A Note from City Circle

Dear City Circle volunteers, patrons, and friends,

Last week we announced the cast for our production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. We had a record turnout for these auditions, and our production team selected two very fine actors to claim the title roles of Belle and the Beast. After announcing the cast, we received feedback from our community that the age difference between these two actors was inappropriate to our story.

It is City Circle’s goal to present theatre that is magical for audiences and welcoming for volunteers. We failed in this goal with honest intent, but we failed nonetheless. We apologize for having placed these extraordinary performers in such a difficult situation.

Our team has worked through the weekend to tackle these concerns in a thoughtful way. We are in the process of recasting some roles in this production and reaching out to those who were affected by the decision.

Thank you for engaging us to present better theatre. It is a challenge and responsibility we do not take lightly.

If you have additional concerns, please feel free to e-mail Evan Hilsabeck at ehilsabeck@coralville.org.

Thank you,

City Circle