For the past few years members of Union Street Players have been part of the USP “group” on Facebook. If you join the USP Facebook group you’ll find posts, pictures and information posted to the Facebook site by fellow group members. The USP group on Facebook is not, however, and official Facebook “Page” so we’ve now added an official USP Facebook Page. You can find the page at http://www.facebook.com/UnionStreetPlayers and we encourage everyone to visit the page and click the “Like” button which will ensure you get the most recent USP news and info posted to Facebook!
Union Street Players (USP) and the City of Pella anxiously await the installation of new curtains on the stage of the Joan Kuyper Farver Auditorium, but they aren’t the only new attraction to the Pella Community Center. USP recently hung show posters from recent years along the hallway outside of the auditorium. USP Board Member and Central Art Professor, Mat Kelly, has been the community theatre’s graphic artist for several years. Kelly has not only designed posters but has also designed and assisted with the designs of several sets for USP shows (K.O.L.D. Radio, Cheaper by the Dozen, Morning’s at Seven). His posters, along with others, can now be viewed by all visitors to the Community Center.
“We are so appreciative for what Mat has done for us,” said USP President, Tom Vander Well. “We are certainly proud of the quality of shows we’ve been putting on the stage, but we’re equally proud of the quality of everything we’ve been doing off stage as well, and our posters are a big part of that. To have an artist of Mat’s caliber working with us is a huge asset for which we are very grateful.”
USP has been gathering and archiving posters from past shows. Many of the early shows did simple graphics on letter sized paper, which are not generally conducive to reproducing in larger formats. Kelly and the USP Board have been discussing creative ways to showcase and honor the legacy of USP’s history through the display of past show posters.
The Pella Community Center is generally open each weekday during regular business hours. Visitors who would like to see the posters should enter through the south entrance and walk up the first flight of steps. The posters can be seen along the south wall.
In our previous post about USP members in upcoming local productions we failed to mention USP veteran and member Don Graves who also appears in this weekend’s production of Red Rock Retro Radio Theatre’s (RRRRT) Best Job for the Man. The show is tonight, February 22 at the Fox Restaurant in Knoxville and tomorrow night at the Pella Community Center. Please see RRRRT page on Facebook for details. Our apologies to Don and his wife Bev for the unintentional oversight.