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Big Turnout for USP Annual Potluck Picnic; New Leadership Selected

2015-2015 USP Board of Directors (L-R) Denise Gregory, Deb Linn, Cyndi Atkins, Kim Beyer, Cody Kooi, Mark Schaefer, Jana De Zwarte
2015-2016 USP Board of Directors (L-R) Denise Gregory, Deb Linn, Cyndi Atkins, Kim Beyer, Cody Kooi, Mark Schaefer, Jana De Zwarte

Union Street Players gathered at West Market Park on Monday evening, August 10, for the annual membership meeting and potluck picnic. This has been an annual event the past few years and this year’s crowd was bigger than ever with over 50 people in attendance. Under the canopy of the north shelter, after everyone had enjoyed the feast, the annual meeting was held.

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Carolyn Scharff (seated on left) played Yente in this summer’s “Fiddler on the Roof.” She will be honored as this year’s inductee in the USP Walk of Fame.

During the meeting, the USP Board of Directors announced that this year’s inductee to the USP Walk of Fame will be founding USP member, Carolyn Scharff. Scharff has served USP faithfully on and off stage over the years. She will be inducted at USP’s annual Award’s night held at the Pella Opera House on October 3rd at 6:30 p.m.

Outgoing President, Tom Vander Well, presided over the meeting and gave his annual report to the membership. A few highlights from his report include:

  • USP had 39 members.
  • YTD USP is at nearly a $13,000 in the black. As a non-profit USP is not in business to make money, but wise fiscal management and profitable productions allow us to reinvest in our facilities, improve our productions, and provide opportunities that further our mission.
  • USP received a record $14,173 in patron support.
  • USP produced 3 great main stage shows:
    • Christmas Carol
      • Attended: 991
      • Profited $2642
    • Anne of Green Gables
      • Attended: 529
      • Profited $1426
    • Fiddler on the Roof
      • Attended: 1517
      • Profit: $6343
  • USP continued our award-winning tradition:
    • Lonnie Appleby won ICTA award for Outstanding Lead Actor (Ebenezer Scrooge/Christmas Carol)
    • USP had several finalists in ICTA’s annual awards:
      • From Ham Buns and Potato Salad (April 2014) Cyndi Atkins as Lola Van Dam – Supporting Actress, Mat Kelly and Anne McCullough Kelly – Scenic Design, Arvin Van Zante – Lighting Design
      • From A Christmas Carol (December 2014) Lonnie Appleby as Ebenezer Scrooge – Lead Actor, Jana De Zwarte (Mrs Dilber), Denise Gregory (Charwoman), Jim Palmer (Old Joe), Spencer Ver Meer (Undertaker) – Ensemble
      • From Anne of Green Gables (Feb/Mar 2015) Pati Van Zante – Costumes
  • USP welcomed Don Graves into the USP Walk of Fame in October of 2014.
  • USP added new audio equipment (gift from Pella Shakespeare) and new LED lighting instruments.
  • The Costume Shop led by Pati Van Zante and the Costume Shop Committee updated flooring, cleaned and organized, set new rules for school rentals, and continued to provide costumes for area productions.
  • Thanks to the hard work of Vice-President, Deb Linn, we made $5100 in advertising income and covered all of our program costs.
  • For the first time we welcomed a sponsor other than the Pella Community Center, Hopkins Roofing who sponsored Fiddler on the Roof.
  • Once gain, thanks to Brystal Hopkins and Suzi Jones, USP Drama Camp was a bigger success than ever with more kids than ever. Offering classes two sessions of classes for over 120 campers.

