2011 Tinkerman Christmas Eve

“Tinkerman” Delights Christmas Crowd

This past weekend was Christmas in Pella. The Pella Garden Club and the Convention and Visitors Bureau sponsored a fantastic Tour of Homes and our local chamber rolled out the red carpet for visitors. Union Street Players once again did our part with performances of “A Tinkerman Christmas Eve,” an original play by USP’s Beverly Graves.

Audiences were delighted with the four performances and word of mouth had audience members scrambling to snatch up available seats for the final two performances.

According to Producer Pat Moriarity, the estimated attendance figures for “A Tinkerman Christmas Eve” were:

Thur Dec 1: 157
Fri Dec 2: 123
Sat Dec 3: 239
Sun Dec 4: 202

Thanks to Producer Pat Moriarity, Director Beverly Graves, Cast and Crew for another great production!

2011 Tinkerman Christmas Eve

“A Tinkerman’s Christmas Eve” This Weekend


Darrell Dobernecker and Bev Graves in "A Tinkerman's Christmas Eve"

Union Street Players‘ production of the musical “A Tinkerman’s Christmas Eve” opens Thursday, December 1st and runs through Sunday, December 4th. “Tinkerman’s Christmas Eve” tells a heartwarming story of a family missing their family member deployed in Afghanistan. The original script by USP Walk of Fame member, Bev Graves, is packed with all of your favorite Christmas songs and carols and is perfect for the whole family. Graves also directs and stars in the show along with Pella’s outgoing Mayor, Darrell Dobernecker. The cast includes several USP veterans along with a host of newcomers making their USP debuts.

The musical will be performed at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights with a Sunday afternoon matinee at 2:00 p.m. Tickets ($7 for adults; $5 for students) may be purchased at the door of any performance and, as of Wednesday evening, tickets are available for all shows. The show will be performed on the stage of the Joan Kuyper Farver Auditorium in the Pella Community Center (712 Union Street, Pella, IA).

2011 Tinkerman Christmas Eve

Cast Announced for “Tinkerman Christmas Eve”

Director Bev Graves and Producer Pat Moriarity have released this cast list for Union Street Players production of “Tinkerman Christmas Eve.”

KAREN TINKERMAN  Carolyn Scharff/Amy Treimer
JACOB/JESSICA TINKERMAN Colby Van Gorp & Kaleena Van Haaften
SARAH TINKERMAN  Audrey Kremser & Julia Smart
JUDITH MANLEY   Beverly Graves
DAVID MANLEY   Darrell Dobernecker
REV PERRY    Spence VerMeer
MRS. PERRY    Denise Gregory
NURSE    Kayla Kaufmann

Miranda Rains
Kelly Van Haaften
Cammie Nelson

Camille Henry
Mandolin Holmes
Lily VerMeer
Isabel Treimer
Callista Webb
Lisa Morgan & Kids

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“Tinkerman Christmas Eve” Audition Information

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If you love to sing Christmas songs, this is the show for you.  Union Street Players are having auditions for their next production, “A Tinkerman’s Christmas Eve” in the Joan Kuyper-Farver Auditorium at the Pella Community Center.  Auditions will be Thursday, Sept 15 at 6:30 PM and Saturday, Sept 17 at 9:30 AM.  There are parts for one girl (approx 6 years old), one boy (approx age 9 – 10) and several adults ages 18 and up. Auditions will consist of singing one of the songs from the show.  More information on the songs and characters can be found on our web page: unionstreetplayers.com.

Written and directed by local author and USP Walk of Fame member, Beverly Graves, the show is a timely, heartwarming, family Christmas story filled with music and songs.  The Tinkermans gather together, but are sorely missing one of their family members who is serving overseas in the military.  This simple but charming story is woven around all of your favorite Christmas songs, from children’s numbers, old standards, contemporary tunes, and traditional hymns.  It’s all about the true meaning of Christmas:  a family’s love and commitment to each other and their celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior.

Assisting on the production team so far are: Piano Accompanist: Brian Nolder; Producer/Assistant Director: Pat Moriarity;  Light Design: Arvin Van Zante:  Set Design: Beverly Graves;  Master Carpenter: Jim Palmer;  Props: Shelley Buhrow;  Light Board: Don Graves;  Make-Up Coordinator: Peggy Moriarity,  Sound Board: Cody Kooi,  Set Construction:  Jim Palmer, Pat Moriarity, Arvin Van Zante, Shelley Buhrow, & Don Buhrow;  Program: Anne McCullough Kelly;  and Poster Design: Mat Kelly.

