00 News & Updates, 2016 The Christmas Post

“Christmas Post” Closes Holiday Run

 

Union Street Players (USP), Pella’s award-winning community theatre, ended its six show run on Saturday afternoon. It was Director Wendy Vander Well’s third time at the helm of the holiday musical. She first directed the show at Third Church in Pella in 2001. Five years later, in 2006, she was tapped to produce the show for Union Street Players. The heart-warming musical, based on two Norman Rockwell paintings, tells the story of a World War II widow trying desperately to make enough commission at the local department store to buy her children the “special gifts” that will fulfill their Christmas wishes. With the help of an angelic newsstand owner, and the support of friends and co-workers, the widow overcomes a greedy store owner and hard-hearted Sales Manager and develops the faith needed to believe it will happen.

Along with Vander Well, the cast and crew included a few members (Dirk Ryals, Karen Ryals, Cal Van Ee, Brian Vande Lune, Lisa Vande Lune) who had participated in all three local productions, along with a host of others who had been in two of the three. As with most USP productions, the cast included seasoned veterans as well as newcomers, such as lead actresses Mia Andringa (Katie) and Elise Pederson (Alice), who were in their first USP production.

Attendance for the six show run:

Fri Dec 2: 225
Sat Dec 3: 242
Sun Dec 4: 289
Tue Dec 6: 154
Fri Dec 9: 249
Sat Dec 10: 220
Total: 1379

For veterans of the 2006 production of The Christmas Post, this year’s show tugged extra hard on the heart-strings, and it wasn’t just the sentimental storyline that elicited emotion. In the past 10 years USP has memorialized three of the cast members of the 2006 production who have since passed away: Mike Atkins (Accompanist), Randy Icenbice (Caroler), and Sherm Van Zee (Brother Sam).

Next up for USP:
Noises Off by Michael Frayn; Directed by Denise Gregory
Auditions Jan 12-14

 

00 News & Updates, 01 Auditions & Talent Calls, 2015 Fiddler on the Roof

USP Announces Auditions for “Fiddler on the Roof”

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Union Street Players, Pella’s Award-winning community theatre, is excited to announce auditions for our summer musical: Fiddler on the Roof. USP brings this Broadway classic to the Pella stage for the second time. Set in the Pale of Imperial Russia in 1905, it is based on Tevye and his Daughters (or Tevye the Dairyman) and other tales by Sholem Aleichem. The story centers on Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his family and Jewish religious traditions while outside influences encroach upon their lives. He must cope both with the strong-willed actions of his three older daughters—each one’s choice of husband moves further away from the customs of his faith—and with the edict of the Tsar that evicts the Jews from their village. Come sing along with timeless classics like Sunrise, SunsetTradition, and If I Were a Rich Man.

No experience is necessary and no roles are pre-cast. Union Street Players welcomes everyone to audition. Those wishing to be considered for a solo role are asked to bring a prepared song, with a copy for the pianist.

Fiddler on the Roof will be directed by Arvin Van Zante and you can direct any questions to him at 641-628-1890 or apvzante@gmail.com.

Auditions:
2:00 to 5:00 pmSunday, May 17
7:00 to 9:00 pmMonday, May 18
7:00 to 9:00 pm Tuesday, May 19
Call Backs (if necessary): 7:00 to 9:00 pm Thursday, May 21
Audition requirements:  Everyone welcome. No experience necessary. No roles are pre-cast. Wear comfortable clothes and be prepared to read, move, and sing. Those wishing to be considered for a solo role are asked to bring a prepared song, with a copy for the pianist.
Performances:
7:00 pm Friday, July 24
7:00 pm Saturday, July 25
2:00 pm Sunday, July 26
7:00 pm Thursday, July 30
7:00 pm Friday, July 31
2:00 pm Saturday, Aug 1
Thursday (7/23) and Saturday (8/2) will be used if additional performances are required