00 News & Updates, 2012 Joseph...Dreamcoat

Pat Van Zante Brings Home ICTA Award for USP

Pat Van Zante won the ICTA award for Costuming for USP's "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat."
Pat Van Zante won the ICTA award for Costuming for USP’s “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

Union Street Players, Pella’s award-winning community theatre, is proud to announce that Pat Van Zante won the Iowa Community Theater Association’s (ICTA) award for costuming for her outstanding costuming work in USP’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Van Zante is a veteran of Pella’s community theatre. She directed USP’s first musical (Music Man in 1997) and has been credited in many different production roles over the years. She costumed two of USP’s three shows last year (Night of January 16th and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat). The award was presented this past Saturday night at ICTA’s annual festival in Newton.

Congratulations to Pat who surely deserved the award for her incredible costumes! She is representative the incredible work of every USP cast and crew member in one of USP’s most successful productions!

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USP’s “Joseph” Earns Five ICTA Nominations

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Union Street Players, Pella’s award-winning community theatre, is proud to announce that the December 2012 production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat has been nominated for five awards from the Iowa Association of Community Theatres (IACT). Each year IACT awards shows from around the state for outstanding achievement during their annual festival. This year, the festival is scheduled for April 4-6 in Newton. Awards will be presented on Saturday night of the festival.

2013 IACT Festival Information (click link to download IACT Festival information)

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat was USP’s holiday musical and completed the community theatre’s 25th Anniversary season. Not only was the show popular with audiences, virtually selling out three of the six performances, but it also become the highest grossing show in USP history.

Nominated for ICTA awards this year:

  • Director: Pat Moriarity
  • Costumes: Pati Van Zante
  • Choreography: Brystal Hopkins
  • Ensemble: The Joseph Brothers (Karl Deakyne, Doug DeWolf, Dayrel Gates, Gifford Graham, Gary Kopsa, Greg May, Larry Peterson, James Punke, Mark Schaefer, Drew Senn, Mike Wignall)
  • Supporting Male Actor: Tom Vander Well (Pharaoh)

Congratulations to the nominees and to the entire production team, cast and crew who made Joseph a huge success. Everyone at USP recognizes that a successful production is an ensemble effort of every person involved. The nominations are a recognition of the hard work, dedication and outstanding efforts of every person involved in the show!

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USP’s “Joseph” Amazes

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Tom Palmer starred as Joseph

Union Street Players closed it’s successful six show run of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with a sold out performance on Saturday afternoon. The Tony Award winning Broadway musical was a huge success. Tremendous word-of-mouth increased demand for the final two performances. By the end of the run, nearly 1700 tickets were sold across the six performances. When you count ushers and volunteers, the total number of audience members surpassed the 1700 mark. The official Box Office tally of tickets sold each night for the 311 available seats was:

Fri Nov 30: 271
Sat Dec 1: 285
Sun Dec 2: 300
Thu Dec 6: 220
Fri Dec 7: 311
Sat Dec 8: 311

Total: 1698

The cast of 46 and crew of 41 were assisted by a number of volunteers under the leadership of Director Pat Moriarity.

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Grab “Joseph” Tickets Before They’re Gone!

Friday night’s peformance of Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is virtually sold out. As of Friday morning, only four tickets remain for the Friday night performance. There are still 40 seats left for Saturday’s 2:00 p.m. matinee. Purchase tickets on-line at http://www.ticketpeak.com/usp

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Don’t Miss Your Chance to See USP’s “Joseph”

The word is out. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a GREAT show! You have three chances to catch Pella’s Award Winning Community Theatre in action as we bring the Tony Award winning Broadway Musical to life on the stage of the Joan Kuyper Farver Auditorium in the Pella Community Center. Joseph will be performed Thursday, Friday and Saturday December 6th through the 8th. As of 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday night, here are the number of seats available for each performance:

Thu Dec 6 at 7:00 p.m.: 128

Fri Dec 7 at 7:00 p.m.: 38

Sat Dec 8 at 2:00 p.m.: 61

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Packed Opening Night Crowd “Amazed” by Joseph

Joseph (Tom Palmer) is mobbed by adoring girls in "Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat"
Joseph (Tom Palmer) is mobbed by adoring girls in “Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”

The Joan Kuyper Farver Auditorium in the Pella Community Center was packed last night for the opening of Union Street Players‘ production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. After the show, many audience members were heard mentioning that they were planning to return next weekend to see the performance. One audience member posted this review on Facebook this morning:

From the moment those brightly costumed kids dashed out on stage and filled the space with song (no timid vocals here) we knew this Technicolor Friday night on Union St. would take us to an amazing biblical tale rocking with dreams, angels, and song.

I mean the stage shook with choreography so synchronous, joyous, rambunctious that somewhere Twyla Tharp feels an itch she can’t scratch. I mean in that small stage space, I was waiting for someone to come flying out over the audience. This was not Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney putting on a show in a garage where we smile at the effort and follow with polite applause as we check the watch. 

No, I’m telling you this was Broadway quality stuff, and I am no broadcasting homer who sees the team effort in a halo beaming from self-interest. The F
rench scene was so comically dolorous that if Maurice Chevalier, Marcel Marceau, and Jerry Lewis had been cast, it would not have been funnier. I have a loud laugh but you could not hear it because the place was San Francisco in 1906. And the statuesque pharaoh (Tom Vander Well) be-wiggly wigged as an Elvis whose hips wiped out stage left and stage right was The King! I thought his screaming fans would rush the stage. Elvis is really alive. 

And the Cowboy, Calypso, and Stone the Crows numbers snapped, crackled and popped, nobody held back waiting for the leads to lead. Joseph’s (Tom Palmer) beautiful voice in this crazy quilted version of an Old Testament story perfectly echoed the emotions of an ancient desire to get back home. Directors Pat Moriarity and Wendy Vander Well and the fantastic set crew will have to add another wing to the theatre just to have enough tickets for next weekend. – Marty Feeney

Tickets are going fast for remaining performances. You can purchase your tickets on-line to ensure you get a seat. Here are the number of remaining seats as of 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 1:
Sat Dec 1 at 7:00 p.m.: 65
Sun Dec 2 at 2:00 p.m.: 55
Thu Dec 6 at 7:00 p.m.: 212
Fri Dec 7 at 7:00 p.m.: 151
Sat Dec 8 at 7:00 p.m.: 131