Loud Laughter Characterizes “Noises Off!”


The Joan Kuyper Farver Auditorium in the Pella Community Center was alive with laughter this past weekend as Union Street Players (USP) kicked off 2017’s season with the raucous British comedy Noises Off! It was a fitting tribute to the auditorium’s namesake and long time benefactor who passed away during the show’s production.

USP Director Denise Gregory (Bye Bye Birdie) made the most of a stellar cast that included USP’s newest inductee to the USP Walk-of-Fame, Spence Ver Meer. It also included Lonnie Appleby who earned outstanding actor honors from the Iowa Community Theatre Association (ICTA) in USP’s Charles Dickens Presents A Christmas Carol and Jana De Zwarte (aka Java DeZwante) who earned ICTA outstanding actress honors for her role as Miss Hannigan in Annie. The rest of the talented cast were all veterans of USP productions which helped with the incredibly difficult blocking, action, and timing required to pull off the show.

Audiences were equally impressed with the show’s complex set. The two-story set had to be designed so that it could be rotated during intermissions between acts. Designed by Jim Palmer and constructed by USP’s amazing set crew, the set allowed audiences to see the show-within-a-show from both audience and backstage perspectives.

Spring shows have historically been USP’s smaller productions. It is an opportunity for USP to try lesser known, original, or avant garde plays. These productions afford cast and crew the opportunity to stretch themselves, and the audiences get a chance to stretch their stage experience, as well. Attendance for spring shows averages between 350-400 audience members. Noises Off! enjoyed good word of mouth and above average attendance:

Thu Mar 30: 87
Fri Mar 31: 111
Sat Apr 1: 142
Sun Apr 2: 124
Total:  464
Average: 116

Next up for USP: The Wizard of Oz

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See “Noises Off!” Mar 30 – Apr 2

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Union Street Players, Pella’s award-winning community theatre, opens their 2017 season March 30th with the British comedy Noises Off. The play follows the cast of a stage production across three performances and humorously reveals the conflict and craziness that happens both on stage and back stage as things slowly unravel between cast and crew.

Noises Off requires one of the most complicated sets USP has ever built for a show. The set reveals what happens on stage during one act, then gets completely rotated to let audiences see what happens back stage in the next act. Director Denise Gregory and Set Designer Jim Palmer and Producer Deb Linn have gone above and beyond to pull off what some said couldn’t be done on the stage of the Joan Kuyper Farver auditorium.

Noises Off will be performed March 30, 31 and April 1 at 7:00 p.m. and April 2 at 2:00 p.m. on the stage of Joan Kuyper Farver Auditorium in the Pella Community Center (712 Union Street, Pella, Iowa). Tickets are available online. Tickets are $8 for Adults in advance and $10 at the door; $6 for Students in advance and $8 at the door.

Photos courtesy of Lisa Morgan and Jim Palmer

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Tickets on Sale for “Noises Off”


Union Street Players, Pella’s award-winning community theatre, along with Director Denise Gregory, are excited to announce that tickets for our spring production, Noises Off, are now on sale.

Noises Off is a play within a play. It is about an ambitious director and his troupe of mediocre actors. The cast and crew are putting  together a silly  comedy titled, “Nothing On” – a  single-set farce  in which lovers frolic, doors slam, clothes  are tossed  away, and embarrassing hi-jinks ensue.  If you have never experienced theater as an actor or a crew member, then perhaps Noises Off is simply an  entertaining show with a lot of laughs. However, for those of us who “tread the boards,” Michael Frayn’s  Noises Off might very well be  the funniest  play ever written. Show length is 90 minutes.


All performances of Noises Off will be on the stage of the Joan Kuyper Farver Auditorium in the Pella Community Center, 712 Union St.

Thu Mar 30 @ 7:00 p.m.
Fri Mar 31 @ 7:00 p.m.
Sat April 1 @ 7:00 p.m.
Sun April 2 @ 2:00 p.m.

All tickets are sold online. If you need assistance or need to make alternative arrangements, please contact our Box Office at 641-204-1094.

Make it a fun date night by purchasing tickets for Noises Off, taking your tickets or an ad from George’s Pizza and/or the The Cellar Peanut Pub (Pella location) to either or one of these awesome businesses to get a $1 off of a large pizza from George’s and/or $1 off a drink at The Cellar Peanut Pub (Pella location).

Questions? Please contact Denise Gregory at 541.571.3002.

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Early Ticket Sales for “Noises Off” Now Available to USP Members


Early ticket sales for Union Street Players’ spring comedy, Noises Off are now available for USP members with a coupon code. A mailing was sent to members on Friday, February 17th, with a coupon code which will allow members to purchase tickets before they go on sale to the general public March 1. If you are a USP donor or member and do not receive your mailing by February 21, please contact the USP Box Office at 641-204-1094.

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“Noises Off” Cast Announcement

Director Denise Gregory is pleased to announce her cast and crew for Union Street Players’ Spring production of the comedy Noises Off! Show dates are March 30 – April 2.

Dotty Otley:  Stephanie Lantz
Lloyd Dallas:  Spence Vermeer
Garry Lejeune:  Lonnie Appleby
Brooke Ashton:  Sarah Davis
Poppy Norton-Taylor:  Jana Dezwarte
Frederick Fellowes:  Doug Dewolf
Belinda Blair:  Lynn Cutler
Tim Algood:  Jesse Nieboer
Selsdon Mowbray:  Terry Faidley

Director:  Denise Gregory
Asst. Director:  Isaac Piersma
Producer:  Deb Linn
Special Asst. to the Director:  Rachel Faidley
Set Design: Jim Palmer
Costumer:  Pati VanZante
Lighting:  Arvin VanZante
Sound:  Mark Schaefer
Stage Manager:  Leigh Rasmussen
Stage Crew/Props:  Tessa Campbell
Props:  Julie Collins

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