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“USPy” Winners Announced

Nearly 100 people gathered at the Pella Opera House last night for Union Street Players Awards Night. Doug DeWolf was inducted into the USP Walk of Fame, and winners were announced for the first annual “USPy” Awards for Outstanding Production and Performance.

The three shows of USP’s 2016-2017 season were adjudicated by five are theatre educators. Judges announced award nominees in early August and the winners were announced at last night’s presentations.

Winners were (in the order they were presented):

  • Technical Achievement: Jim Palmer (Set Design of Noises Off)
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress: Kim Beyer (Dixie Plunkett in The Christmas Post)
  • Outstanding Newcomer: Elise Pederson (Alice Garfield in The Christmas Post)
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor: Tom Vander Well (Eliott Herzog Jr. in The Christmas Post)
  • Outstanding Young Performer: Mia Andringa (Katie Garfield in The Christmas Post)
  • Outstanding Direction: Wendy Vander Well (The Christmas Post)
  • Outstanding Lead Actress: Lisa Witzenberg (Hattie McGee in The Christmas Post)
  • Outstanding Ensemble: The Three Crows (The Wizard of Oz)
  • Outstanding Lead Actor: Lonnie Appleby (Garry in Noises Off)
  • Outstanding Production: The Wizard of Oz

The big honor of the evening went to Doug DeWolf who was introduced by last year’s Walk of Fame inductee, Spence Ver Meer.

More details about the evening along with photographs from Lisa Morgan, who served as photographer for the event, will be posted when they become available.

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Deadline for Awards Night Tickets Sep 18!!

Time is running out to get tickets to USP’s Awards Night! Please purchase tickets by the end of the day on September 18!

Based on early ticket sales, Union Street Players’ annual Awards Night is guaranteed to be fill with a lot of fun. On the evening of September 23rd, starting at 6:00, we will celebrate another successful season of theatre here in Pella. Doug DeWolf will be inducted into the USP Walk of Fame, and we will be presenting our 1st annual USPy awards for outstanding production and performance.

The evening includes heavy appetizers and dessert. There will be a cash bar. Tickets for the event are $15 for adults and $10 for children.

Click here for more details about the evening

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USP Awards Night September 23rd!

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It was ten years ago that Union Street Players (USP) instituted our Walk of Fame and began our annual autumnal Awards Night. For our Awards Night’s 10th Anniversary, USP is taking things to a whole new level!

We invite the public to join us for an evening of food, fun, and celebration as we remember another successful year as Pella’s award-winning community theatre. USP will be inducting Doug DeWolf into the USP Walk of Fame. We will also be instituting our first annual “USPy” awards. Professional, local theatre educators have adjudicated every show of our 2016-2017 season. They have nominated finalists for awards of outstanding performance and production in several categories. Winners will be announced at our Awards Night Celebration. We will also look back at our 2015-2016 productions includingThe Christmas PostNoises Off, and The Wizard of Oz.

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If you would like to pay with a check, or have questions or need help purchasing tickets, please call the box office at 641-204-1094.

Here’s what you need to know:

When:  September 23, 2017, 6 PM – 11 PM
Where:  Pella Opera House
Cost:  $15 adult (17+), $10 child

Tickets must be purchased in advance online by September 18!!

Call the USP Box Office at 641-204-1094 for assistance or questions

6:00  Reception with heavy appetizer buffet and cash bar
7:00  Evening program with Induction of Doug DeWolf to Walk of Fame and 1st annual USPy Awards

Dessert, drinks, and conversation to follow award ceremony 

Attire: Cocktail/Party/Business Casual

2017 USPy Nomination Announcement Video 

Here are the 2017 Nominees for Outstanding Production and Performance (or, as we’re calling them, the “USPys”):

Outstanding Technical Achievement

  • Mat Kelly for Set Design, The Christmas Post
  • Karen Ryals and Brystal Hopkins for Choreography, The Christmas Post
  • Jim Palmer for Set Design, Noises Off
  • Kim Beyer for Make-up Design, The Wizard of Oz
  • Anne McCullough Kelly for Costume Design, The Wizard of Oz

Outstanding Ensemble

  • Newsies, The Christmas Post
  • Shoppers, The Christmas Post
  • Crows, The Wizard of Oz

Outstanding Young Performer

  • Mia Andringa as Katie Garfield, The Christmas Post
  • Garion Cutler as Nikko-Monkey Leader, The Wizard of Oz

Outstanding Newcomer

  • Mia Andringa as Katie Garfield, The Christmas Post
  • Elise Pederson as Alice, The Christmas Post
  • Becca Beyer as Toto, The Wizard of Oz
  • Cory Oltrogge as Zeke,  The Wizard of Oz

Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Doug DeWolf as Brother Sam Gillespie, The Christmas Post
  • Tom VanderWell as Elliot Herzog Jr., The Christmas Post
  • Jessie Nieboer as Tim Algood, Noises Off
  • Dayrel Gates as Uncle Henry, The Wizard of Oz
  • Arvin VanZante as Professor/Wizard, The Wizard of Oz

Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Kim Beyer as Dixie Plunkett, The Christmas Post
  • Jana DeZwarte as Poppy Norton-Taylor, Noises Off
  • Lynn Cutler as Almira Gulch, The Wizard of Oz
  • Jana DeZwarte as Glinda, The Wizard of Oz
  • Deb Linn as Aunt Em, The Wizard of Oz

Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role

  • Scott Burns as Maxwell Q. Seldon, The Christmas Post
  • Lonnie Appleby as Garry, Noises Off
  • Lonnie Appleby as Scarecrow, The Wizard of Oz
  • Spence Ver Meer as Cowardly Lion, The Wizard of Oz

Outstanding Actress in a Leading Role

  • Lisa Witzenburg as Hattie McGee, The Christmas Post
  • Elise Pederson as Alice Garfield, The Christmas Post
  • Stephanie Lantz as Dotty Otley, Noises Off
  • Sarah Davis as Brooke Ashton, Noises Off

Outstanding Direction

  • Wendy VanderWell for The Christmas Post
  • Denise Gregory for Noises Off
  • Anne McCullough Kelly for The Wizard of Oz

Outstanding Production

  • The Christmas Post
  • Noises Off
  • The Wizard of Oz

 

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Spence Ver Meer Welcomed to USP Walk of Fame

USP Walk of Fame Members welcome Spence Ver Meer into the fold (L-R, Pat Moriarity, Peg Moriarity, Deb Linn, Pati Van Zante, Spence Ver Meer, Arvin Van Zante, Lisa Witzenburg, Don Graves, Bev Graves)
USP Walk of Fame Members welcome Spence Ver Meer into the fold (L-R, Pat Moriarity, Peg Moriarity, Deb Linn, Pati Van Zante, Spence Ver Meer, Arvin Van Zante, Lisa Witzenburg, Don Graves, Bev Graves)

Union Street Players (USP), Pella’s award-winning community theatre, welcomed Spence Ver Meer into the USP Walk of Fame at the group’s annual Awards Night October 8th. Approximately 50 people attended the festivities at Central College’s Graham Annex.

Since 2008, USP has met annually to honor long-time members who have gone above and beyond in contributing to the community theatre’s success. Each year an inductee is chosen by the USP Board of Directors. General criteria for nomination is ten or more years involvement, contribution in multiple roles (actor, director, producer, Board member, and etc.) and contributing to the furthering of USP’s mission.

USP President, Tom Vander Well, once again served as Master of Ceremonies for the festivities. He summarized what was another successful year for USP, including The Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe which became USP’s highest attended holiday show, USP’s middle-school theatre experience with Tom Sawyer, and another record setting year for USP Drama Camp. The group then enjoyed a year-in-review video.

Vander Well also introduced Spence Ver Meer as this year’s Walk of Fame inductee, citing Spence’s faithful involvement over 20 years. While Ver Meer is most notably remembered by audience members for his multiple turns as leading man crooning Broadway favorites in popular musicals such as Sound of Music and South Pacific, he also served as Director (Pirates of Penzance, Our Town), keyboard player (Vintage Hitchcock), and Board President. Vander Well also celebrated Ver Meer for his limitless creativity.

That creativity was on full display during the remainder of the evening. In Ver Meer’s acceptance speech Spence kept the crowd in stitches as he recounted the many women he’s kissed on stage, and the fact that most of them were never seen on stage again. After his induction, he joined with fellow members of Pella’s fledgling improv troupe in performing several improv games for the evening’s audience. In acceptance of the Walk of Fame honor, Ver Meer gave kudos to the many directors and fellow actors he’d worked with through the years.

As the evening’s audience enjoyed dessert, they enjoyed the improv performance from improv troupe members Kathryn Andringa, Lynn Cutler, Denise Gregory, Kathy Haug, Stephanie Lantz,    along with Spence Ver Meer.

 

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2016 Walk of Fame Event Oct 8th

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For the ninth straight year, Union Street Players (USP) is inviting the public to join us for an evening of food, fun and entertainment as we celebrate another successful year as Pella’s award-winning community theatre. USP will be inducting Spence Ver Meer to the USP Walk of Fame. Spence has been an active member of USP for over 20 years and has contributed both on stage and off.

Our Awards Night will include heavy appetizers, a cash bar, and desserts. This year’s entertainment will be comedy by Pella’s fledgling improv troupe led by Stephanie Lantz. We will look back at our 2015-2016 productions including The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe directed by Deb Linn, Almost Maine directed by Kevin McQuade, and this past summer;s Middle School Experience production of Tom Sawyer led by Cody Kooi and Deb Linn. We will also remember and honor Randy Icenbice who performed in many shows over the years and made his final exit this past December.

When: Saturday, October 8th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Graham Annex on Central College Campus
What:
6:00 Reception with heavy appetizers and cash bar
6:45 Evening program and Induction of Spence Ver Meer
7:15  Improv entertainment
Dessert, drinks, and conversation to follow

Tickets this year are $15 for adults and $10 for children. Tickets must be purchased on-line by October 5

 

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USP Stars Shine Bright at 2015 Awards Night

The local stars were shining at USP’s 2015 Awards Night last night at the Pella Opera House. USP President, Cyndi Atkins, opened and closed the program in which Carolyn Scharff was inducted into the USP Walk of Fame and honored for her many years of service to USP and local theatre. Fellow Walk of Fame member and USP founding member, Bev Graves, introduced Scharff. It was the second year in a row that Graves introduced the Walk of Fame honoree. Her husband, Don, was inducted last year.

Entertainment for the evening was provided by the Heather MacLennan Trio, which was a big hit with those who attended. After the ceremony the group enjoyed cheesecake provided by Wendy Vander Well. Her new creation, the Dutch Letter Cheesecake, was a big hit. The group danced and mingled late into the night. Cyndi Atkins reminded attendees of the great slate of USP shows planned through 2016 including The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Dec 2015), Almost Maine (Spring 2016), Sabrina Fair (Summer 2016), and The Christmas Post (Dec 2016).

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