Vander Well mentioned that this will be the last time for him to present the President’s Report after a decade of service. He is stepping down from the Board along with three other long-time Board members: Wendy Vander Well (Treasurer), Anne McCullough Kelly (Secretary), and Mat Kelly (At-Large Member). Elections were held for the 2015-2016 fiscal year and new Board members were elected by the membership:

Cyndi Atkins, President
Deb Linn, Vice President
Kim Beyer, Secretary
Denise Gregory, Treasurer
Jana De Zwarte, At Large
Cody Kooi, At Large
Mark Schaefer, At Large

While the composition of the Board has changed, USP will continue to benefit from solid, veteran leadership. Deb Linn, Mark Schaefer, and Cody Kooi are continuing in their positions. Cyndi Atkins, Denise Gregory, and Jana De Zwarte have served on the Board in prior years. Kim Beyer is the only new officer who has never served on the Board before.

New Board members will begin their tenures on September 1. USP’s next meeting is Monday, September 14th at 7:00 in the Pella Community Center. Everyone is welcome at USP’s monthly meetings, though you must be a member to vote. Annual membership in the organization is $10 for adults and $5 for junior members.

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2015 Drama Camp Registration Opens

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Drama Camp Flyer 2015 PDF-2

CLICK THIS LINK TO REGISTER YOUR CHILD/CHILDREN

Union Street Players’ is excited to announce that registrations are now open for our annual summer youth Drama Camp!

Who: Children who will be going into grades 1-9 in the fall of 2015
When: August 3-7, 2015 (Performance for public Aug 7 at 6:30 p.m.)

This year we will have TWO sessions for grades 1-5 taught by Brystal Hopkins:
8:30-11:30 a.m. at the Pella Community Center
12:30-3:30 p.m. at the Pella Community Center
We will also have ONE session for grades 6-9 taught by Suzi Jones:
12:30-3:30 p.m. at the Pella Memorial Building (Please note new location!)

CLICK THIS LINK TO REGISTER YOUR CHILD/CHILDREN

Where:
-Grades 1-5 at Pella Community Center
-Grades 6-9 at Pella Memorial Building

What:
Campers will explore script writing, set and prop building, acting, mime, puppetry, characterization, vocalization, improv, reader’s theatre, audition preparation, costume shop visit, make-up clinic, and more!!!

Cost:
$60/camper (Discount for siblings available after first full fee registration) Fee includes camp t-shirt!!

Space is limited! Register today:

CLICK THIS LINK TO REGISTER YOUR CHILD/CHILDREN

Registration will not be complete or held until payment is received!

For more information contact:

Brystal Hopkins: brystalhopkins@gmail.com
Suzi Jones: suzanne.jones@pella.k12.ia.us

CLICK THIS LINK TO REGISTER YOUR CHILD/CHILDREN

2015 Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables Delights

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Anne of Green Gables delighted audiences with its four show run Feb 26-Mar 1. The production, directed by Anne McCullough Kelly, was a hit with many who have long enjoyed the classic tale about the growing up experiences of a young girl who goes to live at Green Gables with an adult brother and sister, Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert. Attendance numbers for the weekend were:

Thu, Feb 26: 69
Fri, Feb 27: 165
Sat, Feb 28: 140
Sun, Mar 1: 155
Total: 529
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USP has 10 Finalists up for Six 2015 ICTA Awards!

2015 USP ICTA Finalists

Union Street Players is proud to announce those who have been announced as finalists in the 2015 Iowa Community Theater Association’s awards for Outstanding Achievement. Awards will be presented at the annual Iowa Community Theater Festival which will be held this year in Waterloo on the weekend of April 11.

USP Finalists:

From Ham Buns and Potato Salad (April 2014)

Cyndi Atkins as Lola Van Dam – Supporting Actress
Mat Kelly and Anne McCullough Kelly – Scenic Design
Arvin Van Zante – Lighting Design

From A Christmas Carol (December 2014)

Lonnie Appleby as Ebenezer Scrooge – Lead Actor
Jana De Zwarte (Mrs Dilber), Denise Gregory (Charwoman), Jim Palmer (Old Joe), Spencer Ver Meer Vermeer (Undertaker) – Ensemble

From Anne of Green Gables (Feb/Mar 2015)

Pati Van Zante – Costumes

Union Street Players congratulates all of our finalists!

