Return to the Forbidden Planet Auditions

Directed by Kehry Anson Lane

Inspired by Shakepeare’s The Tempest and the sci-fi movie “Forbidden Planet,”this jukebox musical is packed with rock ‘n’ roll classics such as “Heard it Through the Grapevine,” “Young Girl,”  “Good Vibrations,” and “Gloria.” Winner of the Olivier Award for Best Musical.

PERFORMANCE  DATES
June 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m.
June 17 at 2:00 p.m.

AUDITIONS
March 30 (Friday) 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
March 31  (Saturday) 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

CALLBACKS
April 4 (Sunday) 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Auditions and Callbacks will be held at the Community of Christ Church, 2121 S. Ridge Dr. in Coralville.

SIGN-UP FOR AUDITION TIME SLOT (Audition Forms accepted starting March 9)
Fill out an Audition Form to secure an audition appointment. Walk-ins are always welcome, but those with appointments will take priority. Once you fill out an Audition Form, our producer, Liz Tracey will contact you with your appointment time. If you submit a form, and don’t hear back from us within a couple of days, please email etracey@coralville.org.

PREPARATION
Prepare 32 bars of a song that shows off your voice and demonstrates your ability to tell a story. An accompanist will be provided.

CASTING REQUIREMENTS
This is City Circle’s teen show and actors must be in grades 7 through 12 at the time of auditions.

Captain Tempest  A captain’s captain. Square jaw, rocking voice. Think Commander, Captain or Space Ranger. Tenor/Baritone, sings “Young Girl”.

Prospero  Scientist who has been marooned on the planet D’illyria. Is he a mad scientist, or is he just being driven crazy by his teenage daughter? Is there a difference? Baritone, sings “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”.

Miranda  Prospero’s daughter; a teenager discovering men for the first time—‘nuff said. Alto/Mezzo, sings “Teenager in Love”.

Ariel  (male or female) Robot loyal to Dr. Prospero. Will not be on roller skates. Alto/Tenor/Baritone, sings “Who’s Sorry Now”.

Science Officer (aka Gloria) A woman with history with Dr. Prospero (spoiler alert – she’s his wife & Miranda’s mom!) Alto/Mezzo, sings “Gloria”.

Navigation Officer A woman who knows where she’s going. Alto/Mezzo, sings “Tell Her”.

Cookie  The ship’s cook, a hopeless romantic. Killer guitar skills a plus, bring yours if you have one, killer air guitar skills a must. Baritone – sings “She’s Not There”.

Bosun Arras  The ship’s bosun (look it up). Tenor/Baritone, sings “The Shoop Shoop Song”

The Crew (Chorus/Ensemble both male & female) comprised of Ensigns/Petty Officers, etc. Number of crew members has yet to be determined.

REHEARSALS
Rehearsals start April 16 and will run Monday through Thursday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tech Week begins on June 10.  Tech rehearsals will run 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. all week (June 11-16) with daytime rehearsals added as needed.  In addition the cast will perform at Iowa City Arts Fest during the weekend of June 2-3 (exact date and time to be announced).

 


New Play Festival

City Circle Acting Company of Coralville has had a strong commitment to supporting new work from playwrights with an eastern Iowa connection. Our New Play Festival celebrates up-and-coming playwrights as well as more established authors trying their hand at something new.  Several of the works featured in previous years have had continued life including Joe Jennison’s “A Beautiful Man” and Susan Short Gilbert’s “Catchin’ the Babies”.  Authors at any level of experience are welcome to submit plays, 10 minutes and shorter.  We have no idea what we’re going to see–but history tells us our audience is in for an exciting night!

September 16 at 7:30 PM


Peter and the Starcatcher

A grownup’s prequel to Peter PanPeter and The Starcatcher is the innovative and imaginative musical play based on the best-selling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson.  A company of a dozen actors play more than a hundred unforgettable characters, all on a journey to answer the century-old question: How did Peter Pan become The Boy Who Never Grew Up?  This epic origin story of popular culture’s most enduring and beloved character proves that your imagination is the most captivating place in the world.

