00 News & Updates, 2016 Almost Maine, 2016 The Christmas Post

Three USP Finalists for Four ICTA Awards

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Union Street Players, Pella’s award winning community theatre, is proud to announce that three 2016 production crew members have been announced as finalists for four of the Iowa Community Theatre Association’s (ICTA) annual awards for excellence. Finalists are:

  • Mat Kelly for excellence in scene design for Almost, Maine
  • Mat Kelly for excellence in scene design for The Christmas Post
  • Karen Ryals for excellence in choreography for The Christmas Post
  • Arvin Van Zante for excellence in Lighting for Almost, Maine

Awards will be presented at ICTA’s annual festival. The festival is being held on March 17-18 in Marshalltown.

Several other actors and crew from both 2016 products were nominated for awards in numerous categories, but were not named as finalists. The nominees names will, however, appear in the ICTA Festival program.

Congratulations to our three finalists!

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USP’s next production, Noises Off, will be performed March 30 through April 2nd on the stage of the Joan Kuyper Farver Auditorium in the Pella Community Center. For more information, please visit http://www.unionstreetplayers.com or visit USP’s Facebook page.

 

00 News & Updates

USP’s Lonnie Appleby 2015 ICTA Outstanding Lead Actor

Union Street Players, Pella’s award winning community theatre, is proud to announce that Lonnie Appleby received the Iowa Community Theater Association’s award for Outstanding Achievement as Lead Actor (Ebenezer Scrooge) in USP’s 2014 holiday production of A Christmas Carol.

In a post on Facebook, Lonnie wrote, “ABSOLUTELY stunned and could not be more humbled!!! THANK YOU!!!” and he added in a personal message to USP President Tom Vander Well, “I DO want to say, in true Jana DeZwarte fashuon, a HUGE….THANK YOU, USP!!!

We are so proud of Lonnie and all of our 2014-2015 ICTA finalists!

00 News & Updates, 2014 Christmas Carol, 2014 Ham Buns and Potato Salad, 2015 Anne of Green Gables

USP has 10 Finalists up for Six 2015 ICTA Awards!

2015 USP ICTA Finalists

Union Street Players is proud to announce those who have been announced as finalists in the 2015 Iowa Community Theater Association’s awards for Outstanding Achievement. Awards will be presented at the annual Iowa Community Theater Festival which will be held this year in Waterloo on the weekend of April 11.

USP Finalists:

From Ham Buns and Potato Salad (April 2014)

Cyndi Atkins as Lola Van Dam – Supporting Actress
Mat Kelly and Anne McCullough Kelly – Scenic Design
Arvin Van Zante – Lighting Design

From A Christmas Carol (December 2014)

Lonnie Appleby as Ebenezer Scrooge – Lead Actor
Jana De Zwarte (Mrs Dilber), Denise Gregory (Charwoman), Jim Palmer (Old Joe), Spencer Ver Meer Vermeer (Undertaker) – Ensemble

From Anne of Green Gables (Feb/Mar 2015)

Pati Van Zante – Costumes

Union Street Players congratulates all of our finalists!

2014 Ham Buns and Potato Salad

Stellar, Experienced Cast & Crew Anchor USP’s “Ham Buns”

The Cast of "Ham Buns and Potato Salad"
The Cast of “Ham Buns and Potato Salad”

Union Street Players (USP) will open our spring production of Ham Buns and Potato Salad in four more days. The two-act comedy about small town Iowa will open on Thursday April 10 for a four show run. Despite a shorter than average rehearsal schedule, a capable, veteran cast and crew have assembled to bring the show to the stage.

Ham Buns and Potato Salad takes place in the fictional town of Hebron, Iowa in the summer of 1991. It is set in the back yards of the Prins and De Haas families. As the play begins, John and Esther Prins have died in a tragic car accident. Their only child, Thomas, is returning to Hebron for the first time since he left high school. When Thomas left for college in New York he found himself in the midst of a scandal. His classmate, next door neighbor and best friend, Marian De Haas, was pregnant. Marian gave birth to a daughter, Abby, but refused to tell anyone who Abby’s father was. The unresolved question of who got Marian pregnant has quietly simmered in the town’s collective conscience, and with Thomas returning for his parent’s funeral the heat is turned up on the old scandal.

The cast and crew of Ham Buns and Potato Salad:

IMG_5791Cyndi Atkins portrays the lovable Lola Van Dam, aunt of Marian De Haas. Cyndi is a USP veteran, having made her debut as Mrs. Cratchit in 2004’s A Christmas Carol and followed that with roles in The Christmas Post and The Odd Couple. Cyndi directed Annie in 2010 has been a member of the USP Board of Directors since 2007.

