Tickets to USP’s “The Wizard of Oz” are Now on Sale!

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Tickets for Union Street Players’ summer production of The Wizard of Oz are now on sale to the public. This timeless American classic, directed by Anne McCullough Kelly, is sure to delight all ages!

Performance dates and times are:

Fri Jul 21 at 7 pm
Sat Jul 22 at 7 pm
Sun Jul 23 at 2 pm
Tue Jul 25 at 7 pm
Fri Jul 28 at 7 pm
Sat Jul 29 at 7 pm
Sun Jul 30 at 2 pm

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children/students.

Tickets for all USP shows are sold exclusively on-line. Click one of the “Purchase Tickets” buttons and you will be taken to our on-line ticketing site.

Need help? Call our virtual box office 641-204-1094

For wheelchair seating please call our virtual box office 641-204-1094

If you’re a USP member using your membership benefits: After you’ve chosen your tickets online click on “redeem benefits” at the payment step. Enter your patron ID number and full name exactly as it appears on your membership receipt, and if you have benefits available you’ll be able to choose what to use on your current order. Call the USP box office at 641-204-1094 for assistance or if you cannot find yourself in the system.

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“Wizard of Oz” Cast Announced

Anne McCullough Kelly and Chandra Clark extend a heartfelt thank you to all who auditioned for Wizard of Oz last week. Eighty courageous people auditioned and the great amount of talent made casting this show very challenging for the production team!

Please contact Anne at to accept your role in this production. Also, please inform Anne of any additional schedule conflicts that may have developed since auditions. We only have seven weeks to rehearse so we need to confirm a rehearsal schedule quickly.

Our first rehearsal will be on Tuesday, May 30 at 6:30pm.  We would like the entire cast to attend the first hour of the rehearsal as we will use this time to hand out scripts, instructions regarding accessing and using rehearsal music tracks, and get acquainted with each other. We also request that a parent or caregiver for each child in the ensemble also attend to receive these instructions as well. We rely on parent and caregiver support for the children in our productions and are grateful for your involvement.

We are also organizing teams for several production crews including backstage running crew, properties, costumes, make-up, and hair design. Please contact Anne or Denise Gregory ( if you are interested in volunteering for any of these production crews.

Thank you everyone! We look forward to creating a fabulous production with you!

Dorothy: Sara Davis
Wicked Witch of the West: Denise Gregory
Glinda, the Good Witch of the North: Jana DeZwarte
Scarecrow: Lonnie Appleby
Tin Man: Doug DeWolf
Cowardly Lion: Spence Ver Meer
Professor Chester Marvel/The Wizard of Oz: Arvin Van Zante
Almira Gulch: Lynn Cutler*
Aunt Em: Deb Linn
Uncle Henry: Dayrel Gates*
Hunk (farmhand): Scott Burns*
Hickory (farmhand): Mark Schaefer*
Zeke (farmhand): Cory Oltrogge*
Emerald City Guard: Thomas Salz
Mayor of Munchkinland: Sally Job

*Also members of adult ensemble

Adult Ensemble (may include Munchkins, Ozians, Winkies, Jitterbugs, Crows, Trees, Poppies, Snowmen – specific groups will be assigned during rehearsals)

Kathryn Andringa
Gloria Ashworth
Lauren Ashworth
Abby Cutler
Emily Cutler
Rhea Cutler
Jenny Jensen
Tianna Loftis
Devin McCain
Jalayna Morgan
Sandra Olsthoorn
Rachel Peter
Austin Rozandaal
Dora Roorda
Arlyn Stuart
Zarah Van Dyk
Lily Ver Meer
Tressa Vos

Child Ensemble (may include Munchkins, Trees, Rocks, Poppies, Snowmen, Monkeys – specific groups will be assigned during rehearsals)

Mia Andringa
Alex Bishara
Claire Braafhart
Kate Braafhart
Sophia Burns
Amaya Cervantes
Garion Cutler
Olivia Cutler
Bella DeHaan
Jessa De Nooy
Sam Gillespie
Alise Haug
Porter Haug
Lucille Hopkins
Madeline Kelly
Alexa Klein
Josephine McDonald
Meg Muller
Kalyn Oltrogge
Ellison Ritzert
Hudson Ritzert
Lily Steenhoek
Emery Ter Louw
Annabelle Winward
Zoie Winward

Auditions Info USP’s “The Wizard of Oz”

Wiz audition posterFBLocation: Pella Community Center 712 Union Street, Pella IA  50219
Tuesday, May 9 from 6:30-9:30pm
Wednesday, May 10 from 6:30-9:30pm
Saturday, May 13 from 1-4pm

Performances Jul 21-22; 27-29


The audition process will consist of singing and movement auditions. Those auditioning for speaking roles will have time at the audition to prepare a selection from the script we will provide for you.

