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!

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!

 

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).

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

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!

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