 

 

 

IMG_5735Karl Deakyne plays Thomas Prins, whose homecoming is creating such a stir. Karl is a relative newcomer to USP, but has made quite an impression beginning with his emotional confession at the end of The Night of January 16th and showing off his song and dance talents in last summer’s Bye Bye Birdie.

 

 

 

IMG_5674Doug DeWolf is a longtime veteran of the local stage and plays Marian’s amiable father, Dean De Haas, in Ham Buns and Potato Salad. He made his debut in the 2001’s Guys and Dolls and has juggled numerous roles as varied as Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing to the prosecuting attorney in The Night of January 16th. Doug served several years as a member of the USP Board of Directors.

 

 

IMG_5684Jana De Zwarte plays Marian De Haas. Jana won an award as from the Iowa Community Theatre Association (ICTA) for her portrayal of the evil Miss Hannigan in Annie. Jana also delighted audiences in last summer’s Bye Bye Birdie. Jana is also a former member of the USP Board of Directors.

 

 

 

IMG_5669Denise Gregory plays Betty De Haas, the anxious and doting mother of Marian De Haas. Denise has been very active in USP in the past few years with on stage roles in shows such as A Tinkerman Christmas Eve, The Night of January 16th, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. She directed last summer’s Bye Bye Birdie and is a member of the USP Board of Directors.

 

 

IMG_5675Griffin Hammel is making his USP debut as former Hebron all-star athlete and potential father of Abby De Haas, Matt Schuler. While new to USP, he is definitely not new to the stage. Griffin brings a wealth of experience to his role. He is graduating from Central College with a degree in Theatre in a few weeks and will be continuing his study of theatre at graduate school in Houston, TX next fall.

 

 

IMG_5724Mark Moreland plays the cantankerous but good-hearted Arl Van Dam, Marian’s uncle and husband of Lola. Mark is an ICTA award winner for his performance in USP’s Vintage Hitchcock. Over the past decade, Mark has become well known to USP audiences with numerous roles to his credit including Mr. Gilbreth in Cheaper by the Dozen and one of the memorable Costazuela brothers in the female version of The Odd Couple.

 

 

IMG_5807Arvin Van Zante plays Vietnam veteran “Old Man” Schuler who regularly sends the residents of Hebron scrambling with his infamous flashbacks. Over the past quarter century, Arvin has arguably been the most prolific member in USP history dating back to his first role in 1989’s Never Too Late. Actor, director, Lighting Designer, and member of the Board of Directors, Arvin has done it all. He was one of the original inductees of the USP Walk of Fame.

 

 

IMG_5705Wendy Vander Well plays Gladys Iskowitch, a Jewish dame from New York who comes to Hebron with Thomas and is experiencing Iowa for the first time. For the past decade Wendy has been actively involved on stage (Night of January 16th, The Dominie’s Wife, K.O.L.D. Radio) and off (director of The Christmas Post, Producer, Board of Directors member).

 

 

IMG_5658Lily Villalobos is making her stage debut as Abby De Haas, daughter of Marian. The youngest and least experienced member of the cast, Lily has more than held her own with all of the adult stage veterans. She has brought joyful exuberance to each rehearsal which clearly transfers to her performance. USP is proud to give many people their first stage experience, and we’ve been blessed to have Lily as part of the cast.

 

 

Ann Wilkinson (Director) is an award-winning teacher of theatre, having recently won an award from the Kennedy Center Theatre Festival for her work at Central College. Ann has been instrumental in bringing a number of original works to the USP stage (The Dominie’s Wife, Tulip House, Letters from Pella) and to Theatre Central (Dead Man’s Curve, Angel Camp). She has also directed The Fantasticks, K.O.L.D. Radio and served as a member of the USP Board of Directors.

Anne McCullough Kelly (Stage Manager) won an ICTA award for her role in Once Upon a Mattress and has been active off-stage as director of Cheaper by the Dozen and The Night of January 16th as well as being set designer for Morning’s at Seven. Anne has served as Secretary of USP’s Board of Directors for several years.

Elizabeth Keeney (Stage Manager) is graduating from Central College’s theatre program this spring and has brought her experience and expertise to our production of Ham Buns and Potato Salad. We’ve greatly appreciated her faithful attention to detail and keeping everyone in line all the while managing a busy senior class schedule.

Pati Van Zante (Costume Design) is an ICTA award winner for her costume work in USP’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Pati has been involved in USP for a quarter century going back to her first credited role as seamstress in 1989’s Polky Dot and the Christmas Wish. In 1997, Pati directed The Music Man, which was the first in what would become a string of annual Broadway musicals produced by USP. She was inducted into the USP Walk of Fame last fall.

