Plays Announced for City Circle’s New Play Festival

Nine plays chosen from more than 350 submissions will be featured at City Circle Acting Company’s New Play Festival on February 4 and 5 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.  All of the short plays center on family bonds and making connections in our contemporary lives. The featured plays are:

A Different State by Terry Riley

Three women of a certain age wait for a service to begin and talk about the guest of honor

Batting Practice by Rand Higbee

A lonely man meets a woman potentially out of his league at a baseball game

Choices by Barbara Lau

A couple discover they are unexpectedly pregnant and must make a choice

Driven to Distraction by Matt Crowley

A mother and child attempt to have a technology-free weekend

Mads by Matthew Falduto

A father faces additiction while attempting to raise and care for his daughter

Picnics at Windy Creek River by Brian Tanner

A family gathers in the hospital room of an elderly matriarch and recall other times they have come together

Retail Therapy by Anthony Craine

A father and son grapple with each other and their future in the father’s hospital room

We Appear to Have Company by Greg Freier

A man and woman attempt to enjoy an evening at home only to discover a clown has unexpectedly arrived

Ken and Barbies’ Root Beer Date by Kent Forsberg

A young man reconsiders a childhood friendship

The Play Festival will be held during the run of Urinetown at the Performing Arts Center. “Each short play will be simply produced in tandem with Urinetown,” says director Jesse Jensen. “The musicalUrinetown came from a new play festival similar to this one so it’s only fitting that we allow audiences to see theater at different stages within the same weekend.

Actors interested in being a part of these productions are asked to email their resumes to citycirclenewplay@gmail.com.

Tickets to the New Play Festival are $10 and can be purchased 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.


City Circle Announces Auditions for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Director Patrick DuLaney and music director Jason Sifford will be holding auditions for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Saturday, Feb. 9 from 1:00 – 4:30 pm at the Auditorium in the lower level of the Coralville Public Library and Sunday, Feb. 10 from noon – 5:00 pm in Meeting Room C of the Iowa City Public Library

Auditioners need not attend both days. Roles for adults and mature high school students are available. Please bring a comic song to sing. Sheet music, MP3, or CD is acceptable. No monologues are necessary. Cold readings will be provided. Bring a picture and basic theatrical resume. Contact CityCircleForum@gmail.com to schedule an audition time.

Forum runs May 10-19 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.


Designers Needed for Urinetown

Urinetown is still seeking a set designer, costume designer, and sound designer. If interested, please contact Jenn Tillapaugh at jennifer@citycircle.org

We would like to fill these positions as soon as possible, so contact Jenn right away.


Urinetown is Cast!

The casting team for Urinetown was overwhelmed by the turnout and talent the past two nights. We wish we could leave no one with disappointment and cast you all in your desired roles. Inevitably, of course, tough decisions must be made and we believe the end result is one that utilizes and maximizes everyone’s talents for what is a fairly small cast. IT WILL BE A PRIVILEGE TO WORK WITH YOU ALL…oh, and to pee!

Best,

Jesse Jensen, Director

CAST

Bobby Strong Ben Alley
Hope Cladwell Raquel Loya
Caldwell B. Cladwell Larry Newman
Cladwell’s Secretary Mary Fessler
Penelope Pennywise Carrie Houchins-Witt*
Officer Lockstock Per Wiger
Little Sally Becca Anderson
Officer Barrel Joel Collins
Little Becky Two-shoes, Cop Sydney Hayes**
Hot Blades Harry, Cop Mike Nelson
Josephine “Old Ma” Strong Lori Beatty Fye
Joseph “Old Man” Strong Stephen Krutzfeldt
Senator Fipp Robert Kemp
Mr. McQueen Sam White
Soupy Sue Noel VanDenBosch
Tiny Tom Kyle Lefeber
Stockfish, Cop Wesley Tener
Billy Boy Bill Betsy Litman
Dr. Billeaux, Cop Valerie Mozena
Mrs. Millenium, Cop Olivia Symmonds
   
Cop, Poor, UGC Alicia Weidner
Poor, UGC Serena Collins
Poor, UGC Dawn Slezak
Poor, UGC Elizabeth Ross
Poor, UGC Danielle Paulsen

Urinetown Auditions Announced

City Circle Acting Company announces open auditions for Urinetown:  The Musical, directed by Jesse Jensen.  
Audition dates are Tuesday November 27, 6:00pm to 8:00pm & Wednesday November 28, 6:00pm to 8:00pm.  Auditions will be held in the E. Schwab Auditorium at the Coralville Public Library on both nights.
The casting team recommends bringing a prepared comedic monologue and song that shows off your range. An accompanist will be provided. Please also bring a list of all weeknight and weekend rehearsal conflicts through February 10th.
If you have any questions or cannot make any of these audition dates, please contact the team at UrinetownCC@gmail.com
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.

Festival of Trees Opening Gala and Ball

Announcing the Fourth Annual Festival of Trees Opening Gala and Winter Ball!

What: A Benefit for the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts
Presented by City Circle Acting Company of Coralville and the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Convention Center
When: Saturday, November 24, 2012, 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Where: Coral Ballroom, Coralville Marriott Convention Center
Tickets: $25 per person or $200 for table of 10
Tickets available now at http://www.CoralvilleArts.org

Fast becoming a Thanksgiving Weekend tradition, the Festival of Trees Opening Gala and Winter Ball returns to the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, this year in the Coral Ballroom.

Over 30 artistically designed trees and wreaths will be on display and for auction at the opening Gala. Also, special “grab bags” featuring prizes from many local businesses will be offered with both adult and kid-friendly prizes. Continuing last year’s innovation, we will be offering Holiday Stocking designed by local businesses filled with special gifts.

New this year: balloon artist and magicians will entertain younger attendees and a SPECIAL VISIT FROM SANTA will guarantee that this is the most family-friendly fundraising event of the season!

Dance the night away with the Rod Pierson Big Band! Enjoy a special selection of heavy hors d’oeuvres provided by the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Convention Center!
Delight to the Auction stylings of local Auction Legend Brent Wears!

Support the Arts and enjoy a great holiday party for the whole family!

Featuring a special performance by the Nolte Academy of Dance.

Major sponsors this year include:

City of Coralville • Coralville Marriott Hotel and Convention Center • City Circle Acting Company of Coralville Board of Directors • Gretter Autoland • Hands Jewelers • Hills Bank * Midwest One Bank • Nolte Academy • Quality Care • Rockwell-Collins • Scheel’s Sporting Goods • Toyota Scion of Iowa City • University of Iowa Community Credit Union


Meet the Cast of A Christmas Carol!!

City Circle Presents the cast of 2012’s A Christmas Carol

Occasionally, a story comes along that is so enduring that we label it a “classic.” Very rarely, a classic will have such magic and be so beloved that it becomes tradition! This is the case with Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. City Circle is pleased to be continuing that tradition by bringing it to you again, and is proud today to announce the cast of this year’s production. Director Liz Tracey would like to extend her thanks to all who auditioned. “You made my decision making difficult. If you were not cast but are still interested in helping out with the show in any other way please feel free to contact me.”

    • Ebenezer Scrooge………………………………..Scott Strode
    • Bob Cratchit……………………………………….Mark Tracey
    • Fred………………………………………………….Robert Kemp
    • Tiny Tim……………………………………………Laila Moellering (Understudy: Jesse Schuerer)
    • Blakely……………………………………………..Mandy Moellering
    • Mrs. Forrest……………………………………….Michelle Altmaier
    • Jacob Marley…………………………………….Jesse Jensen
    • Mrs. Grigsby………………………………………Valerie Keffala
    • Ghost of Christmas Past………………………..Jessica Murillo
    • Young Ebenezer boy…………………………….Andy Stewart
    • Fan…………………………………………………Lily O’Brien
    • Schoolmaster (Mr. Queeze)…………………….Jeff Emrich
    • Fezziwig……………………………………………Steve Rosse
    • Dick Wilkins……………………………………….Doug Williams
    • Ebenezer young man…………………………..Michael Penick
    • Jacob Marley young man……………………….Kyle Lefeber
    • Belle Crawford……………………………………..Sydney Hayes
    • Mrs. Fezziwig……………………………………..Jean Grewe
    • Petunia……………………………………………..Madison Atwood
    • Marigold…………………………………………….Riley Brannian
    • Flutist……………………………………………….Megan Hill
    • Fiddler……………………………………………….Kaitlin Clemmons
    • Ghost of Christmas Present……………………..James Kurtzleben
    • Peter Cratchit………………………………………Nolan Bertelli
    • Tom Cratchit……………………………………….Carson Slezak
    • Mary Cratchit……………………………………….Abby Nachtman
    • Mrs. Cratchit……………………………………….Dawn Slezak
    • Belinda Cratchit……………………………………Mady Nachtman
    • Martha Cratchit…………………………………….Lauren O’Brien
    • Cecil…………………………………………………Monty Hendricks
    • Topper……………………………………………….Doug Williams
    • Mrs. Fred……………………………………………Sydney Hayes
    • Dorothea…………………………………………….Michelle Altmaier
    • Edwards……………………………………………..Brian Tanner
    • Sophia……………………………………………….Mandy Moellering
    • Girl Want…………………………………………….Sophia Arzu
    • Boy Ignorance………………………………………Jesse Schuerer
    • Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come………………..Jeff Emrich
    • Grasper………………………………………………Monty Hendricks
    • Snarkers…………………………………………….Jesse Jensen
    • Joe……………………………………………………Brian Tanner
    • Mrs. Dilber…………………………………………..Jessica Murillo
    • Undertaker…………………………………………..Roger Phelps
    • Nellie…………………………………………………Serena Collins
    • Maid………………………………………………….Mackenzie Voigt
    • Narrators, Carolers, Pallbearers………………….Howard Meadows, Deborah Meadows, Michelle Meadows de Urquizo
    • Street Children……………………………………..Dylan Davenport, Lucie Brennan, Sierra Reese, Sawyer Slezak

