Audition workshops for Teens

City Circle is sponsoring two audition workshops this spring. Both workshops are for ages 13 and up. Costs are $15 for Coralville residents and $18.75 for nonresidents.

Musical Theatre Auditioning will be held April 5  from 1:30-4:30 pm at Borlaug Community Room. Instructors will discuss the basics of musical theater auditioning and give specific suggestions to every member of the class, with a focus on helping performers fine tune their audition songs. Participants should bring a song (2 minutes or less) with sheet music or recorded music on CD of MP3 player.  Registration deadline is March 30. Get additional information.

Theater Auditioning—Intensive Monologue Workshop will be held May 10 from 1 pm -4 pm in the Borlaug Community Room. Instructors will discuss the basics of theater auditioning and give specific suggestions to every member of the class, with a focus on helping performers fine tune their audition monologue.  Participants should prepare a monologue (2 minutes or less, classical or contemporary) and bring a written copy.  Registration deadline is May 4.  Find more information and registration.

Instructors for the course include Christopher Okiishi, Robyn Calhoun, Carrie Houchins-Witt, and Patrick Du Laney.


City Circle Acting Company Announces 2014-15 Season

City Circle Acting Company of Coralville announces its 2014-2015 season, featuring exhilarating musicals, exciting family-friendly fare, and farcical comedy.  All performances will be held at City Circle’s home theater, the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts, located at 1301 5th Street in Coralville.  Subscription packages will be available beginning soon through the CCPA box office at 319.248.9370 or at www.coralvillearts.org; single tickets will go on sale at a later date.

The season includes:

  • The Mystery of Edwin Drood
    June 20-22. Each summer, City Circle invites teenagers from across the area to participate in a full musical production.  This year’s teen show is The Mystery of Edwin Drood,  a musical full of adventure and rollicking fun – where the audience gets to choose the ending! Patrick Du Laney directs the musical, which was adapted by Tony-award winner Rupert Holmes from Charles Dickens’ unfinished novel.  (Rated Theater PG)
  • Hair
    August  1-3. Return to the Summer of Love with the ultimate rock musical, directed by the University of Iowa’s John Cameron. Hair tells the story of three young friends finding their way in 1960s America, as they struggle with identity, family, allegiance to country, and the allure of sensual pleasure.  Book and lyrics are by James Rado and Gerome Ragni , with music by Galt MacDermot.  (Rated Theater PG-13)
  • Around the World in 80 Days
    October 10-19. Join Phineas Fogg as he races the clock to circle the globe in this Steampunk-inspired comedy adventure for the whole family that includes stampeding elephants, thundering typhoons, and runaway trains.  Directed by Patrick Du Laney, adapted by Mark Brown from the classic novel by Jules Verne.  (Rated Theater G)
  • A Year with Frog and Toad
    December  12-21. Directed by Liz Tracey, this heartwarming musical tells the story of a year in the life of forest neighbors Frog and Toad and their many woodland friends.  Based on the beloved books by Arnold Lobel and adapted by Willie and Robert Reale, this musical will charm audiences of all ages.  (Rated Theater G)
  • An Evening of Farces: Peter Shaffer’s Black Comedy and Tom Stoppard’s The Real Inspector Hound
    February 13-15 – Black Comedy places us in the apartment of an aspiring artist as he’s about to meet both his fiancee’s father, and a famous art critic.  When the power goes out, complications arise.  The Real Inspector Hound is an absurdist parody of a country-house murder mystery. When two pompous theater critics get mistakenly involved in the whodunit they’re supposed to be watching, the audience gets caught up in the twists and turns of a play within a play.  Both playwrights have won Oscars and Tony Awards. This is a hilarious two-in-one evening you won’t want to miss. Directed by Liz Tracey and Krista Neumann.
  • Into the Woods
    April 24-May 3. Christopher Okiishi directs this audience favorite. Follow a childless Baker and his wife as they struggle to meet the demands of a vengeful witch so that they may have their hearts’ desire—a child of their own. On their journey in and out of the woods, they meet a woman fleeing a ball, a girl with extraordinary hair, a cow-sick boy, a sweet-loving granddaughter, a couple of princes, and at least one giant.  Music by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine.  (Rated Theater PG)