Perusal copies of the script are available for checkout at the Pella Community Library.  Production dates are December 1, 2, 3 at 7 PM with a Sunday matinee on December 4 at 2 PM.  Song information and cast information can be found on the Union Street Players web page – unionstreetplayers.com.  All actors except for grandfather are expected to sing!  For more information or if you’d like to help with costumes, stage crew or makeup, please contact Beverly Graves at 620-8238 or Pat Moriarity at 628-1549.  Music royalties applied for.  The Union Street Players are sponsored by the Pella Community Center.

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Plan Now to Audition for USP’s “Tinkerman Christmas Eve”

“ATinkerman Christmas Eve” – A family Christmas story in music and song

Written by Beverly Graves

Audition Info:


Parts for one girl (approx 6 years old) , one boy (approx age 9 – 10) ,

and several adults ages 18 to and up.

Auditions will be held at the Pella Community Center Auditorium

Thursday, Sept 15 – 6:30 PM and Saturday, Sept 17 – 9:30 AM

Callbacks, if needed, Thursday, Sept 22 at 6:30 PM

Production Dates: December 1, 2, 3 at 7 PM and Sunday, December 4 at 2 PM

Directed by Beverly Graves

Produced by Patrick Moriarity

Accompanist: Brian Nolder

Perusal scripts available at the Pella Community Library.  More audition information on unionstreetplayers.com.  The part of Judith has been pre-cast.  Also looking for help with Costumes, Set Construction, Sound, Lighting, Stage Crew, & Makeup.  For questions, call Beverly Graves 620-8238 or Pat Moriarity 628-1549.  Music royalties applied for. Sponsored by the Pella Community  Center.

Additional information:

Setting:  Modern day

Characters in order of appearance:

Karen Tinkerman, mother and lady of the house

Sarah Tinkerman, about 6 years old

Jacob Tinkerman , older brother age 9 – 10

Grandma Tinkerman

Jonathan Tinkerman, Karen’s husband

Judith Manley, Jonathan’s sister – NOTE THIS PART HAS BEEN PRE-CAST

Grandpa Tinkerman

Colonel David Manley, Judith’s husband – age 45 to 65?

Happyville Ladies Church Group (3 – 4)

Carolers/Church Choir

Pastor & Mrs. Perry


Note– all Characters are singing roles, except Grandpa Tinkerman


The Christmas Song – Karen Tinkerman

Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer – Sarah & Jacob

Holly Jolly Christmas – Jonathan

I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – Jonathan

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – Jacob

Merry Christmas Darling – Judith

I’ll Be Home For Christmas – David

White Christmas – Happyville Ladies Church Group

What Child is This – Happyville Ladies Church Group

Away in the Manger – Grandma Tinkerman

Silent Night – Carolers/Church Group

Joyto the World – Carolers/Church Group

Blue Christmas – Jonathan

Jingle Bell Rock – Jacob

All I Want for Christmas – Sarah

Do You Hear What I Hear? – Grandma Tinkerman, Sarah & Jacob

Sweet Little Jesus Boy – Grandma Tinkerman

Deck the Halls – Happyville Ladies Church Group

Winter Wonderland – Judith & David Manley

Oh, Little Town of Bethlehem (choir)

O Holy Night (Rev. Perry or other Male Solo)

It Came Upon the Midnight Clear (choir)

Mary Did You Know (Mrs. Perry or other Female Solo)
Home for the Holidays – David Manley

Breath of Heaven – Karen Tinkerman

New Kid in Town – Judith & Nurse

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – entire cast

Production Team as of now:

Director: Beverly Graves

Piano Accompanist: Brian Nolder

Producer/Ass’tDirector: Pat Moriarity

Light Design: Arvin Van Zante

Set Design: Beverly Graves

Master Carpenter: Jim Palmer

Props: Shelley Buhrow & Carolyn Scharff

Light Board: Don Graves

Make-Up Coordinator: Peggy Moriarity

Sound Board: Cody Kooi


Set Construction:

Program: Anne McCullough Kelly

Poster Design: Mat Kelly

Front of House:

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