USP’s “Bye Bye Birdie” Finalist for Four ICTA Awards

USP's "Bye Bye Birdie" is a Finalist for four ICTA Awards.

USP’s “Bye Bye Birdie” is a Finalist for four ICTA Awards.

The Iowa Community Theater Association’s annual festival will be held June 20-22, 2014 in Red Oak. At the festival ICTA will be handing out Awards of Excellence for shows that were nominated in 2013. USP’s 2013 summer musical, Bye Bye Birdie, is a finalist for four different ICTA awards:

  • Music Direction (Vocal Director: Anne Petrie)
  • Supporting Actress (Sara Collins)
  • Scenic Design (Set Design: Mat Kelly)
  • Direction (Director: Denise Gregory)

The link below is a PDF download with information about the Festival and Registration form.

2014 ICTA Brochure and Registration

Everyone Swoons for “Bye Bye Birdie”

Everyone Swoons for Bye Bye Birdie

Union Street Players closed the final curtain on the summer musical, Bye Bye Birdie, this past Sunday afternoon. Positive word of mouth from the first weekend of shows created a swell of ticket sales in the second weekend. Congratulations to Director Denise Gregory, Producer Deb Linn, and their fantastic cast and crew for a job well done!

Attendance numbers:

Thu Jul 25: 106
Fri Jul 26: 215
Sat Jul 27: 212 (matinee)

Fri Aug 2: 212
Sat Aug 3: 162
Sun Aug 4: 213 (matinee)


Bye Bye Birdie Tickets NOW ON SALE!

Graphic for postcardUnion Street Players, Pella’s award winning community theatre, is excited to announce that tickets for our summer musica, Bye Bye Birdie, are now on sale! Originally titled Let’s Go Steady, the satire on American society is set in 1958. The story was inspired by the phenomenon of popular singer Elvis Presley and his draft notice into the Army in 1957. The rock star character’s name, “Conrad Birdie,” is word play on the name of Conway Twitty. Twitty is best remembered today for his long career as a country music star, but in the late 1950s, he was one of Presley’s rock ‘n’ roll rivals. This musical with its 50′s nostalgia and rockabilly music is sure to be a crowd pleaser for the whole family!

All performances will be on the stage of the Joan Kuyper Farver Auditorium in the Pella Community Center (712 Union Street, Pella, IA).

Thu Jul 25 @ 7:00 p.m.
Fri Jul 26 @ 7:00 p.m.
Sat Jul 27 @ 2:00 p.m.

Fri Aug 2 @ 7:00 p.m.
Sat Aug 3 @ 7:00 p.m.
Sun Aug 4 @ 2:00 p.m.

Adults $12 in advance, $15 at the door
Students $8 in advance, $10 at the door
Balcony seats $10 (both in advance and at the door)

The easiest and most efficient way to order tickets is to do so online by clicking here. The USP Box Office (641-204-1094) can arrange to purchase tickets with a credit card, but please realize that the Box Office will simply do the on-line purchase for you (it’s easier for you to do it yourself). The USP Box Office is a virtual box office, there is no physical box office for you to visit to purchase or pick-up tickets. If you do not have on-line access or cannot purchase tickets with a credit card, the Box Office will work with you to make alternate arrangements. If you have a Warm Welcomes coupon or Patron Voucher, please call the Box Office to arrange redemption or simply exchange them for a ticket at the door (subject to availability).

USP Announces Cast for “Bye Bye Birdie”

Bye Bye Birdie LogoDirector Denise Gregory has announced the cast list for Union Street Players’ summer musical Bye Bye Birdie. Performances are July 25-27 and Aug 2-4 on the stage of the Joan Kuyper Farver Auditorium in the Pella Community Center. Tickets will be on sale on line approximately one month prior to the show. Check back at for more information.

CONRAD BIRDIE           Jacob Martin

ROSIE                          Jana Dezwarte
KIM MACAFEE             Sara Collins
ALBERT PETERSON     Karl Deakyne
MRS MACAFEE            Sarah Maxwell
HUGO PEABODY          Jack Parisee
URSULA MERKLE         Sydney Swanson
MRS MERKLE               Sally Job
MAYOR                         Pat Moriarity
MAYOR’S WIFE             Peggy Moriarity
HELEN                          Sarah Davis
NANCY                         Devin McCain
MARGIE                        Kara Zondervan
KARL                            TBA
HARVEY JOHNSON       Nathan Boldt
DEBORAH SUE             Maria Bandstra
PENELOPE                   Sarah DeWolf
SUZIE                           Sarah Peterson
ALICE                           Marielle Gaiser
FREDDIE                      Micah Zeimetz
SANDRA                       Breanna Terpstra
CHARLOTTE                 Mariah Kooyman
ELIZABETH                   Emily Ebeling
JUDY                            Olivia Kane
MARIANNE                   Mandolin Holmes
TAMMY                        Lauren Ashworth
TRACY                         Julia Smart
ANNETTE                     Taryn Johnson
COLLEEN                     Kaleena VanHaaften
RICKY                          Isaac Zeimetz
REPORTER                   Mark Shaefer
BARTENDER                 Thomas Salz
GLORIA RASPUTIN        Em Hutchison

“Bye Bye Birdie” Auditions THIS WEEK!

Bye Bye Birdie LogoAuditions for Union Street Players summer musical, Bye Bye Birdie, will take place this week. This popular Broadway musical, set in the 1950’s, is loosely based on the stories of music icons Conway Twitty and Elvis Presley. The catchy 50’s music soundtrack and comical story of love and teen rebellion in the 1950s has made it a popular show for decades. USP’s production is being directed by Denise Gregory and Produced by Deb Linn with Musical Direction by Anne Petrie.

No experience or preparation is necessary. Rookies, novices and newcomers are welcome. No roles are precast!

Production Dates: July 26-28; Aug 2-4

Audition Dates:

  • Tuesday, May 14 7:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 16 7:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 18 9:00 a.m. to noon

Auditions will be held in the Joan Kuyper Farver Auditorium in the Pella Community Center, 712 Union Street, in Pella. Perusal scripts are available for check-out at the Pella Public Library. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Denise Gregory at

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