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Auditions for “The Christmas Post” Announced

The Christmas PostUnion Street Players, Pella’s award-winning community theatre, is excited to announce auditions for our Christmas musical, The Christmas Post. The heart-warming, family friendly musical based on two Norman Rockwell paintings was a huge hit with USP audiences ten years ago. The Christmas Post tells a heartwarming Christmas story set in the postwar years after World War II. A young widow works tirelessly at Herzog’s department store hoping to make enough money to buy Christmas presents for her children.

We know that audiences will love to experience the love and laughter of The Christmas Post once again and to introduce the show to a new generation of fans. Director Wendy Vander Well will again take the helm of our production and Kathy Haug returns as the show’s musical director. If you have any questions, please contact Director Wendy Vander Well at wendyvanderwell@gmail.com or 515.326.2661.

No experience necessary. No roles precast. There are roles for men and women, boys and girls from ages 10 to 110.

Perusal scripts, along with a CD of the soundtrack, are available at the Pella Public Library.

Audition Dates:
Aug 15  6:30-8:30
Aug 16  6:30-8:30
Aug 18  6:30-8:30
Aug 20  9:00-11:00
Aug 22  6:30-8:30

All auditions are on the stage of the Joan Kuyper Farver Auditorium in the Pella Community Center, 712 Union St., Pella, Iowa.

 

If you wish to audition for a solo or small group ensemble role, please prepare one of these two songs for your audition:
Deck the Halls (Eb, key in book)
Silent Night (in key of A for ladies, Bb for tenor, Ab for bass)

Principle Speaking and Singing Characters (*indicates solo singing required)
ALICE GARFIELD* (30’s), young widow trying to make ends meet at Christmas
KATIE GARFIELD* (9-10), her daughter
HATTIE MCGEE* (60’s-70’s), owner of the corner news hut
BROTHER SAM GILLESPIE* (30’s-50’s), pastor of a small local church
MAXWELL Q. SELDON* (20’s-30’s), sales manager at Herzog’s
ELLIOTT HERZOG JR* (30’s-40’s), runs Herzog’s Department Store
ELLIOTT HERZOG SR (60’s-70’s), his father
DIXIE PLUNKETT* (30’s-50’s), bookkeeper at Herzog’s
SGT. BUCHANAN (40’s-60’s), local policeman

Incidental Line Characters
HANK, newspaper delivery man
HAPLESS MAN, a shopper
FRANTIC MAN, a shopper
MALE SHOPPER
FEMALE SHOPPER

Chorus Groups
HERZOG’S STAFF (3-4 employees of Herzog’s, including Otis, Patsy and Nadine)
NEWSIES (15-20 kids who sell newspapers for Hattie)
CAROLERS (6-10 members of Brother Sam’s congregation)
SHOPPERS (10-20 members of the general chorus)

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Auditions Set for USP’s “Sabrina Fair”

Auditions for Union Street Players’ summer production Sabrina Fair will be held May 10 and 12 at 6:30 p.m. and May 14 at 9:00 a.m. Under the direction of Cyndi Atkins who last helmed 2010’s Annie, the play has 14 roles for adults from 21-81 (Sorry, there are no roles for children. Children should plan to audition for our holiday show, The Christmas Post).

Sabrina Fair is the stage play from which two Hollywood films titled Sabrina were born. The 1954 film starred Audrey Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart. The 1995 remake starred Julia Ormond, Harrison Ford, and Greg Kinnear. The play is set on a wealthy Larrabee family estate on Long Island, New York. Sabrina Fairchild is the chauffeur’s daughter who has just returned from school in Paris. Her return sets up a comical triangle with the two Larrabee sons. It is a romantic comedy everyone will enjoy!

Perusal scripts are available at the Pella Public Library. Please contact Cyndi Atkins (cyndiatkins@gmail.com) with any questions for for more information.

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Pella’s Got Talent Auditions April 23 & 24 @ 7 p.m.

Pella's Got Talent 2015
Pella’s Got Talent Auditions – April 23rd and 24th, 7 p.m.
 
For the second year in a row, we are inviting all local talent to come to the Opera House and sing, dance, act, and share whatever their talent(s) might be. Everything from A to Z, from acrobatics to zither playing, is eligible. To sign up for your audition slot, or to ask any questions, please call 641-628-8628 as soon as possible.
 
