Union Street Players to present "On Christmas Day in the Morning"

Lucy James (played by Bella De Haan) is adopted by another family. However, Lucy and orphans at the Little Angels Home soon find out the home is at risk of closing.

Union Street Players will bring love and family to the stage by presenting “On Christmas Day in the Morning” for their annual holiday show.

Showtimes are Dec. 6, 10 and 13 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 7, 8 and 14 at 2 p.m. All performances are held in the Joan Kuyper Farver Auditorium at the Pella Community Center.

Audiences are sure to get in the Christmas spirit with the story of Lucy James, an orphan who has been adopted seven times from the Little Angels Home for Orphans. Set in a small town in west Texas during the Great Depression, the orphanage is at risk of closing its doors because of low adoption rates.

As Christmas day approaches, each character discovers what it means to be family through an unexpected journey while making Christmas miracles happen.

“We build a lot of relationships with each other, and we get to use the gifts that God’s given us,” said Mia Andringa about being part of the production. “In a lot of towns, you don’t have opportunities like this. I really like being able to use our talents here.”

The play is written by Faye Couch, directed by Marti Zylstra and produced by Denise Gregory. Zylstra said they’ve built the story from the ground up.

“I had no idea what is was about and have never seen this,” said Zylstra. “It was really exciting just to see everything come to life and be able to move things around so that you can convey a story with subtle nuances so the audience can pick up on things that aren’t outwardly said. I’m very proud of all of my cast. They’re amazing.”

Emily Hawk can be reached at ehawk@pellachronicle.com or by calling the newsroom at 641-628-3882.

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