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USP Opens New Curtains on Pella’s JKF Auditorium

New curtains were installed on the stage of the Joan Kuyper Farver Auditorium this week.
New curtains were installed on the stage of the Joan Kuyper Farver Auditorium this week.

Union Street Players, Pella’s award winning community theatre, celebrated our 25th Anniversary season this past year. In celebration of the silver anniversary, the Board of Directors and members of USP launched an initiative to raise over $10,000 to replace the curtains on the stage of the Joan Kuyper Farver Auditorium in the Pella Community Center. The auditorium has been the stage home of USP since we officially incorporated in 1989 and the old curtains had been in use since the old high school and middle school building was renovated into the Pella Community Center just a few years before that. The existing curtains were showing significant wear. Some curtains were threadbare and patched with duct tape. The grand drape across the front of the stage no longer closed completely.

Union Street Players approached the City of Pella last year with a proposal to replace the curtains and the City gratefully partnered with us in the endeavor. Both USP and the City contributed funds to the project while seeking local financial support. The Marion County Foundation and Pella Community Foundation each contributed significantly to the initiative. At last December’s performances of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, USP President Tom Vander Well made a plea to audiences to help with the project and a small army of USP patrons answered the call with their generous support.

This week, Central Lighting and Equipment out of Des Moines installed the new curtains on the existing hardware tracks. All of the curtains on the stage were replaced. The grand drape, which had originally been beige was replaced with plum colored curtains to present one solid color across the stage that compliments the existing color scheme. USP wishes to express our heartfelt gratitude to the City of Pella (with special thanks to Jenny Hesseltine and Brenda Ross), the Marion County Foundation, the Pella Community Foundation, the Kuyper family, and all of our patrons who contributed to the project. Individual patrons who donated to the project will be recognized in 2013 USP programs. We are excited to open these new curtains on another quarter century of quality stage productions for Pella and our surrounding communities!

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Pella Community Foundation Mics Up USP

This past week, Union Street Players was the grateful recipient of a $1,000 grant from the Pella Community Foundation to help fund boundary mics for USP’s stage home in the Joan Kuyper Farver Auditorium in the Pella Community Center. Three boundary microphones will sit on the front of the stage and another one hangs from above center stage.

“The microphones really help us with big musical shows like Annie or next summer’s Once Upon a Mattress,” said currentĀ USP President Tom Vander Well. “They help pick up the sound of the singing voices on stage and amplify them over the sound of the pit orchestra. They are especially helpful when we have a lot of children or smaller voices on stage.”

The boundary microphones are a welcome addition to the auditorium sound system which as been upgraded in recent years with digital array speakers. The upgrades are a joint venture between Union Street Players and the City of Pella.

“The Pella Community Foundation has been a faithful and integral partner with USP,” Vander Well said, “allowing us to fulfill or mission to continually improve the quality of our productions for the community. Were it not for the Foundation and our faithful patrons, we would have a hard time producing quality shows and keeping our ticket prices low.”

Union Street Players begins their 24th season later this week. Auditions are scheduled for a production of “Vintage Hitchcock” directed by Pat Moriarity.