Pella Chronicle

July 10, 2013

USP stays true to details in Bye Bye Birdie

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Pati Van Zante, Union Street Players’ award winning Costume Mistress is at it again. This time she’s costuming the Union Street Players’ summer production of Bye Bye Birdie. Costumes will be authentic to the time period and Pati has pulled many costumes from the USP Costume Shop. Some of the costumes have been designed and created specifically for the show, by Director Denise Gregory and her sister Pam Van Kleek assisted by Sarah Maxwell.

Travel down memory lane with us and delight in the costumes and props (courtesy of Suzy Jones). It will be fun to reminisce about days gone by when dress was much simpler and sweeter. (Remember pedal pushers and saddle shoes?) and a time when getting pinned was exciting and special and made you the talk of the town …in a good way.

Join us for some good old-fashioned family fun and “Put on a Happy Face!” with the help of Dr. Ann Petrie, Music Director, and Christine Meyers, accompianist.

It’s all in the details...with lights and sound provided by veterens Arvin Van Zante and Bill White. And courtesy of our gifted choreographer, Chris Yarkosky, this show is lively and animated enough to keep even our smallest audience member entertained. And speaking of details…Mat Kelly, Jim Palmer, Pat Moriarity, Mark Moreland and Arvin Van Zante have created an amazing set that takes us back to the heart of a 1950’s home, the malt shoppe where everyone gathered, and even bustling train stations where excitement abounds when Rockstar Conrad Birdie is called to go into the army.

Join this talented cast as Albert, Conrad Birdie’s songwriter, concocts a contest and writes a song to make himself millions off Birdie one more time before he’s off on his tour of duty. Kim McAfee is the contest winner of Albert’s scheme and is selected, from dozens of girls, to receive a last good bye kiss from Conrad Birdie.

But Kim, unbeknownst to Albert, has just been pinned to Hugo and the whole town is buzzing with excitement.

On the heels of Kim’s pinning comes the exciting news that Conrad Birdie is coming to Sweet Apple… to Sweet Apple…just imagine..and the entire town is preparing to meet him. The Mayor is preparing his speech, the reporters are making sure they have new bulbs in their cameras, Mothers and daughters alike are swooning and fathers and sons are scowling over all the fuss. Don’t miss the fun and bring that special someone to enjoy the show with. We’re sure you’ll be glad you did. Get your tickets early while the best seats are still available!

Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning on July 1, 2013.

Adults: $12 in advance ($15 at door), Children/Students: $8 in advance ($10 at door) To order tickets by credit card, check out, click on the “Tickets” tab at the top of the page, then click on the “Purchase Tickets Here” link or contact the USP box office at 641-204-1094 or with any questions or to make other arrangements for payment.

Production dates are Thursday, July 25 and Friday, July 26 at 7 p.m. with a matinee show on Saturday, July 27 at 2 p.m. and also the next weekend Friday, August 2 and Saturday, August 3 at 7 p.m. and a matinee show on Sunday, August 4 at 2 p.m. in the Joan Kuyper Farver Auditorium located within the Pella Community Center, 712 Union St., Pella. For questions, please contact Denise Gregory at 541-571-3002.