Nearly 100 people gathered at the Pella Opera House last night for Union Street Players Awards Night. Doug DeWolf was inducted into the USP Walk of Fame, and winners were announced for the first annual “USPy” Awards for Outstanding Production and Performance.
The three shows of USP’s 2016-2017 season were adjudicated by five are theatre educators. Judges announced award nominees in early August and the winners were announced at last night’s presentations.
Winners were (in the order they were presented):
- Technical Achievement: Jim Palmer (Set Design of Noises Off)
- Outstanding Supporting Actress: Kim Beyer (Dixie Plunkett in The Christmas Post)
- Outstanding Newcomer: Elise Pederson (Alice Garfield in The Christmas Post)
- Outstanding Supporting Actor: Tom Vander Well (Eliott Herzog Jr. in The Christmas Post)
- Outstanding Young Performer: Mia Andringa (Katie Garfield in The Christmas Post)
- Outstanding Direction: Wendy Vander Well (The Christmas Post)
- Outstanding Lead Actress: Lisa Witzenberg (Hattie McGee in The Christmas Post)
- Outstanding Ensemble: The Three Crows (The Wizard of Oz)
- Outstanding Lead Actor: Lonnie Appleby (Garry in Noises Off)
- Outstanding Production: The Wizard of Oz
The big honor of the evening went to Doug DeWolf who was introduced by last year’s Walk of Fame inductee, Spence Ver Meer.
More details about the evening along with photographs from Lisa Morgan, who served as photographer for the event, will be posted when they become available.