Food, Glorious Food

IMG_9808During the run of Oliver!, we are hosting a food drive.
This musical is based on the classic novel Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens.  Dickens was very concerned with the plight of the poor, especially disadvantaged children.  In this spirit, and the spirit of the season, we wanted to give our community the opportunity to help those in need.

When you come to the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts to see Oliver!, please bring non-perishable food.  Alternatively, you can drop by with donations during box office hours between opening on December 11 and closing on December 20.  At each performance of Oliver!, everyone who donates to the food drive will be entered into a drawing for two tickets to a future City Circle show.

After we close, all food donations will be delivered to Coralville’s Ecumenical Food Pantry.
Their list of most-needed items includes:

  • Fresh or Canned Fruits & Veggies
  • Peanut Butter
  • Hearty Soups & Stews
  • Beans (canned & dried)
  • Rice/Pasta
  • Canned Meats
  • Toilet Paper

For more information about the Food Pantry, check out their website.

We look forward to seeing you at a performance of Oliver!  The show runs Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30, and Sundays at 2:00 through December 20.  Tickets are available online or at the box office (319) 248-9370.

Don’t Be Afraid…..


Our Music Director, Carl Rowles, has clarified the auditions process:

If you would like to sing in the chorus (which will be a large group of singers, of all types and ages), the ONLY thing you need to prepare for your audition is “16 bars of a song that demonstrates your ability to communicate a character.”

If you’re interested in playing one of the nine named roles, you should also choose a cutting from the list, and prepare that.
You only have to prepare a cutting if you’re auditioning for a named role (Todd, Mrs. Lovett, Tobias, Anthony, Johanna, Judge Turpin, Beadle, Pirelli or Beggar Woman).

Auditions are this weekend (Dec 12-14) at the Community of Christ Church.  All the details, including character breakdown, the director’s approach, a link to the audition form, and links to the audition cuttings are here.

We hope to see you at auditions, and onstage!!


Seeking Directors for Next Season

City Circle Acting Company of Coralville will host an information meeting for persons interested in directing a show in their 2016-17 season. The meeting will be held Sunday, November 8 at 1pm in the lobby of the Coralville Center of the Performing Arts at 1301 5th Street.

This will be an informal gathering with City Circle’s Play Selection Committee to learn more details about the upcoming season including production budgets, production teams and the director selection process. Direct questions to

Auditions for Sweeney Todd

Auditions for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street will take place on
Saturday, December 12 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and
Sunday, December 13 from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
If callbacks are necessary, they will be on Monday, December 14 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Auditions will be at the Community of Christ Church, 2121 S. Ridge Dr., Coralville.

Rehearsals will begin on Monday, January 4 at 7:00 p.m.
The show runs February 12-14.

Please prepare 16 bars of a song that demonstrates your ability to communicate a character.
Bring sheet music in the correct key; an accompanist will be provided.
The music director would prefer that your selection NOT be from Sweeney Todd.

Your primary audition should take no more than a few minutes, but you may be asked to stay and work with a group. Be prepared to stay for an hour.

To secure an audition appointment, please fill out an Audition Form.  Once you have submitted it, you should hear back from our producer, Liz Tracey, via email.
If you don’t hear anything within 24 hours of submitting your form, email her at
Walk-ins are accepted at auditions, but scheduled auditions will take priority.

“One of the darkest musicals ever written, Sweeney Todd is the unsettling tale of a Victorian-era barber who returns home to London after fifteen years of exile to take revenge on the corrupt judge who ruined his life. When revenge eludes him, Sweeney swears vengeance on the entire human race, murdering as many people as he can, while his business associate Mrs. Lovett bakes the bodies into meat pies and sells them to the unsuspecting public. Perhaps composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s most perfect score, Sweeney Todd is lush, operatic, and full of soaring beauty, pitch-black comedy and stunning terror. It’s one of the signal achievements of the American musical theater of the last fifty years, and it’s the high water mark of Sondheim’s six remarkable collaborations with director Harold Prince.”


Director’s Approach:

Sweeney Todd is about hypocrisy, that is, how we judge others differently than we judge ourselves. Is Anthony’s desire to posses Johanna any different than Judge Turpin’s? Is Mrs. Lovett’s enslavement of Tobias any different than Pirelli’s? Do not Turpin and Sweeney deal ruthless judgment? This beautifully constructed play highlights how we imagine ourselves righteous while quickly identifying the cruelty of others. It is beautiful in its biting truth.

