Union Street Players’ production of Almost, Maine is the place to be April 14-17th. The spring production is a romantic comedy that has, in recent years, become the most produced play in community theatres and schools across the United States. Critics have called Almost, Maine the Our Town of the 21st century. The popular play is sure to delight local audiences, but there are other reasons to mark your calendars and get purchase your tickets:
- Almost, Maine will be the local directing debut of Kevin McQuade, Executive Director of the Pella Opera House. Kevin has a master’s degree in directing and has taught theatre in both the secondary and college levels. Kevin brings a wealth of experience to the local stage and USP is excited to have a director with such talent at the helm of our show. As an audience member, you will be delighted with the results!
- Local audiences have come to expect great things from our talented veteran actors, and Almost, Maine features a number of them in the ensemble including Jana DeZwarte, who won the ICTA award for Best Actress as Miss Hannigan in Annie and recently starred as the White Witch in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Spence Ver Meer has been USP’s memorable leading man as Captain Von Trapp in Sound of Music and as Emile DeBecque in South Pacific. Sara Collins has been a regular on the USP stage, starring as Grandma Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof and Gertrude McFuzz in Suessical the Musical. Wendy Vander Well has starred in a number of comedic roles for USP over the years including Gladys Iskowitch in Ham Buns and Potato Salad, Olive Madison in The Odd Couple, and Corrie Bratter in Barefoot in the Park. Tom Vander Well is remembered for his role as Lars Knudsen in O.L.D. Radio and as the Elvis impersonating Pharaoh in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. You don’t want to miss this amazing group of experienced actors on stage together!
- USP is proud to continually give new residents and aspiring actors a chance to shine. Ana Lucia Reigstad made her USP debut last summer in Fiddler on the Roof and then made a memorable turn as villain Fenris Ulf in The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. Stephanie Lantz makes her local debut in Almost, Maine and you don’t want to miss her gut busting antics in the show’s finale!
- The shows nine vignettes about love and relationships is tied together with amazing live music from the talented of Charlee Eekhoff (our Fiddler from last summer’s Fiddler on the Roof) and Tyler Coleman.
- Almost, Maine takes place at 9:00 p.m. on a moonless night in the depths of winter in northern Maine. The set is artistically staged by Mat Kelly and Curtis Brobst and the Aurora Borealis (aka Northern Lights) will delight audiences thanks to the veteran lighting wizardry of USP Walk of Fame member Arvin Van Zante. The show also features audio effects designed by Cody Kooi who has engineered sound on over ten USP shows.
Almost, Maine will be performed April 14-16 at 7:00 p.m. and April 17 at 2:00 p.m. on the stage of the Joan Kuyper Farver Auditorium in the Pella Community Center (712 Union Street, Pella, 50219). Tickets are available for purchase at a reduced fare in advance on-line at http://ticketpeak.com/events/usp . Any remaining seats will be available for purchase at the door. If you have any questions, please call USP’s virtual box office 641-204-1094.