Over 80 people attended the annual Union Street Players Awards night on October 6th at the Pella Golf and Country Club.
Wendy Vander Well was inducted into our USP Walk of Fame in honor of her outstanding contributions to the organization over a span of 14 years! Contributions include being a member of the USP Board of Directors from 2004-2017, Treasurer from 2007-2017, Makeup designer, in charge of Front of House, Set crew, Props Master, Producer, Assistant Director, Director, and performed in 13 roles according to the USP Database. In addition, she is responsible for creating our Walk of Fame awards night, and moving the organization to online ticket sales. There was a standing ovation for Wendy’s induction as a heartfelt thank you for her work.
For the second year, the USPy Awards were given honoring the outstanding contributions of cast and crew members from last year’s productions of:
It’s a Wonderful Life, 12 Angry Men, and Kiss me, Kate!
The USPy winners are:
Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role – Lonnie Appleby as George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life
Outstanding Actress in a Leading Role – Lynn Cooper as Lilli Vanessi/Katharine in Kiss Me, Kate
Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role – Danny Rivas as Juror #7 in 12 Angry Men
Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role – Denise Gregory as Mother Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life
Outstanding Young Performer – Annabelle Winward as Zuzu in It’s a Wonderful Life
Outstanding Newcomer – Justin Lenger as Juror #5 in 12 Angry Men
Outstanding Direction – Spence Ver Meer for 12 Angry Men
Outstanding Production – It’s a Wonderful Life
Outstanding Technical Achievement – Mat Kelly for Set Design in It’s a Wonderful Life
Outstanding Ensemble – Danny Rivas and Robert Uy as Gangsters 1 and 2 in Kiss Me, Kate
Outstanding Crew Member for It’s a Wonderful Life – Leigh Rasmussen
Outstanding Crew Member for 12 Angry Men – Jim Emmert
Outstanding Crew Member for Kiss Me, Kate – Holly Long-DeWolf and Denise Gregory