The first read through is Sunday October 21 at 5pm at The Community of Christ Church in Coralville. Tracey requests that no one cut their hair or go tanning from now until Christmas! Any questions can be directed to liz@citycircle.org. Congratulations to all. Have fun getting into the *spirit* of the season!


Poetry Contest for Kids!

City Circle Kids’ Poetry Contest for The Hobbit

 

There and Back Again…

Poetry Contest for Kids!

Those who are familiar with The Hobbit will know that verse is one of J.R.R. Tolkien’s key methods of storytelling. His dwarves chant, his elves sing, even most of the history of Middle Earth is told at one point or another through meter and rhyme. Like the ancient Norse myths from which he drew inspiration, Tolkien was aware of something grand, something honorable, something important in the telling of a poem. With that in mind, City Circle’s Education Committee is teaming up with local poetry ‘zine Weird Cookies Poetry and a panel of “celebrity” judges to offer a poetry contest in conjunction with our production of The Hobbit. Kids in grades 4-6 and grades 7-8 are encouraged to submit their original work of great adventure!

Poems should be no more than 2 pages in length and should touch on the theme of traveling, history, or folklore. Share your vision of “the Greatest Adventure!” Submissions are due by Oct 15, and can be emailed to hobbitpoetry@gmail.com. They must include the student’s name, grade, and best contact info. The top three poets in each of the two grade ranges will be invited with a guest to the preview performance of the play. The winner in each category will be published in an upcoming issue of Weird Cookies Poetry. Students from throughout the Corridor are encouraged to submit their work. Join us in our (and Tolkien’s) passion for verse!


Meet Our Educators!

Get to know the wonderful theater educators who teach our ever-expanding range of class offerings. Check this page often as we work on including all of our amazing roster of artists!

Dawn Clark

Dawn Clark—Dawn has been involved in theater since the age of 10, when she was Teacher Munchkin #1 in The Wizard of Oz. She is a recent graduate of the University of Iowa with a BA in Theatre and a certificate in Performing Arts Entrepreneurship. Some of her favorite roles include “Sarah Brown” – Guys and Dolls; “Narrator” – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; “Witch” – Into the Woods; “Violet” – Wonderful Town; and “Mime” – The Arkansaw Bear (pictured). During the day, Dawn provides in-home childcare for up to six children ages birth – 5 years. In the evenings, she is a wife to Bryan and mother to Avery, Roman, Mazie, and Eliot. Dawn is passionate about sharing her love of theater with even the youngest of learners. Come join the team and have fun with us!

