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City Circle Acting Company is seeking new, original unpublished plays for inclusion in its biannual New Play Festival.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.

Interested playwrights may send plays or request information by contacting citycirclenewplay@gmail.com.

Deadline for submissions is June 15.


Join us for our annual Change of Seasons Party on June 25

Join us for our annual Change of Seasons Celebration on Sunday, June 25 from 2pm-5pm at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. There will be food and drink and a chance to meet other CC friends and volunteers. We’ll celebrate the just completed 19th season with a musical and pictorial retrospective and preview our upcoming 20th anniversary season. The event is free and open to the public.  Young Footliters will also be part of this celebration.

 

 


Wildly Miscast Cabaret Auditions to be held on May 27

Come join the WILDLY MISCAST CABARET CONCERT! an evening of song and performance by some of the area’s best artist performing things you would NEVER imagine they could do! The performance will be Saturday, June 24 at 7:00 pm at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. Chris Okiishi is the director. All proceeds benefit City Circle Acting Company.

Ever had that song you’ve always wanted to sing, but didn’t think you were right for it? Wrong age? Different gender? Otherwise inappropriate for your “type””? Or that special group number that doesn’t quiet make sense for your group? NOW IS THE TIME TO LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!

Auditions will be held Saturday, May 27 from 2:00pm to 6:00pm at the Community of Christ Church in Coralville.

All ages, Junior High age and up are welcome to audition. Please bring your WILDLY MISCAST act to perform, including sheet music or musical backing track as necessary. Individuals, groups, dance teams,  monologists/short acting pieces are all welcome to audition.

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 have questions, please email etracey@coralville.org. Rehearsals will be arranged with the director and will work around performers schedules, primarily evenings and weekends.

Don’t Miss the Wildly Miscast Cabaret Concert on June 24

City Circle is proud to present the  WILDLY MISCAST CABARET CONCERT directed by Chris Okiishi. The Cabaret will be an evening of song and performance by some of the area’s best artists performing things you would NEVER imagine they could do!

The performance will be Saturday, June 24 at 7:00 pm at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.  Tickets are $15. All proceeds benefit City Circle Acting Company.

Come to the Cabaret!

 


Peter and The Star Catcher Has Been Cast!

Thanks to all who auditioned! Please keep auditioning for future City Circle shows.

MOLLY – Paige Harken
BOY – Austin Wicke
TED –  Christian Drollinger
PRENTICE – Ellis Fontana
STAChe – Caroline Price
SMEE – Elijah Jones
ALF – Jen Brown 
BUMBRAKE – Derek Johnson
GREMPKIN/PRAWN – John Shang
BILL SLANK – Kevin Burford
JOHN ASTOR – Kevin Moore
CAPTAIN SCOTT – Hank Welter

Announcing our 2017-18 Season

City Circle Acting Company is proud and excited to announce our 20th anniversary season. In addition to our biannual New Play Festival, our 2017-18 season will include Peter and the Starcatcher, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Chess (concert version), Little Women, and Return to the Forbidden Planet (teen show).

New Play Festival     September 16, 2017
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!

Peter and The Starcatcher    September 22- 24, 2017
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.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat      December 8-10 and 15-17, 2017
The first collaboration between Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice and one of the most enduring shows of all time,  Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son.

Chess in Concert     February 9-11, 2018
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.

Little Women     April 27-29 and May 4-6, 2018
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.

Return To The Forbidden Planet     June 15-17, 2018
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.


Peter and the Starcatcher Auditions to be held May 12 and 13

PETER AND THE STARCATCHER
Directed by Patrick DuLaney

PERFORMANCE DATES

Friday, September 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 24 at 2:00 p.m.

Coralville Center for the Performing Arts

AUDITIONS
Friday, May 12, 6pm – 9pm
Saturday, May 13, 2pm – 5pm

CALLBACKS
Sunday, May 14, 6pm – 9pm

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

CASTING REQUIREMENTS

Please prepare one 1-2 minute comic monologue. British dialect (Cockney or RP) is preferable, but not required. Come dressed to move.

Note: This is an ensemble-based, very physical show, where all cast members serve as storytellers as well as various pirates, mermaids, seamen, orphans, Mollusk natives, and occasionally set pieces. We will be casting actors that work best in ensemble, and are open to casting actors regardless of gender, race, age or, where appropriate to the text, physical disability. Rehearsals begin July 31.

PETER – Male-identified, teens-early 20’s. The boy who would be Peter Pan. Smart, tough, vain, but also sensitive, insecure and mistrustful. Puts on a brave face to hide his fear of loss.

PRENTIS – Male-identified. teens-early 20’s. A would-be leader. Smart, with a chip on his shoulder.

TED – Male-identified, teens-early 20’s. Sweet, not too bright, obsessed with food, with the slight touch of a poet.