Dress Auction to Benefit DVIP

Ramya

Ramya

Nine local businesses have donated the costumes worn by the 12 actresses in Love, Loss and What I Wore: Catherine’s, Dress Barn, Domby, Dulcinea, Francesca’s, JC Penney, Revival, Textiles, and Velvet Coat. The dresses will be auctioned off after the show’s run to benefit the Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP0. The online auction will open Friday, February 14 at 8 am and close Saturday, February 22 at midnight. Complete descriptions of the dresses and pictures of the actresses modeling the dresses will be available when the auction site opens.

We invite you to come to the show February 14-16 and see the dresses in person.

View Auctions and Bid on Dresses

The auction is now closed.


Musical Celebration Love, Loss and What I Sang February 7

City Circle Acting Company of Coralville presents an evening celebrating the songs that etch their place in the fabric of who we are.  Love, Loss and What I Sang will be performed on Friday, February 7 at 7:30pm and 10pm at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts, 1301 5th Street in Coralville.

Says co-director Patrick Du Laney, “We mark the events of our lives by the songs we listen to. What was playing when you met The One?  When he broke your heart, what did you listen to over and over? What did you dance to at your wedding?  These are songs and stories from the heart.”  Local performers will share their true stories and the songs that are meaningful to them.

The performance, directed by Patrick Du Laney and Christopher Okiishi, features Kristen Behrendt DeGrazia, Krista Neumann, Colin Nies, Okiishi, Du Laney, Robyn Calhoun, Drew Bielinski, Ellen Stevenson, Mary Rinderspacher, Ramya Hipp, Josh Sazon, Kevin Burford, and more.  Co-director Okiishi says, “It’s always a joy to have the opportunity to work with some of our best local performers.  We had so much fun with our December Holiday Cabaret performances, and such great response from the audiences, that we decided to do a similar event, though this time with a theme of songs that touch the heart.  The title of our musical evening references the next week’s main stage production of Love, Loss, and What I Wore.”

City Circle is also presenting Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron’s play Love, Loss, and What I Wore February 14-16.  That play presents stories of women’s lives told through clothing and accessories.

Tickets for Love, Loss, and What I Sang are $10 and available online at coralvillearts.org, by phone at 319.248.9370, and in person at the CCPA box office and Coralville Recreation Center,1506 8th Street.  Tickets for Love, Loss and What I Wore range from $12-$27 and are available in the same locations.


Clothing Drive to Benefit DVIP

During the February 14-16, 2014 production of Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron’s play Love, Loss, and What I Wore, City Circle Acting Company of Coralville will be collecting donations of new and gently used professional clothing to benefit the clients of the Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP).

City Circle was inspired by the stories told within Love, Loss, and What I Wore to partner with DVIP.  Many of the women who come to DVIP are in need of clothing to interview for jobs, to wear at work, and to appear in court.  Having access to quality, professional clothing will help these women present a positive appearance as they rebuild their lives and gain the confidence that comes with knowing that one looks one’s best.

Donations of professional clothing and accessories will be accepted at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts during the performances or at Catherine’s Boutique, 7 S. Dubuque Street during business hours starting February 10-22.   Items needed include:

  • Suits
  • Slacks
  • Skirts
  • Dresses
  • Blouses/nice shirts
  • Blazers/cardigans
  • Work-appropriate shoes
  • Work-appropriate jewelry and accessories

 