A concert version of Sweeney Todd offers several amazing and rare artistic opportunities for those involved. While the fad in recent productions has been to strip this play down to a small musical ensemble and minimal chorus, our production will feature a full orchestra and as many as 40 choral singers. As the focus of a concert is on the music and the text, we will produce the full script and score with no cuts or omissions. Rather than focusing on spectacle, we will focus on bringing these amazing lyrics and music to life.


We will be looking for exceptional actor-singers whose skills match each role regardless of age or physical type.

Todd – A wrongfully imprisoned barber who returns to London unsure of the fate his wife and daughter. When he realizes that his family is irreparable, he decides to take revenge on everyone in the city. When Mrs. Lovett suggests that they grind the bodies of his victims for her meat pies, he takes delight in the irony of “man devouring man.” Range: F2 – Gb4

Mrs. Lovett – The poor and lonely owner of a pie shop. Desperate for love and a better life, she is willing to overlook Todd’s homicidal mania if he will only marry her. She withholds the truth about the fate of Todd’s wife. Range: G3 – E5

Tobias – A poor youngster apprenticed to Pirelli. He believes he has found a surrogate family in Todd and Lovett, until he discovers the horrible truth. Range: Bb2 – Ab4

Anthony – A naive and youthful sailor returning to London. He helps Todd return to London and unexpectedly falls in love with Johanna. Range: Bb2 – F4

Johanna – Todd’s daughter who has spent her young life caged in the care of Judge Turpin. She yearns for freedom. Range: Bb3 – A5

Judge Turpin – Portrays himself as a righteous and upstanding public official, but secretly uses his power to control and abuse the less fortunate. He lusts after Johanna and plans to marry her, though he is many years her senior. Range: E2 – Gb4

Beadle – A pompous public official. He is deeply loyal to the corrupt Turpin. Range: D3 – D5

Pirelli – Todd’s first victim, a flamboyant Italian rival barber; a charlatan with a secret past. Range: B2 – C5

Beggar Woman – Dirty, abused and forced into prostitution, she has a tenuous hold on reality. She is the first to notice the growing circle of death around Todd. After her death, Todd recognizes her as his lost wife. Range: Ab3 – F5

Chorus – as many as 40 performers of all ages and voice types. MANY solos and cameo roles.

Audition Process

Each actor should prepare 16 bars of a song of their choosing. Please sing anything that you feel showcases your voice and performance skills.

Each actor who wants to be considered for one of the named roles above will also be asked to sing one of following cuttings from the Sweeney Todd score. Each actor may choose the cutting that they prefer.

A – Todd
B- Lovett
C – Johanna
D – Anthony
E – Pirelli
F – Beadle
G – Tobias
H – Judge

If callbacks are required, these additional cuttings will be used.

I – Todd and Lovett
J – Johanna and Anthony
K – Todd and Judge
L – Tobias
M – Beggar Woman

The cast of Oliver!

Director Elizabeth Tracey is pleased to announce the cast of Oliver!, which will perform at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts December 11-20.  Tickets are on sale now.  Congratulations to the cast, and warm thanks to all who auditioned.


elliot manjoine – oliver twist
whit jury – understudy, oliver twist
doug beardsley – fagin
tobias epstein – artful dodger
thomazin jury – understudy, artful dodger
jessica wittman – nancy
john smick – bill sykes
derek johnson – mr. bumble
ellen stevenson – widow corney
david medin – mr. sowerberry
valerie davine – mrs. sowerberry
kevin burford – mr. brownlow
katherine ryken – bet
TBA – charlotte
TBA – noah claypole
patti mctaggart – mrs. bedwin
rip russell – dr. grimwig
TBA – old sally

workhouse children:
leo burchett
kaia burkum
astrid carlson
mari cetta
l’engle charis-carlson
lucy charis-carlson
samantha croco
paige dahlstrom
aisley foster
calla foster
niles granfield
whit jury
briar martin
willa martin
britton mason
kyle mcelroy
maple miller
oliver miller
davis nepple
samuel nester
erin netolicky
lila panek
santiago perez
savannah stookey
brigitta vande lune
greta vande lune
katherine Yacopucci

fagin’s gang:
dane christians
gray christians
maeve christians
maia degrazia
jack furlong
wylan gao
vincent green
katey halverson
sean harken
annika harvey
thomazin jury
evren sasmazer
aaron schultz
owen smith

rachel abbe
jill beardsley
riley brannian
eric burchett
pat cancilla
haley dessicino
ellen fields
emma furlong
tarri furlong
kaitlin hatcher
emily hill
carolina icardi
cassie kaminsky
brian melloy
erin melloy
sofia perez
robert steger
franklyn thomas
lindsay vincent

Auditions for Oliver!

