00 News & Updates, 01 Auditions & Talent Calls, 2018 Kiss me, Kate

Auditions for Kiss me, Kate!

Kiss Me, Kate is Cole Porter’s rollicking and naughty take on
Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. Leading man Fred Graham
is reunited with his ex-wife, Lilli Vanessi, when the two are forced to
play opposite one another in a musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s
Taming of the Shrew. The battle of the sexes continues onstage and
off, as it becomes clear that, as much as this couple profess to hate
each other, they are also still in love. Throw in a few cases of
mistaken identity, the mob, bawdy Shakespeare humor and Cole
Porter lyrics into the mix and you’ve get Kiss Me, Kate — a dazzling
Broadway classic that earned the very first Tony award for Best
Musical.

Auditions will be held at the Pella Community Center,

712 Union Street, Pella, IA 50219

May 15 and 17 from 6:30-9:00pm and May 19 from 1:00-4:00pm

Roles available for those 16 years of age or older

Show dates are: July 27, 28, 31 and August 3, 4 at 7:00pm

and July 29 and August 5 at 2:00pm.

ALL PERFORMANCES WILL BE AT THE JOAN KUYPER FARVER AUDITORIUM

at the Pella Community Center, 712 Union Street, Pella

00 News & Updates, 2018 12 Angry Men

Twelve Angry Men closes

 

28515318_10216667100616874_5109434838031125693_oUnion Street Players gave their final performance of Twelve Angry Men on March 4th at the Kruidenier Theatre on the Central College campus. The intimate “in the round”  format was arranged particularly for this production to make the audience feel as though they were in the jury room arguing right along with the jurors. Short video segments were woven into the performance to extend the drama beyond the jury room. The Director, Spence Ver Meer notes: “This is not a play that one enjoys, but more experiences.” This play being about how we come to terms with our own prejudices and biases was certainly an experience to remember.

Twelve Angry Men brought several newcomers to USP in John Dougan, Michael Garrison, Justin Lenger, Danny Rivas, and Mark Bishara. We are grateful to them for sharing their talents with us and our audiences! We certainly hope to see you all again in future productions.

A heartfelt thank you to all of the folks new and seasoned who helped bring this production to the stage. We are grateful for your help and hard work.

Finally, a thank you to Ron Rybkowski, Madison Thingstad, and Central College for the opportunity to perform on a different stage and helping USP navigate the Kruidenier Theatre.

Attendance:

Thursday 47

Friday 74

Saturday 83

Sunday (matinee) 77

00 News & Updates, 2018 12 Angry Men

USP Announces “12 Angry Men” Cast

Union Street Players, Pella’s award-winning community theatre, is proud to announce the cast for our spring production of the dramatic courtroom classic, 12 Angry Men.

This from Director Spence Ver Meer:

After three days of auditions for Twelve Angry Men, we have a cast! Thanks to all who came out and auditioned, and thanks to Denis Gregory, Deb Linn, Arvin Van Zante, Lynn Cutler, and Mark Schaeffer for helping behind the scenes, you made things considerably simpler. The cast for the March 1 to 4 run will be:

Juror #1-John Dougan

Juror #2-Mark Schaeffer

Juror #3-Michael Garrison

Juror #4-Arvin Van Zante

Juror #5-Justin Lenger

Juror #6-Jim Emmert

Juror #7-Danny Rivas

Juror #8-Doug DeWolf

Juror #9-Larry Peterson

Juror #10-Spence Ver Meer

Juror #11-Mark Bishara

Juror #12-Greg May

Thanks again to all who auditioned. I will communicate further very soon on how to get a script to you, and more info after that. The first read-through will be Thursday, Jan 4th

00 News & Updates, 04 The USP Walk of Fame

“USPy” Winners Announced

Nearly 100 people gathered at the Pella Opera House last night for Union Street Players Awards Night. Doug DeWolf was inducted into the USP Walk of Fame, and winners were announced for the first annual “USPy” Awards for Outstanding Production and Performance.

