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Don Graves Inducted to Walk of Fame at 2014 USP Awards Night

On Saturday night, October 4th, Union Street Players gathered at the Pella Opera House for our annual Awards Night. Don Graves was this year’s inductee to the USP Walk of Fame. Don was instrumental in the founding of USP and our award winning community theatre’s early years. The evening began with a social hour. USP President, Tom Vander Well, was mater of ceremonies. A slide show highlighting USP’s three productions since last year’s Awards Night was presented. Vander Well announced that all three shows, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Ham Buns and Potato Salad, and Seussical the Musical were profitable productions. The slide show also honored USP Walk of Fame member, Dottie McGee, who passed away this past summer. The evening’s honoree, Don Graves, was introduced by his wife, Bev Graves, who was inducted to the Walk of Fame back in 2009. Together, the Graves represent the third married couple to be inducted, joining Pat and Peggy Moriarity and Arvin and Pati Van Zante. The evening’s program ended with Vander Well honoring Pati Van Zante for stepping up and volunteering to manage the USP Costume Shop for three years after McGee’s passing. All those who have volunteered at the Costume Shop over the years were also honored.

The evening continued in the Opera House auditorium with Theatre Central’s production of The Game’s Afoot. After the show, everyone returned to the Great Room for dessert and merriment highlighted by Wendy Vander Well’s cheesecakes. The cast and crew of the Central show were invited to join in the festivities along with Theatre Central faculty and alumni. Greetings from former Theatre Central professor and USP member, Ann Wilkinson, were shared with the group by Tom Vander Well as conveyed through Mary Jo Sodd.

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2014 Awards Night; Don Graves to Walk of Fame

Don Graves rehearsing for his role as Jacob in USP's "Joseph"
Don Graves rehearsing for his role as Jacob in USP’s “Joseph”

Members, patrons, friends and fans of Union Street Players, Pella’s award-winning community theatre, are invited to a special evening of fun, celebration and entertainment. At this year’s Walk of Fame Award Event we will honor Don Graves. Don has been an instrumental part of USP since the beginning and has, quite literally, done everything in his service to USP over the years.

Don Graves has not only been on stage, but he has done just about everything back stage that there is to do. He has directed, designed set, been on stage crew, helped with lights, managed tickets, photography, videography and he also served several years as Treasurer of the USP Board of Directors. The current USP Board of Directors is excited to honor Don Graves as this year’s inductee to the USP Walk of Fame.

In addition, this year we will honor the memory of USP Walk of Fame member, Dottie McGee, those who have stepped up to manage the Costume Shop after Dottie’s untimely passing, and honor all who have volunteered their time, talents, and energy to make the Costume Shop a success through the years.

Everyone is invited to celebrate Don and another successful year of community theatre with Union Street Players!

We will honor late USP WoF Member, Dottie McGee
We will honor late USP WoF Member, Dottie McGee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When: Saturday, October 4th
5:30 p.m. Walk of Fame Reception (Heavy Appetizers, Cash Bar)
6:30 p.m. Walk of Fame Award presentations
7:30 p.m. The Game’s Afoot (or Holmes for the Holidays) presented by Theatre Central
9:30 p.m. Post-Show Dessert & Social time (Cash Bar)

Where: Pella Opera House, 611 Franklin, Pella

Attire: Cocktail/Party/Business Casual

Cost:
Includes reception, show and post-show
$25.00 Adult (16 and over)
$20.00 Child (15 & younger)

Please purchase your tickets by September 26!

To purchase tickets by credit card, please visit Walk of Fame Tickets.
To purchase tickets by check or cash, please call the USP box office at
641-204-1094 or email info@unionstreetplayers.com.

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Correction

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.