MOLLY ASTER – Female-identified, teens, early 20’s. Our Hero(ine). Smart, logical, a leader in a time when women were not allowed to be, on the verge of no longer being a girl. Prone to romantic notions.

LORD JOHN ASTOR – Open gender, 30’s-40’s. Molly’s Father. The very model of a British Subject. Stiff upper lip and all that. A good, patient, devoted parent.

MRS. BUMBRAKE – Open gender, 40’s-50’s. Molly’s Nanny. A proper British lady, but with a murky past. Fun, occasionally randy.

CAPTAIN SCOTT – Open Gender, Open Age. The iconic leader the British expedition to Antartica. Painfully British.

GREMPKIN – Open Gender, 50’s-60’s. The nasty and awful schoolmaster and head of the orphanage where Peter and his friends are kept. Thenardier from Les Miz, only meaner.

BILL SLANK – Open Gender, 30’-50’s. The Captain of the ship Neverland. A greedy, nasty, awful man. As pirate as you can get.

ALF – Open Gender, 40’s-50’s. An old salty pirate. Puts on a nasty front, but a heart of gold.

THE BLACK STACHE – Open Gender, Open Age. Forerunner of Captain Hook. Vain, EEEvil, dastardly, underhanded, and kind of a twit. Also a bit of a dandy.

SMEE – Open Gender, Open Age. Stache’s right-hand man. Single-minded, sycophantic, lives to avoid being beaten.

FIGHTING PRAWN – Open Gender, Open Age, suspicious dialect. King of the Mollusks on the Island. Once a sous-chef slave in England, now a not-so-savage ruler of the Prawn Kingdom.

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..

ABOUT THE SHOW

Tony-winning Peter and the Starcatcher upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (a.k.a. Peter Pan). A wildly theatrical adaptation of Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s best-selling novels, the play was conceived for the stage by directors, Roger Rees and Alex Timbers, and written by Rick Elice, with music by Wayne Barker. From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes, Peter and the Starcatcher playfully explores the depths of greed and despair… and the bonds of friendship, duty and love.


Disney’s The Little Mermaid Has Been Cast!

We had the largest turnout for a teen show ever and we wanted all who auditioned to know that your talent, courage and enthusiasm were nothing short of incredible! Thank you and we encourage you to continue auditioning for future City Circle shows.

ERIC – Kyle Irish-Gorvin
ARIEL – Veronica Abreu
URSULA – Faye Duster
SEBASTIAN – Damarius Levi
TRITON – Nysio Poulakos
CHEF – Sean Harken
SCUTTLE – Tobias Epstein
FLOUNDER – Frances Bortoff
FLOTSAM – Agustin Colin-Sanchez
JETSAM – Whit Jury
GRIMSBY – Joey Lepire
SISTER – Ellie Hawkins
SISTER – Katey Halverson
SISTER – Claire Green
SISTER – Sasha Tyler
SISTER – Emma Furlong*
SISTER – McKenna Proud

ENSEMBLE – Ian Allen, Tommy Brands, Ben Chapman*, Samantha Croco*, Maia DeGrazia*, Payton Freeney, Alex Granfield, Paige Harken*, Reese Hill*, Ben Jaeger, Thomazin Jury*, Maddie Maley*, Deuce Martin, Zoe Miller*, Joshua Millsap, Trevor Meyers, Elias Perez, Keaton Scandrett*, Ella Schmitz, Jessie Shaw*, Anna Szot*, Ethan Upchurch, Katherine Yacopucci, Evan Zukin

*denotes Principal Dancer


Auditions for Disney’s The Little Mermaid on March 24-26

Disney’s The Little Mermaid
Directed by Ian Zahren

This is City Circle’s annual teen musical and auditions are open to all Iowa teens who are currently in 6th-12th grades at the time of auditions.

AUDITIONS 

March 24 (Friday) 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. or
March 25 (Saturday) 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Callbacks: March 26 (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.

Please come prepared with 32 bars of a song of your choice that showcases your talent and personality.  We don’t want you to stretch at auditions–we want to see who you are! Bring your sheet music in the correct key. An accompanist will be provided.

Your audition will consist of a five-minute individual audition, and a group dance audition. If your audition appointment on Friday is between 6 and 7:30 pm, you’ll be expected to stay (or return) for the 7:30 dance audition which will be done at 8:00 pm. If you are scheduled after 8:00 pm, you’ll be expected at the 9:30 dance audition which will finish at 10:00 pm.

If your audition appointment on Saturday is between 2 and 3:30 pm, you’ll be expected to stay (or return) for the 3:30 dance audition which will be done at 4:00 pm. If you are scheduled after 4:00 pm, you’ll be expected at the 5:30 dance audition which will finish at 6:00 pm.

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.

