00 News & Updates, 2011 Once Upon a Mattress

USP’s “Mattress” Cleans Up at ICTA Awards

The cast dances till they drop in the Spanish Panic!

Union Street Players continued to show why we’re “Pella’s Award-Winning Community Theatre” on Saturday night. USP’s production of Once Upon a Mattress picked up five of the Iowa Community Theatre Association’s (ICTA) 11 annual awards at the annual convention in Cedar Rapids. USP’s award winners were:

  • Outstanding Music Direction: Brystal Hopkins and Ashlee Whittington
  • Outstanding Lead Actress: Anne McCullough Kelly
  • Outstanding Scenic Design: Brystal Hopkins, Matt Kelly, and Dan Fynaardt
  • Outstanding Costume Design: Lori Vande Zande and Kathy VanNorden
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress: Nicole Vande Zande

Congratulations to all the winners!

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Once Upon a Mattress is a Royal Success!

 

Union Street Players (USP) production of Once Upon a Mattress closed on July 31 after a successful four-show run. The musical delighted USP audiences. Attendance figures for the shows were:

Thu: 208
Fri: 200
Sat: 167
Sun: 224

Total: 799

Congratulations to Brystal Hopkins who helmed a USP production for the first time with first-time producer Ashlee Whittington. The stellar cast and crew included plenty of USP veterans along with a number of people making their debut in a USP production.

Congratulations to all on an outstanding show!

Side note: The ingenious set, designed by Dan Fynaardt and painted by a crew helmed by Mat Kelly caught the eye of one audience member who is the theatre teacher at Dike-New Hartford High School. The school is renting the set for their fall production of the show!

 

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See “Once Upon a Mattress” this Weekend!

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Union Street Players production of the classic Broadway musical “Once Upon a Mattress” will be performed this weekend! Don’t miss your chance to laugh and be entertained by Pella’s award-winning community theatre. This musical retelling of the classic fairy tale The Princess and the Pea is sure to delight audience members of all ages. Tickets are still available and can be purchased at the door of any performance ($15). All seats for this show are General Admission. Doors open one-half hour prior to curtain.

Thursday, July 28 @ 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30)
Friday, July 29 @ 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30)
Saturday, July 30 @ 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30)
Sunday, July 31 @ 2:00 p.m. (doors open at 1:30)

Performances are on the stage of the Joan Kuyper Farver Auditorium in the Pella Community Center (712 Union Street).

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Once Upon A Mattress Cast – Summer 2011

Come see these hardworking, talented performers in USP’s Once Upon A Mattress! July 28 – 30 @ 7 pm and July 31 @ 2 pm! Tickets available at Pella Hy-Vee, Pella Community Services Office or from cast members! Don’t miss a great night of hilarious musical theatre!

Princess Winnifred………………Anne McCullough Kelly
Queen Aggravain …………………Jana DeZwarte
Prince Dauntless…………………..Erik Donner
King Sextimus the Silent……….Eric Moore
Sir Harry…………………………….…Jonathan Gregg
Lady Larken………………………….Nicole Vande Zande
Jester……………………………………Sam DuRegger
Wizard………………………………….Doug DeWolf
Minstrel………………………………..Dave Hopkins
Lady Rowena………………………..Kelly Anderson
Lady Merril……………………………Eleanor Witt
Lady Lucille……………………………Maggie-Anne Landon
Princess Number 12……………..Ciera Kooyman
Lady Mabelle…………………………Midori Meyer
Sir Studley…………………………….Greg May
Sir Luce…………………………………Michael Still
2nd Knight……………………………..Spence Ver Meer
3rd Knight………………………………Jack Parisee
Ladies-in-Waiting ………………..Sara Collins, Cassie Buma, Megan Atkins
Lady Beatrice…………………………Amber Attema
Sir Harold…………………………………Robert Uy
Servants/Pantomime Team…Mariah Kooyman, Danielle Nardini, Sarah DeWolf

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Get Tickets for “Once Upon a Mattress”

The curtain on Union Street Players’ production of “Once Upon a Mattress” is set to rise on Thursday, July 28 and it has never been easier to get your tickets for this classic American musical.

For the first time, USP is selling tickets to this family friendly musical through multiple outlets. You can even purchase tickets at the customer service counter at Pella’s Hy-Vee! You can also talk to cast and crew members who can provide tickets for you. As always, tickets are available at the Pella Community Services office in the Pella Community Center (M-F 7:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:30-4:30 p.m.). Tickets may also be purchased by phone using Visa, Mastercard or Discover; simply call Tom or Wendy at 641-620-9107.

“Once Upon a Mattress” is the musical retelling of “The Princess and Pea” and was made famous on Broadway by Carol Burnett. The musical launched Burnett to stardom and the classic tale is as fresh and fun as ever. Tickets are only $10 in advance. No where in central Iowa can you find such great live theatre for such a bargain price!

Get your tickets today!

01 Auditions & Talent Calls, 2011 Once Upon a Mattress

Auditions for “Once Upon a Mattress” Begin!

