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USP Awards Night, October 6th!

Please join us for the

Annual Union Street Players Awards night on October 6th, 6:00pm at the Pella Golf and Country Club!

We will be inducting Wendy Vander Well into our USP Walk of Fame.

And The USPy Awards honoring the outstanding contributions of cast and crew members from the productions of:

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

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And the nominees are:

Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role

Lonnie Appleby as George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life

Doug DeWolf as Juror #8 in 12 Angry Men

Spence Ver Meer as Fred Graham/Petruchio in Kiss Me, Kate

Outstanding Actress in a Leading Role

Briana Heartsill as Mary Hatch Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life

Deb Linn as Clare Odbody, Angel 2nd Class in It’s a Wonderful Life

Lynn Cooper as Lilli Vanessi/Katharine in Kiss Me, Kate

Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role

Arvin VanZante as Mr. Potter in It’s a Wonderful Life

Danny Rivas as Juror #7 in 12 Angry Men

Greg May as Harrison Howell in Kiss Me, Kate

Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role

Denise Gregory as Mother Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life

Kim Beyer as Hattie in Kiss Me, Kate

Sarah Collins as Lois Lane/Bianca in Kiss Me, Kate

Outstanding Young Performer

Annabelle Winward as Zuzu in It’s a Wonderful Life

Hannah Blom as Lead Dancer/Ensemble in Kiss Me, Kate

Outstanding Newcomer

Gillian Howard as Violet Peterson in It’s a Wonderful Life

Simon Vos as Mr. Welch in It’s a Wonderful Life

Mark Bishara as Juror #11 in 12 Angry Men

Michael Garrison as Juror #3 in 12 Angry Men

Justin Lenger as Juror #5 in 12 Angry Men

Shawn Pavlik as Bill Calhoun/Lucentio in Kiss Me, Kate

Outstanding Direction

Pati Van Zante for It’s a Wonderful Life

Spence Ver Meer for 12 Angry Men

Pati Van Zante for Kiss Me, Kate

Outstanding Production

It’s a Wonderful Life

Twelve Angry Men

Kiss Me, Kate

Outstanding Technical Achievement

Mat Kelly for Set Design in It’s a Wonderful Life

Jim Emmert and Spence Ver Meer for Videography in 12 Angry Men

Mindi Chamberlain for Costume Design in Kiss Me, Kate

Mat Kelly for Artistic Scenic Design in Kiss Me, Kate

Outstanding Ensemble

Dayrel Gates, Arlyn Stuart, Simon Vos as Drunk Ensemble in It’s a Wonderful Life

Jim Palmer and Arlyn Stuart as Bert and Ernie in It’s a Wonderful Life

Jurors of 12 Angry Men

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

Kathryn Andringa, Elise Pederson, Sarah Purdy, and Marti Zylstra as Quartet in Kiss Me, Kate

 

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“USPy” Winners Announced

Nearly 100 people gathered at the Pella Opera House last night for Union Street Players Awards Night. Doug DeWolf was inducted into the USP Walk of Fame, and winners were announced for the first annual “USPy” Awards for Outstanding Production and Performance.

The three shows of USP’s 2016-2017 season were adjudicated by five are theatre educators. Judges announced award nominees in early August and the winners were announced at last night’s presentations.

Winners were (in the order they were presented):

  • Technical Achievement: Jim Palmer (Set Design of Noises Off)
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress: Kim Beyer (Dixie Plunkett in The Christmas Post)
  • Outstanding Newcomer: Elise Pederson (Alice Garfield in The Christmas Post)
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor: Tom Vander Well (Eliott Herzog Jr. in The Christmas Post)
  • Outstanding Young Performer: Mia Andringa (Katie Garfield in The Christmas Post)
  • Outstanding Direction: Wendy Vander Well (The Christmas Post)
  • Outstanding Lead Actress: Lisa Witzenberg (Hattie McGee in The Christmas Post)
  • Outstanding Ensemble: The Three Crows (The Wizard of Oz)
  • Outstanding Lead Actor: Lonnie Appleby (Garry in Noises Off)
  • Outstanding Production: The Wizard of Oz

The big honor of the evening went to Doug DeWolf who was introduced by last year’s Walk of Fame inductee, Spence Ver Meer.

More details about the evening along with photographs from Lisa Morgan, who served as photographer for the event, will be posted when they become available.

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Deadline for Awards Night Tickets Sep 18!!

Time is running out to get tickets to USP’s Awards Night! Please purchase tickets by the end of the day on September 18!

Based on early ticket sales, Union Street Players’ annual Awards Night is guaranteed to be fill with a lot of fun. On the evening of September 23rd, starting at 6:00, we will celebrate another successful season of theatre here in Pella. Doug DeWolf will be inducted into the USP Walk of Fame, and we will be presenting our 1st annual USPy awards for outstanding production and performance.

The evening includes heavy appetizers and dessert. There will be a cash bar. Tickets for the event are $15 for adults and $10 for children.

Click here for more details about the evening

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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 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

 

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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.