Performance dates for Disney’s The Little Mermaid are June 16-18.

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE

Rehearsals will begin Monday, April 10 at 7 pm. A typical rehearsal schedule is Sundays 6-10 pm and Monday-Thursday 7-10 pm.  Please come to auditions with a complete list of conflicts. If you are cast, you may not miss rehearsals for conflicts that you didn’t list beforehand. When considering conflicts, please check your calendars for band and choir concerts, awards ceremonies, proms, exams, graduation/grad parties, family commitments, doctor/dentist appointments and anything  else that might conflict with the rehearsal schedule.

ABOUT THE SHOW

Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney’s The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner, Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including “Under the Sea,”  “Kiss the Girl”and “Part of Your World.”

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

ARIEL – A mermaid and King Triton’s youngest daughter. She is obsessed with everything about the human world, and dreams of becoming a part of life above the water. Hardheaded, naive, and emotional, but also kindhearted. Vocal range top: Gb5. Vocal range bottom: Ab3.

PRINCE ERIC – A human monarch who has no interest of taking the crown. A handsome, affable lad with a buoyant, adventurous nature. After Ariel saves his life, he becomes obsessed with finding her and hearing her voice once more.  Vocal range top: G4, Vocal range bottom: B2.

GRIMSBY – Prince Eric’s British guardian. Droll, stuffy, and constantly urging Eric towards his royal duties, specifically marriage. Vocal range top: C4, Vocal range bottom: C3.

FLOUNDER – A fish and smitten with Ariel, his best friend. Rambunctious but cautious, fearful of the dangers that lurk in and above the water. Vocal range top: G4, Vocal range bottom: A2.

SCUTTLE – A disheveled seagull and expert in human artifacts. Loudmouthed, optimistic, and a bit ignorant, despite his supposed expertise. Vocal range top: G4, Vocal range bottom: C3.

KING TRITON – King of the Sea and Ariel’s father. Beneath his imposing presence and commanding nature lurks a harried single father who will do anything to protect his daughters. The death of his wife has also given him an irrational fear of humans. Vocal range top: F4, Vocal range bottom:Ab2.

SEBASTION – A crab and advisor to King Triton. A musical virtuoso who is constantly distraught from keeping after Ariel. Despite his paranoia, he can’t bring himself to stand in Ariel’s way. Vocal range top: C5, Vocal range bottom: Bb2.

FLOTSAM – An eel and one of Ursula’s lackeys. Oily and spineless, he will say anything you want or need to hear. Vocal range top: C5, Vocal range bottom: E3.

JETSAM – An eel and one of Ursula’s lackeys. Oily and spineless, he will say anything you want or need to hear. Vocal range top: A4, Vocal range bottom: B2.

URSULA – The banished Sea Witch and sister of King Triton. Supposedly spurned at childhood, she will use whatever method necessary to steal the kingdom and claim it as her own. Malevolent, calculating, and deceptive. Vocal range top: C5, Vocal range bottom: Eb3.

CHEF LOUIS – The French palace chef, diabolical and violent. A culinary perfectionist with an affinity for blades, seafood in particular. Vocal range top: A4, Vocal range bottom: Bb2.

ENSEMBLE – Crew Members (Pilot, Sailors); Sea Creatures; Mersisters (Aquata, Andrina, Arista, Atina, Adella, Allana); Gulls; Maids; Chefs; Animals; Princesses.

 


Annie Get Your Gun Cast Announced

ANNIE GET YOUR GUN CAST LIST

Thank you for such a wonderful turnout for auditions. We wish we could have cast all of you so keep coming back! We are very pleased to announce the cast:

Annie Oakley – Hannah Green
Frank Butler – Dustin Davis
Tommy Keeler – Sage Spiker
Winnie Tate – Lindsay Raasch
Dolly Tate – Mary Denmead
Charlie Davenport – Christian Drollinger
Buffalo Bill Cody – Gary Benser
Foster Wilson/Pawnee Bill – Emil Rinderspacher
Chief Sitting Bull – Derek Johnson
Jessie (Annie’s little sister) – Lilly Vogts
Nellie (Annie’s other little sister) – Nina Torkelson
Little Jake (Annie’s little brother) – Santiago Perez

Ensemble: Michelle Altmaier, Barbara Barrows, Rebecca Bauer, Francis Botterff, Ben Chapman, Emilee Cruchelow, Elizabeth Davis, Ellen Fields, Jack Furlong, Maria Hernandez, Willa Martin, Robert Morris, Joe Mozena, Rachael Rhoads, Nick Rudzianski, Kasey Theil, Aaron Schultz, Minsu Song, Amy Sunderman

Annie Get Your Gun will be performed April 28-30 and May 5-7 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.  Tickets go on sale Tuesday, March 15 at 11 am.