Auditions for USP’s summer musical, “Once Upon a Mattress” start on Saturday March 14th and will continue on Monday night, March 16th with call backs scheduled on Tuesday, March 17th.

In an effort to be mindful of everyone’s time, Director Brystal Hopkins plans to schedule auditions in blocks of time. This will hopefully eliminate the possibility of people sitting around for long periods of time waiting to be called into the audition. There is no need to sign-up ahead of time for a particular audition group. Simply choose when you’d like to audition on one of the two days and show up shortly before your desired group time in order to fill out an audition sheet.

Auditions
Sat. May 14 – Please show up in time for an audition group: 8:15 – 10 am, 9:00 – 11:30 am, or 10 am – 12:30 pm
Mon. May 16 – Please show up in time for an audition group: 5:45 – 8:15 or 6:45 – 9:15
Tues. May 17 – Call backs 6 – 9 pm

Auditions will include basic vocal, choreography, and stage pieces.  No prepared pieces required. A limited number of perusal scripts are available at the library.

Rehearsals scheduled for most M, T, and Th evenings and Saturday mornings from May 21 – July. (not all actors needed at every rehearsal)

All roles are for agest 14 and up. There are no roles for children younger than 14 years of age!

Please contact Brystal Hopkins (brystalhopkins@gmail.com) with questions.

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USP “Goes to the Mattresses”

Get ready. Union Street Players (USP) is “going to the mattresses!” (Though we’re not talking about leaving the gun and taking the cannoli). This summer we are excited to produce “Once Upon a Mattress” under the direction of Brystal Hopkins. Brystal will be familiar to USP audiences from her roles as Maria in “The Sound of Music” and Hattie in “The Christmas Post.” Brystal has also taught the younger grades in USP’s summer Drama Camp for the past two years.

Once Upon A Mattress is based on the famous fairy tale, The Princess and the Pea. Because of her noble birth, the Princess is unable to sleep on a bed of many mattresses when a tiny pea is placed underneath the bottom mattress.

The kingdom is an unhappy one. King Sextimus has been struck dumb by a witch’s curse and is condemned not to speak again until “the mouse devours the hawk!” Queen Agravia has assumed power and she talks enough for the whole Royal household. She has decreed that no one in the Kingdom may wed until Prince Dauntless is married to a true princess of Royal blood. So far the Queen has tested the eligibility of eleven applicants and each has failed the almost impossible tests the Queen has devised.

The Knights and Ladies of the Court are most distressed by the situation but the most concerned are Lady Larken and her handsome lover, Sir Harry. Lady Larken has informed Sir Harry that he is to be a father so the situation is quite desperate. Sir Harry, determined to find a true princess, sets off for, until now, unexplored parts and returns with Princess Winnifred. She arrives dripping wet have swum the moat and proceeds to act as unlike a princess as one could possibly imagine. Prince Dauntless is very impressed by the new princess and is soon obviously in love with her – to the consternation of the angry Queen, who decides to give her an impossible test. She consults the Wizard and together they decide on the the sensitivity test – a pea is placed beneath twenty mattresses and the Queen decrees that if Princess Winnifred cannot sleep she will prove her royal birth. However, to ensure that she does sleep, she proceeds to do everything to make her tired out. A ball is held where the dancing is fast and furious and Winnifred is encouraged to drink heavily. She is also given a sleeping draught and a singing bird is provided to sing her to sleep…

USP’s auditions are set for May 14, 16, and 17th. In an effort to be mindful of everyone’s time, Director Brystal Hopkins plans to schedule auditions in blocks of time. Those interested in a part can sign up for a block of time. This will hopefully eliminate the possibility of people sitting around for long periods of time waiting to be called into the audition.

Here is audition information. Please contact Brystal Hopkins (brystalhopkins@gmail.com) with questions. There is no need to sign-up ahead of time for a particular audition group. Simply choose when you’d like to audition on one of the two days and show up shortly before your desired group time in order to fill out an audition sheet.

Auditions
Sat. May 14 – Please show up in time for an audition group: 8:15 – 10 am, 9:00 – 11:30 am, or 10 am – 12:30 pm
Mon. May 16 – Please show up in time for an audition group: 5:45 – 8:15 or 6:45 – 9:15
Tues. May 17 – Call backs 6 – 9 pm

Auditions will include basic vocal, choreography, and stage pieces.  No prepared pieces required. Perusal scripts will be available at the library beginning April 9.

Rehearsals scheduled for most M, T, and Th evenings and Saturday mornings from May 21 – July. (not all actors needed at every rehearsal)

All roles are for agest 14 and up. There are no roles for children younger than 14 years of age!

Roles to be cast:
Queen Aggravain
Princess Winnifred the Woebegone
Prince Dauntless
King Sextimus the Silent
Jester
Sir Harry
Minstrel
Lady Larken
Wizard
Nightengale of Smarkand
Sir Studley
Lady Mabelle
Princess No. 12
Lady Rowena
Lady Merril
Lady Lucille
Kitchen Wench
Ladies-in-waiting, Knights, Soldiers, Servants, Musicians