00 News & Updates, 01 Auditions & Talent Calls, 2019 Beauty and the Beast

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast has been cast!

From the Director and Producer of Union Street Players’ production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast:

“After prayerful consideration and a lot of sweat, the cast list has been determined by the casting crew. Deb would like to thank everyone who participated in auditions and let you know how very much you are appreciated and that everyone really did a fantastic job. Congratulations to all. We will have our first read through on Monday, April 22, 2019″
So here it is:
ROLE ACTOR / ACTRESS
NARRATOR – JESSE NIEBOER
NARRATOR’S CHILD – PIPER HASTINGS
YOUNG MAN (a Selfish Prince) – RILEY ZYLSTRA
YOUNG BEAST – CAMERON KNOX
BEGGAR WOMAN, ETC. – KAURIE MARINKOVICH
BELLE – ELISE PEDERSON
MAURICE – BRAD ROZENBOOM
ARISTOCRATIC LADY/ENS. – ELLEN SCHUMANN
FISH MAN/CRONY/ENSEMBLE – ARLYN STUART
EGG WOMAN/ENSEMBLE – COURTNEY TABOR
SAUSAGE CURL GIRL #1 – KALYN OLTROGGE
SAUSAGE CURL GIRL #2 – BELLA DEHAAN
SAUSAGE CURL GIRL #3 – PHOEBE HAUG
SAUSAGE CURL GIRL #4 – ALISE HAUG
BAKER/CRONY/ENSEMBLE – MARK SCHAEFER
BAKER’S WIFE/NAPKIN – SARAH MORRIS
LADY WITH CANE/ENSEMBLE – LYNN CUTLER
LADY WITH BABY/ENSEMBLE – MARISSA WILLIAMS
CANDLE MAN/ENSEMBLE – JIM EMMERT
HAT SELLER/ENSEMBLE – DOUG DEWOLF
MILKMAID / ENSEMBLE – KAYLIN VOS
SHEPHERD BOY/ENSEMBLE – KIRBY VANWYNGARDEN
BOOKSELLER / ENSEMBLE – CHRIS HAUG
SILLY GIRL #1/ ENSEMBLE – SARAH PURDY
SILLY GIRL #2 / ENSEMBLE – JANA DEZWARTE
SILLY GIRL #3 / ENSEMBLE – SARAH MAXWELL
SILLY GIRL #4 / ENSEMBLE – TAYLOR DECIOUS
A MOTHER / ENSEMBLE – HANNA SAMPSEL
FLOWER CHILD / ENSEMBLE – ANTONIA ZYLSTRA
GASTON – GEOFF BUCHANAN
LEFOU – DANNY RIVAS
MONSIEUR D’ARQUE – CHRIS BROWN
COGSWORTH – JACKSON SMITH
LUMIERE – LONNIE APPLEBY
BABETTE – AMANDA REED
MRS. POTTS – DENISE GREGORY
CHIP – PORTER HAUG
MDME DE LA GRANDE BOUCHE – LYNN COOPER
BEAST – SPENCE VERMEER
DANCING NAPKIN / ENSEMBLE – ABBY DART
DANCING NAPKIN / ENSEMBLE – KAURIE MARINKOVICH
DANCING NAPKIN / ENSEMBLE – HANNAH BLOM
DANCING NAPKIN / WOLF – KELLY DYKEMA
DANCING NAPKIN / ENSEMBLE – PAULINA LOAIZA
SALT SHAKER – KALEA HASTINGS
PEPPER SHAKER – LILY STEENHOEK
EGG TIMER / ENSEMBLE – RACHEL HOARD
DUST PAIL / ENSEMBLE – SARAH DRON
TUFFET – AMAYA CERVANTES
COAT RACK – SIMON VOS
WOLF / ENSEMBLE – DORA ROORDA
WOLF / ENSEMBLE – ASHLEY UITERMARKT
WOLF / ENSEMBLE – HOPE VOS
WOLF / ENSEMBLE – JOSEPHINE MCDONALD
ADDITIONAL ENSEMBLE – KADIN RYALS
ADDITIONAL ENSEMBLE – EMILY CUTLER
ADDITIONAL ENSEMBLE – KAREN RYALS
ADDITIONAL ENSEMBLE – KAYLYN KASTER
MAKE-UP CREW – ZARAH VANDYK
CURTAIN CREW – RILEY ZYLSTRA
STAGE MANAGER – JASON ZYLSTRA
STAGE CREW – SIMON VOS
STAGE CREW – PETER DECIOUS
00 News & Updates, 01 Auditions & Talent Calls, 2019 "Stage"

