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
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.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Congratulations to all. Have fun getting into the *spirit* of the season!
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 email@example.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!
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 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!
Current—Not Your Mama’s Drama…
Past—Drama Kings and Queens
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 Carol, Guys 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.
Current—Theater Antics, Theater Extravaganza
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.
Current—Write On!, Dig in Deep, Embark with the Bard
Past—Stepping on Stage, Not Your Mama’s Drama
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.
Current—Theater Craft—Behind the Spotlight
K. 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.
Past—Time to PLAY! October session.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Candidate review will begin October 1 and continue until the position is filled.
A Holiday Tradition Returns!
The air has only just started to taste of fall, but here at City Circle, we’re already thinking about Christmas… and the winter magic of A Christmas Carol. Now is your chance to join the Cratchit family or channel your spookiest apparition. This adaptation, by Barbara Field, was a beloved staple for many years at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. Auditions will be held on Thursday, Sep 20, 6-8:30 p.m. and Saturday, Sep 22, 1:30-4:30 p.m., at the Coralville Public Library.
Director Liz Tracey will be asking auditioners to either read sides from the show or recite a prepared monologue. She would also like to hear each person sing a snippet from their favorite Christmas carol. She is hoping for a broad and diverse cast, and encourages actors of all ages and backgrounds to audition. See below for a complete list of roles and their descriptions.
No one can resist the rush of joy A Christmas Carol brings. Come help City Circle warm the most humbug hearts this holiday season! The show runs Dec 14-16 and 21-23 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. Contact the director at email@example.com with any questions, or to schedule an alternate audition time.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Back-to-School Time at City Circle!
The leaves are shifting hue, the heat is… slightly less oppressive, and all through the Corridor, children are donning their thinking caps. What better subject to study than theater? City Circle Acting Company is offering a multitude of options for young theater lovers this fall!We’re joining forces once again with the Coralville Parks and Recreation department to offer classes through their Leisure Line. In the physical copy, we’re on page 23; you can also register online by visiting http://activenet21.active.com/coralvillerecreation/ and searching for each class by name. You can contact Coralville Parks and Recreation at 319.248.1750.
Our Class Offerings
Theater Antics: Grades K-2. One 5-week session still available. Saturdays 11 a.m.-12 noon. Oct 20-Nov 17. “Find yourselves transported to worlds of your own creation as you thrill to the wild world of theater. Let your imagination soar and learn how to share it with others! You’ll create wacky characters in zany situations, all while learning about life on stage through movement, voice exploration, and a whole lot of fun.”
Not Your Mama’s Drama: Grades 3-6. One 6-week session. Saturdays 2-3 p.m. Oct 6-Nov 10. “Here’s where the fun really begins! Have a passion for the theater? Start honing your performance skills with games and activities to help you grow as an actor. You’ll work on story-telling, voice, and movement as well as starting some basic scene work. Come meet all of the different people you never knew you could become!”
We’re also offering classes on the No-School Days this fall!
Jump-start the love of theater in your little one’s life. Enroll them in a class with City Circle!
Where else but in the best fantasy literature can you find imperious elves, steadfast hobbits, wizened wizards, proud dwarves, and redoubtable dragons? Why, here at City Circle, of course! After two fantastic evenings of auditions, director James Trainor has made some tough decisions, and assembled a wonderful group. Trainor says he was very impressed by the creativity of everyone who came out, and only wishes there was a way to cast everyone. For anyone not cast, be sure to keep an eye on the auditions page for future opportunities! Without further ado, we are proud to introduce you to the newest denizens of Middle Earth:
Congratulations to the cast, and to all who auditioned.
Rehearsals will begin Tuesday, Sep 4 at 6 p.m., Community of Christ Church; the show opens October 26. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, or if you’re interested in volunteering for the show in another capacity.
City Circle Acting Company is seeking new, original, unpublished plays for inclusion in its bi-annual New Play Festival. Any author is welcome to submit up to three original plays or musicals, but priority will be given to submissions that:
The chosen plays will be performed as part of City Circle’s New Play Festival March 8-10, 2013, at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. Interested playwrights may send plays or request information by contacting CityCircleNewPlay@gmail.com. Deadline for submissions is Oct. 1, 2012.