Directed by Patrick DuLaney

September 22 and 23 at 7:30 PM; September 24 at 2:oo PM

 


Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

The first collaboration between Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice and one of the most enduring shows of all time, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat is the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son.

December 8, 9, 15, 16 at 7:30 PM; December 10 and 17 at 2:00 PM


CHESS in Concert

With music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, formerly of ABBA, and with lyrics by Tim Rice, Chess involves a politically driven, Cold War-era chess tournament between two men—an American Grandmaster and a Soviet Grandmaster—and their fight over a woman who manages one and falls in love with the other.

Directed by Mark Baer

February 10 and 11 at 7:30 PM; February 12 at 2:00 PM


Little Women the Musical

Produced nationally and internationally, Little Women has been praised by critics for its ambition in adapting such a well-known story for the stage. This timeless, captivating story is brought to life in this glorious musical filled with personal discovery, heartache, hope and everlasting love. Based on Louisa May Alcott’s life, Little Women follows the adventures of sisters, Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March and their experience growing up in Civil War America. The powerful score by Jason Howland soars with the sounds of personal discovery, heartache and hope – the sounds of a young America finding its voice.

Directed by Chris Okiishi

April 27. 28 and May 4, 5 at 7:30 PM; April 29 and May 6 at 2:00 PM


Return to the Forbidden Planet

City Circle’s annual teen show is a Jukebox musical by playwright Bob Carlton based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest and the 1956 science fiction film “Forbidden Planet”. It has been billed as Shakespeare’s forgotten rock and roll masterpiece. The score includes pop hits from the 50’s and 60’s.

Directed by Kehry Lane

June 15, 16 at 7:30 PM; June 17 at 2:00 PM


Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Auditions

Directed by TBA

The first collaboration between Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice and one of the most enduring shows of all time.  Joseph is the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son.

PERFORMANCE DATES
December 8, 9, 15, 16 at 7:30 p. m.
December 10, 17 at 2:00 p.m.

AUDITIONS ( Audition Forms accepted starting Friday, September 1)
September 29 (Friday)  6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
September 30 (Saturday) 12 p.m to 3 p.m.

CALLBACKS
October 1 (Sunday)  6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Auditions and Callbacks will be held at the Community of Christ Church, 2121 S. Ridge Dr. in Coralville.

SIGN-UP FOR AUDITION TIME SLOT (Audition Forms accepted starting September 1)
Fill out an Audition Form to secure an audition appointment. Walk-ins are always welcome, but those with appointments will take priority. Once you fill out an Audition Form, our producer, Liz Tracey will contact you with your appointment time. If you submit a form, and don’t hear back from us within a couple of days, please email etracey@coralville.org.

CASTING REQUIREMENTS
Narrator
(female 18+) The Narrator is a storyteller who is sharing a wonderful tale with the children, their families and the wider audience. She needs to be a strong singer who can draw the audience into the saga of Joseph and his brothers, showing what shapes them into the men they were destined to become. (Vocal Range – Low F# to High G)

Joseph (male 18+) needs to be able to mature from 18 to 40ish over the course of the show.  Joseph begins as a cocky teenager who, through dealing with life’s adversities, becomes a humble man and a true leader.  He needs to be a strong singer and actor (vocal range low A to high G)

Jacob ( male 50+) is the the father of Joseph and his 11 brothers. He clearly favors Joseph as the first son of his favorite wife, unwittingly causing the friction that exists between Joseph and his brothers. Jacob needs to be a good actor, who can sing and move reasonably well. He will also be a part of the men’s chorus. (Vocal Range – Low A to C)

Joseph’s 11 brothers Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Napthali, Issachar, Asher, Dan, Zebulon, Gad, Benjamin & Judah (16 – 30s) are jealous of Joseph and the fact that he is clearly their father’s favorite son. As brothers they band together and gang up on Joseph to get rid of him thinking it will make their lives better. Some brothers may double as other male roles, depending on need. All need to be strong singers, as well as good dancers and actors.

