City Circle News

Meet City Circle Newcomer Amanda Hauta

Minsu Song: University of Iowa – Amanda Hauta’s love for theatre stems from her childhood. Her parents very much cultivated her passion for theatre by helping to create puppet shows for Amanda and the other neighborhood children. In college, she went on to study opera. One of her favorite productions she has been on stage in is Suor Angelica.

Little Women Has Been Cast!

Cast List Jo March-  Victoria Vaughn Marmee March- Rebecca Fields-Moffitt Meg March- Rebecca Bauer Beth March- Lauren Rude Younger Amy March- Maia DeGrazia Amy March- Sasha Tyler Professor Bhaer- Dustin Davis John Brooke- Sage Spiker Mr. Lawrence- Brett Borden Laurie- Ben Jaeger Aunt March- Angela McConville Mrs. Kirk- Nancy Holm   The Operatic Tragedy Clarissa- Hannah Green Rodrigo- Sage Spiker Sir Braxton- Brett Borden Hag- Minsu Song Troll Leader- Frances Bottorff Troll Army- Veda Fitzpatrick Jack Furlong Blake Gordley* Niles Granfield Maya Hanna Ethan Hill Lilly Vogts Summer Walsh – Saylor*   * Performer new to City Circle Acting Company

Get to Know Chess Cast Member Rob Beland!

Credit to ©alaynnaannschwartz of Playlife Photography and www.playlifephotography.com Minsu Song: University of Iowa – Rob Beland has been performing since he was in the seventh grade, his first big role being Huck Finn in Tom Sawyer. Because he went to a smaller school, he was able to participate in various drama activities.

Meet City Circle Newcomer Ashley Lapointe

Ashley portrays the mightily impressive Viigand, a Russian chess playing machine, in this Soviet vs. American drama. Credit to ©alaynnaannschwartz of Playlife Photography and www.playlifephotography.com Minsu Song: University of Iowa– Ashley Lapointe first began performing during his freshman year in high school and has not stopped since. Since his debut as an extra in To Kill a Mockingbird, Ashley has gone on to perform in shows such as Mooring, Trocadero Rose, and The Polaris Dilemma at the University of Iowa.

Get to Know City Circle Newcomer Amy Timperley

Credit to ©alaynnaannschwartz of Playlife Photography and www.playlifephotography.com Minsu Song: University of Iowa – Amy Timperley has loved theatre for most of her life. As a child, her mother would take her to see musicals. Those experiences, mixed with her love of movie musicals, inspired her to begin performing in elementary school.

Get to Know City Circle Newcomer Julie Thomas

Molokov (Julie Thomas, left) Svetlanna (Amy Timperly, right) Credit to ©alaynnaannschwartz of Playlife Photography and www.playlifephotography.com Minsu Song: University of Iowa – While a newcomer to City Circle Acting Company, Julie Thomas is no stranger to theatre. Julie’s involvement in theatre began in high school where she played in the orchestra until her senior year, when she made her stage debut.

Chess and Russian Influence Relevant Today

Credit to ©alaynnaannschwartz of Playlife Photography and www.playlifephotography.com Set during the politically charged Cold War era of the early 1980s, CHESS uses the World Chess Championships and chess to tell the story of two men—the brash American chess star and the earnest Soviet champion—and their fight over a woman who manages one and falls in love with the other and whose lives are torn apart by political powers they can’t control.

Indiana Director Mark Baer Returns for His Passion Project

Mark Baer, who directed City Circle’s wildy successful production of Sweeney Todd last year is returning this year to direct CHESS. So why is Baer, a faculty member at Indiana University Northwest in Gary, Indiana coming all the way from Indiana to direct what he calls a passion project? Baer and his four, soon to be five, year old daughter Samantha.

A Night Out At The Theatre

Spending time away from screens is one of the most popular resolutions this year. Putting away our electronics for an evening to share in an experience has the potential to deepen our relationships with others and cultivate new habits that increase our overall happiness. Consider a night at the theatre… City Circle Acting Company makes it easy to enjoy a professional-caliber theatre experience from the comfort of your hometown.