Announcing the Cast List for Jesus Christ Superstar

  • Jesus Christ Esack Grueskin
  • Judas Iscariot Rob Merritt
  • Mary Magdalene Hannah Loeb
  • Pontius Pilate Nick Oswald
  • Claudia Procula Jessica Wittman
  • Caiaphas Dustin Davis
  • Annas Ben LaFayette
  • High Priests Gary Benser & Rebecca Ogilvie
  • Peter Ben Nelson
  • Simon Zealotes Skyler Mathias
  • King Herod Larry Newman
  • Apostles
    Rob Beland, John Paul Horn, Jake Kenyon, Jordan LaFauce Ruben Lebron, Marisah Richards, Elizabeth Stam, Renee Zukin
  • Pilate’s son Andy Stewart
  • Homeless woman (Peter’s Denial) Jean Grewe
  • Bum (Peter’s Denial) Jeff Koepp
  • Drug Dealer (Peter’s Denial) Wesley Tener
  • Swing and Principal Understudy Patrick DuLaney
  • Ensemble (*featured dancer)
    Emma Bluder
    Lizzie Carrell
    Gabby Finlayson
    Taylor Gillhouse*
    Claire Green
    Paige Harken
    Emily Hill
    Megan Hill
    Alicia Hoecherl
    Grace Huber*
    Chad Keitel
    Jean Knepper
    Maxine Koepp
    Nicholas LaFayette
    Jacques Motyko
    Mady Nachtman
    Frederic Ogilvie
    Ariane Parkes Perret
    Makayla Phillips
    Kendalyn Pierson
    Mary Rethwisch*
    Tom Rose
    Kristina Rutkowski
    Eliza Sanders*
    Jesse Schuerer
    Robert Steger
    Avery Streeby
    Miriam Thoe
    Tempest Wisdom
    Meliza Wise

Love, Loss and What I Wore February 14-16

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12 featured actresses of Love, Loss and What I Wore

City Circle Acting Company of Coralville will present Nora and Delia Ephron’s play Love, Loss and What I Wore on February 14-16 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. Performances are February 14 and 15 at 7:30 pm and February 16 at 2:00 pm. The show is directed by Meg Dobbs. Set design and decoration is by The Luxe Zone of Coralville.

Based on the best seller by Ilene Beckerman as well as the recollections of the Ephron’s friends, the show uses clothing and accessories and the memories they trigger to tell funny and often poignant stories that all women can relate to: mothers, prom dresses, mothers, buying bras, mothers, hating purses, and why we only wear black.

Twelve talented actresses will bring these stories to life. They include Robyn Calhoun, Paula Grady, Ramya Hipp, Diviin Huff, Katy Karas, Sara Knox, Kathy Maxey, Nicole McDonough, Krista Neumann, Leslie Nolte, Mary Rinderspacher, and Mary Wedemeyer.

During the production, City Circle will be collecting donations of new and gently used professional women’s clothing to benefit the clients of the Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP). Donations can be brought to the theatre or dropped off at Catherine’s Boutique in downtown Iowa City at 7 S. Dubuque Street during business hours February 10-22.

Nine local businesses have donated the costumes worn by the actresses: Catherine’s, Dress Barn, Domby, Dulcinea, Francesca’s, JC Penney, Revival, Textiles, and Velvet Coat. The dresses will be auctioned off after the show’s run to benefit the DVIP.

Tickets to the show are $12-$27 and can be purchased online at http://www.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. ASL interpreters will be translating the performance on Sunday, Feb 16 at 2 PM. Please call 319.248.9372 to request seating in the ASL section.


Twice the Holiday FUN!

Twice the Holiday Fun! Purchase tickets for both A Christmas Carol and one of our Holiday Cabarets and save $5! This offer is valid by phone at 319.248.9370 and in person at the CCPA box office only. If you’ve already purchased tickets to one of the events, simply bring your ticket to the box office to receive the discount on the second show.


Mitten Tree!

City Circle invites audience members to share some holiday warmth with those in need by donating hats, mittens and scarves for the lobby Mitten Tree. Donations will be shared with HACAP and Coralville Family Resource Centers. Those bringing items will be entered into a raffle for 2 tickets to Love, Loss, and What I Wore or 4 tickets to the New Year’s Eve Family Show at the CCPA.


Announcing the cast list for Love, Loss, & What I Wore!

Announcing the cast list for Love, Loss, & What I Wore!

Robyn Calhoun – Geralyn
Paula Grady – Gingy
Ramya Hipp – Holly
Diviin Huff – Pam
Katy Karas – Nancy
Sara Knox – Nora
Kathy Maxey – Meryll
Nicole McDonough – Stephanie
Krista Neumann – Annie
Leslie Nolte – Heather
Mary Rinderspacher – Rosie
Mary Wedemeyer – Lynne