00 News & Updates

It’s a Wonderful Life closes


“Watching It’s a Wonderful Life has been a family holiday tradition at my house every year since the early 1950’s” writes Director, Pati Van Zante. This year, she and a great cast and crew brought the stage production of It’s a Wonderful Life to the Joan Kuyper Farver auditorium at the Pella Community Center. While we had a number of our seasoned actors involved with this production we also enjoyed the many talents shared by the newcomers to USP. It takes a dedicated group of people to pull of a quality production and this cast and crew did not disappoint!  The message of the importance of our impact on each other’s lives was keenly felt by our audiences.  Additionally, we received a special message from, Karolyn Grimes the actress who played Zuzu in the 1946 movie: “Best wishes for a very successful run. So happy to hear that it is so well attended and received, such positive acclamation.” With this we close 2017 anticipating yet another wonderful series of productions in the new year with Twelve Angry Men, March 1-4 and Kiss Me Kate in the Summer. On behalf of Union Street Players, Happy Holidays to all!


December 1 – 191

December 2 – 158

December 3 – 219

December 5 – 145

December 8 – 198

December 9 – 215

December 10 – 224

Total – 1219

00 News & Updates, 2018 12 Angry Men

USP Announces “12 Angry Men” Cast

Union Street Players, Pella’s award-winning community theatre, is proud to announce the cast for our spring production of the dramatic courtroom classic, 12 Angry Men.

This from Director Spence Ver Meer:

After three days of auditions for Twelve Angry Men, we have a cast! Thanks to all who came out and auditioned, and thanks to Denis Gregory, Deb Linn, Arvin Van Zante, Lynn Cutler, and Mark Schaeffer for helping behind the scenes, you made things considerably simpler. The cast for the March 1 to 4 run will be:

Juror #1-John Dougan

Juror #2-Mark Schaeffer

Juror #3-Michael Garrison

Juror #4-Arvin Van Zante

Juror #5-Justin Lenger

Juror #6-Jim Emmert

Juror #7-Danny Rivas

Juror #8-Doug DeWolf

Juror #9-Larry Peterson

Juror #10-Spence Ver Meer

Juror #11-Mark Bishara

Juror #12-Greg May

Thanks again to all who auditioned. I will communicate further very soon on how to get a script to you, and more info after that. The first read-through will be Thursday, Jan 4th

00 News & Updates, 04 The USP Walk of Fame

“USPy” Winners Announced

Nearly 100 people gathered at the Pella Opera House last night for Union Street Players Awards Night. Doug DeWolf was inducted into the USP Walk of Fame, and winners were announced for the first annual “USPy” Awards for Outstanding Production and Performance.

The three shows of USP’s 2016-2017 season were adjudicated by five are theatre educators. Judges announced award nominees in early August and the winners were announced at last night’s presentations.

Winners were (in the order they were presented):

  • Technical Achievement: Jim Palmer (Set Design of Noises Off)
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress: Kim Beyer (Dixie Plunkett in The Christmas Post)
  • Outstanding Newcomer: Elise Pederson (Alice Garfield in The Christmas Post)
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor: Tom Vander Well (Eliott Herzog Jr. in The Christmas Post)
  • Outstanding Young Performer: Mia Andringa (Katie Garfield in The Christmas Post)
  • Outstanding Direction: Wendy Vander Well (The Christmas Post)
  • Outstanding Lead Actress: Lisa Witzenberg (Hattie McGee in The Christmas Post)
  • Outstanding Ensemble: The Three Crows (The Wizard of Oz)
  • Outstanding Lead Actor: Lonnie Appleby (Garry in Noises Off)
  • Outstanding Production: The Wizard of Oz

The big honor of the evening went to Doug DeWolf who was introduced by last year’s Walk of Fame inductee, Spence Ver Meer.

More details about the evening along with photographs from Lisa Morgan, who served as photographer for the event, will be posted when they become available.

00 News & Updates, 2017 Its a Wonderful LIfe

Cast List Announced for “It’s a Wonderful Life”!

Director Pati Van Zante and Producer Holly Long-DeWolf have announced the cast list for Union Street Players holiday musical, It’s a Wonderful Life. Questions? Contact Pati Van Zante at pvzante@hotmail.com or 641-780-3190.

Character Actor/Actress
George Bailey Lonnie Appleby


Clare Odbody (Angel 2ndClass) Deb Linn


Mary Hatch/Bailey


Briana Heartsill
Henry F. Potter


Arvin Van Zante
Janie Bailey Zoie Winward
Young George/

Pete Bailey

Patrick Bishara
Tommy Bailey


Alex Bishara
Zuzu Bailey Annabelle Winward
Mother Bailey


Denise Gregory
Harry Bailey


Micah Heartsill
Uncle Billy


Doug DeWolf
Aunt Tilly


Sarah Purdy
Violet Peterson


Gillian Howard
Mr. Gower


Spence Ver Meer
Miss Carter


Stephanie Lantz
Mrs. Hatch Holly Long-DeWolf
Sam Wainwright Aaron Smith


Mr. Potter’s Secretary Tianna Loftis




Jim Palmer


Arlyn Stuart
Miss Andrews


Jennifer Palmer
Mrs. Thompson


Ann Forrester
Mr. Welch


Simon Vos
Townsperson/Welch’s Daughter Hope Vos
Mr. Martini


Daryl Gates
Mrs. Martini


Amy Blanton
Townsperson/Zuzu Understudy/Martini Child Sophie Blanton
Newspaper Boy/Martini child Porter Haug
Townsperson/Newsboy Helper/Martini child Alise Haug
Townsperson/Martini child Olivia Marstall
Townsperson/Martini child Tatum Tierney
Townsperson/Martini child Elisabeth Pumphrey
Townsperson/Martini child Josephine McDonald
Townsperson Karin Koeper
Townsperson Jaydyn Koeper
00 News & Updates, 04 The USP Walk of Fame

Deadline for Awards Night Tickets Sep 18!!

Time is running out to get tickets to USP’s Awards Night! Please purchase tickets by the end of the day on September 18!

Based on early ticket sales, Union Street Players’ annual Awards Night is guaranteed to be fill with a lot of fun. On the evening of September 23rd, starting at 6:00, we will celebrate another successful season of theatre here in Pella. Doug DeWolf will be inducted into the USP Walk of Fame, and we will be presenting our 1st annual USPy awards for outstanding production and performance.

The evening includes heavy appetizers and dessert. There will be a cash bar. Tickets for the event are $15 for adults and $10 for children.

Click here for more details about the evening

00 News & Updates, 04 The USP Walk of Fame

Who Do YOU Think Will Win the “USPy” for Outstanding Production?

2016-2017 USPy nominees for Outstanding Production

On September 23rd, Union Street Players will present the first annual awards for Outstanding Production and Performance (aka the “USPy”). Nominees and winners were chosen by a five judge panel of local theatre educators. Now it’s your turn to vote for which show you think will win the “USPy” for outstanding show this year: