The Hobbit auditions set for Aug. 28-29

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.”

Millions of imaginations have been born from this unassuming first line of J.R.R. Tolkien’s 1937 masterpiece and, director James Trainor reminds us, “The Hobbit continues to capture new imaginations over the years.” For generations, children have learned about adventure through the wide eyes of Bilbo Baggins, and this fall City Circle will be weaving the magic of Middle Earth on the CCPA stage. The script, adapted by Patricia Gray in 1968, is a popular property in its own right, and City Circle is excited to be bringing it to the Corridor.

There are a wide variety of opportunities for actors in this show. Trainor says, “this will be a youth-focused production, but there will be parts for adults as well, and the finished product is sure to be fun for the whole family.” City Circle is thrilled to announce the detailed audition information:

  • Bilbo Baggins  The titular hobbit. A reluctant adventurer. (Male, age 12-18)
  • Thorin Oakenshield  The king of the dwarves. A bold leader. (Male, age 18-22)
  • 12 Dwarves  Adventurers on a quest for wealth and fame (Male or Female, age 8-16)
  • Gandalf  An ancient wizard who aids the wee folk in their quest. (Male, age 40+)
  • Gollum  A hideous creature, corrupted by the Ring of Power. (Male or Female, age 8-16)
  • Smaug  A dragon who guards treasure taken from Thorin’s ancestors (Male or Female, age 18+)
  • Elven-Queen  Queen of the Elves. Smaug also stole her people’s treasure. (Female, age 18+)
  • Bert  A troll (Male, age 18+)
  • Tom  Another troll (Male, age 18+)
  • Essie  Another troll (Female, age 18+)
  • [various Goblins, Hobbits, and Elves for smaller roles]

Trainor says that he is “excited to guide young actors through the magical world of Middle-Earth,” but doesn’t want you to forget the wide range of opportunities available. “If you’re 8 or 80 and love the stage, come out and audition!”

Auditions run 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 28, and Wednesday, Aug. 29, and will be held in the E. Jean Schwab Auditorium at the Coralville Public Library. Rehearsals will begin after Labor Day, and the show opens October 26. Contact cc.thehobbit@gmail.com with any questions.


Urinetown replacing Spring Awakening in 2012-13 season

City Circle Acting Company of Coralville is excited to announce Urinetown as an addition to its 2012-13 season. Directed by Jesse Jensen, the uproariously funny musical is scheduled to take the stage Feb. 1-10, 2013, at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.

“We chose this musical because we felt it was cutting-edge, interesting, new, and particularly interesting in our current political climate,” said Dawn Clark, chair of City City Circle’s Board of Directors. “We chose Jesse as the director because he has an exciting vision for this show. He is relatively new to the area and brings an energetic voice.”

Urinetown is a hilarious tale of greed, corruption, love, and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity’s most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides he’s had enough, and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom.

Inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, Urinetown is an irreverently humorous satire in which no one is safe from scrutiny. Praised for reinvigorating the very notion of what a musical could be, it catapults the “comedic romp” into the new millennium with its outrageous perspective, wickedly modern wit, and sustained ability to produce gales of unbridled laughter.

The characters of Bobby Strong and Hope Cladwell were both included on New York Theatre Monthly’s list of “The 100 Greatest Roles in Musical Theatre”.

Written by Greg Kotis and Mark Hollman, members of Chicago’s fringe theatre scene, Urinetown opened during the 1999 New York Fringe Festival and transferred to Broadway in 2001. It won three Tony Awards among its 10 nominations.

Jensen is a recent transplant from Chicago where he spent many years acting, directing, and teaching theatre. He studied acting and new play development at the University of South Dakota, where he received his BFA. In addition to directing musical mainstays like Damn Yankees, Jensen has work-shopped and directed many original works featuring a variety of age groups. Urinetown’s grittiness, edge, commentary, and irreverence appeal to his interest and background in developing works that challenge the theatre’s conventions.

 


Spring Awakening to be replaced in 2012-13 season

City Circle Acting Company of Coralville has cancelled its production of Spring Awakening scheduled for Feb. 1-10, 2013, and will fill the opening in the season schedule with a show to be determined in the coming weeks.

The decision to replace the production was not an easy one, said Dawn Clark, chair of City Circle’s Board of Directors. But with Spring Awakening being produced by both the University of Iowa and Theatre Cedar Rapids in the coming year, the Board saw this as an opportunity to better serve the audience.

“With respect to our neighboring theater companies and wishing to offer our audiences unique and compelling theater experiences and opportunities, the Board decided it would be best to change our season,” Clark said.

Clark expects a replacement show to be announced by the end of July.

For more information on City Circle, visit http://citycircle.org.


Legally Blonde the Musical

City Circle Acting Company of Coralville is proud to present our 2012 teen summer musical, Legally Blonde the Musical, July 27-29 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.

Music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin
Book by Heather Hach
Based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture

Directed by Brett Myers

Sorority star Elle Woods doesn’t take “no” for an answer. So when her boyfriend dumps her for someone “serious,” Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and sets out to go where no Delta Nu has gone before: Harvard Law. Along the way, Elle proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style.

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Cast list

Delta Nu
Elle: Victoria Vaughn
Margot: Erin Helm
Serena: Ashlee Waters
Pilar: Grace Larew
Kate: Amy Ostrem
Gaelen: Alison DeVore
Leilani: Victoria Zhu

Harvard
Emmett: Adam Jedlicka
Callahan: Ryan Shellady
Warner: Tyler Jensen
Vivienne: Katelyn Swearingen
Enid: Madison Voigt
Aaron: Nicolas Wagner
Padamadan: Megan Clements
Whitney: Natalie Jones
Winthrop: Ted Brown
Lowell: Jake Keating
Pforzheimer: Mitchell Finger

Court
Brooke: Amber Slader-Scott
Judge: Amy Ostrem
D.A. Joyce Riley/Chutney: Grace Huber
Court Stenographer: Madison Davenport
Nikos: David Rudolph
Carlos: David Maize
TV Reporter: Makayla Phillips

Retail
Paulette: Hannah Rublaitus
Saleswoman/Padamadan: Megan Clements
Store Manager: Genevieve Wisdom
Cashier: Abbie DeWild
H&H Salesgirl: Keely Lanaghan
Bookish Client: Hanna Yowell
Kiki: Kailey Barber

Frat Boys
Chad: David Maize
Kailey Barber, Grace Huber, Jake Keating, David Rudolph

Other
Kyle: David Maize
Elle’s Mom: Abbie DeWild
Elle’s Dad: Nicolas Wagner
Dewey/Guard: Mitchell Finger
Jet Blue Pilot: Makayla Phillips
Dana: Cat Rudolph


Noises Off

City Circle Acting Company of Coralville is excited to kick off its 2012-13 season with Noises Off Sept. 7-16 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.

By Michael Frayn

Directed by Wally Chappell

The play takes a fond look at the follies of theatre folk, whose susceptibility to out-of-control egos, memory loss and passionate affairs turn every performance into a high-risk adventure. This comedy-within-a-comedy captures a touring theatre troupe’s production of Nothing On in three stages: dress rehearsal, the opening performance, and a performance toward the end of the run. Each performance is portrayed from behind the scenes, progressing from flubbed lines and missed cues in the dress rehearsal to mounting friction between cast members in the final performance. Brimming with slapstick comedy, Noises Off is a backstage farce of slamming doors, falling trousers and flying sardines!

  • Friday, Sept. 7 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 8 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 9 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday, Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 16 at 2:00 p.m.

Cast list

Dotty/Mrs. Clackett – Robyn Calhoun

Lloyd – Eddie Skaggs

Garry/Roger – Matt Falduto

Brooke/Vicki – Kaitlyn Skaggs

Poppy – Ramya Hipp

Frederick/Phillip – Bryant Duffy

Belinda/Flavia – Shannon Bonney

Tim – Brett Borden

Selsdon – Kevin Burford

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

Prices includes online processing fee

The Coralville Center for the Performing Arts
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Questions? Contact the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts
Patron Services Supervisor
Nancy Mayfield
319-248-9370
nmayfield@ci.coralville.ia.us

If you are not a member or a subscriber … become one today! Memberships are available starting at $25 / year. Please contact info@citycircle.org or call 319-541-2980 for more information or to become a member.


The Hobbit

City Circle Acting Company of Coralville is proud to present Tolkien’s classic, The Hobbit, Oct. 26-Nov. 4 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.

Directed by James Trainor

It’s unusual for a modern work to become a classic so quickly, but Tolkien’s “ring” stories, which began with The Hobbit, clearly are in this very special category. They stir the imagination and intellect of everyone they touch. Bilbo, one of the most conservative of all Hobbits, is asked to leave his large, roomy and very dry home in the ground in order to set off as chief robber in an attempt to recover an important treasure. It’s the last thing that any sensitive Hobbit would want to do, but great benefit eventually results—not only for Bilbo but for all of the Hobbits who inhabit Middle Earth—and the hearts of those children and adults who continue to enjoy this kind of magic.

  • Friday, Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Oct. 28 at 2 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 4 at 2 p.m.

Audition Information

When: Aug. 28-29, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Where: E. Jean Schwab Auditorium of the Coralville Public Library.

Contact: cc.thehobbit@gmail.com

Tickets

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

Prices includes online processing fee.

The Coralville Center for the Performing Arts
Buy tickets online

Questions? Contact the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts
Patron Services Supervisor
Nancy Mayfield
319-248-9370
nmayfield@ci.coralville.ia.us

If you are not a member or a subscriber … become one today! Memberships are available starting at $25 / year. Please contact info@citycircle.org or call 319-541-2980 for more information or to become a member.


A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol returns as our newest holiday tradition for City Circle. Join Ebenezer Scrooge through a life-changing journey as he learns what it means to be human. This faithful adaptation of Charles Dicken’s beloved classic story comes to life with bold acting, daring design and new special effects. Let the spirit of Christmas enter your hearts as you listen to the timeless carols. A heart-warming holiday event for the whole family!

Based on the novel by Charles Dickens

Directed by Elizabeth Tracey

  • Friday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 21 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 22 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 23 at 2 p.m.

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

Prices include online processing fee.

The Coralville Center for the Performing Arts
Buy tickets online

Questions? Contact the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts
Patron Services Supervisor
Nancy Mayfield
319-248-9370
nmayfield@ci.coralville.ia.us

If you are not a member or a subscriber… become one today! Memberships are available starting at $25 / year. Please contact info@citycircle.org or call 319-541-2980 for more information or to become a member.


Urinetown

City Circle Acting Company of Coralville is proud to present Urinetown, directed by Jesse Jensen, Feb. 1-10 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.

One of the most uproariously funny musicals in recent years, Urinetown is a hilarious tale of greed, corruption, love, and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity’s most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides he’s had enough, and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom! Inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, Urinetown is an irreverently humorous satire in which no one is safe from scrutiny. Praised for reinvigorating the very notion of what a musical could be, Urinetown catapults the “comedic romp” into the new millennium with its outrageous perspective, wickedly modern wit, and sustained ability to produce gales of unbridled laughter.

The characters of Bobby Strong and Hope Cladwell were both included on New York Theatre Monthly’s list of “The 100 Greatest Roles in Musical Theatre”.

Written by Greg Kotis and Mark Hollman, members of Chicago’s fringe theatre scene, Urinetown opened during the 1999 New York Fringe Festival and transferred to Broadway in 2001.  It won 3 Tony Awards among its 10 nominations.

  • Friday, Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 3 at 2 p.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 10 at 2 p.m.

Tickets

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

Includes the $2 facility fee.
Tickets purchased online are subject to online convenience fees.

The Coralville Center for the Performing Arts
Buy tickets online

Questions? Contact the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts
Patron Services Supervisor
Nancy Mayfield
319-248-9370
nmayfield@ci.coralville.ia.us

If you are not a member or a subscriber … become one today! Memberships are available starting at $25 / year. Please contact info@citycircle.org or call 319-541-2980 for more information or to become a member.


New Play Festival

February 4-5, 7:30pm
Directed by Chris Okiishi

City Circle will premiere new plays submitted to the organization throughout the year.  Comedies, dramas, farces, you never know what will turn up at this wacky display of novel talent!

All tickets are $10.


A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Broadway’s greatest farce is light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent and one of the funniest musicals ever written-the perfect escape from life’s troubles. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum takes comedy back to its roots, combining situations from time-tested, 2000 year old comedies of Roman playwright Plautus with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville. The result is a non-stop laugh-fest in which a crafty slave (Pseudolus) struggles to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan (Philia) for his young master (Hero), in exchange for freedom.

Directed by Patrick Du Laney

  • Friday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 12 at 2 p.m.
  • Friday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 19 at 2 p.m.

Tickets

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

Prices includes online processing fee.

The Coralville Center for the Performing Arts
Buy tickets online

Questions? Contact the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts
Patron Services Supervisor
Nancy Mayfield
319-248-9370
nmayfield@ci.coralville.ia.us

If you are not a member or a subscriber … become one today! Memberships are available starting at $25 / year. Please contact info@citycircle.org or call 319-541-2980 for more information or to become a member.