The Farces Are Cast

Krista Neumann and Elizabeth Tracey, directors of The Real Inspector Hound and Black Comedy, respectively, have announced the casts for both shows.

The Real Inspector Hound cast:

Moon:   Hank Welter
Birdboot:   Josh Sazon
Simon:   Ellis Fontana
Felicity:  Catherine Shook
Inspector Hound:   Rip Russell
Magnus:   Joseph Dobrian
Mrs. Drudge:  Kristin Owens
Cynthia:  TBA

The Black Comedy cast:

Brindsley Miller:   Elijah Jones
Carol Melkett:   Oli Peters
Miss Furnival:  Robyn Calhoun
Colonel Melkett:   Derek Johnson
Harold Gorringe:  Bryant Duffy
Clea:  Katy Karas
Schuppanzigh: TBA
Georg Bamburger: TBA

Please note that there are a few roles yet to be cast: Cynthia in Hound, and Schuppanzigh and Bamburger in Black Comedy.  If you’re an actor (or would like to be), please check the character breakdowns here, and submit an Audition Form to let our directors know that you’re interested.  If you’re not an actor (or not the right type for these roles), but you know someone who is, please spread the word.

Congratulations to the casts, and warm thanks to all who came out to audition.

Breakfast with Santa & Festival of Trees

Kick off the holiday season with two great events.

Breakfast with Santa will take place on Saturday, Nov 29 at 9:00 and 10:00am.   Breakfast includes pancakes, fruit, coffee and juice plus a visit with Santa and a picture that will be perfect for your holiday cards.  Santa’s helpers will be on hand to help with crafts, too.  All the fun happens at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.  You can buy tickets at the box office right before the event, or online.

Later on Saturday night is the annual gala celebration, the Festival of Trees; an evening of food, fun, festive performances, and holiday decor!

Tickets include heavy hors d’oeuvres, performances featuring City Circle and Nolte Academy talent, dancing on stage, and more! Of course we’ll have live and silent auctions of artistically decorated trees and wreaths and the ever popular grab bags. This party is fun for all ages and the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit.

6:30 PM: Event begins – food and cash bar
7:30 PM: Live auction of trees
8:00 PM: Performance
9:00 PM: Silent auction closes
10:30 PM: Event ends

Buy tickets at the box office or online.

Holiday Cabaret: Nice & Naughty Are Back!

cabaretThe Nice & Naughty Cabaret shows are back for a second year!
Shows are Saturday evenings, December 13 & 20 at 7:30pm (Nice) and 10:00pm (Naughty) at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.

Tickets to either show are $10.  Buy a ticket for both shows for only $15! Get tickets at the CCPA box office at 1301 5th St in Coralville, by phone at
(319) 248-9370, or online

This year’s Nice Cabaret will once again feature a Children’s Choir, the Hawkettes, and a host of holiday songs, old and new.  Some will touch your heart, and some will tickle your funny bone.  The Nice Cabaret is a perfect way to celebrate the holidays with the entire family.  It’s G-rated, and doesn’t give away any important seasonal secrets. Bring the kids!

The Naughty Cabaret presents holiday music and comedy with an irreverent edge.  It’s rated PG, but has been known to slip into R territory from time to time.  Anyone who has felt a bit like Scrooge or the Grinch during this festive, frustrating, cheery, chaotic time of the year will love the Naughty Cabaret!

Make a night of it: bring the kids to the Nice Cabaret, meet the sitter at home during the break, then come back for a glass of wine and be a little naughty with us.


AUDITIONS for Black Comedy and The Real Inspector Hound

Our February play will be one evening that includes two one-act farces: Black Comedy by Peter Shaffer, directed by Elizabeth Tracey and The Real Inspector Hound by Tom Stoppard, directed by Krista Neumann.
The shows will be performed Feb 13 & 14 at 7:30pm and Feb 15 at 2:00pm at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.
Rehearsals will start Jan 5, and will [usually] be Sun-Thurs evenings from 7:00pm-10:00pm.

Auditions will take place on Mon, Dec 15 and Tue, Dec 16 from 6:00-8:00pm at the Coralville Library.
Actors will be asked to read from the script – there is no need to prepare a monologue.
To secure an audition time, please fill out an Audition Form.  Walk-ins are welcome, but scheduled auditions will take priority.

Please note: If you’d like to audition, but cannot make these times, an alternate time can easily be set up.
Fill out an Audition Form, and you’ll be contacted to schedule an audition.

Both scripts are available online for perusal: Black Comedy  and The Real Inspector Hound

Below are character breakdowns for both plays.


BRINDSLEY MILLER: A young sculptor (mid-twenties), intelligent and attractive, but nervous and uncertain of himself.

