00 News & Updates, 01 Auditions & Talent Calls

Theatrical Experience Offered for Grades 5-8

Union Street Players is sponsoring The Theatrical Experience-Summer production of Tom Sawyer,  this summer which is scheduled for the week of June 20-25! It will be, for children Currently in  5th grade through 8th grade (as of this school year).  It will include creating a production of Tom Sawyer. There are stage roles for 5 girls and 8 boys (The first 5 girls and 8 boys to register are guaranteed a stage role in the production.). There are also 6 production roles available in areas such as directing, lighting, sound, stage manager, etc. This production will be created entirely by the children with adult guidance. There are limited spots available so don’t delay in registering your child for this delightful learning experience!

The fee per child is $50 for the camp.
Registration is from April 4 to May 2, 2016.

Please click on the link provided below for registration info and camp details.

Contact cody.kooi@gmail.com with questions or for more information.


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

USP Announces Auditions for “Fiddler on the Roof”


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.

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.
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
03 Drama Camp

USP Sets the Stage for Annual Summer Youth Drama Camp

Union Street Players will once again be holding summer drama camps for children. The camps will run July 30th through August 3rd at the Pella Community Center, 712 Union Street.  Brystal Hopkins will lead the morning session for students who have just completed kindergarten through 4th grade, and Suzi Jones will lead the afternoon session for students in grades 5-8. The morning session runs from 8:30 am until 11:30 am  and the afternoon runs from 12:30 pm until 3:30 pm. On Friday August 3rd a performance for family and friends will be held at 6:30 pm.

2012 USP Drama Camp Registration Form

Registration forms can also be picked up at the Community Center office. Interested parties can also contact Brystal Hopkins at brystalhopkins@gmail.com, Suzi Jones at suzanne.jones@pella.k12.ia.us or mail completed registrations to 503 Washington, Pella, Iowa 50219. Both camps will work on developing theatre skills through activities involving movement, voice and storytelling. “A great thing about developing theatre skills is that students are also building skills for communication, cooperation and creativity,” said Suzi Jones. “Those are skills that are directly transferable to the classroom at any age.” Families are encouraged to register soon as classes have been filled to capacity in previous summers.