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Pella’s Got Talent Auditions April 23 & 24 @ 7 p.m.

Pella's Got Talent 2015
Pella’s Got Talent Auditions – April 23rd and 24th, 7 p.m.
For the second year in a row, we are inviting all local talent to come to the Opera House and sing, dance, act, and share whatever their talent(s) might be. Everything from A to Z, from acrobatics to zither playing, is eligible. To sign up for your audition slot, or to ask any questions, please call 641-628-8628 as soon as possible.
No experience is necessary! This is a fun event, and we do our best to help everyone have a great time at auditions!
Last year, we were thrilled to celebrate, support and showcase local talent and we are happy to do so again this year. So put on your old tap shoes, or dust off the french horn in the closet, or prepare your recital of Casey at the Bat. All are welcome. Call 641-628-8628 to sign up. (And please feel free to share this news with your Aunt Wanda, the washboard player, or Cousin Cal the kazoo-ist.)
Ten finalists will be selected to perform at the May 16th finals. The top three finalists will be awarded cash prizes $250 (first place), $100 (second place) and $50 (third place).
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Theatre Central Looking for High School Age Actors

Theatre Central is looking for High School age actors for a performance of “A Bad Case of Stripes” which will be produced by the Children’s Theatre course and performed during Central’s “Weekend of the Arts” on May 2. The Audition information is listed below. Please direct any questions to CD Adamson (adamsonc@central.edu).
“A Bad Case of Stripes” (Children’s Show) Auditions
Part of the “Children’s Theatre” Course at Central College and directed by students
In need of 7-11 people of both genders
Cold Readings from the script
April 12 at 2:30pm
Kruidenier Theatre
It will have performances on May 2 at 2pm and May 3 at 1pm
Minimal commitment as it is a very short show
00 News & Updates, 01 Auditions & Talent Calls, 2015 Fiddler on the Roof

USP Announces Auditions for “Fiddler on the Roof”


Union Street Players, Pella’s Award-winning community theatre, is excited to announce auditions for our summer musical: Fiddler on the Roof. USP brings this Broadway classic to the Pella stage for the second time. Set in the Pale of Imperial Russia in 1905, it is based on Tevye and his Daughters (or Tevye the Dairyman) and other tales by Sholem Aleichem. The story centers on Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his family and Jewish religious traditions while outside influences encroach upon their lives. He must cope both with the strong-willed actions of his three older daughters—each one’s choice of husband moves further away from the customs of his faith—and with the edict of the Tsar that evicts the Jews from their village. Come sing along with timeless classics like Sunrise, SunsetTradition, and If I Were a Rich Man.

No experience is necessary and no roles are pre-cast. Union Street Players welcomes everyone to audition. Those wishing to be considered for a solo role are asked to bring a prepared song, with a copy for the pianist.

Fiddler on the Roof will be directed by Arvin Van Zante and you can direct any questions to him at 641-628-1890 or apvzante@gmail.com.

2:00 to 5:00 pmSunday, May 17
7:00 to 9:00 pmMonday, May 18
7:00 to 9:00 pm Tuesday, May 19
Call Backs (if necessary): 7:00 to 9:00 pm Thursday, May 21
Audition requirements:  Everyone welcome. No experience necessary. No roles are pre-cast. Wear comfortable clothes and be prepared to read, move, and sing. Those wishing to be considered for a solo role are asked to bring a prepared song, with a copy for the pianist.
7:00 pm Friday, July 24
7:00 pm Saturday, July 25
2:00 pm Sunday, July 26
7:00 pm Thursday, July 30
7:00 pm Friday, July 31
2:00 pm Saturday, Aug 1
Thursday (7/23) and Saturday (8/2) will be used if additional performances are required
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“Anne of Green Gables” Audition Information

Anne of Green Gables

Adapted by Peter DeLaurier based on novel by L.M. Montgomery

Directed by Anne McCullough Kelly (amcculloughkelly@gmail.com)

Anne of Green Gables is a classic, bestselling 1908 novel by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery which recounts the adventures of Anne Shirley, a young orphan girl, age 11 who is mistakenly sent to Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, a middle-aged brother and sister who have a farm on Prince Edward Island and who had intended to adopt a boy to help them. The story recounts how Anne makes her way with the Cuthberts, in school and within the town. USP brings this classic to the stage for the first time. Sure to please the whole family!

Production dates February 26 – March 1, 2015

Parts available for 8 women (ages 15+) and 3 men (ages 15+).
Perusal scripts available at the Pella Library beginning Tuesday November 25 for 4-day checkout.


