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USP’s 2016 Season

2016 USP Season Graphic SquareUnion Street Players, Pella’s award-winning community theatre, is excited to announce our 2016 season. Each year USP produces three main stage productions in the Joan Kuyper Farver Auditorium of the Pella Community Center. Our 2016 season is an exciting mix of comedy, romance and heartwarming family fare that local audiences will love.

Our 2016 spring production, Almost, Maine, is a romantic comedy that in recent years has been produced by more high schools and community theaters than any other play. It is a heartwarming string of related scenes set in the depths of a Maine winter, and it is sure to keep audiences laughing while tugging on the heart-strings. Under the direction of Kevin McQuade, Almost, Maine will be the perfect show for date night or your small group’s evening out.

Many famous Hollywood classics began as stage plays, and our summer production will allow our local audience to experience the script that launched two popular films. Sabrina Fair is a romantic comedy that tells the story of a chauffeur’s daughter, returning from school in Paris, who upends the wealthy aristocratic New York family her father has worked for all her life. The play became the classic film, Sabrina, starring Audrey Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart and then a popular remake starring Julia Ormond and Harrison Ford. Sabrina Fair will be directed by Cyndi Atkins (who also directed USP’s Annie) and is slated for a late July production.

Our 2016 musical is a holiday show slated for the first weekend in December. The Christmas Post is a heartwarming family musical inspired by two Norman Rockwell paintings. Set during the post World War II era in a local department store, it tells the story of a young widowed mother who struggles to raise enough money to buy her children Christmas presents. The musical was a big hit for USP when it was first produced in 2006. Wendy Vander Well, who directed the original production, will returns to the director’s chair the 2016 show.

Please continue to follow unionstreetplayers.com for the latest on show dates and audition information. Auditions are always open to the public and no roles are precast. USP is a non-profit volunteer organization and is always looking for individuals who are interested in getting in on the act both on stage and back stage. You can follow us on Twitter @unionstplayers or get the latest by clicking “Like” on our Facebook page.

05 Past Shows by Season

Past USP Shows By Season

Season 1 (1988)

The Committee Meeting (Jun)
How Does a Thing Like that Get Started? (Jul)
I’m Herbert (Aug)
The Breaking of Bread (Aug)
Carpool (Aug)
Willy Velvet, Homicide Detective (Aug)
Christmas Dolls (Dec)
The Mouse Who Was Stirring (Dec)

Season 2 (1989)

Where’s the Report Card? (Mar)
Never Too Late (Aug)
Polky Dot and the Christmas Wish (Dec)

Season 3 (1990)

Murder Well Rehearsed (Jul)
Harvey (Aug)
Angels, Lambs Ladybugs and Fireflies (Nov)

Season 4 (1991)

The Murder Room (May)
The Stone in the Road
Christmas Cards on Display (Dec)

Season 5 (1992)

Arsenic and Old Lace (Aug)
Christmas in Treetown (Dec)

Season 6 (1993)

First Night (May)
You Can’t Take it With You (Aug)
Reindeer on Strike (Dec)

Season 7 (1994)

Something’s Afoot (Aug)
Teddy B’s Christmas Treat (Dec)

Season 8 (1995)

Greater Tuna (May)
The Man Who Came to Dinner (Aug)

Season 9 (1996)

Death Takes aHoliday (Aug)
Polky Dot and the Christmas Wish (Dec)

Season 10 (1997)

Love Letters (May)
Music Man (Aug)
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Dec)

Season 11 (1998)

On Golden Pond (Feb)
Diaries of Adam and Eve (May)
Fiddler on the Roof (Jul)
A Christmas Carol (Dec)

Season 12 (1999)

Little Women (Feb)
The Four Poster (May)
The Sound of Music (Jul)
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Dec)

Season 13 (2000)

The Nerd (Feb)
Talley’s Folly (May)
Hello Dolly! (Jul)
Miracle on 34th Street (Dec)

Season 14 (2001)

Steel Magnolias (Feb)
A Short Collection of Romantic Comedies (May)
A Perfect Match
Visitor from Forest Hills
I’m Herbert
Guys and Dolls (Jul)
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Nov/Dec)

Season 15 (2002)

Love, Sex and the IRS (Feb)
Oklahoma! (Jul)
It’s a Wonderful Life (Dec)

Season 16 (2003)

Nunsense (Feb)
The Dominie’s Wife (May)
The King and I (Jul)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Nov/Dec)

Season 17 (2004)

Much Ado About Nothing (Feb)
South Pacific (Jul)
A Christmas Carol (Dec)

Season 18 (2005)

Barefoot in the Park (Feb)
Of Wooden Shoes and Windmills (May)
The Fantasticks (Jul)
Yes, Virginia, there Really is a Santa Claus (Dec)

Season 19 (2006)

The Dominie’s Wife (May)
Our Town (Jul)
The Christmas Post (Dec)

Season 20 (2007)

Morning’s at Seven (Feb)
Tulip House (May)
The Music Man (Jul/Aug)
Pella & The City that Wasn’t There (Video)
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Dec)

Season 21 (2008)

The Odd Couple (female version) (Feb)
The Pirates of Penzance (Jul/Aug)
Cheaper by the Dozen (Nov)

Season 22 (2009)

Letters from Pella (May)
Sound of Music (Aug)
Little House Christmas at Plum Creek (Dec)

Season 23 (2010)

K.O.L.D. Radio (Apr)
Charlotte’s Web (Jul)
Annie! (Dec)

Season 24 (2011)

Vintage Hitchcock (Mar)
Once Upon a Mattress (Jul)
Tinkerman’s Christmas Eve (Dec)

Season 25 (2012)

Night of January 16th (Mar/Apr)
Jungle Book (Jul)
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Dec)

Season 26 (2013)

Bye Bye Birdie (Jul)
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Dec)

Season 27 (2014)

Ham Buns and Potato Salad (Apr)
Seussical the Musical (Jul)
Charles Dickens presents A Christmas Carol (Dec)

Season 28 (2015)

Anne of Green Gables (Mar)
Fiddler on the Roof (Jul)
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Dec)

Season 29 (2016)

Almost, Maine (Apr)
Sabrina Fair (Jul)
The Christmas Post (Dec)

Season 30 (2017)

Noises Off
The Wizard of Oz
It’s a Wonderful Life

Season 31 (2018)

12 Angry Men
Kiss Me, Kate
The Little Mermaid

Season 32 (2019)

Leaving Iowa
Mamma Mia!
On Christmas Day in the Morning