“STAGE” has been cast!

Congratulations to all and many thanks to those who auditioned for “Stage” and those who helped with auditions! The cast list is as follows:

ADULT ENSEMBLE

Kathryn Andringa
Lonnie Appleby
Christopher Brown
Chandra Clark
Lynn Cooper
Emily Cutler
Lynn Cutler
Doug DeWolf
Jana DeZwarte
Sarah Dron
Jackie Duffy
Denise Gregory
Julie Howland
Michael Howland
Anne McCullough Kelly
Stephanie Lantz
Sarah Maxwell
Cory Oltrogge
Elise Pederson
Sarah Purdy
Brad Rozenboom
Karen Ryals
Hanna Sampsel
Tom Vanderwell
Wendy Vanderwell
Arvin VanZante
Spencer Vermeer
Marti Zylstra

Additional Voices

Taylor Decious
Giovy Eekhoff
Sierra Howland
Dora Roorda
Zarah Van Dyk

ADULT SOLOS

Kathryn Andringa
Chandra Clark
Lynn Cooper
Lynn Cutler
Doug DeWolf
Jana DeZwarte
Jackie Duffy
Denise Gregory
Michael Howland
Elise Pederson
Brad Rozenboom
Spencer Vermeer

ADULT SMALL GROUP

Kathryn Andringa
Doug DeWolf
Stephanie Lantz
Anne McCullough Kelly
Elise Pederson
Sarah Purdy
Marty Racheter
Karl Ribbens
Robert Uy
Arvin VanZante
Tom Vanderwell
Wendy Vanderwell
Gary Verhoef
Marti Zylstra
Others assigned as necessary

CHILD ENSEMBLE

Mia Andringa
Claire Braafhart
Kate Braafhart
Natalie Brown
Sami Clark
Olivia Cutler
Rhea Cutler
Taylor Decious
Giovy Eekhoff
Sierra Howland
Beckett Maxwell
Kalyn Oltrogge
Myelle Oltrogge
Dora Roorda
Alaina Rozenboom
Aniah Rozenboom
Daniel Rozenboom
Gracie Rozenboom
Kadin Ryals
Lily Steenhoek
Zarah Van Dyk
Annabelle Winward
Zoie Winward

CHILD CHARACTERS

Brigitta – Zarah Van Dyk
Liesl – Taylor Decious
Friedricka – Mia Andringa
Kurt – Daniel Rozenboom
Louisa – Zoie Winward
Gretl – Gracie Rozenboom
Marta – Aniah Rozenboom
Other parts assigned as necessary

00 News & Updates, 01 Auditions & Talent Calls, 2017 Wizard of Oz

“Wizard of Oz” Cast Announced

Anne McCullough Kelly and Chandra Clark extend a heartfelt thank you to all who auditioned for Wizard of Oz last week. Eighty courageous people auditioned and the great amount of talent made casting this show very challenging for the production team!

Please contact Anne at amcculloughkelly@gmail.com to accept your role in this production. Also, please inform Anne of any additional schedule conflicts that may have developed since auditions. We only have seven weeks to rehearse so we need to confirm a rehearsal schedule quickly.

Our first rehearsal will be on Tuesday, May 30 at 6:30pm.  We would like the entire cast to attend the first hour of the rehearsal as we will use this time to hand out scripts, instructions regarding accessing and using rehearsal music tracks, and get acquainted with each other. We also request that a parent or caregiver for each child in the ensemble also attend to receive these instructions as well. We rely on parent and caregiver support for the children in our productions and are grateful for your involvement.

