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USP Awards Night Sept 28th!

2019 USP Walk of Fame Induction and Gala

2018-2019 USPY Nominations

Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role

Lonnie Appleby as Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast

Michael Howland as Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid

Mark Schaefer as Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast

Spence Vermeer as Beast in Beauty and the Beast

Outstanding Actress in a Leading Role

Katelynn Collins as Ariel in The Little Mermaid 

Denise Gregory as Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast

Elise Pederson as Belle in Beauty and the Beast

Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role

Geoffry Buchanan as Gaston in Beauty and the Beast

Doug De Wolf as Chef Louis in The Little Mermaid

Danny Rivas as Lefou in Beauty and the Beast

Brad Rozenboom as Sebastion in The Little Mermaid

Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role

Lynn Cooper as Madame de le Grande Bouche in Beauty and the Beast

Jana De Zwarte as Babette in Beauty and the Beast

Denise Gregory as Scuttle in The Little Mermaid

Outstanding Ensemble

Kathryn Andringa, Emily Cutler, Taylor Decious, Sarah Maxwell, Sarah Purdy, and Katie Williams as Mersisters/Princesses in The Little Mermaid

Emily Cutler, Rachel Hoard, Sarah Maxwell, and Sarah Purdy as Silly Girls in Beauty and the Beast

Abby Dart, Kelly Dykema, Paulina Loaiza, Kaurie Marinkovich, Sarah Maxwell, Sarah Morris as Dancing Napkins in Beauty and the Beast

Outstanding Young Performer

Mia Andringa and McKenna Evans as Flotsam and Jetsam in The Little Mermaid

Porter Haug as Chip in Beauty and the Beast

Outstanding Newcomer 

Geoffry Buchanan as Gaston in Beauty and the Beast

Katelynn Collins as Ariel in The Little Mermaid

Michael Howland as Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid

Outstanding Production

The Little Mermaid

Beauty and the Beast

Outstanding Technical Achievement

Kim Beyer for Makeup Design in The Little Mermaid

Denise Gregory for Costume Design and Construction in Beauty and the Beast

Cody Kooi for Light Design and Special Effects in The Little Mermaid

Cynthia Beschel, Paulina Loaiza, Karen Ryals, and Sarah Maxwell for Choreography in Beauty and the Beast

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“USPy” Winners Announced

 

Awardsnght18Over 80 people attended the annual Union Street Players Awards night on October 6th at the Pella Golf and Country Club.

Wendy Vander Well was inducted into our USP Walk of Fame in honor of her outstanding contributions to the organization over a span of 14 years! Contributions include being a member of the USP Board of Directors from 2004-2017, Treasurer from 2007-2017, Makeup designer, in charge of Front of House, Set crew, Props Master, Producer, Assistant Director, Director, and performed in 13 roles according to the USP Database. In addition, she is responsible for creating our Walk of Fame awards night, and moving the organization to online ticket sales. There was a standing ovation for Wendy’s induction as a heartfelt thank you for her work.

For the second year, the USPy Awards were given honoring the outstanding contributions of cast and crew members from last year’s productions of:

It’s a Wonderful Life, 12 Angry Men, and Kiss me, Kate!

The USPy winners are:

Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role – Lonnie Appleby as George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life

Outstanding Actress in a Leading Role – Lynn Cooper as Lilli Vanessi/Katharine in Kiss Me, Kate

Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role – Danny Rivas as Juror #7 in 12 Angry Men

Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role – Denise Gregory as Mother Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life

Outstanding Young Performer – Annabelle Winward as Zuzu in It’s a Wonderful Life

Outstanding Newcomer – Justin Lenger as Juror #5 in 12 Angry Men

Outstanding Direction – Spence Ver Meer for 12 Angry Men

Outstanding Production – It’s a Wonderful Life

Outstanding Technical Achievement – Mat Kelly for Set Design in It’s a Wonderful Life

Outstanding Ensemble – Danny Rivas and Robert Uy as Gangsters 1 and 2 in Kiss Me, Kate

Outstanding Crew Member for It’s a Wonderful Life – Leigh Rasmussen

Outstanding Crew Member for 12 Angry Men – Jim Emmert

Outstanding Crew Member for Kiss Me, Kate – Holly Long-DeWolf and Denise Gregory

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Who Do YOU Think Will Win the “USPy” for Outstanding Production?

2016-2017 USPy nominees for Outstanding Production

On September 23rd, Union Street Players will present the first annual awards for Outstanding Production and Performance (aka the “USPy”). Nominees and winners were chosen by a five judge panel of local theatre educators. Now it’s your turn to vote for which show you think will win the “USPy” for outstanding show this year:

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USP Annual Picnic & Elections Aug 14

Union Street Players, Pella’s award-winning community theatre, will hold our annual picnic and Board elections on Monday evening, August 14th at West Market Park. Everyone is welcome to join in on the food, fun, and future of USP whether a member or not. Bring a dish to share and drinks for your family. The meal begins at 6:00 with our meeting and elections for the 2017-2018 Board of Directors to begin somewhere around 6:45-7:00.

At the picnic we will publicly announce our 2017 inductee to the USP Walk of Fame, which is an honor bestowed by the current Board of Directors.

There will be a number of Board positions open this year. Any USP members interested in running for a Board position may submit their nomination to current Secretary, Kim Beyer (kim.beyer@comcast.net).

A Word About Membership

Only current USP adult members may vote in the election for our Board of Directors.  Over the past year, USP changed the designation of “member” to include any one who makes a qualifying tax-deductible donation of $10 or more to our non-profit organization. Those who, in the past, made donations and were considered “Patrons” are now considered active “Members” eligible to participate and vote at the annual meeting. A person’s “membership” starts when the donation is received and continues for one year from receipt. Any members who paid their qualifying $10 membership at last year’s annual picnic may simply pay $10 again at his year’s picnic to bring their membership current. If a member made a larger tax deductible contribution at the end of the 2016 calendar year, they are considered a current member for twelve months after the receipt of the last qualifying donation. Current Treasurer, Wendy Vander Well, will be collecting qualifying member donations at the meeting.

For more about member levels and incentives, please click here.

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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.

 

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Spence Ver Meer to USP’s Walk of Fame

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Union Street Players, Pella’s award winning community theatre, is proud to introduce Spence Ver Meer as our 2016 inductee in USP’s Walk of Fame. Instituted in 2008 to honor individuals who have contributed to the success of Union Street Players, the Board of Directors chooses an inductee each year. General criteria for induction include over ten years of participation, contributions in multiple capacities (acting, directing, serving on the Board, and etc.), and assistance in furthering USP’s mission. Spence becomes the 12th member of the Walk of Fame.

Spence’s first credited for USP was over 20 years ago in 1995’s The Man Who Came to Dinner in which he played the role of John. Since that time Spence has contributed both on stage and off. Local audience members likely remember Spence for his beautiful voice and lead roles as Captain Von Trapp in Sound of Music (1999 and 2009), and Emile DeBecque in South Pacific (2004). Spence most recently played four different characters in Almost, Maine this past April. In addition, Spence has served as Director (Pirates of Penzance, Our Town) and was President of USP’s Board of Directors in 1996 and 1997.

Spence will be honored at Union Street Player’s annual Award’s Night, Saturday October 8th, at the Graham Annex on Central College’s campus. Please stay tuned to Union Street Players website (www.unionstreetplayers.com) or Facebook page for more details.