Our holiday show this year will be Oliver!, the beloved musical based on Charles Dickens’ novel, Oliver Twist.  There is a character breakdown below of principal roles, but Director Elizabeth Tracey is also looking for performers of all ages to fill out a large ensemble, including young orphans, young thieves and cutpurses, and Londoners of all ages.  Please note that Ms. Tracey will consider gender-blind casting.

Auditions for Oliver! will be held Saturday, September 19 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM and
Sunday, September 20 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM at The Community of Christ Church,
2121 S Ridge Road, Coralville.

Please prepare 16 bars of a song that demonstrates your ability to communicate a character. Bring sheet music in the correct key and an accompanist will be provided. Songs from the musical are welcome and a British accent is encouraged but not necessary for the audition.

Callbacks, if necessary, will be held Sunday September 27 starting at 7:00 PM.

Rehearsals will begin Monday, October 5 at 7:00 PM.
The show runs December 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 Friday and Saturdays 7:30 PM and
Sundays 2:00 PM.

Audition walk-ups are welcome but priority will be given to those who fill out an audition form and schedule an appointment. If you do not hear back from Liz Tracey within 24 hours after submitting your form, you can contact her at

Oliver! Character Breakdown

Oliver Twist – A sweet, innocent orphan boy who manages to be a trusting romantic though he has dealt with many hardships in his young life. Soprano.

Fagin – Conniving career criminal, who takes in homeless boys and teaches them to pick pockets for him. Male. Baritone.

The Artful Dodger– troubled youth; the cleverest of Fagin’s pickpockets, he introduces Fagin to Oliver. Tenor.

Nancy – Bill Sikes’ lover. A cockney girl with a warm heart who takes a liking to Oliver and treats him like her own child, but is eventually murdered for the steps she takes on his behalf. Female. Alto.

Bill Sikes – Nancy’s brutal and abusive lover, a burglar and her eventual murderer. Baritone.

Mr. Bumble – pompous man who runs the workhouse in which Oliver was born. Tenor.

Widow Corney – domineering workhouse mistress where Oliver was born, later marries Mr. Bumble. Soprano.

Mr. Brownlow – Oliver’s grandfather, a kind man of wealth and breeding. Character part.

Mr. Sowerberry – the insensitive man who takes in Oliver and uses him in his funeral business. Baritone.

Mrs. Sowerberry – Mr. Sowerberry’s wife. Soprano.

Charlotte Sowerberry – the rude but flirtatious daughter of the Sowerberrys. Character part.

Mrs. Bedwin – housekeeper of Mr. Brownlow and caretaker of Oliver. Soprano.

Noah Claypole – the Sowerberrys’ apprentice, he bullies Oliver and has a flirtatious relationship with Charlotte. Character part.

Dr. Grimwig – foppish doctor and friend of Mr. Brownlow. Character part.

Charley Bates – one of Fagin’s pickpockets. He is Dodger’s sidekick.

Bet – one of Fagin’s pick pockets. Alto.

Old Sally – Mrs. Thingummy; an old woman pauper who acts as nurse during Oliver’s delivery. Character part.

The Cast of Wm. Shakespeare’s Land of The Dead

We are pleased to announce the cast of the first play of our 2015-2016 “British Invasion” season:


William Shakespeare………..Kevin Moore
Richard Burbage………………Joe Wise
Will Kemp……………………….Ken Van Egdon
John Rice………………………..Hank Welter
Kate Braithwaite………………Jen Brown
John Sinklo……………………..Brian Tanner


Francis Bacon………………….Per Wiger
Sir Robert Cecil……………….Ryan Shellady
Queen Elizabeth………………Krista Neumann
Dr. John Dee…………………..Derek Johnson
Soldier #1……………………….Dustin Davaldo
Soldier #2………………………Jacques Motyko


“Action Zombies”: Lydia Jennison, Ashlynn Dale, Emily Hill, Adam Burton, Robert Steger, Ruby Murray, Emma Furlong and Shelby Zukin.
“Warm Bodies”: Jeff Emrich, Gabby Finlayson, Taylor Greene, Katherine Yacopucci, Gabriel Newton, Janielle Rollins and Averi Bryant.