Saturday, December 13 from 1-4pm (USP meeting room and Green Room)

Monday, December 15 from 6:30-9:30pm (Theater)
Tuesday, December 16 from 7:30-9:30pm (Theater, mostly callbacks but will accept additional auditions)

Rehearsal Information
First read-thru of script: Monday, December 29 from 7-9pm
Rehearsals begin the first week of January.  We will rehearse on the following dates and times:

Mondays from 6:30-9:30pm

Tuesdays from 7:30-9:30pm

Thursdays from 7:00-9:00pm

Saturdays from 1:00-3:30pm (1-4pm in February, no rehearsal Feb. 14)

Sunday, Feb. 15 from 1-4pm (Tech Rehearsal)
During performance week we will rehearse from 5:30pm-10:00pm

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Auditions for “A Christmas Carol” Announced

A Christmas Carol frontpiece
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Union Street Players, Pella’s award-winning community theatre, is pleased to announce auditions for An Evening with Charles Dickens presenting A Christmas Carol directed by USP Walk of Fame member, Pati Van Zante. The Christmas classic about Ebenezer Scrooge and his  run in  with the ghosts of Christmas past, present and, future will be produced December 4-7 on the stage of the Joan Kuyper Farver Auditorium in the Pella Community Center.

There are as many as 40 parts for all ages male and female. Along with the principal lead roles, there are many small parts allowing for participation in the show with a relatively small investment of time.

Auditions will be held:

Tue Sep 16 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Thu Sep 18 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Sat Sep 20 1:00-3:00 p.m.

All auditions will be held at the Pella Community Center. No roles are precast and no experience is necessary. Being in a USP show is a wonderful way to get to know fellow community members while participating in the fun and excitement of a stage production. USP regularly casts community members in their first stage experience, so if being in a show is on your bucket list we’d love to have you come and audition!

For more information or to ask questions, please email director Patricia Van Zante at pvzante@hotmail.com.

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“Seussical the Musical” Audition Information

seuss1AUDITIONS for USP’s “Seussical, the Musical” will be held:
  • Monday April 21  6:30-9:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday April 22 6:30 – 9:00 p.m
  •  Saturday April 26 9:00 a.m. – noon
Pella Community Center
712 Union Street
Pella, IA
Perusal scripts available at the Pella Public Library.
Production dates will be July 25-26; July 31 – August 3.
There are lead/solo roles for 8 men, 7 women, and 2 kids.  Ensemble roles for men, women and kids ages 8 – 88!!
We will also have a specialized dance troupe (dance experience strongly suggested).
Please come to auditions ready to show us any unusual or extraordinary talents you might have (riding unicycle, pointe dancing, tap dancing, juggling, flips, magic tricks, double jointedness, accents…) Please also bring along your calendar of summer commitments, vacations and camps to share with us as we plan rehearsals.
Scripts will be available for perusal (as soon as they arrive from the publisher) at the Pella Public Library circulation desk.  If you just can’t wait to explore this funny, heartfelt, full-of-imagination musical, you can also find a great deal out about characters and story here .
We will have a read-through of the script after casting has been announced but then will not begin regular rehearsals until after Memorial Day.  Rehearsals will run through July and, again the production dates will be July 25-26; July 31 – August 3.
We are also looking for people to join our production team. Please contact us if you are interested in costuming or sewing crew, set construction, pit orchestra, hair and make up, choreography, etc.
If you have ANY questions, please feel free to contact the director, Kim Beyer, at kim.beyer@comcast.net or the producer, Brystal Hopkins, at brystalhopkins@gmail.com.
We look forward to seeing you at auditions!!!
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Final Audition for USP’s “Ham Buns and Potato Salad”

Union Street Players, Pella’s award-winning community theatre, will hold final auditions for their spring production of Ham Buns and Potato Salad this Saturday, February 8 (10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) at the Pella Community Center. Ham Buns and Potato Salad is a full length comedy in two acts written by local playwright, Tom Vander Well. Those who cannot make the audition and are still interested in being considered for a part are asked to contact the show’s Director, Ann Wilkinson (pmscasting@aol.com). No roles are precast and no experience is necessary.

Performances scheduled for April 10-13, 2014.

Five roles for Men. Four roles for women. One role for a preteen girl.

Ham Buns and Potato Salad is set in the fictional town of Hebron, Iowa (population 318). After a tragic accident, the town is preparing for the funeral of a local couple. Their son, Thomas, was an only child who left town after high school, twelve years earlier, and never returned. Thomas’ departure after high school coincided with a town scandal which has never been resolved and has simmered in the town’s collective conscience for over a decade. With his impending return, the town is buzzing with anticipation and the heat on the old scandal is raised to a full boil. The script can be downloaded for perusal as a PDF by clicking on the link below:

Ham Buns and Potato Salad 01-17-2014.PDF