Classes Taught:
Current—Not Your Mama’s Drama…
Past—Drama Kings and Queens

 
 

Jean Grewe

Jean Grewe—Jean has been teaching in the elementary grades for 22 years. She has worked with community theaters for at least 10 years, and is in her 2nd year living here in Iowa. She loves being on stage as well as working backstage on costumes, set, tech, etc. She’s a guitarist and pianist, and has directed MANY school musicals and plays. Her favorite roles include Sister “Margaretta” in The Sound of Music and “Mammy” in Li’l Abner, and she was seen most recently onstage as “Mrs. Fezziwig” in City Circle Acting Company’s 2011 production of A Christmas Carol (pictured). She has served as costume designer for City Circle Acting Company on A Christmas CarolGuys and Dolls, Legally Blonde, and Noises Off, and also for Gigi at Iowa City Community Theater, where she is currently working on costumes for Steel Magnolias.

Classes Taught:
Current—Theater Antics, Theater Extravaganza
Past—Theater Antics

 

 

James Trainor

James E. Trainor III—James has taught theatre classes for children for six years. He graduated from Cornell College with a Bachelor of Special Studies in Playwriting. He works as an Associate in a special education classroom in the Iowa City Community School District and volunteers for local theatres. He was recently seen in Theatre Cedar Rapids’ production of Alice in Wonderland as the “March Hare” (pictured), and is currently directing The Hobbit for City Circle Acting Company. In addition, he teaches the weekly Drama Club at Northwest Junior High and he helped develop classes for students on the autism spectrum at Theatre Cedar Rapids.

Classes Taught:
Current—Write On!, Dig in Deep, Embark with the Bard
Past—Stepping on Stage, Not Your Mama’s Drama

 
 

edu bio pic jenn
Jennifer TillapaughJennifer recently graduated from The University of Iowa with a Master’s of Fine Arts in Theatre Design. She is now freelancing as a lighting and scenic designer in the Coralville area. Jennifer has worked professionally designing the lighting for City Circle’s Noises Off, University of Iowa Summer Rep’s What the Butler Saw, Muscatine Academy’s June 2012 recital, Nolte’s Academy of Dance Seasons concert, and Dan Knight’s Walt Whitman Suite. At The University of Iowa, Jennifer has designed the lighting for Dance Thesis 1 (Chun & Myers), Beginning Again All The Time (Barr, Genta, & Maris dance thesis), Continuing to (w)Rite (Cortes, Glenn, Lin, & Vigmostad dance thesis), & Salvage (theatre premier). She has also previously designed the scenery for City Circle’s Legally Blonde: the Musical, and the UI theatre premiers of All That Shines, the 2011 Collaborative Performance Concert: Tales of Mortals, Gods, and the Things They Do, Martha Clarke’s In The Night, Humbaba, and Columpio.

Classes Taught:
Current—Theater Craft—Behind the Spotlight

 
 

K. Lindsay EavesK. Lindsay Eaves—Lindsay is a human paleontologist/comparative anatomist by vocation, a stage-performer by avocation and a drama queen by temperament. Recent stage credits include Theatre Cedar Rapids’ Five Women Wearing the Same Dress (“Trisha”); Dreamwell Theatre’s The Crucible (“Abigail Williams”), Henry the Fifth (“Gower” & “Grey”), and Soldier’s Daughter (“Aria,” pictured, and “Mother”) and Iowa City Community Theatre’s Gigi (“Jacqueline de Beautemps”/Ensemble) and Last of the Red Hot Lovers (“Bobbi Michele”). She can be seen on stage October 26-November 4, 2012 in City Circle Acting Company’s The Hobbit, directed by James Trainor. She has taught both horseback-riding and swimming to kids 2-16 in formal settings and at the YMCA; taught speech events and coached Barbara Jordan Urban Debate League (including one national team) for urban high schoolers at Soldan International High School and as part of the Bridge Institute. she has participated in theatre since she was a kid, including drama camps, plays in grade school, high school, college and locally in the last two years, and competed in speech events and debate from junior high through undergrad, winning national honors.

Classes Taught:
Past—Time to PLAY! October session.


City Circle Seeks a Part Time Office Manager

City Circle Acting Company of Coralville is looking to hire an Office Manager for part time employment. The position is responsible for managing communications with members and donors and working with the Board to produce high quality performances and educational services.

The right candidate will be organized, with strong interpersonal skills. He or she must be self-motivated and have superior time management skills; the position is highly independent.

The work is mostly home-based, with occasionally pick-up/delivery. Most weeks will require 5-10 hours, at least one hour a day. The ideal candidate will know some publishing software and can commit for three years. This job has significant potential for increase in responsibility and hours as the organization grows.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to chair@citycircle.org. Candidate review will begin October 1 and continue until the position is filled.