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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)

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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.

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Theatrical Experience Offered for Grades 5-8

Union Street Players is sponsoring The Theatrical Experience-Summer production of Tom Sawyer,  this summer which is scheduled for the week of June 20-25! It will be, for children Currently in  5th grade through 8th grade (as of this school year).  It will include creating a production of Tom Sawyer. There are stage roles for 5 girls and 8 boys (The first 5 girls and 8 boys to register are guaranteed a stage role in the production.). There are also 6 production roles available in areas such as directing, lighting, sound, stage manager, etc. This production will be created entirely by the children with adult guidance. There are limited spots available so don’t delay in registering your child for this delightful learning experience!

The fee per child is $50 for the camp.
Registration is from April 4 to May 2, 2016.

Please click on the link provided below for registration info and camp details.

Contact cody.kooi@gmail.com with questions or for more information.

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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
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USP Announces Auditions for “Fiddler on the Roof”

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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.

Auditions:
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.
Performances:
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.

Auditions

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