USP Awards Night September 23rd!

 

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It was ten years ago that Union Street Players (USP) instituted our Walk of Fame and began our annual autumnal Awards Night. For our Awards Night’s 10th Anniversary, USP is taking things to a whole new level!

We invite the public to join us for an evening of food, fun, and celebration as we remember another successful year as Pella’s award-winning community theatre. USP will be inducting Doug DeWolf into the USP Walk of Fame. We will also be instituting our first annual “USPy” awards. Professional, local theatre educators have adjudicated every show of our 2016-2017 season. They have nominated finalists for awards of outstanding performance and production in several categories. Winners will be announced at our Awards Night Celebration. We will also look back at our 2015-2016 productions includingThe Christmas PostNoises Off, and The Wizard of Oz.

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If you would like to pay with a check, or have questions or need help purchasing tickets, please call the box office at 641-204-1094.

Here’s what you need to know:

When:  September 23, 2017, 6 PM – 11 PM
Where:  Pella Opera House
Cost:  $15 adult (17+), $10 child

Tickets must be purchased in advance online by September 18!!

Call the USP Box Office at 641-204-1094 for assistance or questions

6:00  Reception with heavy appetizer buffet and cash bar
7:00  Evening program with Induction of Doug DeWolf to Walk of Fame and 1st annual USPy Awards

Dessert, drinks, and conversation to follow award ceremony 

Attire: Cocktail/Party/Business Casual

2017 USPy Nomination Announcement Video 

Here are the 2017 Nominees for Outstanding Production and Performance (or, as we’re calling them, the “USPys”):

Outstanding Technical Achievement

  • Mat Kelly for Set Design, The Christmas Post
  • Karen Ryals and Brystal Hopkins for Choreography, The Christmas Post
  • Jim Palmer for Set Design, Noises Off
  • Kim Beyer for Make-up Design, The Wizard of Oz
  • Anne McCullough Kelly for Costume Design, The Wizard of Oz

Outstanding Ensemble

  • Newsies, The Christmas Post
  • Shoppers, The Christmas Post
  • Crows, The Wizard of Oz

Outstanding Young Performer

  • Mia Andringa as Katie Garfield, The Christmas Post
  • Garion Cutler as Nikko-Monkey Leader, The Wizard of Oz

Outstanding Newcomer

  • Mia Andringa as Katie Garfield, The Christmas Post
  • Elise Pederson as Alice, The Christmas Post
  • Becca Beyer as Toto, The Wizard of Oz
  • Cory Oltrogge as Zeke,  The Wizard of Oz

Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Doug DeWolf as Brother Sam Gillespie, The Christmas Post
  • Tom VanderWell as Elliot Herzog Jr., The Christmas Post
  • Jessie Nieboer as Tim Algood, Noises Off
  • Dayrel Gates as Uncle Henry, The Wizard of Oz
  • Arvin VanZante as Professor/Wizard, The Wizard of Oz

Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Kim Beyer as Dixie Plunkett, The Christmas Post
  • Jana DeZwarte as Poppy Norton-Taylor, Noises Off
  • Lynn Cutler as Almira Gulch, The Wizard of Oz
  • Jana DeZwarte as Glinda, The Wizard of Oz
  • Deb Linn as Aunt Em, The Wizard of Oz

Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role

  • Scott Burns as Maxwell Q. Seldon, The Christmas Post
  • Lonnie Appleby as Garry, Noises Off
  • Lonnie Appleby as Scarecrow, The Wizard of Oz
  • Spence Ver Meer as Cowardly Lion, The Wizard of Oz

Outstanding Actress in a Leading Role

  • Lisa Witzenburg as Hattie McGee, The Christmas Post
  • Elise Pederson as Alice Garfield, The Christmas Post
  • Stephanie Lantz as Dotty Otley, Noises Off
  • Sarah Davis as Brooke Ashton, Noises Off

Outstanding Direction

  • Wendy VanderWell for The Christmas Post
  • Denise Gregory for Noises Off
  • Anne McCullough Kelly for The Wizard of Oz

Outstanding Production

  • The Christmas Post
  • Noises Off
  • The Wizard of Oz

 

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.

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.

 

RSVP NOW for USP Awards Night!

 

Next Saturday, October 8th, Union Street Players invites everyone to join us for an evening of fun, food, laughter, love, and camaraderie as we induct Spence Ver Meer into the Union Street Players Walk of Fame. The evening will include food, drink, a cash bar (wine/beer), and dessert (including Wendy’s cheesecake!). Entertainment will be provided by Pella’s fledgling improv group.

Purchase tickets online by Wednesday, October 5th!

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