KOLD Radio Goes Off the Air, Leaves Audiences Laughing


Union Street Players' production of KOLD Radio, Whitefish Bay closed on April 18 to rave reviews from audience members. The comedy about a small town radio station in northern Minnesota was not familiar to audience members, but those who attended the show laughed heartily and gave glowing feedback to cast and crew.

Attendance for the show:

Thursday 60
Friday 168
Saturday 120
Sunday 73

A hearty congratulations to cast and crew. Many thanks to our patrons, vendors, advertisers and audience members for helping make the show so much fun to produce! As KOLD Radio goes off the air, we leave you with a few photos from the show.

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Friday Night Crowd Turns Up “KOLD Radio”

The seats of the Joan Kuyper Farver Auditorium were almost full last night for the 2nd night ofUnion Street Players production of "KOLD Radio, Whitefish Bay." The lively Friday night crowd, estimated between 170-180, filled the auditorium with laughter. Several times during the performance the cast had to hold for extended periods of laughter that rolled through audience. Sugar may have been contributed to the audience's energetic guffaws in the second act. Central College's Campus Ministries is providing homemade sweets and coffee in room 200 of the Pella Community Center during intermission. The group is raising money for their mission to Haiti this summer.

"Early in the second act I thought to myself 'I just can't laugh anymore,'" one audience member reported to cast members. "I was worn out from laughing so much."

If you're looking for a good laugh, there are two opportunities left to see the show. Seats are still available and tickets may be purchased at the door ($10.00) Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. The Pella Community Center is located at 712 Union Street in Pella, just two blocks south of the square next to the Pella Public Library.

The Word is Out About “KOLD Radio”

KOLD Radio, Whitefish Bay rehearsal April 2010
Last night was opening night for Union Street Players' production of KOLD Radio, Whitefish Bay, and laughter was ringing out from the Joan Kuyper Farver auditorium in the Pella Community Center. The opening night crowd raved about the hilarious romantic comedy, which runs through Sunday.

There are three more performances, but the word is out and tickets are selling fast!

Now that the show has opened, you can no longer purchase tickets over the phone. To get your reserved seats, you can:

  • Stop by the Community Services office in the Pella Community Center today between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Click here for directions.
  • Buy a ticket at the door. Tickets go on sale 30-45 minutes before the show.

Remaining performances are Friday & Saturday night at 7:00 pm and Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.

You don't want to miss this show!

Top Ten Reasons You Should See “KOLD Radio”

From the home office at Carl & Lena's Place for Beer in Whitefish Bay, Minnesota:

Lars Knudsen's


10.  Lena's bound to bring her famous Hot Dish.
9. Speaking of Hot Dish, did you see that new lady in town with the leopard-skin skirt?
8. Carl might just sing that Camp Wampum song again (though not on key).
7. Ruth will sing jingles to the tune of all your favorite Lutheran hymns (on key).
6. See the biggest sporting event since the Broomball Championship of 1984.
5. Those smut peddlers from Duluth get revealed for the hosebags they are
4. Johnson's Piggly Wiggly, where the savings will make you "giggly!"
3.    Sven Oxtrude learns what you can do with a SPAM sandwich!
2. Learn why the Silver Eagle Spinner (half-inch sport-fly) is the best lure for Crappie.
1. Free tickets to "Ole's Lutheran Hall of Fame!"

Tell all your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers!!

KOLD Radio, Whitefish Bay will be performed April 15-17 at 7:00 p.m. and April 18 at 2:00 p.m. on the stage of the Joan Kuyper Farver Auditorium in the Pella Community Center. Tickets are $8.00 in advance and $10.00 at the door. Tickets may be purchased in advance by visiting the Pella Community Services office in the Pella Community Center (712 Union Street) Monday through Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tickets may also be purchased over the phone using a credit card by calling Tom or Wendy at 641-620-9107.

KOLD Radio: Tune in for Laughter

Not a single audience member has walked through the doors of the Joan Kuyper Farver Auditorium in the Pella Community Center, but you can still hear the laughter already ringing out. For the most part, it's been the cast of Union Street Player's production of KOLD Radio, Whitefish Bay trying to hold it together on stage as they rehearse, along with the production crew who are working hard to get the show ready for opening night, which is just a week away.

So what's funny about KOLD Radio?

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Is it the idea of a radio station named "K.O.L.D." in northern Minnesota operating out of "Carl & Lena's Place for Beer?"

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Is it Martha Bjorklund's (Wendy Vander Well) popular radio show "Book Beat" where she reviews books like "Pull My Finger" by Helga Freelander?

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Is it Ruth (Jana DeZwarte), the ever-knitting jingle singer who is "a few fish short of a catch?"

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Is it Sal Carducci (Marty Feeney), the Brooklyn Italian who mysteriously arrives in Whitefish Bay, buys the radio Station and makes Lars Knudsen (Tom Vander Well) "an offer he can't refuse?"
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Is it the equally mysterious and seductive Donna DeCasola (Susan Eggert) who, led by her childhood summers at Camp Wampum, returns to Whitefish Bay to open "Donna's Hotel & Lounge" and catch the eyes of the men of Whitefish Bay like Carl (Paul Scott)?

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Or perhaps it's the women (after all, this is Minnesota where "all the women are strong") like Lena (Lisa Witzenburg) who lovingly remind the boys just what's in store if you stray just a little ("now, give me a kiss")? 
It's all of these reasons AND MORE! Don't miss KOLD Radio, Whitefish Bay. April 15-17 @ 7pm and April 18 @ 2 pm in the Pella Community Center. To order tickets by phone, call Tom or Wendy at 641-620-9107. Tickets are $8.00 in advance and $10.00 at the door.

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