Reuben – sings “One More Angel in Heaven” – (Vocal Range – Low B to High F)

Simeon – sings “Those Canaan Days” – (Vocal Range – C to High Eb)

Judah – sings “Benjamin Calypso” – (Vocal Range – F to High F)

Pharaoh (male 30s/40s) is the leader of Egypt and a very self-important man. He sings an Elvis-style song, “Song of the King” and is very comfortable having adoring fans. He needs to be a strong singer and actor and a good dancer/mover. He may double as a brother. (Vocal RangeLow B to High G#)

Potiphar (male 40+) is a wealthy, self-indulgent man. He needs to be a strong actor as well as a good singer. He may double as a brother. (Vocal RangeD to B)

Butler & Baker (male Age 25+) The Butler and the Baker both work for the Pharaoh. They need be good singers and will also be part of the chorus.

Mrs. Potiphar (female 30+) is an indulgent woman who likes to get her own way, and thinks first and foremost about her own personal gratification. She needs to be a confident mover/dancer, who is comfortable moving in a seductive manner. She will also be a part of the women’s chorus.

10 Women of varying age, size, and ethnicity for the roles of wives, mothers, handmaidens, featured dancers, and chorus.

20–25 Chorus roles for boys and girls (2nd grade – 6th grade) The chorus will be on stage for the majority of the show.

REHEARSALS
Rehearsals start  Sunday, October 8  from  2 p.m. to 5 p m.  Rehearsals will be Monday through Thursday from 7 p m  to 10 p.m. and  Sundays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Actors will only be called when needed.  Children will have a minimal rehearsal commitment and rehearsals will not be held after 8:30 p.m. during the week until closer to performance dates for rehearsal run-throughs.

 

 


CHESS in Concert Auditions

Directed by Mark Baer

With music by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, formerly of ABBA, and with lyrics by Tim Rice.  The story involves a politically driven, Cold War-era chess tournament between two men – an American Grandmaster and a Soviet Grandmaster- and their fight over a woman who manages one and falls in love with the other.

PERFORMANCE DATES
February 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m.
February 11 at 2:30 p.m.

AUDITIONS
November 17 (Friday) 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
November18 (Saturday)  2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

CALLBACKS
November 19 (Sunday)  2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Auditions and Callbacks will be held at the Community of Christ Church, 2121 S. Ridge Dr. in Coralville.

SIGN-UP FOR AUDITION TIME SLOT (Audition Forms accepted starting October 13)
Fill out an Audition Form to secure an audition appointment. Walk-ins are always welcome, but those with appointments will take priority. Once you fill out an Audition Form, our producer, Liz Tracey will contact you with your appointment time. If you submit a form, and don’t hear back from us within a couple of days, please email etracey@coralville.org.

PREPARATION
Up to 32 bars of a song of your choice.

CASTING REQUIREMENTS
Florence
(female 30’s) Born in Hungary has been brought up in America.  She is clever, theatrical, touching, vivacious and volatile. (Strong belt voice to E.)

Freddie (male 30’s) An American chess champion.  A cross between Bobby fisher and John McEnroe.  Arrogant and temperamental, but a genius; his chess playing is revolutionary. (Rock tenor to C.)

Anatoly (male 40’s) A Russian chess champion.  Unexpectedly charming.  He doesn’t seem a romantic hero at first, but becomes one through his personality.  An intelligent, feeling, passionate man. (Baritone to G sharp.)

Molokov (male 50’s) A Russian.  Intellectually formidable. Anatoly’s chess “second”. (Bass down to F sharp.)

Svetlana (female 30’s) Anatoly’s wife. Domestic, wholesome, homey.  A dramatic contrast to Florence. (Strong belt voice.)

Walter (male 50’s) A marketing agent.  Seemingly respectable, substantial, trustworthy. (Bass-baritone down to G sharp.)

Arbiter (Female/male 30 – 40’s) International businessman.  Smooth, but with a quick temper.  This can be played by a woman if she can sing in the range. (Rock high baritone up to A.)

Ensemble Mayor, Reporters, Russian Player, Civil Servants, etc.