*Casting of The Afflicted is ongoing.  If you’d like to be a zombie, or know someone who would, please email our producer:

Thank you so much to all who auditioned.  The play opens October 16.  Please click here for all the details

Auditions for William Shakespeare’s Land of The Dead

Join us for the first show of our British Invasion season: a play in which the British of Queen Elizabeth’s era are invaded by a plague of the undead.  Patrick DuLaney will direct.  Auditions will be held on August 10 and 11, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Coralville Library (Schwab Auditorium).  If callbacks are needed, they will be held on August 12, same time and place.

The play tells the tale of a zombie plague in Elizabethan London, just as Shakespeare is premiering his play, Henry V, at the newly constructed Globe Theatre, which is the only building strong enough to keep out The Afflicted. Yes, it is a mash-up of Shakespeare and zombies, and it has humor, but is played very straight.

The entire script is online here.

The show goes up October 16-18, which includes a Friday matinee for students.  Please let us know on your audition sheet if you cannot be available on the afternoon of October 16 for the Friday matinee.

To audition, fill out an Audition Form.  Once it has been submitted, our producer will let you know your audition time.  Actors may walk in and audition without an appointment, but scheduled auditions will take priority.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.  If you wish to prepare a monologue, you may. Optional monologues should be no more than 1-2 minutes in length, and show ability with language. English dialect (standard RP or Cockney) is preferred, but not necessary.

Cast Breakdown

William Shakespeare (30’s) – At the peak of his talent. A superstar. Smart, sensitive, funny, brooding, sullen. Think Hamlet.

Richard Burbage (30’s-40’s ) — Shakespeare’s leading actor. Plays kings. A born leader. Warm, generous, courageous, simple.

Will Kemp (30’s – 40’s)- A clown. Shakespeare’s foil. Clever, funny, the center of every room, larger than life, vain, insecure.

Kate: (Age open) – The attiring woman. Earthy, honest, practical, been around. The sometime concubine and muse of Shakespeare – and others.

Francis Bacon (30’s-50’s) – A lawyer and nobleman. Clever, self-possessed, calculating, dangerous, but a sycophant. Excellent swordsman.

Queen Elizabeth – (50’s-70’s) – Ruler absolute. The smartest person in the play. Shrewd, funny, does not suffer fools. Very much in the vein of Judi Dench in Shakespeare in Love.

John Rice – (teens-20’s) – A young actor, apprentice to the players, smart, sensitive, curious, heroic. Will spend the play dressed as the French Princess from Henry V, in keeping with historical accuracy.

Sir Robert Cecil (30’s-50’s) – Elizabeth’s right-hand man. A killer. Humorless, smart, calculating. The best swordsman on stage.

Doctor John Dee (40’s – 70’s) – Elizabeth’s astrologer and mathematician. Brilliant, eccentric, borders on manic at times.

Soldier #1 (teens-20’s) – Very green. Young, inexperienced, brave, earnest.

Soldier #2 (20’s-40’s) – Experienced, grim, ruthless. A good fighter.

Additional players/soldiers as needed.

Please note:

  • The director will consider gender-blind casting of any/all roles.

A NOTE ON ZOMBIES (or The Afflicted, as noted in the script)

We will be casting two specific groups. The first will be a core group of actors known as ACTION ZOMBIES – These roles will be the featured undead, will do the bulk of the stage combat and get the great deaths. Make no mistake, these are who the audience came to see. The second group will be known as WARM BODIES – this group will require far less rehearsal, and be in the largest group zombie sections at the end of the play. All zombies will receive training in stage makeup, and will have the opportunity to participate in movement workshops as part of the rehearsal process.  Please let us know on your audition form if you are willing to play a zombie. If you have a preference between the two, please state that as well.

William Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead

William Shakespeare’s Land of The Dead by John Heimbuch will kick off the season in October.  This play tells the tale of a zombie plague in Elizabethan London, just as Shakespeare is premiering his play, Henry V at the newly-constructed (and strong enough to keep out The Afflicted) Globe Theatre.  Yes, it is a mash-up of Shakespeare and Zombies, and it has humor, but is played very straight.  Shakespeare fans and English teachers will welcome this grand opportunity to give their zombie-loving friends, family members and students a new perspective on The Bard.

Directed by Patrick DuLaney.

Interested in auditioning for this show? Get all the details here.

October 16, 17, 18

Premium Seating: $27
Adults: $22
Seniors & Students: $17
Children 10 & Under: $12

Prices includes $2 facility fee.

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Nancy Mayfield