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.
This from USP member, and Opera House Director, Kevin McQuade:
THE PELLA OPERA HOUSE
THE DINING ROOM
Monday, November 11, 6 to 9 p.m.
Tuesday, November 12, 6 to 9 p.m.
Saturday, November 16, 1 to 4 p.m.
Six Actors Needed
(three women, three men)
These are paid positions. Each actor will receive a $250 stipend.
Acting experience highly preferred.
Where: Pella Opera House, theatre (2nd floor)
What: please come prepared to tell a one-minute (maximum) joke. Cold readings from the script will also be conducted. One-page resumés and headshots are not required, but they are welcome.
When: this production will have two performances. Friday and Saturday, February 14-15, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Who: the ensemble consists of six actors who each play ~9 roles. Ideally, we need people who have the ability to play a wide range of ages and personalities. Any adult, as well as any high school junior or senior with access to transportation is welcome to audition.
Questions? Please contact the director, Kevin McQuade, at 641-628-8628, or at firstname.lastname@example.org