REHEARSALS
Rehearsals start December 2 and 3 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. then resume after the holidays on January 4 and 5 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and January 6 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Rehearsals then potentially run from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday. Expect Saturday and Sunday afternoon rehearsals due to an out of town director and a shorter rehearsal process. Actors will only be called as needed.  Chorus will require a minimal rehearsal commitment. This is a concert version.

 


Little Women the Musical Auditions

Directed by Chris Okiishi

Produced nationally and internationally, Little Women has been praised by critics for its ambition in adapting such a well-known story for the stage. This timeless, captivating story is brought to life in this glorious musical filled with personal discovery, heartache, hope and everlasting love. Based on Louisa May Alcott’s life, Little Women follows the adventures of sisters, Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March and their experience growing up in Civil War America. The powerful score, by Jason Howland,soars with the sounds of personal discovery, heartache and hope – the sounds of a young America finding its voice.

PERFORMANCE  DATES
April 27, 28 and May 4, 5 at 7:30 p.m.
April 29 and May 6 at 2:00 p.m.

AUDITIONS
January 26 (Friday) 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
January 27 (Saturday) 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

 

CALLBACKS
January 28 (Sunday) 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Auditions and Callbacks will be held at the Community of Christ Church, 2121 S. Ridge Dr. in Coralville.

SIGN-UP FOR AUDITION TIME SLOT (Audition Forms accepted starting January 2)
Fill out an Audition Form to secure an audition appointment. Walk-ins are always welcome, but those with appointments will take priority. Once you fill out an Audition Form, our producer, Liz Tracey will contact you with your appointment time. If you submit a form, and don’t hear back from us within a couple of days, please email etracey@coralville.org.

PREPARATION
Prepare a one minute cutting of a song that shows off range and acting choices.  Please bring clearly marked sheet music.  Accompanist provided.

CASTING REQUIREMENTS
Jo March  (female 18-23) Our story’s protagonist. Passionate, adventurous, and brave. She has the idea of writing Little Women and eventually becomes engaged to Professor Bhaer. (Vocal range top: A5 Vocal range bottom: E3)

Professor Bhaer (male 35-45) is a German Professor who exemplifies proper manners. He is a boarder in Mrs. Kirk’s boarding house and eventually falls in love with Jo. (Vocal range top: F#4 Vocal range bottom: G2)

Amy March  (female 14 – 18) can double as a Troll. The youngest, most energetic sister with a rather pompous air about her. She later marries Laurie. Can double as Troll. (Vocal range top: Gb5 Vocal range bottom: -1)

Meg March  (female 21 – 25) The world-weary, yet hopeful, oldest sister who yearns for a great life. She marries John and has twins with him. Can double as Clarissa. (Vocal range top: Gb5 Vocal range bottom: A#3)

Beth March (female 17 – 21) The second youngest sister who tragically dies of Scarlet Fever. Peace-maker, lover, and an optimist who is always encouraging her sisters to dream. Can double as Rodrigo II. (Vocal range top: G5Vocal range bottom: A3)

Marmee March  (female 45 – 55) The girls’ mother. She is the strong backbone of the family, who is courageous in spite of the difficult odds she faces. Can double as Hag. (Vocal range top: Eb5 Vocal range bottom: Eb3)

Laurie Laurence  (male 18 – 23) The bright-eyed boy-next-door with considerable charm. He loves Jo but later falls in love with Amy. (Vocal range top: Bb4 Vocal range bottom: Bb2)

Aunt March (female 45 – 60) A formidable, over-bearing matron and great-aunt to the March sisters. The wealthy socialite in town. Can double as Mrs. Kirk. (Vocal range top: F5 Vocal range bottom: E3)

Mr. John Brooke  (male 30 – 40) Laurie’s tutor and a rather stiff man; shows very little emotion. He later marries Meg and changes. (Vocal range top: F#4 Vocal range bottom: C#3)

Ensemble (male and female)

REHEARSALS
Rehearsal start Monday, February 26 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Rehearsals will then run Monday through Thursday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.