Auditions Set for USP’s “Sabrina Fair”

Auditions for Union Street Players’ summer production Sabrina Fair will be held May 10 and 12 at 6:30 p.m. and May 14 at 9:00 a.m. Under the direction of Cyndi Atkins who last helmed 2010’s Annie, the play has 14 roles for adults from 21-81 (Sorry, there are no roles for children. Children should plan to audition for our holiday show, The Christmas Post).

Sabrina Fair is the stage play from which two Hollywood films titled Sabrina were born. The 1954 film starred Audrey Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart. The 1995 remake starred Julia Ormond, Harrison Ford, and Greg Kinnear. The play is set on a wealthy Larrabee family estate on Long Island, New York. Sabrina Fairchild is the chauffeur’s daughter who has just returned from school in Paris. Her return sets up a comical triangle with the two Larrabee sons. It is a romantic comedy everyone will enjoy!

Perusal scripts are available at the Pella Public Library. Please contact Cyndi Atkins (cyndiatkins@gmail.com) with any questions for for more information.

Chilly Night in “Almost, Maine” Warms Hearts

USP Almost Maine Cast Photo - 1 (1)

Almost, Maine is set in the depths of winter on a moonless night in northern Maine. It’s a chilly, snowy setting and much of the cast, costumed by Linda McQuade, spend their time on stage sweating in full winter regalia. It’s one of the many contrasts that playwright John Cariani wove into the magical, heart-warming tales of love and relationships. On Sunday April 17, Union Street Players production of Almost, Maine ended its four show run with a good word-of-mouth crowd who endured unseasonably warm temperatures both outside and inside the Joan Kuyper Farver auditorium.

Directed by Kevin McQuade, who made his USP directorial debut, the seven cast members delighted audiences with the script’s nine vignettes which produced both laughter and tears. The ensemble cast was anchored by a number of USP veterans including Spence Ver Meer, Jana De Zwarte, Wendy Vander Well, Tom Vander Well and Sara Collins. Ana Lucia Riegstad was cast in her third straight USP production and Stephanie Lantz made her USP stage debut. Tyler Coleman and Charlee Eekhof provided musical accompaniment between scenes. The show was well managed by Stage Manager Alex Dean, a student at Theatre Central. Pat Moriarity joined the show mid-stream to act as Producer (sadly, his last USP show before he and Peggy move to Arkansas). Arvin Van Zante ran the lights and sound, and Mark Schaefer provided back stage assistance. Mat Kelly designed the minimalist set. Cody Kori assisted with sound effects.

Spring productions are typically smaller shows for Union Street Players. The productions are performed between February and April with average attendance numbers (363) which fall well below those of summer productions (884) and holiday shows (1009). The four show run of Almost, Maine was slightly above average with 374 audience members over the four performances:

Thu Apr 14:  58
Fri Apr 15:  141
Sat Apr 16:  80
Sun Apr 17: 95

 

Next up for Union Street Players:

Sabrina Fair by Samuel A. Taylor
Directed by Cyndi Atkins
Roles for 14 adults ages 21-81
Auditions May 10/12 at 6:30 p.m.; May 14 at 9:00 a.m.

USP Says “Farewell” to Dear Members

Union Street Players (USP) and members of the local theatre community gathered on Saturday night to say “farewell” to Walk of Fame members Pat and Peg Moriarity. The Moriaritys have been two of USPs most dedicated and prolific members. Pat served for years as USP Treasurer and served as Producer on more shows than anyone else in USP’s history. Peggy has been a constant presence backstage helping with make-up and has been one of the USP Costume Shop’s most faithful volunteers. In addition, both Pat and Peg had performed on stage in many shows over the years. They are moving to Arkansas to be closer to grandkids, but promise to pay regular visits back in Pella. Their departure leaves a hole that will be greatly felt in our organization.

The evening also celebrated the departure of Karl Deakyne who is moving to Chicago in a few weeks to start a new career opportunity there. Karl has only been involved in USP for the past four years but logged stage roles in nine productions during that time and has become a valued member of the USP family.

The farewell party had been planned and was to be hosted by Pati and Arvin Van Zante, but the unexpected death of Pati’s mother prompted a change of venue. Holly and Doug DeWolf were kind enough to host the event. A good number of guests attended to celebrate Pat, Peg, and Karl including those who drove from other communities.

Union Street Players wishes Pat, Peg, and Karl our best wishes as they venture off to new places!

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