Please come prepared to sing your choice of the songs listed below for your age group. Wear comfortable clothing and secure shoes (no flip-flops, please) as we will teach you a short dance for the movement section of the audition.

Music Selections:

Adults (7th Grade and Older):
“Amazing Grace” in Key of C Major
“America, the Beautiful” in Key of C Major

Children (Kindergarten-6th Grade):
“Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” in Key of C Major
“Happy Birthday” in Key of C Major

Young ladies auditioning for the role of Dorothy, be prepared to sing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” in Key of Bb Major. Email director, Anne McCullough Kelly or producer, Denise Gregory, for the sheet music.

Parts Available:

*Denotes non-singing role, if desired. Aunt Em, Uncle Henry, Zeke, Hickory, and Hunk may be incorporated into the Adult Chorus as Ozians

Dorothy Gale – female, actor cast age 16 – early 20s (please note, due to the maturity needed for this role, we will only audition girls and young women in the specified age range).
*Aunt Em – female, actor cast age 40+
*Uncle Henry – male, actor cast age 40+
*Zeke (farmhand) – male, actor cast age late 20s+
*Hickory (farmhand) – male, actor cast age late 20s+
*Hunk (farmhand) – male, actor cast age late 20s+
*Miss Almira Gultch (may be double cast as Wicked Witch of the West) – female, actor cast age mid 30s+
*Professor Chester Marvel/The Wizard of Oz – male, actor cast, age 50s+
Glinda, the Good Witch of the North – female, actor cast mid 30s+
*The Wicked Witch of the West (may be double cast as Miss Almira Gulch) – female, actor cast age mid 30s+
Scarecrow – male, actor cast age late 20s+
Tin Man – male, actor cast age late 20s+
Cowardly Lion – male, actor cast age late 20s+
Emerald City Guard – male, actor cast age late 20s+

Adult Ensemble (may include Munchkins, Ozians, Winkies, Jitterbugs, Crows, Trees, Poppies, Snowmen – specific groups will be assigned once rehearsals commence) – Maximum of 20.

Child Ensemble (may include Munchkins, Trees, Rocks, Poppies, Snowmen, Monkeys – specific groups will be assigned once rehearsals commence) – Maximum of 25.

Questions? Please contact:

Anne McCullough Kelly, Director

Denise Gregory, Producer


Loud Laughter Characterizes “Noises Off!”


The Joan Kuyper Farver Auditorium in the Pella Community Center was alive with laughter this past weekend as Union Street Players (USP) kicked off 2017’s season with the raucous British comedy Noises Off! It was a fitting tribute to the auditorium’s namesake and long time benefactor who passed away during the show’s production.

USP Director Denise Gregory (Bye Bye Birdie) made the most of a stellar cast that included USP’s newest inductee to the USP Walk-of-Fame, Spence Ver Meer. It also included Lonnie Appleby who earned outstanding actor honors from the Iowa Community Theatre Association (ICTA) in USP’s Charles Dickens Presents A Christmas Carol and Jana De Zwarte (aka Java DeZwante) who earned ICTA outstanding actress honors for her role as Miss Hannigan in Annie. The rest of the talented cast were all veterans of USP productions which helped with the incredibly difficult blocking, action, and timing required to pull off the show.

Audiences were equally impressed with the show’s complex set. The two-story set had to be designed so that it could be rotated during intermissions between acts. Designed by Jim Palmer and constructed by USP’s amazing set crew, the set allowed audiences to see the show-within-a-show from both audience and backstage perspectives.

Spring shows have historically been USP’s smaller productions. It is an opportunity for USP to try lesser known, original, or avant garde plays. These productions afford cast and crew the opportunity to stretch themselves, and the audiences get a chance to stretch their stage experience, as well. Attendance for spring shows averages between 350-400 audience members. Noises Off! enjoyed good word of mouth and above average attendance:

Thu Mar 30: 87
Fri Mar 31: 111
Sat Apr 1: 142
Sun Apr 2: 124
Total:  464
Average: 116

Next up for USP: The Wizard of Oz

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