CAROL MELKETT: His fancée. A young debutante; very pretty, very spoiled; very silly. Her sound is that unmistakable, terrifying deb quack.

MISS FURNIVAL: A middle-aged lady. Prissy and refined. Clad in the blouse and sack skirt of her gentility, her hair in a bun, her voice in a bun, she reveals only the repressed gestures of the middle-class spinster – until alcohol undoes her.

COLONEL MELKETT: CAROL’s commanding father. Brisk, barky, yet given to sudden vocal calms which suggest a deep and alarming instability. It is not only the constant darkness which gives him his look of wide-eyed suspicion.

HAROLD GORRINGE: The bachelor owner of an antique-china shop, and BRINDSLEY’s neighbour, HAROLD comes from the North of England. His friendship is highly conditional and possessive: sooner or later, payment for it will be asked. A specalist in emotionial blackmail, he can become hysterical when slighted, or (as inevitably happens) rejected. He is older than BRINDSLEY by several years.

SCHUPPANZIGH: A German refugee, chubby, cultivated, and effervescent. He is an entirely happy man, delighted to be in England, even if this means being employed full time by the London Electricity Board.

CLEA: BRINDSLEY’s ex-mistress. Mid-twenties; dazzling, emotional, bright and mischievous. The challenge to her to create a dramatic situation out of the darkness is ultimately irresistible.

GEORG BAMBERGER: An elderly millionaire art collector, easily identifiable as such. Like the Electrician, he is a German.



Moon – a second-string theatre critic, called to the production to review it in the absence of Higgs, another critic. Moon’s jealousy of Higgs’ superior reputation seems to make him question his own purpose, with Moon’s ultimate thoughts being of Higgs’ death.

Birdboot – a theatre critic and a womaniser, who catapults young actresses to stardom by delivering dazzling reviews in return, we assume, for sexual favours. While married to Myrtle, he is having an affair with the actress who plays Felicity in the play within the play.

Higgs – the senior critic, Moon is his stand-in.

Puckeridge – the third-string theatre critic, or Moon’s stand-in. In early versions of the play, this character was called “McCafferty”.

Play-within-a-play characters
Mrs Drudge – The maid, or char, of Muldoon Manor. One of Stoppard’s primary vehicles for emphasising the satirical character of the story. Her cockney accent adds to the humour of Stoppard’s play.

Simon Gascoyne – New to the neighbourhood, Simon has had affairs with both Felicity and Cynthia. He takes an instant dislike to Magnus, as they are both in love with Cynthia. Later in the play, Birdboot assumes the role of Simon Gascoyne, and vice versa.

Felicity Cunningham – A beautiful, innocent, young friend of Cynthia’s who has had an affair with Simon and Birdboot. She is seemingly sweet and charming, but soon seeks ruthless revenge.

Cynthia Muldoon – Apparent widow of Lord Albert Muldoon who disappeared ten years ago. She claims to be very upset about her husband’s disappearance, but the audience is led to think otherwise. Sophisticated and beautiful. She has had an affair with Simon.

Major Magnus Muldoon – Lord Albert Muldoon’s crippled half-brother who just arrived from Canada. Has a desire for his late brother’s widow, Cynthia. Takes an instant dislike to Simon, as they are both in love with Cynthia.

Inspector Hound – Appears from outside the house in the middle of the play to investigate an alleged phone call. Moon assumes this role near the end of the play, and vice versa.

We look forward to seeing you at auditions!

The Cast of A Year with Frog and Toad

Director Elizabeth Tracey has cast our holiday musical, A Year with Frog and Toad.
We look forward to seeing the following on stage in December:

Joe Mosher as Frog
Ken Van Egdon as Toad
Renee Zukin as Man Bird, Lizard, Father Frog
Heidi Bibler as Lady Bird #1, Mouse, Mole
Katherine Boothroyd as Lady Bird #2, Turtle
Brett Borden as Snail
Kristina Rutkowski as Squirrel, Young Frog, Mole
Shelby Zukin as Squirrel, Mother Frog, Mole

Congratulations to the cast, and thanks to all who auditioned.

For more information on A Year with Frog and Toad, including show dates and ticket information, go to the Production page.

Barbara S. Lee Memorial Fund is Established

barbara leeCity Circle Founding Member Barbara S. Lee, 62, of North Liberty, died Sunday, September 7th, at her home following a courageous battle with cancer.