We are also organizing teams for several production crews including backstage running crew, properties, costumes, make-up, and hair design. Please contact Anne or Denise Gregory (denise2352004@yahoo.com) if you are interested in volunteering for any of these production crews.

Thank you everyone! We look forward to creating a fabulous production with you!

Dorothy: Sara Davis
Wicked Witch of the West: Denise Gregory
Glinda, the Good Witch of the North: Jana DeZwarte
Scarecrow: Lonnie Appleby
Tin Man: Doug DeWolf
Cowardly Lion: Spence Ver Meer
Professor Chester Marvel/The Wizard of Oz: Arvin Van Zante
Almira Gulch: Lynn Cutler*
Aunt Em: Deb Linn
Uncle Henry: Dayrel Gates*
Hunk (farmhand): Scott Burns*
Hickory (farmhand): Mark Schaefer*
Zeke (farmhand): Cory Oltrogge*
Emerald City Guard: Thomas Salz
Mayor of Munchkinland: Sally Job

*Also members of adult ensemble

Adult Ensemble (may include Munchkins, Ozians, Winkies, Jitterbugs, Crows, Trees, Poppies, Snowmen – specific groups will be assigned during rehearsals)

Kathryn Andringa
Gloria Ashworth
Lauren Ashworth
Abby Cutler
Emily Cutler
Rhea Cutler
Jenny Jensen
Tianna Loftis
Devin McCain
Jalayna Morgan
Sandra Olsthoorn
Rachel Peter
Austin Rozandaal
Dora Roorda
Arlyn Stuart
Zarah Van Dyk
Lily Ver Meer
Tressa Vos

Child Ensemble (may include Munchkins, Trees, Rocks, Poppies, Snowmen, Monkeys – specific groups will be assigned during rehearsals)

Mia Andringa
Alex Bishara
Claire Braafhart
Kate Braafhart
Sophia Burns
Amaya Cervantes
Garion Cutler
Olivia Cutler
Bella DeHaan
Jessa De Nooy
Sam Gillespie
Alise Haug
Porter Haug
Lucille Hopkins
Madeline Kelly
Alexa Klein
Josephine McDonald
Meg Muller
Kalyn Oltrogge
Ellison Ritzert
Hudson Ritzert
Lily Steenhoek
Emery Ter Louw
Annabelle Winward
Zoie Winward

00 News & Updates, 01 Auditions & Talent Calls, 2016 The Christmas Post, Slider Posts

Cast List for USP’s “The Christmas Post”

Director Wendy Applauds the Audition - 1
Director Wendy Vander Well applauds all of the courageous people who auditioned (and made her casting choices very difficult!)

Thank you to everyone who auditioned for The Christmas Post! There are an amazing amount of talented people choosing to be part of this show, and I’m very excited about the high quality of production we’ll be able to give our community this December. Our rehearsal process is going to be a ton of fun and I look forward to working with you all.

Our first rehearsal will be read-through of the show on Tuesday, September 6 at 7pm. We will also distribute rehearsal schedules and let everyone get a chance to know one another. Please let me know immediately via email (wendyvanderwell@gmail.com) if you will not be able to attend that rehearsal. You may also feel free to email or call (515-326-2661) if you have any questions!

Wendy Vander Well
Director

Hattie McGee: Lisa Witzenburg
Hank: Dave Erickson
Alice Garfield: Elise Pederson
Katie Garfield: Mia Andringa
Brother Sam: Doug DeWolf
Sgt. Buchanan: Jesse Nieboer
Maxwell Q. Seldon: Scott Burns
Mr. Elliot Herzog Jr.: Tom Vander Well
Dixie Plunkett: Kim Beyer
Hapless Shopper: Jim Palmer
Herzog Staff (Nadine): Stephanie Lantz
Herzog Staff (Patsy): Anne McCullough Kelly
Herzog Staff (Otis): Brian Vande Lune

