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June 26, 2013

USP Announces Cast for Bye Bye Birdie

Pella — Union Street Players, Pella’s award winning community theatre, is proud to announce the cast of their summer production, Bye Bye Birdie, directed by Denise Gregory and with musical direction by Dr. Anne Petrie and assistance from accompanist, Christine Meyers.

Bye Bye Birdie is the smash broadway hit by Michael Stewart, Charles Strouse and Lee Adams about an Elvis Presley-inspired rock star who is drafted into the army and who creates a near-riot in a small Midwestern town when he stops there for one last publicity appearance-- takes good-natured swipes at popular culture, rock n' roll, and American family life. Albert Peterson, a down-on-his-luck songwriter for the rock-n'-roll idol Conrad Birdie. When Birdie is drafted into the army, Peterson is worried about his future as a songwriter. His secretary, Rosie, with whom Albert has long been romantically attached, convinces Albert to write a farewell song for Birdie that he will sing on The Ed Sullivan Show to a specially selected fan. The lucky fan turns out to be Kim McAfee of Sweet Apple, Ohio. When Birdie arrives in this small town, the population goes crazy and in the ensuing madness, Albert must deal with the celebrity-fawning population, Kim's manic father, Rosie and his own domineering mother.

The cast is as follows: CONRAD BIRDIE, Jacob Martin; ROSIE, Jana De Zwarte; KIM MCAFEE,  Sara Collins; ALBERT PETERSON,  Karl Deakyne; MR. HARRY MCAFEE, Greg May; MRS. MCAFEE,  Sarah Maxwell; RANDOLPH MCAFEE,  Bryce McCain; MAE PETERSON, Jackie Sharp; HUGO PEABODY, Jack Parisee; URSULA MERKLE,  Sydney Swanson; MRS MERKLE,  Sally Job; THE MAYOR, Pat Moriarity; MAYOR'S WIFE, Peggy Moriarity; HARVEY JOHNSON, Nathan Boldt; TEEN GIRLS: Sarah Davis, Devin McCain, Kara Zondervan,  Maria Bandstra, Sarah DeWolf, Sarah Peterson, Mariah Kooyman, Breanna Terpstra, Emily Ebeling, Olivia Kane, Mandolin Holmes, Kaleena VanHaaften; Little Sisters:  Julia Smart, Taryn Johnson; Teen Boys: Micah Zeimetz,  Davis Vandesteeg, Isaac Zeimetz; REPORTER/BARTENDER ,Mark Shaefer; REPORTER 2, Doug DeWolf;  and GLORIA RASPUTIN, Em Hutchison. Rehearsals have begun and this energetic cast is working hard on music and choreography.

Tickets are currently on sale for our patrons and will go on sale to the general public 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 www.unionstreetplayers.com, 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 info@unionstreetplayers.com with any questions or to make other arrangements for payment.

Production dates are Thursday, July 25, Friday, July 26 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, July 27 at 2 p.m. and also the next weekend Friday, August 2 p.m. and Saturday, August 3 at 7 p.m. and 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 or Deb Linn 641-230-0254.

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