00 News & Updates

USP’s Lonnie Appleby 2015 ICTA Outstanding Lead Actor

Union Street Players, Pella’s award winning community theatre, is proud to announce that Lonnie Appleby received the Iowa Community Theater Association’s award for Outstanding Achievement as Lead Actor (Ebenezer Scrooge) in USP’s 2014 holiday production of A Christmas Carol.

In a post on Facebook, Lonnie wrote, “ABSOLUTELY stunned and could not be more humbled!!! THANK YOU!!!” and he added in a personal message to USP President Tom Vander Well, “I DO want to say, in true Jana DeZwarte fashuon, a HUGE….THANK YOU, USP!!!

We are so proud of Lonnie and all of our 2014-2015 ICTA finalists!

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“A Christmas Carol” Kicks Off the Holidays!

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With a final “God bless us, everyone!” from Tiny Tim, Union Street Players closed it’s 2014 production of A Christmas Carol yesterday. Directed by Pati Van Zante, the large cast performed five shows over the weekend. There are usually four shows produced on a typical weekend, but a misprint in early advertising for Pella’s annual “Christmas in Pella” weekend and Tour of Homes listed Saturday’s performance as a 2:00 p.m. matinee. Rather than trying to correct the mistake, the cast and crew simply embraced it and added a fifth performance to the weekend.

Attendance numbers for the five show run were:

Thu Dec 4: 139
Fri Dec 5: 278
Sat Dec 6 (matinee): 168
Sat Dec 6 (evening): 206
Sun Dec 7: 200

Total: 991

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Tickets for USP’s “Christmas Carol” ON SALE NOW!

Pat Moriarity (Ghost of Marley) and Lonnie Appleby (Scrooge) star in USP's production of "A Christmas Carol"
Pat Moriarity (Ghost of Marley) and Lonnie Appleby (Scrooge) star in USP’s production of “A Christmas Carol”

Tickets for USP’s “Charles Dickens presents A Christmas Carol” on sale and can be purchased on-line by clicking this link!

Questions about the show? Please contact:

Pati Van Zante (Director): pvzante@hotmail.com
Sara Collins (Assistant Director): scollins@iastate.edu

When:

Thu Dec 4 @ 7:00 p.m.
Fri Dec 5 @ 7:00 p.m.
Sat Dec 6 @ 2:00 p.m.
Sat Dec 6 @ 7:00 p.m.
Sun Dec 7 @ 2:00 p.m.

Where: Pella Community Center
712 Union St.
Pella, IA 50219

Cost:

$7.00 Adult
$5.00 Child/Student and all Balcony Seats

TICKETS MAY ONLY BE PURCHASED THREE WAYS:

  1. On-line by clicking here.
  2. By phone using a credit card and calling the USP Box Office at 641-204-1094
  3. At the door of any performance (subject to availability)

NOTE: If you have a “Warm Welcomes” coupon or some other form of ticket voucher you may simply exchange it at the door of any performance for a ticket (subject to availability) or call the Box Office to reserve a seat(s).

USP BOX OFFICE: 641-204-1094

Joan Kuyper Farver Auditorium Seating Chart

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Cast for USP’s “Christmas Carol” Announced

Union Street Players and Director Pati Van Zante are proud to announce the cast for this holiday’s production of :

