Union Street Players, Pella’s award winning community theatre, celebrated our 25th Anniversary season this past year. In celebration of the silver anniversary, the Board of Directors and members of USP launched an initiative to raise over $10,000 to replace the curtains on the stage of the Joan Kuyper Farver Auditorium in the Pella Community Center. The auditorium has been the stage home of USP since we officially incorporated in 1989 and the old curtains had been in use since the old high school and middle school building was renovated into the Pella Community Center just a few years before that. The existing curtains were showing significant wear. Some curtains were threadbare and patched with duct tape. The grand drape across the front of the stage no longer closed completely.
Union Street Players approached the City of Pella last year with a proposal to replace the curtains and the City gratefully partnered with us in the endeavor. Both USP and the City contributed funds to the project while seeking local financial support. The Marion County Foundation and Pella Community Foundation each contributed significantly to the initiative. At last December’s performances of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, USP President Tom Vander Well made a plea to audiences to help with the project and a small army of USP patrons answered the call with their generous support.
This week, Central Lighting and Equipment out of Des Moines installed the new curtains on the existing hardware tracks. All of the curtains on the stage were replaced. The grand drape, which had originally been beige was replaced with plum colored curtains to present one solid color across the stage that compliments the existing color scheme. USP wishes to express our heartfelt gratitude to the City of Pella (with special thanks to Jenny Hesseltine and Brenda Ross), the Marion County Foundation, the Pella Community Foundation, the Kuyper family, and all of our patrons who contributed to the project. Individual patrons who donated to the project will be recognized in 2013 USP programs. We are excited to open these new curtains on another quarter century of quality stage productions for Pella and our surrounding communities!