Mat Kelly (Set Design & Construction) is a professor of art at Central College. Mat has quietly made a huge impact off stage for his set work (K.O.L.D. Radio, Cheaper by the Dozen, Morning’s at Seven) as well as the graphic design of posters for most USP shows over the past several years. Mat is a member of the USP Board of Directors.

Cody Kooi (Sound Design) designed sound for The Best Christmas Pageant Ever this past holiday season and returns to bring his quality audio work to Ham Buns and Potato Salad. He has been actively involved in USP and has assisted with audio on our shows for the past several years.

We invite you to come and see what this talented cast and crew have produced in Ham Buns and Potato Salad. Performances are April 10-12 at 7:00 p.m. and April 13 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets may be purchased on-line by clicking here. Tickets are $8 in advance for adults ($10 at the door) and $6 in advance for students ($8 at the door).

For more information email info@unionstreetplayers.com or call our virtual box office 641.204.1094.

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00 News & Updates, 2012 Joseph...Dreamcoat

Pat Van Zante Brings Home ICTA Award for USP

Pat Van Zante won the ICTA award for Costuming for USP's "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat."
Pat Van Zante won the ICTA award for Costuming for USP’s “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

Union Street Players, Pella’s award-winning community theatre, is proud to announce that Pat Van Zante won the Iowa Community Theater Association’s (ICTA) award for costuming for her outstanding costuming work in USP’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Van Zante is a veteran of Pella’s community theatre. She directed USP’s first musical (Music Man in 1997) and has been credited in many different production roles over the years. She costumed two of USP’s three shows last year (Night of January 16th and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat). The award was presented this past Saturday night at ICTA’s annual festival in Newton.

Congratulations to Pat who surely deserved the award for her incredible costumes! She is representative the incredible work of every USP cast and crew member in one of USP’s most successful productions!

00 News & Updates, 2011 Once Upon a Mattress

USP’s “Mattress” Cleans Up at ICTA Awards

The cast dances till they drop in the Spanish Panic!

Union Street Players continued to show why we’re “Pella’s Award-Winning Community Theatre” on Saturday night. USP’s production of Once Upon a Mattress picked up five of the Iowa Community Theatre Association’s (ICTA) 11 annual awards at the annual convention in Cedar Rapids. USP’s award winners were:

  • Outstanding Music Direction: Brystal Hopkins and Ashlee Whittington
  • Outstanding Lead Actress: Anne McCullough Kelly
  • Outstanding Scenic Design: Brystal Hopkins, Matt Kelly, and Dan Fynaardt
  • Outstanding Costume Design: Lori Vande Zande and Kathy VanNorden
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress: Nicole Vande Zande

Congratulations to all the winners!

04 The USP Walk of Fame

USP Gathers to Honor Deb Linn

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On the evening of October 15, Union Street Players gathered at Monarch’s on the Molengracht for our Fourth Annual Awards Dinner to honor Deb Linn as this year’s inductee into USP’s Walk of Fame. Pati Van Zante introduced Linn, commenting on her long list of credits with Pella’s award winning community theatre including actor, director, producer, board member and program ad salesperson extraodinaire. She becomes the seventh member of the Walk of Fame joining Dottie McGee, Pat Moriarity and Arvin Van Zante (2008), Bev Graves and Peggy Moriarity (2009), and Shelley Buhrow (2010).

The annual awards dinner was attended by USP members, faithful supporters along with family members celebrating with Linn. USP celebrated another successful year of productions (Annie!, Vintage Hitchcock, Once Upon a Mattress) with a slide show of photos from all three shows. Three USP members were also honored for receiving awards from the  Iowa Community Theatre Association (ICTA). Mark Moreland and Jonathon Gregg were awarded for excellence in character acting for their roles in Vintage Hitchcock. Jana DeZwarte was awarded Outstanding Actress in a Featured Role for her turn as Miss Hannigan in Annie!

2012 represents USP’s 25th Anniversary season with three productions planned. A Tinkerman Christmas Eve is an original musical by USP founder and Walk of Fame member Bev Graves and will be performed the first weekend of December. Ayn Rand’s The Night of January 16th  is a courtroom mystery in which audience members make up members of the jury to decide the play’s end. It will be produced in March and will be directed by Anne McCullough Kelly. The children’s favorite Jungle Book will be produced next summer and directed by Lisa Morgan. The grand finale of the 2012 season will be Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat directed by Pat Moriarity.