The three shows of USP’s 2016-2017 season were adjudicated by five are theatre educators. Judges announced award nominees in early August and the winners were announced at last night’s presentations.

Winners were (in the order they were presented):

  • Technical Achievement: Jim Palmer (Set Design of Noises Off)
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress: Kim Beyer (Dixie Plunkett in The Christmas Post)
  • Outstanding Newcomer: Elise Pederson (Alice Garfield in The Christmas Post)
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor: Tom Vander Well (Eliott Herzog Jr. in The Christmas Post)
  • Outstanding Young Performer: Mia Andringa (Katie Garfield in The Christmas Post)
  • Outstanding Direction: Wendy Vander Well (The Christmas Post)
  • Outstanding Lead Actress: Lisa Witzenberg (Hattie McGee in The Christmas Post)
  • Outstanding Ensemble: The Three Crows (The Wizard of Oz)
  • Outstanding Lead Actor: Lonnie Appleby (Garry in Noises Off)
  • Outstanding Production: The Wizard of Oz

The big honor of the evening went to Doug DeWolf who was introduced by last year’s Walk of Fame inductee, Spence Ver Meer.

More details about the evening along with photographs from Lisa Morgan, who served as photographer for the event, will be posted when they become available.

00 News & Updates, 2017 Its a Wonderful LIfe

Cast List Announced for “It’s a Wonderful Life”!

Director Pati Van Zante and Producer Holly Long-DeWolf have announced the cast list for Union Street Players holiday musical, It’s a Wonderful Life. Questions? Contact Pati Van Zante at pvzante@hotmail.com or 641-780-3190.

Character Actor/Actress
George Bailey Lonnie Appleby

 

Clare Odbody (Angel 2ndClass) Deb Linn

 

Mary Hatch/Bailey

 

Briana Heartsill
Henry F. Potter

 

Arvin Van Zante
Janie Bailey Zoie Winward
Young George/

Pete Bailey

Patrick Bishara
Tommy Bailey

 

Alex Bishara
Zuzu Bailey Annabelle Winward
Mother Bailey

 

Denise Gregory
Harry Bailey

 

Micah Heartsill
Uncle Billy

 

Doug DeWolf
Aunt Tilly

 

Sarah Purdy
Violet Peterson

 

Gillian Howard
Mr. Gower

 

Spence Ver Meer
Miss Carter

 

Stephanie Lantz
Mrs. Hatch Holly Long-DeWolf
Sam Wainwright Aaron Smith

 

Mr. Potter’s Secretary Tianna Loftis

 

Bert

 

Jim Palmer
Ernie

 

Arlyn Stuart
Miss Andrews

 

Jennifer Palmer
Mrs. Thompson

 

Ann Forrester
Mr. Welch

 

Simon Vos
Townsperson/Welch’s Daughter Hope Vos
Mr. Martini

 

Daryl Gates
Mrs. Martini

 

Amy Blanton
Townsperson/Zuzu Understudy/Martini Child Sophie Blanton
Newspaper Boy/Martini child Porter Haug
Townsperson/Newsboy Helper/Martini child Alise Haug
Townsperson/Martini child Olivia Marstall
Townsperson/Martini child Tatum Tierney
Townsperson/Martini child Elisabeth Pumphrey
Townsperson/Martini child Josephine McDonald
Townsperson Karin Koeper
Townsperson Jaydyn Koeper
00 News & Updates, 04 The USP Walk of Fame

Deadline for Awards Night Tickets Sep 18!!

Time is running out to get tickets to USP’s Awards Night! Please purchase tickets by the end of the day on September 18!

Based on early ticket sales, Union Street Players’ annual Awards Night is guaranteed to be fill with a lot of fun. On the evening of September 23rd, starting at 6:00, we will celebrate another successful season of theatre here in Pella. Doug DeWolf will be inducted into the USP Walk of Fame, and we will be presenting our 1st annual USPy awards for outstanding production and performance.

The evening includes heavy appetizers and dessert. There will be a cash bar. Tickets for the event are $15 for adults and $10 for children.

Click here for more details about the evening