Direct for City Circle!

Have you ever thought about directing for City Circle Acting Company? Now you can! See the below letter from our Season Selection Committee Chair to find out more.

Each year, the Play Selection Committee gathers to create a theatrical season for the upcoming year of productions at City Circle Acting Company. An essential part of this process is selecting a director for each show on our slate that we feel demonstrates skill, organization, and especially a particular point of view in their approach to the work.

This year we are trying something a little different. We have chosen two (or in some cases, three) potential productions for each time slot in the season. We are interested in giving directors an opportunity to choose from these and share their vision for one or more of these shows.

Potential shows for our 2018-19 season:

Fall Play: September 28-30

  • The House of Blue Leaves
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
  • Shakespeare in Love

Holiday Musical: Dec 7-9. 14-16

  • Beauty and the Beast
  • The Music Man

February Concert: Feb 8-10

  • Evita
  • Tommy
  • Nine

Spring Musical: May 3-5, 10-12

  • The Secret Garden
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel

Teen Musical: June 14-16

  • Newsies
  • South Pacific

If one or more of these shows interest you, director interviews will be scheduled for Saturday, November 4th beginning from 2:30-6:30pm.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an interview to be considered to direct for our season, please contact me, Mary Denmead, via email at: Lostfloozie@gmail.com

Thank you for considering pitching for City Circle Acting Company. We look forward to hearing from you! All best,

Mary Denmead
Play Selection Committee Chair City Circle Acting Company


Don’t Forget Auditions This Weekend for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

 

Auditions for Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be held this Friday and Saturday, September 29 and 30. Children’s choir auditions will be Friday, September 29 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Everyone else will audition on Saturday, September  30 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m to 4 p.m.  Callbacks will be Sunday, October 1 from 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.


Auditioners should prepare a song of approximately 32 bars that shows personality. Please bring sheet music in the proper key and an accompanist will be provided. Children auditioning for the choir may sing a capella. If a child does not have a prepared song, they may sing “Happy Birthday” or “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.

SIGN-UP FOR AUDITION TIME SLOT
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.

See audition page for more information about cast of characters and rehearsal schedule.


City Circle’s New Play Festival Set for September 16

City Circle Acting Company of Coralville will present its biennial New Play Festival on September 16 at 7:30 pm at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.

The Festival includes nine original 10-minute plays created by authors with a strong Iowa connection: The Third Person by Dan Borengasser; Binged There, Done That by Ken Preuss; Yogafu by Alex Rubin; I, Phone by Tom Moran; I Have a Secret by Marsha Lee Sheiness; Guaranteed by James McLindon; Clipped by Jess Honovich; American Gothic by Allan Bates; and Tea Time by Elijah Jones.

Tickets to the show are $15 and can be purchased online at coralvillearts.org or by calling 319.248.9370 or in person at the CCPA box office at 1301 5th Street and at the Coralville Recreation Center at 1506 8th Street. Seating is general admission.


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.

Directed by Ian Zahren.

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)  5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (Children’s Choir only)
September 30 (Saturday)  9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m to 4 p.m. (Everyone else)

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.

PREPARATION
Auditioners should prepare a song of approximately 32 bars that shows personality. Please bring sheet music in the proper key and an accompanist will be provided. Children auditioning for the choir may sing a capella. If a child does not have a prepared song, they may sing “Happy Birthday” or “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.

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.