Union Street Players, Pella’s award-winning community theatre, is proud to announce our 2013 season. Originally planning to produce My Fair Lady this summer, we were delayed in announcing our season because months of effort to secure the rights to the show proved futile. Nevertheless, “the show must go on” and we are excited to have two great shows for our patrons and community this year!
Bye Bye Birdie
by Michael Stewart, lyrics by Lee Adams, and music by Charles Strouse.
Directed by Denise Gregory
Audition dates have not been set but tentatively scheduled for early/mid May
Production dates tentatively set July 26-28 and Aug 2-4
Originally titled Let’s Go Steady, the satire on American society is set in 1958. The story was inspired by the phenomenon of popular singer Elvis Presley and his draft notice into the Army in 1957. The rock star character’s name, “Conrad Birdie,” is word play on the name of Conway Twitty. Twitty is best remembered today for his long career as a country music star, but in the late 1950s, he was one of Presley’s rock ‘n’ roll rivals. This musical with its 50’s nostalgia and rockabilly music is sure to be a crowd pleaser for the whole family! This is the first time USP has produced the popular Broadway musical.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
by Barbara Robinson
Directed by Tom Vander Well
Audition dates have not been set
Production dates December 5-8
Imogene, Claude, Ralph, Leroy, Ollie, and Gladys Herdman are the worst kids ever. The Herdman kids go to church for the first time after being told that the church offers snacks. Despite protests from other church members, they are given roles in the Sunday school’s Christmas play. Chaos ensues, yet amidst the non-traditional telling of the nativity everyone gains a new perspective. Performed during the annual “Christmas in Pella” weekend, this is the third time USP has produced this Christmas classic. It’s sure to delight all audience members and will be fun for the whole family!
Ticket are available on-line or through the USP Box Office approximately 30 days before the show 641-204-1094. All shows, dates, and ticket prices are subject to change. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.