00 News & Updates, 2017 Its a Wonderful LIfe

Cast List Announced for “It’s a Wonderful Life”!

Director Pati Van Zante and Producer Holly Long-DeWolf have announced the cast list for Union Street Players holiday musical, It’s a Wonderful Life. Questions? Contact Pati Van Zante at pvzante@hotmail.com or 641-780-3190.

Character Actor/Actress
George Bailey Lonnie Appleby

 

Clare Odbody (Angel 2ndClass) Deb Linn

 

Mary Hatch/Bailey

 

Briana Heartsill
Henry F. Potter

 

Arvin Van Zante
Janie Bailey Zoie Winward
Young George/

Pete Bailey

Patrick Bishara
Tommy Bailey

 

Alex Bishara
Zuzu Bailey Annabelle Winward
Mother Bailey

 

Denise Gregory
Harry Bailey

 

Micah Heartsill
Uncle Billy

 

Doug DeWolf
Aunt Tilly

 

Sarah Purdy
Violet Peterson

 

Gillian Howard
Mr. Gower

 

Spence Ver Meer
Miss Carter

 

Stephanie Lantz
Mrs. Hatch Holly Long-DeWolf
Sam Wainwright Aaron Smith

 

Mr. Potter’s Secretary Tianna Loftis

 

Bert

 

Jim Palmer
Ernie

 

Arlyn Stuart
Miss Andrews

 

Jennifer Palmer
Mrs. Thompson

 

Ann Forrester
Mr. Welch

 

Simon Vos
Townsperson/Welch’s Daughter Hope Vos
Mr. Martini

 

Daryl Gates
Mrs. Martini

 

Amy Blanton
Townsperson/Zuzu Understudy/Martini Child Sophie Blanton
Newspaper Boy/Martini child Porter Haug
Townsperson/Newsboy Helper/Martini child Alise Haug
Townsperson/Martini child Olivia Marstall
Townsperson/Martini child Tatum Tierney
Townsperson/Martini child Elisabeth Pumphrey
Townsperson/Martini child Josephine McDonald
Townsperson Karin Koeper
Townsperson Jaydyn Koeper
00 News & Updates, 01 Auditions & Talent Calls, 2017 Wizard of Oz

“Wizard of Oz” Cast Announced

Anne McCullough Kelly and Chandra Clark extend a heartfelt thank you to all who auditioned for Wizard of Oz last week. Eighty courageous people auditioned and the great amount of talent made casting this show very challenging for the production team!

Please contact Anne at amcculloughkelly@gmail.com to accept your role in this production. Also, please inform Anne of any additional schedule conflicts that may have developed since auditions. We only have seven weeks to rehearse so we need to confirm a rehearsal schedule quickly.

Our first rehearsal will be on Tuesday, May 30 at 6:30pm.  We would like the entire cast to attend the first hour of the rehearsal as we will use this time to hand out scripts, instructions regarding accessing and using rehearsal music tracks, and get acquainted with each other. We also request that a parent or caregiver for each child in the ensemble also attend to receive these instructions as well. We rely on parent and caregiver support for the children in our productions and are grateful for your involvement.

We are also organizing teams for several production crews including backstage running crew, properties, costumes, make-up, and hair design. Please contact Anne or Denise Gregory (denise2352004@yahoo.com) if you are interested in volunteering for any of these production crews.

Thank you everyone! We look forward to creating a fabulous production with you!

Dorothy: Sara Davis
Wicked Witch of the West: Denise Gregory
Glinda, the Good Witch of the North: Jana DeZwarte
Scarecrow: Lonnie Appleby
Tin Man: Doug DeWolf
Cowardly Lion: Spence Ver Meer
Professor Chester Marvel/The Wizard of Oz: Arvin Van Zante
Almira Gulch: Lynn Cutler*
Aunt Em: Deb Linn
Uncle Henry: Dayrel Gates*
Hunk (farmhand): Scott Burns*
Hickory (farmhand): Mark Schaefer*
Zeke (farmhand): Cory Oltrogge*
Emerald City Guard: Thomas Salz
Mayor of Munchkinland: Sally Job

*Also members of adult ensemble

Adult Ensemble (may include Munchkins, Ozians, Winkies, Jitterbugs, Crows, Trees, Poppies, Snowmen – specific groups will be assigned during rehearsals)

Kathryn Andringa
Gloria Ashworth
Lauren Ashworth
Abby Cutler
Emily Cutler
Rhea Cutler
Jenny Jensen
Tianna Loftis
Devin McCain
Jalayna Morgan
Sandra Olsthoorn
Rachel Peter
Austin Rozandaal
Dora Roorda
Arlyn Stuart
Zarah Van Dyk
Lily Ver Meer
Tressa Vos

