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In Memoriam: Sherm Van Zee

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It is with shock and great sadness that we share news of the passing of one of our own. Sherman “Sherm” Van Zee first appeared on the USP stage in the 2006 production of “The Christmas Post” in which he played the lovable “Brother Sam.” A man of considerable talent and a love of music, he was Music Director for USP’s 2007 production of “Music Man.” Many will remember his iconic pose standing with his head against a tree when he played Carl Bolton in 2007’s “Morning’s at Seven.” He also played a disgruntled Pella settler, Teunis, in the 2009 Tulip Time production “Letters from Pella.”

We remember Sherm as a gentle soul with a sweet spirit. He was beloved by all who worked with him. In recent years Sherm moved to Prairie City to live with and care for his aging parents. At September’s monthly meeting of USP, Pat Van Zante had announced that Sherm had agreed to work with her as Music Director on an upcoming USP musical production. He will be certainly missed both on and off the stage.

Sherm died on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. Funeral services for Sherm will be Saturday, September 21, 11:00 a.m. at the First Reformed Church in Prairie City. A luncheon will follow.

2013 Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Best Christmas Pageant Ever Cast List

Director Tom Vander Well has announced the cast list for Union Street Players’ holiday production of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” The show will be performed December 5-8, 2013.

Union Street Players’ “Best Christmas Pageant Ever”

Cast List

Father (Bob Bradley)         Doug DeWolf
Mother (Grace Bradley)    Brystal Hopkins
Beth Bradley                      Ashley Uitermarkt
Charlie Bradley                  Titus Hopkins
Ralph Herdman                 Calvin Van Donselaar
Imogene Herdman            Sarah Petersen
Leroy Herdman                 Isaac Zeimetz
Claude Herdman               Braden Rowe
Ollie Herdman                   Eli Ebeling
Gladys Herdman               Tess Hopkins
Alice Wendleken                Lily Teeple
Maxine                                Julia Smart
Eloise Hopkins (Elmer)      Frances DeArmond
Helen (Hobie)                     Alexandrea DeArmond
Reverend Hopkins            TBA

Church Ladies
Dawn Cowman
Sally Job
Anne McCullough Kelly
Jana DeZwarte


Nathan Bolt
Randy Icenbice
Davis Vande Steeg

Angel Choir
Emma Bogaard (Doris)
Charlize DeArmond (Shirley)
Whitney Ebeling
Trace Hopkins (David)
Trent Hopkins
Calla Kerndt
Emma Roepcke (Juanita)

Church Kids

Nathan Boldt
Carissa Cowman
Em Ebeling
Gabrielle Heerema
Elizabeth Lovell
Davis Vande Steeg