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USP Announces Auditions for “Fiddler on the Roof”

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Union Street Players, Pella’s Award-winning community theatre, is excited to announce auditions for our summer musical: Fiddler on the Roof. USP brings this Broadway classic to the Pella stage for the second time. Set in the Pale of Imperial Russia in 1905, it is based on Tevye and his Daughters (or Tevye the Dairyman) and other tales by Sholem Aleichem. The story centers on Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his family and Jewish religious traditions while outside influences encroach upon their lives. He must cope both with the strong-willed actions of his three older daughters—each one’s choice of husband moves further away from the customs of his faith—and with the edict of the Tsar that evicts the Jews from their village. Come sing along with timeless classics like Sunrise, SunsetTradition, and If I Were a Rich Man.

No experience is necessary and no roles are pre-cast. Union Street Players welcomes everyone to audition. Those wishing to be considered for a solo role are asked to bring a prepared song, with a copy for the pianist.

Fiddler on the Roof will be directed by Arvin Van Zante and you can direct any questions to him at 641-628-1890 or apvzante@gmail.com.

Auditions:
2:00 to 5:00 pmSunday, May 17
7:00 to 9:00 pmMonday, May 18
7:00 to 9:00 pm Tuesday, May 19
Call Backs (if necessary): 7:00 to 9:00 pm Thursday, May 21
Audition requirements:  Everyone welcome. No experience necessary. No roles are pre-cast. Wear comfortable clothes and be prepared to read, move, and sing. Those wishing to be considered for a solo role are asked to bring a prepared song, with a copy for the pianist.
Performances:
7:00 pm Friday, July 24
7:00 pm Saturday, July 25
2:00 pm Sunday, July 26
7:00 pm Thursday, July 30
7:00 pm Friday, July 31
2:00 pm Saturday, Aug 1
Thursday (7/23) and Saturday (8/2) will be used if additional performances are required
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Five USP Alumni Nominated for 2015 Tulip Court

Here at Union Street Players, Pella’s award-winning community theatre, we’ve long known that being involved in theatre helps develop kids into confident, expressive, well-rounded individuals. So, it comes as no surprise that we have have five USP alumni nominated for the 2015 Pella Tulip Time court! We encourage everyone to support these amazing young ladies in their bid to represent our community at next year’s Tulip Time.

USP Alumni nominated are (in alphabetical order):

 

Megan Atkins

Megan Atkins (A Christmas Carol [2004], Yes Virginia There is a Santa Claus, The Christmas Post, Cheaper by the Dozen, The Sound of Music [2009], K.O.L.D. Radio, Annie, Once Upon a Mattress, Seussical the Musical, A Christmas Carol [2014])

 

 

 

 

Devin McCainDevin McCain (Jungle Book, Bye Bye Birdie, Seussical the Musical)

 

 

 

 

Annie Matherly

Annie Matherly (Annie, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat)

 

 

 

 

 

Leah Wilborn

Leah Wilborn (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, A Christmas Carol [2004], Yes Virginia There is a Santa)

 

 

 

 

 

Eleanor Witt

Eleanor Witt (Music Man [2007], Sound of Music [2009], Annie)

 

 

 

Voters may select their top three candidates from the 20 ladies nominated and drop their ballots off at specified locations, including the Pella Hy-Vee, Fareway, the Vermeer Windmill and Marion County Bank by Tuesday, October 21st. Official ballots were included in this week’s local newspapers. Once the votes have been tallied and the twelve finalists selected, the 2015 Tulip Time Royal Court will be chosen by a panel of judges on Saturday, November 8th at the Pella Christian High School. Tickets to the event will go on sale next month. Rules include only one ballot per voter, and voters must be at least 17 years old and have a permanent home address in the Pella Community School District.