Child Ensemble (may include Munchkins, Trees, Rocks, Poppies, Snowmen, Monkeys – specific groups will be assigned during rehearsals)

Mia Andringa
Alex Bishara
Claire Braafhart
Kate Braafhart
Sophia Burns
Amaya Cervantes
Garion Cutler
Olivia Cutler
Bella DeHaan
Jessa De Nooy
Sam Gillespie
Alise Haug
Porter Haug
Lucille Hopkins
Madeline Kelly
Alexa Klein
Josephine McDonald
Meg Muller
Kalyn Oltrogge
Ellison Ritzert
Hudson Ritzert
Lily Steenhoek
Emery Ter Louw
Annabelle Winward
Zoie Winward

00 News & Updates, 01 Auditions & Talent Calls, 2016 The Christmas Post, Slider Posts

Cast List for USP’s “The Christmas Post”

Director Wendy Applauds the Audition - 1
Director Wendy Vander Well applauds all of the courageous people who auditioned (and made her casting choices very difficult!)

Thank you to everyone who auditioned for The Christmas Post! There are an amazing amount of talented people choosing to be part of this show, and I’m very excited about the high quality of production we’ll be able to give our community this December. Our rehearsal process is going to be a ton of fun and I look forward to working with you all.

Our first rehearsal will be read-through of the show on Tuesday, September 6 at 7pm. We will also distribute rehearsal schedules and let everyone get a chance to know one another. Please let me know immediately via email (wendyvanderwell@gmail.com) if you will not be able to attend that rehearsal. You may also feel free to email or call (515-326-2661) if you have any questions!

Wendy Vander Well
Director

Hattie McGee: Lisa Witzenburg
Hank: Dave Erickson
Alice Garfield: Elise Pederson
Katie Garfield: Mia Andringa
Brother Sam: Doug DeWolf
Sgt. Buchanan: Jesse Nieboer
Maxwell Q. Seldon: Scott Burns
Mr. Elliot Herzog Jr.: Tom Vander Well
Dixie Plunkett: Kim Beyer
Hapless Shopper: Jim Palmer
Herzog Staff (Nadine): Stephanie Lantz
Herzog Staff (Patsy): Anne McCullough Kelly
Herzog Staff (Otis): Brian Vande Lune

Shoppers
Veronica Acosta
Mary Chaffin
Julie Collins
Lynn Cutler
Dave Erickson
Denise Gregory
Tianna Loftis
Holly Long-DeWolf
Jim Palmer
Karen Ryals
Arlyn Stuart
Mike Van Zee

Teenage Shoppers
Titus Hopkins
Braden Rowe

Child Shoppers
Ellah Acosta
Samantha Mora
Kadin Schreyer Ryals

Carolers
Kathryn Andringa
Jordan Marie DeArmond
Sara Purdy
Dora Roorda
Doug Roorda
Thomas Salz
Cal Van Ee

Newsies
Sophia Burns
Eli Ebeling
McKenna Evans
Luke Fairchild
Connor Gauley
Abigail Hietbrink
Tess Hopkins
Trace Hopkins
Trent Hopkins
Josephine McDonald
Kalyn Oltrogge
Elisabeth Pumphrey
Nora Rasmussen
Will Rasmussen
Penelope Shriver
Eliza Van Zee
Kylie Villobos
Hope Vos
Zoie Winward

2016 Almost Maine

“Almost, Maine” Cast Announcement

A note of thanks and respect to all who auditioned: Please allow me to thank each and every person who auditioned. Casting decisions are always difficult, and are not made lightly. I appreciate and respect your talent and your courage. Please let me know if you have any questions about your auditions—I welcome those conversations and would be happy to meet with you one-on-one to have a dialogue about your audition and my observations of them. Most importantly, thank you for actively participating in theatre.

Kevin McQuade
Director

Almost, Maine
Cast and Production Staff

 

Cast

 

Man 1                               Tom Vander Well (Pete, Steve, Lendall, Randy, Daniel)

Man 2                               Spence Ver Meer (East, Jimmy, Chad, Phil, Dave)

Woman 1                         Wendy Vander Well (Ginette, Gayle, Hope)

Woman 2                         Jana De Zwarte (Marvalyn, Marci)

Woman 3                         Sara Collins (Glory, Waitress)

Woman 4                         Stephanie Lantz (Suzette, Rhonda)

Woman 5                         Ana Lucia Reigstad (Sandrine)

Guitar                               In discussion

Violin                                In discussion

 

Production Team

 

Director                            Kevin McQuade

Assistant Director/

Stage Manager                Alex Dean

Set Design                        Mat Kelly

Tech Director                   Curtis Brobst

Light Design                     TBA

Sound                               TBA

Costumes                         Linda McQuade

Props                                TBA

The first rehearsal will take place Tuesday, December 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the McQuade home at 201 Utrecht Laan in Pella. Directions will be sent under separate cover to the cast and production team. Please bring a pencil with an eraser and your calendar device (iPad, phone, actual paper calendar, etc.).

