00 News & Updates


Don Graves
Don Graves

In our previous post about USP members in upcoming local productions we failed to mention USP veteran and member Don Graves who also appears in this weekend’s production of Red Rock Retro Radio Theatre’s (RRRRT) Best Job for the Man. The show is tonight, February 22 at the Fox Restaurant in Knoxville and tomorrow night at the Pella Community Center. Please see RRRRT page on Facebook for details. Our apologies to Don and his wife Bev for the unintentional oversight.

2011 Tinkerman Christmas Eve

“Tinkerman” Delights Christmas Crowd

This past weekend was Christmas in Pella. The Pella Garden Club and the Convention and Visitors Bureau sponsored a fantastic Tour of Homes and our local chamber rolled out the red carpet for visitors. Union Street Players once again did our part with performances of “A Tinkerman Christmas Eve,” an original play by USP’s Beverly Graves.

Audiences were delighted with the four performances and word of mouth had audience members scrambling to snatch up available seats for the final two performances.

According to Producer Pat Moriarity, the estimated attendance figures for “A Tinkerman Christmas Eve” were:

Thur Dec 1: 157
Fri Dec 2: 123
Sat Dec 3: 239
Sun Dec 4: 202

Thanks to Producer Pat Moriarity, Director Beverly Graves, Cast and Crew for another great production!

01 Auditions & Talent Calls, 2011 Tinkerman Christmas Eve

“Tinkerman Christmas Eve” Audition Information

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If you love to sing Christmas songs, this is the show for you.  Union Street Players are having auditions for their next production, “A Tinkerman’s Christmas Eve” in the Joan Kuyper-Farver Auditorium at the Pella Community Center.  Auditions will be Thursday, Sept 15 at 6:30 PM and Saturday, Sept 17 at 9:30 AM.  There are parts for one girl (approx 6 years old), one boy (approx age 9 – 10) and several adults ages 18 and up. Auditions will consist of singing one of the songs from the show.  More information on the songs and characters can be found on our web page: unionstreetplayers.com.

Written and directed by local author and USP Walk of Fame member, Beverly Graves, the show is a timely, heartwarming, family Christmas story filled with music and songs.  The Tinkermans gather together, but are sorely missing one of their family members who is serving overseas in the military.  This simple but charming story is woven around all of your favorite Christmas songs, from children’s numbers, old standards, contemporary tunes, and traditional hymns.  It’s all about the true meaning of Christmas:  a family’s love and commitment to each other and their celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior.

Assisting on the production team so far are: Piano Accompanist: Brian Nolder; Producer/Assistant Director: Pat Moriarity;  Light Design: Arvin Van Zante:  Set Design: Beverly Graves;  Master Carpenter: Jim Palmer;  Props: Shelley Buhrow;  Light Board: Don Graves;  Make-Up Coordinator: Peggy Moriarity,  Sound Board: Cody Kooi,  Set Construction:  Jim Palmer, Pat Moriarity, Arvin Van Zante, Shelley Buhrow, & Don Buhrow;  Program: Anne McCullough Kelly;  and Poster Design: Mat Kelly.

Perusal copies of the script are available for checkout at the Pella Community Library.  Production dates are December 1, 2, 3 at 7 PM with a Sunday matinee on December 4 at 2 PM.  Song information and cast information can be found on the Union Street Players web page – unionstreetplayers.com.  All actors except for grandfather are expected to sing!  For more information or if you’d like to help with costumes, stage crew or makeup, please contact Beverly Graves at 620-8238 or Pat Moriarity at 628-1549.  Music royalties applied for.  The Union Street Players are sponsored by the Pella Community Center.

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