An Evening with Charles Dickens Presenting A Christmas Carol

Cast List

Charles Dickens – Arvin VanZante

Ebenezer Scrooge – Lonnie Appleby

Jacob Marley – Pat Moriarity

Bob Cratchit – Doug DeWolf

Mrs. Cratchit – Deb Linn

Peter Cratchit – Braden Rowe

Martha Cratchit – Hannah Blom

Belinda Cratchit – Taryn Johnson

Cratchit Children: Lily Villalobos, Nora Rasmussen, Aiden Smith

Tiny Tim Cratchit – Evan Smith

Spirit Christmas Past – Mandolin Holmes

Spirit Christmas Present – Spence Ver Meer

Spirit Christmas Future – Mathew Kelly

Gentleman 1 – Aaron Smith

Gentleman 2 – Mark Schaefer

Gentleman 3 – Arvin VanZante

Fred – Vince Mandi

Clara – Suzanna Hall

Shopkeeper – Greg May

Beggar – Randy Icenbice

English Bobby – Karl Deakyne

Schoolmaster – Arvin VanZante

Young Scrooge – Isaac Piersma

Little Fan – Lily Teeple

Felicity – Bryleigh DeJong

Violet – Kylie Villalobos

Thomas – William Rasmussen

Young Jacob – Sam Beukelman

Adult Fan – Suzanna Hall

Mr. Fezziwig – Tom Vander Well

Mrs. Fezziwig – Wendy Vander Well

Young Marley – Vince Mandi

Misses Fezziwig: Hanna Henry, Brenna Hildebrand, Johanna Leonard, Alex DeArmond, Francis DeArmond

Miss Belle – Megan Atkins

Young Ebenezer – Jesse Nieboer

Mature Belle – Cyndi Atkins

Belle’s Husband – Greg May

Belle’s granddaughters: Josephine McDanial, Sietje Beukelman

Topper – Aaron Smith

Party Guests: Jana DeZwarte, Greg May, Denise Gregory, Jim Palmer

Serving Girl – Lily VerMeer

Ignorance – William Rasmussen

Want – Eleanor Kyte

Old Joe – Jim Palmer

Mrs. Dilber/Laundress – Jana DeZwarte

Charwoman – Denise Gregory

Undertaker’s Man – Spence Ver Meer

Wilkins Micawber – Mark Schaefer

Caroline Micawber – Anne McCullough Kelly

Madeline Micawber – Madeline Kelly

Remarkable boy/Caroler – Eli Ebeling

Poultry Man – Thomas Salz

Rag Urchins: Madelyn VanUtrecht, Charlize DeArmond, Kylie Villalobos
Production Team

Director – Pati VanZante

Stage Manager – Sara Collins

Producers – Anne McCullough Kelly, Mark Schaefer

Costume Design – Victoria Karnes

Costume Assistant – Adair Smith

Make-up & Hair Design – Peggy Moriarity, Kim Beyers

Props – Lisa Witzenberg

Scenic Design – Mathew Kelly

Set Platform Design – Dan Fynaardt

Light Design – Arvin VanZante

Sound Design – Cody Kooi

Light & Sound Board Operator – Clarissa Laverman

Crew Chief – Cody Kooi

Crew – Karl Deakyne, Mark Schaefer

Set Construction: Jim Palmer, Pat Moriarty, Mark Moreland, Matt Kelly

 

Thanks to everyone who auditioned and has volunteered their time, energy and resources!

An Evening with Charles Dickens Presenting A Christmas Carol

Productions dates:

December 4, 5 at 7:00  p.m.
December 6 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
December 7 at 2:00 p.m.

All shows will be on the stage of the Joan Kuyper Farver Auditorium in the Pella Community Center, 712 Union Street, Pella, Iowa

Tickets $7 for Adults and $5 for students/children

Tickets will be on sale in early November and may purchased on-line at http://www.unionstreetplayers.com

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Auditions for “A Christmas Carol” Announced

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Union Street Players, Pella’s award-winning community theatre, is pleased to announce auditions for An Evening with Charles Dickens presenting A Christmas Carol directed by USP Walk of Fame member, Pati Van Zante. The Christmas classic about Ebenezer Scrooge and his  run in  with the ghosts of Christmas past, present and, future will be produced December 4-7 on the stage of the Joan Kuyper Farver Auditorium in the Pella Community Center.

There are as many as 40 parts for all ages male and female. Along with the principal lead roles, there are many small parts allowing for participation in the show with a relatively small investment of time.

Auditions will be held:

Tue Sep 16 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Thu Sep 18 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Sat Sep 20 1:00-3:00 p.m.

All auditions will be held at the Pella Community Center. No roles are precast and no experience is necessary. Being in a USP show is a wonderful way to get to know fellow community members while participating in the fun and excitement of a stage production. USP regularly casts community members in their first stage experience, so if being in a show is on your bucket list we’d love to have you come and audition!

For more information or to ask questions, please email director Patricia Van Zante at pvzante@hotmail.com.