2015 The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe

USP Announces Cast for “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”

Union Street Players is excited to announce Director Deb Linn’s cast for USP’s production of C.S. Lewis’ classic The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Performances will be November 29 & 30 and December 1, 3, 4, 5, & 6, 2015.

Aslan Lonnie Appleby
The White Witch Jana De Zwarte
Mrs. Beaver Denise Gregory
Mr. Beaver Terry Faidley
Peter Tom Palmer
Susan Emily Carlo
Edmund Will Rasmussen
Lucy Elyse Parisee
The White Stag Mark Schaefer
Mr. Tumnus Karl Deakyne
Ms.  Unicorn Rachel Faidley
The Centaur Jesse Nieboer
Ms. Fenris Ulf Analu Reigstad
The Dwarf Conner Gauley
Father Christmas Spence Vermeer
The Elf / Faerie Devin McCain
Queen’s Army-Head Mark Schaefer
Queen’s Army Grayson Parisee
Queen’s Army Elliot Heartsill
Queen’s Army Maggie Anne Landon
Queen’s Army Mandolin Holmes
Queen’s Army Hannah Cutler
Queen’s Army Nathan Boldt
Queen’s Army Braden Rowe
Woodland Creature Briana Klein
Woodland Creature Kathryn Andringa
Woodland Creature Danielle Heartsill
Woodland Creature-The Fox Isaac Piersma
Woodland Creature-Chipmunk Colin Henry
Woodland Creature- The Owl Avary Grace Schumann
The Wood Nymphs-1 Lilly Teeple
The Wood Nymphs-2 Nora Rasmussen
The Wood Nymphs -3 Josephine McDonald
The Wood Nymphs-4 Dora Roorda
The Housekeeper Maggie Anne Landon

USP’s production of The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe is sponsored by

The Pella Community Center

and

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2014 Christmas Carol

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

2014 Seussical the Musical

USP’s “Seussical the Musical” is Cast

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First of all, we have to say a heartfelt “Thank you, thank you, thank you!” to all who auditioned this week. The number of people and the level of talent that we enjoyed was fantastic!  But, as is often the case, we had many more people audition than roles to cast.  Many factors went into our decisions, but that doesn’t mean it was easy! Please know that whether your name appears below or not, we sincerely hope you had a pleasant USP experience, and we hope to see you much more in the future!

And now, without further ado, the cast of Union Street Players 2014 production of Seussical The Musical:
(Please see further cast instructions at the end of this post.)

The Cat in the Hat:  Colby Lane Jones

Horton:  Todd Weber

Jojo:  Julia Smart

Gertrude McFuzz:  Sara Collins

Mayzie LaBird:  Jana DeZwarte

The Bird Girls:  Hannah Flanagan, Devon McCain, Suzanna Hall

Mr. Sour Kangaroo:  Joe Cerwinske

Young Kangaroo:  Ashley Uitermarkt

The Wickersham Brothers:  Karl Deakyne, Davis VandeSteeg, Tom Palmer

Mr. Mayor of Whoville:  Doug DeWolf

Mrs. Mayor:  Amy Klein

General Genghis Khan Schmitz:  Greg May

Yurtle the Turtle:  Nathan Boldt

Jungle Animal Ensemble:
Hannah Vos
Aubrey Belzer
Sarah Peterson
Gabrielle Heerema
Breanna Terpstra
Jake Grundey

Who’s of Whoville:
Elizabeth Eisenbarth
Tess Hopkins
Alexa Klein
Sarah DeWolf
Liz DeMoss
Mark Schaefer
Sarah VanNorden

The Cadets:
Grace Eisenbarth
Isaac Piersma
Noah Chaplin
Will Rasmussen
Brayton Douma

Dance Troupe:
Megan Atkins
(Captain)
(Jungle Animals / Fish / Hunches, Hunters)        
Tressa Vos
Sarah Davis
Rebecca Piersma
Courtney Chaplin

 

IMPORTANT CAST INFORMATION:

We will have a read/sing through on Monday, May 5th from 6:30 – 9 pm in the USP Meeting room at the Community Center (2nd floor across from the auditorium).  You will be measured for costuming, receive your scripts, and your rehearsal CD’s.  Our regular rehearsals will begin Tuesday, May 27th.

Please email our director, Kim Beyer, at kim.beyer@comcast.net with your acceptance of your role and to let her know you will or will not be able to attend this first, very important, rehearsal.

We look forward to working with all of you this summer. We are well on our way to putting on a fantastic show!! Now, go eat some poffertjes!! Happy Tulip Time!