See “Noises Off!” Mar 30 – Apr 2

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Union Street Players, Pella’s award-winning community theatre, opens their 2017 season March 30th with the British comedy Noises Off. The play follows the cast of a stage production across three performances and humorously reveals the conflict and craziness that happens both on stage and back stage as things slowly unravel between cast and crew.

Noises Off requires one of the most complicated sets USP has ever built for a show. The set reveals what happens on stage during one act, then gets completely rotated to let audiences see what happens back stage in the next act. Director Denise Gregory and Set Designer Jim Palmer and Producer Deb Linn have gone above and beyond to pull off what some said couldn’t be done on the stage of the Joan Kuyper Farver auditorium.

Noises Off will be performed March 30, 31 and April 1 at 7:00 p.m. and April 2 at 2:00 p.m. on the stage of Joan Kuyper Farver Auditorium in the Pella Community Center (712 Union Street, Pella, Iowa). Tickets are available online. Tickets are $8 for Adults in advance and $10 at the door; $6 for Students in advance and $8 at the door.

Photos courtesy of Lisa Morgan and Jim Palmer

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Tickets on Sale for “Noises Off”


Union Street Players, Pella’s award-winning community theatre, along with Director Denise Gregory, are excited to announce that tickets for our spring production, Noises Off, are now on sale.

Noises Off is a play within a play. It is about an ambitious director and his troupe of mediocre actors. The cast and crew are putting  together a silly  comedy titled, “Nothing On” – a  single-set farce  in which lovers frolic, doors slam, clothes  are tossed  away, and embarrassing hi-jinks ensue.  If you have never experienced theater as an actor or a crew member, then perhaps Noises Off is simply an  entertaining show with a lot of laughs. However, for those of us who “tread the boards,” Michael Frayn’s  Noises Off might very well be  the funniest  play ever written. Show length is 90 minutes.


All performances of Noises Off will be on the stage of the Joan Kuyper Farver Auditorium in the Pella Community Center, 712 Union St.

Thu Mar 30 @ 7:00 p.m.
Fri Mar 31 @ 7:00 p.m.
Sat April 1 @ 7:00 p.m.
Sun April 2 @ 2:00 p.m.

All tickets are sold online. If you need assistance or need to make alternative arrangements, please contact our Box Office at 641-204-1094.

Make it a fun date night by purchasing tickets for Noises Off, taking your tickets or an ad from George’s Pizza and/or the The Cellar Peanut Pub (Pella location) to either or one of these awesome businesses to get a $1 off of a large pizza from George’s and/or $1 off a drink at The Cellar Peanut Pub (Pella location).

Questions? Please contact Denise Gregory at 541.571.3002.

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Three USP Finalists for Four ICTA Awards


Union Street Players, Pella’s award winning community theatre, is proud to announce that three 2016 production crew members have been announced as finalists for four of the Iowa Community Theatre Association’s (ICTA) annual awards for excellence. Finalists are:

  • Mat Kelly for excellence in scene design for Almost, Maine
  • Mat Kelly for excellence in scene design for The Christmas Post
  • Karen Ryals for excellence in choreography for The Christmas Post
  • Arvin Van Zante for excellence in Lighting for Almost, Maine

Awards will be presented at ICTA’s annual festival. The festival is being held on March 17-18 in Marshalltown.

Several other actors and crew from both 2016 products were nominated for awards in numerous categories, but were not named as finalists. The nominees names will, however, appear in the ICTA Festival program.

Congratulations to our three finalists!


USP’s next production, Noises Off, will be performed March 30 through April 2nd on the stage of the Joan Kuyper Farver Auditorium in the Pella Community Center. For more information, please visit or visit USP’s Facebook page.


Early Ticket Sales for “Noises Off” Now Available to USP Members


Early ticket sales for Union Street Players’ spring comedy, Noises Off are now available for USP members with a coupon code. A mailing was sent to members on Friday, February 17th, with a coupon code which will allow members to purchase tickets before they go on sale to the general public March 1. If you are a USP donor or member and do not receive your mailing by February 21, please contact the USP Box Office at 641-204-1094.

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Eight Ways to Get Involved in USP!

Union Street Players (USP) recently made two major changes to our organization. Both of these changes are intended to advance our stated mission of welcoming and embracing a larger number of individuals to participate in community theatre here in Pella.
The first change was to include everyone who donates financially to our group into our membership. The second was a change in our organization’s By-laws establishing eight standing committees to oversee various aspects of our organization and operations. No matter what your gifts, abilities, talents and interests, there is a role for everyone to play in USP. We’d like to invite you to get more involved with us!
Below you’ll find a list of standing committees and their general duties. At least one member of the Board of Directors is on every committee and committees are limited to no more than six members. If you are interested in volunteering some time and getting involved in our award-winning community theatre, please contact our current President, Tom Vander Well at and he’ll put you in touch with the appropriate person for that committee. You can also leave a message for Tom at the USP Box Office (641-204-1094) .
We’d love to have you get in on the act!

Costume Shop Committee – Chair, Costume Shop Manager
Rentals/Community Donations
Costume Reciprocal Relationships
Costume Shop Volunteers
Costume Shop Landlord relationship
Costume Shop Facebook/website presence
Past Production Gallery
Housing library of scripts and other relevant materials

Financial Committee – Chair, Treasurer
Capital Improvements
Vendor relationships (AR/AP)
Annual audit

Technical Committee
Computer hardware and software
Lights/sound/video equipment inventory, organization, maintenance, and storage
Training and oversight of technical volunteers

Production Committee
Play Selection
Director proposal assistance
Audition assistance
Production oversight and assistance
Ensure cast photo, show poster, video, photos are received/archived

Front of House Committee
Box Office
Ticket sales
Usher oversight for performances
Donor care at performances (i.e. Patron Lounge)
Front of house assistance to Directors/Production team
Pick-up of auditorium and gallery after performance

Set/Materials Management Committee
Set design/building
Materials/tools management
Storage units
Prop storage and organization

Events and Marketing
Drama Camp
Middle School Theater Experience
Annual Meeting Picnic
Walk of Fame/Award’s Night (nominations, event, plaques, and etc.)
Selling Program Ads
Advertising/Marketing USP Events
Display case in community center hallway

Back Stage, Green Room, and Room Manager
Organization, cleanup and management of community center rooms & back stage
Make up supplies and inventory
Cleaning supplies and inventory
Audition supplies and inventory
Post-show strike inventory, purge, and cleaning

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