We Can Do It: A Season of Powerful Women is the theme of City Circle Acting Company’s 2016-17 season. The season includes August: Osage County, Fiddler on the Roof, Next to Normal, Annie Get Your Gun, and The Little Mermaid. City Circle Acting Company is Coralville’s community theatre and the resident theatre company of the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. The Center is located at 1301 5th Street in Coralville. Season subscription packages will be available beginning July 1 through the CCPA box office at 319.248.9370 or at www.coralvillearts.org; single tickets will go on sale at a later date.
August: Osage County. October 21-23, 2016. Tracy Letts’ award-winning dark comedy is the tale of the ultimate dysfunctional family: Dad is missing, Mom is addicted to pills, and at least two of their three daughters are harboring secrets as everyone gathers in the Oklahoma house they grew up in. Just when you think things can’t get any stranger, they do. Originally developed and produced at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre, this play won the Tony for Best Play, and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Fiddler on The Roof. December 9-11, 16-18, 2016. This classic musical by Jerry Bock (music), Sheldon Harnick (lyrics) and Joseph Stein (book) tells the story of Tevye, a Jewish dairyman in Imperial Russia at the beginning of the 20th century, who struggles to hold on to his religious and cultural traditions despite pressure to change. Perhaps the most powerful pull is that of his independent-minded daughters, who wish to choose their husbands, instead of abiding by the tradition of the matchmaker. Funny, sweet, beautiful and heartbreaking, this is a show for everyone!
Next to Normal. February 10-12, 2017. This groundbreaking rock musical by Tom Kitt (music) and Brian Yorkey (book, lyrics), explores the effect that mental illness and its treatment can have on a family. As a suburban mother struggles with bipolar disorder, her family struggles, too. The show, which won three Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, also touches on issues of grief, drug abuse, suicide and ethics in modern psychiatry
Annie Get Your Gun. April 28-30, May 5-7, 2017. This classic musical tells the fictionalized story of sharp-shooter Annie Oakley, and her days as a performer in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. As she falls for Frank Butler, formerly the star shooter of the troupe, elements of the battle of the sexes come into play. The show, by Irving Berlin (music, lyrics) and Dorothy and Herbert Fields (book) is bursting with familiar tunes.This is a bright, funny musical about love and showbiz, and whether the two can coexist.
The Little Mermaid. June 16-18, 2017. City Circle’s annual teen musical is Disney’s story of an adventurous undersea princess who longs to break free of her environment and explore new worlds. The show is based on the Disney film of the same name, which was based on Hans Christian Anderson’s classic tale. Alan Menken wrote the music, the lyrics are by Glenn Slater and Howard Ashman, and the book is by Doug Wright.