Shoppers
Veronica Acosta
Mary Chaffin
Julie Collins
Lynn Cutler
Dave Erickson
Denise Gregory
Tianna Loftis
Holly Long-DeWolf
Jim Palmer
Karen Ryals
Arlyn Stuart
Mike Van Zee

Teenage Shoppers
Titus Hopkins
Braden Rowe

Child Shoppers
Ellah Acosta
Samantha Mora
Kadin Schreyer Ryals

Carolers
Kathryn Andringa
Jordan Marie DeArmond
Sara Purdy
Dora Roorda
Doug Roorda
Thomas Salz
Cal Van Ee

Newsies
Sophia Burns
Eli Ebeling
McKenna Evans
Luke Fairchild
Connor Gauley
Abigail Hietbrink
Tess Hopkins
Trace Hopkins
Trent Hopkins
Josephine McDonald
Kalyn Oltrogge
Elisabeth Pumphrey
Nora Rasmussen
Will Rasmussen
Penelope Shriver
Eliza Van Zee
Kylie Villobos
Hope Vos
Zoie Winward

01 Auditions & Talent Calls, 2016 The Christmas Post, Slider Posts

Auditions for “The Christmas Post” Announced

The Christmas PostUnion Street Players, Pella’s award-winning community theatre, is excited to announce auditions for our Christmas musical, The Christmas Post. The heart-warming, family friendly musical based on two Norman Rockwell paintings was a huge hit with USP audiences ten years ago. The Christmas Post tells a heartwarming Christmas story set in the postwar years after World War II. A young widow works tirelessly at Herzog’s department store hoping to make enough money to buy Christmas presents for her children.

We know that audiences will love to experience the love and laughter of The Christmas Post once again and to introduce the show to a new generation of fans. Director Wendy Vander Well will again take the helm of our production and Kathy Haug returns as the show’s musical director. If you have any questions, please contact Director Wendy Vander Well at wendyvanderwell@gmail.com or 515.326.2661.

No experience necessary. No roles precast. There are roles for men and women, boys and girls from ages 10 to 110.

Perusal scripts, along with a CD of the soundtrack, are available at the Pella Public Library.

Audition Dates:
Aug 15  6:30-8:30
Aug 16  6:30-8:30
Aug 18  6:30-8:30
Aug 20  9:00-11:00
Aug 22  6:30-8:30

All auditions are on the stage of the Joan Kuyper Farver Auditorium in the Pella Community Center, 712 Union St., Pella, Iowa.

 

If you wish to audition for a solo or small group ensemble role, please prepare one of these two songs for your audition:
Deck the Halls (Eb, key in book)
Silent Night (in key of A for ladies, Bb for tenor, Ab for bass)

Principle Speaking and Singing Characters (*indicates solo singing required)
ALICE GARFIELD* (30’s), young widow trying to make ends meet at Christmas
KATIE GARFIELD* (9-10), her daughter
HATTIE MCGEE* (60’s-70’s), owner of the corner news hut
BROTHER SAM GILLESPIE* (30’s-50’s), pastor of a small local church
MAXWELL Q. SELDON* (20’s-30’s), sales manager at Herzog’s
ELLIOTT HERZOG JR* (30’s-40’s), runs Herzog’s Department Store
ELLIOTT HERZOG SR (60’s-70’s), his father
DIXIE PLUNKETT* (30’s-50’s), bookkeeper at Herzog’s
SGT. BUCHANAN (40’s-60’s), local policeman

Incidental Line Characters
HANK, newspaper delivery man
HAPLESS MAN, a shopper
FRANTIC MAN, a shopper
MALE SHOPPER
FEMALE SHOPPER

Chorus Groups
HERZOG’S STAFF (3-4 employees of Herzog’s, including Otis, Patsy and Nadine)
NEWSIES (15-20 kids who sell newspapers for Hattie)
CAROLERS (6-10 members of Brother Sam’s congregation)
SHOPPERS (10-20 members of the general chorus)