November 9th likely feels like years ago for the five young ladies on the 2010 Tulip Time Royal Court, who were selected by a panel of judges to represent the community in the months leading up to and during this year’s event.
A crowd of around 200 people filled the seats of the Pella Community Center Auditorium Tuesday evening to watch Tulip Queen Heidi Schulte and the Royal Court deliver their Tulip Time program for the first time in Pella.
A packed auditorium of approximately 750 people was on hand Monday night at Pella Christian High School to see Heidi Schulte named as the 2010 Tulip Time Queen. Heidi is the daughter of Matt and Carol Schulte. Schulte said it was hard to put into words how she felt when her name was announced as Tulip Queen.
“This is just so unreal and I’m so blessed that the Lord gave me this opportunity with these girls tonight and for the rest of the year,” said Schulte after the announcement.
Joining Schulte on the Royal Court are Morgan Anderson, Courtney Kelderman, Bekah Posthuma, and Sarah Van Gorp.
The Royal Court was selected from twelve outstanding finalists by a panel of nearly three dozen judges who faced a difficult selection process. The candidates were judged on their interviews one-on-one with the judges and on stage, their poise, personality, appearance, and voice. Schulte says her experience with the other candidates was her favorite part of the evening.
Also included in the ceremony was a presentation by Morgan Kuiper, the 2009 Tulip Queen. Kuiper shared stories and photographs of the many events and locations she and the Royal Court visited in 2009.
Heidi Schulte and the 2010 Royal Court will represent Pella and Tulip Time at several events leading up to and surrounding the Tulip Time celebration.
Congratulations to all of the finalists:
Morgan Anderson, daughter of Tom and Deb Anderson
Alexis Heerema, daughter of Steve and Vickie Heerema
Courtney Kelderman, daughter of Stu and Brenda Kelderman
Hillary Nossaman, daughter of Vince and Karla Nossaman
Bekah Posthuma, daughter of Dr. Richard and Carol Posthuma
Olivia Schouten, daughter of Bruce and Carla Schouten
Heidi Schulte, daughter of Matt and Carol Schulte
Jordyn Vande Lune, daughter of Brian and Lisa Vande Lune
Lisa VanderMeiden, daughter of Lyle and Kathy VanderMeiden
Madison Vander Well, daughter of Nancy Van Roekel and Tom and Wendy Vander Well
The musical Annie opens Thursday night at Pella Christian High School. The fall production is directed by Marlo Van Peursem, who says the casting of several theatre veterans in the lead roles has him excited about the performances.
“Annie is being played by Nicole Vande Zande and Daddy Warbucks is Chess Van Wyk,” said Van Peursem. “Grace Farrell, the efficient secretary is played by Kristi Van Wyk, and Miss Hannigan – that cruel orphanage director – is played by Sara Van Gorp.”
Van Peursem adds that several components of the production will make Pella Christian’s performance of the well-known musical even more enjoyable for the audience.
“We like to do a lot of different special effects, so you’re going to see sets that rotate on wheels, fabulous costumes, the lighting is pretty cool, and the choreography is just unbelievable.”
Annie will be performed Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 7:00 p.m. in the Vermeer Auditorium at Pella Christian High School. Tickets can be purchased at the high school office and are six dollars for adults and four dollars for children.