A vibrant and electric presence off-stage and on, Barb will be remembered for her feisty wit and soaring soprano, in addition to her years on the City Circle Board of Directors, where she served as Secretary.  Among her favorites roles was Jeanette, the hard talking piano player in The Full Monty–a role that she proudly costumed from her own closet–and a haughty but hysterical nun in Nunsense–a role that she proudly did not costume from her own closet.  Most poignantly, she portrayed a dancing bear confronting mortality in The Arkansaw Bear.  She particularly enjoyed the photography of her character from The Rocky Horror Show.

She was reminiscing about her theatrical past with many of the men from the Full Monty just one day before her passing, laughing and smiling, telling stories and correcting others when details were not in keeping with her memory.

She and her family have asked that donations be made in her memory to City Circle Acting Company of Coralville.

Auditions for A Year with Frog & Toad

Auditions for the heartwarming family musical, A Year with Frog & Toad, will be held on Saturday, September 27 at the Coralville Recreation Center.
Initial auditions will be from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and callbacks will be 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Please prepare 32 bars of a song that showcases your range. You may be asked to read from the script.
To gauge the musical style of this show, check out this clip.

Fill out an Audition Form for an appointment.
Walk-ins are welcome, but scheduled appointments will take priority.

See the production page for more information.

New Play Festival & Catchin’ The Babies

City Circle is proud to present our biennial celebration of emerging voices in theater.
This year, the New Play Festival will be a one-night-only event, on Saturday, September 20 at 7:00 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. Buy tickets for the New Play Festival here.

That same weekend, we’re bringing Catchin’ The Babies, by Sue Gilbert, to the CCPA stage, for two performances: Thursday, September 18 at 7:30 and Saturday, September 20 at 2:00. Buy tickets for Catchin’ The Babies here.
Tickets for these shows are $12.  Buy tickets for both, and save with the New Play Festival Package, $20.

2014’s New Play Festival features eight short plays by Iowa playwrights.  They present a wide variety of tones, styles and subject matter.
Some contain adult themes and language.  Each has its own director and cast, which are listed here. The New Play festival is “uber-directed” and produced by Liz Tracey. The selected plays are:

Boy In A Cage by Catherine Shook  – Hot In The Kitchen by Chris Okiishi – Lovely, Wonderful Thoughts by Elizabeth Breed – on the possibilities of endings by Jennifer Fawcett – Shoving It In The Alleyway by Elijah Jones – The Concentrated Masses by Duane Larson – They Grow Up So Fast by Duane Larson – Wednesday Night Witness by Amy White

The New Play Festival is sponsored this year by Heuer Publishing.  Heuer is providing monetary prizes to the writers of the plays judged to be the best of the Fest.  Additionally, the playwrights will have the opportunity to have their plays published by Heuer.  Awards will be announced the night of the festival.

Catchin’ the Babies is a glimpse into early pioneer life, as seen through the eyes of Annie MacFarlane, a half-Cherokee, half-Irish midwife. Written and performed by Sue Gilbert, one of Annie’s descendants, the play grew out of previous City Circle New Play Festivals. In February 2007, Catchin’ the Babies competed in the Iowa Association of American Community Theatres Festival and won Best Play, Best Female Actor, and Best Set Design (Michael Blake).  It is directed by John Harper.


The New Play Festival Is Cast!

The eight plays selected for City Circle’s New Play Festival have been cast.
Sincere thanks to all who auditioned.
The New Play Festival will be at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts on September 20.

The casts are:

Boy In A Cage by Catherine Shook
Directed by Robyn Calhoun
Man: Skyler Matthias
Boy: Jackson Brus

Hot In The Kitchen by Chris Okiishi
Directed by Elijah Jones
Phil: Greg Kilberger
Phyllis: Paula Grady

Lovely, Wonderful Thoughts by Elizabeth Breed
Directed by Mary Sullivan
Peter: Natalie Johnson
Wendie: Claire Green
Jonny: Chad Keitel
Mike: Sage Spiker
Mary: Jessica Murillo
George: Robert Kemp

on the possibilities of endings by Jennifer Fawcett
Directed by Scott Strode
Man: Scott Strode
Woman: Katy Karas

Shoving It In the Alleyway by Elijah Jones
Directed by Patrick DuLaney
Tony: Greg Kilberger
Jerry: Shane Nielson

The Concentrated Masses by Duane Larson
Directed by Adeara Jean Maurice
Linderson: Kevin Burford
Old Anderson: Brian Tanner
New Anderson: J.P. Horn
Gunderson: John Smick
Henderson: Adam Burton

They Grow Up So Fast by Duane Larson
Directed by Scott Strode
Marion: Dawn Slezak
John: Monty Beal
Billy: Felipe Carrasco

Wednesday Night Witness by Amy White
Directed by Liz Tracey
Jake: Jackson Brus
Brody: Carson Slezak