Spence Ver Meer Welcomed to USP Walk of Fame

USP Walk of Fame Members welcome Spence Ver Meer into the fold (L-R, Pat Moriarity, Peg Moriarity, Deb Linn, Pati Van Zante, Spence Ver Meer, Arvin Van Zante, Lisa Witzenburg, Don Graves, Bev Graves)

USP Walk of Fame Members welcome Spence Ver Meer into the fold (L-R, Pat Moriarity, Peg Moriarity, Deb Linn, Pati Van Zante, Spence Ver Meer, Arvin Van Zante, Lisa Witzenburg, Don Graves, Bev Graves)

Union Street Players (USP), Pella’s award-winning community theatre, welcomed Spence Ver Meer into the USP Walk of Fame at the group’s annual Awards Night October 8th. Approximately 50 people attended the festivities at Central College’s Graham Annex.

Since 2008, USP has met annually to honor long-time members who have gone above and beyond in contributing to the community theatre’s success. Each year an inductee is chosen by the USP Board of Directors. General criteria for nomination is ten or more years involvement, contribution in multiple roles (actor, director, producer, Board member, and etc.) and contributing to the furthering of USP’s mission.

USP President, Tom Vander Well, once again served as Master of Ceremonies for the festivities. He summarized what was another successful year for USP, including The Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe which became USP’s highest attended holiday show, USP’s middle-school theatre experience with Tom Sawyer, and another record setting year for USP Drama Camp. The group then enjoyed a year-in-review video.

Vander Well also introduced Spence Ver Meer as this year’s Walk of Fame inductee, citing Spence’s faithful involvement over 20 years. While Ver Meer is most notably remembered by audience members for his multiple turns as leading man crooning Broadway favorites in popular musicals such as Sound of Music and South Pacific, he also served as Director (Pirates of Penzance, Our Town), keyboard player (Vintage Hitchcock), and Board President. Vander Well also celebrated Ver Meer for his limitless creativity.

That creativity was on full display during the remainder of the evening. In Ver Meer’s acceptance speech Spence kept the crowd in stitches as he recounted the many women he’s kissed on stage, and the fact that most of them were never seen on stage again. After his induction, he joined with fellow members of Pella’s fledgling improv troupe in performing several improv games for the evening’s audience. In acceptance of the Walk of Fame honor, Ver Meer gave kudos to the many directors and fellow actors he’d worked with through the years.

As the evening’s audience enjoyed dessert, they enjoyed the improv performance from improv troupe members Kathryn Andringa, Lynn Cutler, Denise Gregory, Kathy Haug, Stephanie Lantz,    along with Spence Ver Meer.

 

Costume Shop Extended Hours

Union Street Player’s Costume Shop will, once again, be open extended hours to accommodate local area residents’ Halloween Costume needs! Costume Shop Manager, Pati Van Zante, has announced that the Costume will be open:

Sat Oct 22 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Sat Oct 29 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Sat Nov 5  9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Sat Nov 12 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The USP Costume Shop is located on the east (Main Street) side of the Tulip City Agency Building on the northeast corner of the Pella square. The Costume Shop offers an amazing variety of costumes including period clothing, character costumes, cultural costumes, hats, shoes, jewelry and accessories.

Staffed entirely by volunteers, the USP Costume Shop is normally open from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturdays. Customers can also reach Pati Van Zante at 780-3190 to discuss making an appointment outside of normal hours.

Please keep up on all the up-to-date Costume Shop information on our Facebook Page.

RSVP NOW for USP Awards Night!

 

Next Saturday, October 8th, Union Street Players invites everyone to join us for an evening of fun, food, laughter, love, and camaraderie as we induct Spence Ver Meer into the Union Street Players Walk of Fame. The evening will include food, drink, a cash bar (wine/beer), and dessert (including Wendy’s cheesecake!). Entertainment will be provided by Pella’s fledgling improv group.

Purchase tickets online by Wednesday, October 5th!

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