00 News & Updates, 03 Drama Camp

Drama Camp



Union Street Players’ Drama Camp is an annual week-long opportunity for young people to receive a basic overview of theatre and stage craft. Camp activities include: script writing/reading, set and prop building, actin, mime, puppertry, characterization, vocalization, improv, reader’s theatre, audition preparation, costume shop visit, make-up clinic, and more!!!


01 Auditions & Talent Calls, 2014 Christmas Carol

Auditions for “A Christmas Carol” Announced

A Christmas Carol frontpiece
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Union Street Players, Pella’s award-winning community theatre, is pleased to announce auditions for An Evening with Charles Dickens presenting A Christmas Carol directed by USP Walk of Fame member, Pati Van Zante. The Christmas classic about Ebenezer Scrooge and his  run in  with the ghosts of Christmas past, present and, future will be produced December 4-7 on the stage of the Joan Kuyper Farver Auditorium in the Pella Community Center.

There are as many as 40 parts for all ages male and female. Along with the principal lead roles, there are many small parts allowing for participation in the show with a relatively small investment of time.

Auditions will be held:

Tue Sep 16 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Thu Sep 18 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Sat Sep 20 1:00-3:00 p.m.

All auditions will be held at the Pella Community Center. No roles are precast and no experience is necessary. Being in a USP show is a wonderful way to get to know fellow community members while participating in the fun and excitement of a stage production. USP regularly casts community members in their first stage experience, so if being in a show is on your bucket list we’d love to have you come and audition!

For more information or to ask questions, please email director Patricia Van Zante at pvzante@hotmail.com.

03 Drama Camp

USP Sets the Stage for Annual Summer Youth Drama Camp

Union Street Players will once again be holding summer drama camps for children. The camps will run July 30th through August 3rd at the Pella Community Center, 712 Union Street.  Brystal Hopkins will lead the morning session for students who have just completed kindergarten through 4th grade, and Suzi Jones will lead the afternoon session for students in grades 5-8. The morning session runs from 8:30 am until 11:30 am  and the afternoon runs from 12:30 pm until 3:30 pm. On Friday August 3rd a performance for family and friends will be held at 6:30 pm.

2012 USP Drama Camp Registration Form

Registration forms can also be picked up at the Community Center office. Interested parties can also contact Brystal Hopkins at brystalhopkins@gmail.com, Suzi Jones at suzanne.jones@pella.k12.ia.us or mail completed registrations to 503 Washington, Pella, Iowa 50219. Both camps will work on developing theatre skills through activities involving movement, voice and storytelling. “A great thing about developing theatre skills is that students are also building skills for communication, cooperation and creativity,” said Suzi Jones. “Those are skills that are directly transferable to the classroom at any age.” Families are encouraged to register soon as classes have been filled to capacity in previous summers.

00 News & Updates

USP Changes Regular Monthly Meeting Schedule

2012 CalendarStarting with January 2012, Union Street Players will hold our regularly scheduled membership meetings on the SECOND Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. USP has traditionally met the 1st Monday of each month. Because production weekends often fall around the beginning or end of a month, the Board of Directors regularly moved the meeting back a week. In addition, holidays such as the 4th of July often necessitated moving the meeting date. By moving our regular monthly meeting back to the 2nd Monday of each month, the Board of Directors hopes to avoid having to move the meeting date so often.

USP meets in Room 201 of the Pella Community Center. Meetings are open to the public though only members are allowed to vote in the meeting,

2010 Annie

“Annie” Tickets Selling Out

Residents of "Hooverville" perform in USP's production of "Annie"

It could be a Hard Knock Life for people wanting tickets to Annie if they don’t act fast. Union Street Players‘ production of the popular Broadway musical will open tomorrow, December 3rd, and there is only limited seating available for most shows. The Thursday, December 9th, showing is the only performance with plenty of tickets of left. Otherwise, ticket availability is limited to virtually sold out.

Here is a tally of seats available as of 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 2nd:

Fri Dec 3rd @ 7 p.m. (13 reserved seats left)
9 single seats
2 sets of 2 seats
A good number of General Admission balcony seats available

Sat Dec 4th @ 7 p.m. (25 reserved seats left)
11 single seats
5 sets of 2 seats
1 set of 4 seats
A good number of General Admission balcony seats available

Sun Dec 5th @ 2 p.m. (1 reserved seat left)
1 single seat
A dwindling number of General Admission balcony seats available

Thu Dec 9th @ 7 p.m. (111 reserved seats left)
111 seats available
A good number of General Admission balcony seats available

Fri Dec 10th @ 7 p.m. (48 reserved seats left)
13 single seats
6 sets of 2 seats
4 sets of 4 seats
1 set of 7 seats
A good number of General Admission balcony seats available

Sat Dec 11th @ 2 p.m. (67 reserved seats left)
2 single seats
10 sets of 2 seats
2 sets of 3 seats
7 sets of 4 seats
1 set of 11 seats (back row)
A good number of General Admission balcony seats available

Important Ticket Information:

  • Sorry, but UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL WE “HOLD” TICKETS – you must purchase them in person or by phone using a credit card (Visa, MC, Discover); see below for details
  • To ensure you get tickets, we suggest you purchase tickets in person at the Pella Community Services office of the Pella Community Center (712 Union St.) any weekday (7:30-11:30 a.m.; 12:30-4:30 p.m.).
  • Phone orders are subject to availability and are not guaranteed. Order information remains pending until we can verify we still have seats available. Call Tom or Wendy at 641-620-9107 to place a phone order.
  • Once the show opens on Friday December 3rd, there will no more phone or advance ticket sales for the first weekend of performances. You may still purchase tickets by phone for the Dec 9-11 performances by phone or in person through December 9th.

Reserved Ticket Prices (main floor):
Adults: $10 in advance; $12 at the door
Students/Children: $6 in advance $8 at the door
General Admission Tickets (balcony): $8 for all seats

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00 News & Updates

The Passing of a USP Family Member

We regret to announce that, earlier this week, Union Street Players lost a friend and family member when Mike Atkins passed away after a courageous battle with cancer. Mike's boundless enthusiasm and contagious joy was a welcome presence whenever he accompanied a USP production. His musical talent, but more importantly his sweet spirit and good humor, will be sorely missed. Mike's entire family are a part of our USP family. His wife, Cyndi, has acted, served as Assistant Director, and is a member of USP's Board of Directors. Mike's children, Ben and Megan, are also veterans of USP productions and Megan is in the cast of our current production of K.O.L.D. Radio, Whitefish Bay.

Family will be at visitation tonight at Garden Chapel Funeral Home (1301 Main St., Pella, Iowa) from 5-7 pm Friday night, March 26th. Celebration of Life service Saturday, March 27th at 10:30 am at Trinity Reformed Church (407 Franklin, Pella, Iowa). 

Please join us in our prayers for Mike's family and loved ones.