2016-2017 Season

This is the current City Circle season.

City Circle Seeking Plays for New Play Festival

City Circle Acting Company is seeking new, original unpublished plays for inclusion in its biannual New Play Festival. Any author is welcome to submit up to three original plays or musicals, but priority will be given to submissions that are: created by a local author or an author with strong Iowa ties to be performed with simple set, costume and technical demands approximately 10 minutes in length receiving their debut performance at this Festival The chosen plays will be performed as part of City Circle’s New Play Festival, September 16, 2017 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. Read More >>

August: Osage County

Tracy Letts’ award-winning dark comedy is the tale of the ultimate dysfunctional family. Originally developed and produced at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre, this play won the Tony for Best Play, and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. 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. Read More >>

Fiddler on the Roof

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. Read More >>

Next to Normal

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.  This compelling story combined with powerful performances by Kristen DeGrazia, Victoria Vaughn, Chris Walbert, K. Read More >>

Annie Get Your Gun

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. Read More >>

Disney’s The Little Mermaid

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. Read More >>