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Memorial Benches for Dottie McGee Outside Costume Shop

Two memorial benches honoring USP Costume Shop Founder and Walk of Fame Member, Dottie McGee, have been placed outside the Costume Shop on Main Street. The benches were donated to the City of Pella by Dottie’s family. The existing USP memorial bench which had always sat outside the Costume Shop has been moved by the City just outside the Community Center. Dottie McGee passed away earlier this summer. USP plans to honor her memory at the annual USP Awards Night on October 4th at the Pella Opera House.

2014 Christmas Carol

USP Adds Fifth Performance of “A Christmas Carol”

christmas-carolUnion Street Players, Pella’s award-winning community theatre, has announced that we will be adding a fifth performance on Saturday, December 6th at 2:00 p.m. The schedule for performances of the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol, will be as follows:

Thu Dec 4 @ 7:00 p.m.
Fri Dec 5 @ 7:00 p.m.
Sat Dec 6 @ 2:00 p.m.
Sat Dec 6 @ 7:00 p.m.
Sun Dec 7 @ 2:00 p.m.

All performances will be on the stage of the Joan Kuyper Farver Auditorium in the Pella Community Center. In keeping with a long standing tradition of keeping holiday ticket prices low as USP’s gift to the community, ticket prices for all performances will be $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for students/children for all performances whether purchased in advance or at the door.

Tickets will go on sale approximately 30 days prior to production.

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Auditions for “A Christmas Carol” Announced

A Christmas Carol frontpiece
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Union Street Players, Pella’s award-winning community theatre, is pleased to announce auditions for An Evening with Charles Dickens presenting A Christmas Carol directed by USP Walk of Fame member, Pati Van Zante. The Christmas classic about Ebenezer Scrooge and his  run in  with the ghosts of Christmas past, present and, future will be produced December 4-7 on the stage of the Joan Kuyper Farver Auditorium in the Pella Community Center.

There are as many as 40 parts for all ages male and female. Along with the principal lead roles, there are many small parts allowing for participation in the show with a relatively small investment of time.

Auditions will be held:

Tue Sep 16 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Thu Sep 18 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Sat Sep 20 1:00-3:00 p.m.

All auditions will be held at the Pella Community Center. No roles are precast and no experience is necessary. Being in a USP show is a wonderful way to get to know fellow community members while participating in the fun and excitement of a stage production. USP regularly casts community members in their first stage experience, so if being in a show is on your bucket list we’d love to have you come and audition!

For more information or to ask questions, please email director Patricia Van Zante at pvzante@hotmail.com.

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USP Launches a New Year; Graves to Hall of Fame


2014 USP Potluck PicnicUnion Street Players annual family potluck picnic was held Monday, August 18th. A good crowd of members and family members gathered at West Market Park to enjoy a gorgeous summer evening, a potluck supper, and a lot of fun together. USP President, Tom Vander Well, presided over a truncated meeting which included a report on USP’s 2013-2014 fiscal year, which was a banner year in many ways:

  • Three profitable main stage productions
  • Record patron support
  • Record advertising sales

The year was also touched with tragedy. Since last year’s annual meeting our group has lost two members. Sherm Van Zee passed away last fall. Early this summer USP Costume Shop Founder and Walk of Fame member, Dottie McGee passed away.

Don Graves rehearsing for his role as Jacob in USP's "Joseph"
Don Graves rehearsing for his role as Jacob in USP’s “Joseph”

It was announced that Don Graves will be this year’s inductee in the USP Walk of Fame. Graves was a founding member of USP and has performed a myriad of roles both on stage and off throughout USP’s long history. He will be honored at USP’s annual Awards Night on October 4th at the Pella Opera House.

The evening concluded with an election of the Board of Directors for 2014-2015. This year’s Board of Directors are:

President: Tom Vander Well
Vice-President: Deb Linn
Treasurer: Wendy Vander Well
Secretary: Anne McCullough Kelly
At Large: Mat Kelly
At Large: Mark Schaefer
At Large: Cody Kooi



2014-2015 USP Board
2014-2015 USP Board of Directors (Back Row L-R) Mark Schaefer, Cody Kooi, Deb Linn, Mat Kelly (Front Row L-R) Anne McCullough Kelly, Tom Vander Well, Wendy Vander Well


2014 Seussical the Musical

“Seussical” Closes a Successful Run

2014 08 USP Seussical Cast Photo

Union Street Players, Pella’s award-winning community theatre, has closed the curtain on another successful show. Under the direction of Kim Beyer and the music direction of Brystal Hopkins, Seussical the Musical brought the beloved works of Dr. Seuss to the stage in a musical extravaganza highlighted by Lori Vande Zande’s incredible costumes.

Kudos to the stellar cast and crew which included stalwart USP Vets as well as some incredibly talented newbies!

Attendance for the six show run:

Fri Jul 25: 208
Sat Jul 26: 190

Thu Jul 31: 164
Fri Aug 1: 223
Sat Aug 2: 209
Sun Aug 3: 280

Total: 1274