No experience is necessary! This is a fun event, and we do our best to help everyone have a great time at auditions!
Last year, we were thrilled to celebrate, support and showcase local talent and we are happy to do so again this year. So put on your old tap shoes, or dust off the french horn in the closet, or prepare your recital of Casey at the Bat. All are welcome. Call 641-628-8628 to sign up. (And please feel free to share this news with your Aunt Wanda, the washboard player, or Cousin Cal the kazoo-ist.)
Ten finalists will be selected to perform at the May 16th finals. The top three finalists will be awarded cash prizes $250 (first place), $100 (second place) and $50 (third place).
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Theatre Central Looking for High School Age Actors

Theatre Central is looking for High School age actors for a performance of “A Bad Case of Stripes” which will be produced by the Children’s Theatre course and performed during Central’s “Weekend of the Arts” on May 2. The Audition information is listed below. Please direct any questions to CD Adamson (adamsonc@central.edu).
“A Bad Case of Stripes” (Children’s Show) Auditions
Part of the “Children’s Theatre” Course at Central College and directed by students
In need of 7-11 people of both genders
Cold Readings from the script
April 12 at 2:30pm
Kruidenier Theatre
It will have performances on May 2 at 2pm and May 3 at 1pm
Minimal commitment as it is a very short show
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Final Audition for USP’s “Ham Buns and Potato Salad”

Union Street Players, Pella’s award-winning community theatre, will hold final auditions for their spring production of Ham Buns and Potato Salad this Saturday, February 8 (10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) at the Pella Community Center. Ham Buns and Potato Salad is a full length comedy in two acts written by local playwright, Tom Vander Well. Those who cannot make the audition and are still interested in being considered for a part are asked to contact the show’s Director, Ann Wilkinson (pmscasting@aol.com). No roles are precast and no experience is necessary.

Performances scheduled for April 10-13, 2014.

Five roles for Men. Four roles for women. One role for a preteen girl.

Ham Buns and Potato Salad is set in the fictional town of Hebron, Iowa (population 318). After a tragic accident, the town is preparing for the funeral of a local couple. Their son, Thomas, was an only child who left town after high school, twelve years earlier, and never returned. Thomas’ departure after high school coincided with a town scandal which has never been resolved and has simmered in the town’s collective conscience for over a decade. With his impending return, the town is buzzing with anticipation and the heat on the old scandal is raised to a full boil. The script can be downloaded for perusal as a PDF by clicking on the link below:

Ham Buns and Potato Salad 01-17-2014.PDF

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Auditions Announced for “Ham Buns & Potato Salad”

Union Street Players, Pella’s award-winning community theatre, has announced audition dates for the upcoming production of Ham Buns and Potato Salad:

Sunday, February 2 (6:00-8:00 p.m.) at the Pella Community Center
Saturday, February 8 (10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) at the Pella Community Center
Those who cannot make either audition and are still interested in being considered for a part are asked to contact the show’s Director, Ann Wilkinson (pmscasting@aol.com).

Performances scheduled for April 10-13, 2014.

Five roles for Men. Four roles for women. One role for a preteen girl.

Ham Buns and Potato Salad is an original full-length comedy in two acts by local playwright, Tom Vander Well, and is set in the fictional town of Hebron, Iowa (population 318). After a tragic accident, the town is preparing for the funeral of a local couple. Their son, Thomas, was an only child who left town after high school, twelve years earlier, and never returned. Thomas’ departure after high school coincided with a town scandal which has never been resolved and has simmered in the town’s collective conscience for over a decade. With his impending return, the town is buzzing with anticipation and the heat on the old scandal is raised to a full boil. The script can be downloaded for perusal as a PDF by clicking on the link below:

Ham Buns and Potato Salad 01-17-2014.PDF

01 Auditions & Talent Calls, 2013 Best Christmas Pageant Ever

USP Announces Auditions for “Best Christmas Pageant Ever”

Union Street Players is excited to reprise what has become one of the most beloved Christmas tales. USP President, Tom Vander Well (previously directed The Odd Couple (Female Version), Morning’s at Seven, Barefoot in the Park), takes the helm of this holiday production which will be produced for the fourth time by USP.

In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids–probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem – and the fun – when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on! This delightful comedy is adapted from the best-selling Young Adult book, and has become a holiday staple for theatre across the United States! Features plenty of great roles for children and adults, a few favorite Christmas Carols, and a lot of laughs!

NO ROLES PRE-CAST and NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY

AUDITION DATES AND TIMES

Saturday, September 7th (9:00 a.m. to Noon)

Monday, September 9th (8:00-10:00 p.m. ADULTS ONLY)

Tuesday, September 10th (7:00-9:00 p.m.)

Roles for:

6 Adult Females

2+ Adult Males

14+ Children ages 8 to teen

Production Dates December 5-8, 2013

PERUSAL SCRIPTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE PELLA PUBLIC LIBRARY

For More Information Contact
Tom Vander Well, Director (tomvanderwell@gmail.com)
Wendy Vander Well, Producer (wendyvanderwell@gmail.com)

Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
Union Street Players and our productions are sponsored by the Pella Community Center