Convention and Visitors Bureau sponsored a fantastic Tour of Homes and our local chamber rolled out the red carpet for visitors. Union Street Players once again did our part with performances of “A Tinkerman Christmas Eve,” an original play by USP’s Beverly Graves.

Audiences were delighted with the four performances and word of mouth had audience members scrambling to snatch up available seats for the final two performances.

According to Producer Pat Moriarity, the estimated attendance figures for “A Tinkerman Christmas Eve” were:

Thur Dec 1: 157
Fri Dec 2: 123
Sat Dec 3: 239
Sun Dec 4: 202

Thanks to Producer Pat Moriarity, Director Beverly Graves, Cast and Crew for another great production!