Audition Dates Set for A Christmas Carol

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 with any questions, or to schedule an alternate audition time.



  • EBENEZER SCROOGE:  A hard-hearted, tight-fisted man of commerce who transforms into a large-hearted, generous and compassionate man. There is underlying comedy in Dicken’s writing of Scrooge. His wit is dry and sarcastic in nature.
  • JACOB MARLEY:  Scrooge’s business partner who died on Christmas eve 7 years prior to the beginning of the story. Appears as ghost to warn Scrooge against living only for profit. Decrepit, older man, who exhibits the strains of living in purgatory.
  • BOB CRATCHIT:  Scrooge’s middle-aged overworked and underpaid clerk, who nonetheless finds great joy in life, especially in the love of his large family. He is most likely skinny (due to a lack of food), with a childlike innocence and sense of fun.
  • FRED:  Scrooge’s nephew (the son of his deceased sister Fran) who like Bob, maintains a child-like enjoyment of life and family. A generous attitude towards his miserly uncle. He is of a higher economic status than Bob, yet shows sympathy and kindness towards him.
  • FORREST:  A charitable citizen, trying to raise money for the poor. Described as “lean and deaf as a post”. Comedic possibilities, will consider man or woman for the part.
  • BLAKELY:  Forrest’s comedic side-kick. As round as Forrest is lean. Again, could be cast as man or woman.
  • MRS. GRIMSBY:  Scrooge’s house servant. Older woman with nothing to smile about working for Scrooge. Living with low wages, in a depressingly cheap, under-lit and under-heated house.
  • YOUNG EBENEZER:  Around 10yrs. old. Sad and lonely boy.
  • SCHOOLBOYS:  Billy, Thomas, Jeremiah. Classmates of Ebenezer, youthful, ages flexible.
  • FAN:  Ebenezer’s sister. “A delicate creature, possessing a generous spirit”, about 10-12 yrs. old. Dies a young woman, with one child, Fred.
  • EBENEZER:  A young man of 20. Socially inept and insecure due to his father’s neglect and abandonment. He was not raised in a strong family environment but rather sent away to boarding school. Starts working full-time at 14 years of age. Fear of ending up in the poor house leads him to be obsessive about making money and insensitive to others.
  • BELLE:  Beautiful young woman, open and kind-hearted. A governess. Ebenezer immediately falls for her.
  • WILLIAM:  Belle’s charge, no specific age. Energetic.
  • ANNA:  William’s sister. Again, age is flexible.
  • DICK WILKINS:  Ebenezer’s co-worker, around 20 yrs. old. Energetic and happy nature.
  • FEZZIWIG:  Young Ebenezer’s first employer. A generous man to his employees, who exemplifies the joy of Christmas spirit. Jovial and round. Lives life to excess…laughter, love, food, music.
  • MRS. FEZZIWIG:  “Beautiful and bountiful” wife of Fezziwig. Doting wife and mother of two daughters. Also extremely jovial and round.
  • PETUNIA:  Eligible young daughter of Fezziwigs. Potentially comic character.
  • MARIGOLD:  Another eligible young daughter of Fezziwigs.
  • BASIL & MARJORAM…Fezziwig’s little children. Indeterminate ages, boy and girl.
  • COOK:  Brings on food for Fezziwig’s party.
  • YOUNG MARLEY:  Ambitious, eager to make money, even on Christmas eve. A man who doesn’t let “sentiment” get in the way of business. Fezziwig thinks he has no heart at all.
  • FIRST MAN & SECOND MAN:  Two men arguing before being touched by Ghost of Christmas Present
  • MRS. CRATCHIT:  Bob Cratchit’s wife, a middle-aged woman, worn thin but full of love and concern for her family.
  • BELINDA CRATCHIT:  Bob Cratchit’s daughter and mother’s little helper.
  • MARTHA CRATCHIT:  Daughter lives with family and works 14 hour days making hats.
  • PETER CRATCHIT:  Son who “has grown as tall as Martha”, probably a young teen.
  • TOM CRATCHIT:  Shorter than Peter but old enough to pester his brother.
  • TINY TIM:  Youngest of the CRATCHIT clan and walks with a crutch. Small enough to be carried by his brothers.
  • MRS. FRED:  Fred’s cheerful, young wife who is “quite pregnant”.
  • TOPPER:  A gentleman friend of Fred. Upper class, single.
  • DOROTHEA:  Mrs Fred’s sister and the object of Topper’s affection
  • SOPHIA:  Mrs. Fred’s other sister, “the quiet one”.
  • CECIL:  Companion of Fred. Upper class.
  • EDWARDS:  Another friend of Fred. Enjoys socializing with friends. His age is undetermined.
  • 4 MEN OF BUSINESS:  Snarkers, Grasper, Krookings and Squeeze. As the names that Dicken’s bestows on these men implies; vulture types, ready to turn a profit.
  • JOE:  Proprietor of a “Rag and Bones” shop. A grimy rascal.
  • MRS. DILBER:  A laundress, “whose little ones never get enough to eat” .
  • UNDERTAKER:  Makes money off Scrooge’s meager possessions.
  • SIMON:  A ragged boy who runs an errand for Scrooge.
  • POULTERER:  Presents Scrooge with a prize size bird.
  • THE GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PAST:  Personification of memory. In order for Scrooge to grow as a human being, he must learn from the past. The light that shines from this Ghost’s head symbolizes the  “illumination” which can come from reflecting on one’s past. He calls himself a “gadfly” which is a person who provokes others into action by criticism. Like a horsefly that bites livestock, he or she is sprite, enthusiastic about his or her job, and quite annoying to Scrooge.
  • THE GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PRESENT:  Personification of generosity. His appearance is large, bedecked with an abundance of fruits, vegetables and sweets. He is Like our jolly old St. Nick, generous in spirit as well as material things.
  • THE GHOST OF CHRISTMAS FUTURE:  A personification of death. The Grim Reaper, austere, and frightening in his silence. His face, masked in the shadows of darkness, reminds Scrooge that time waits for no one. He does not converse, he only points to the obvious end, the grave.
  • NARRATOR:  Narration will be divided amongst cast.

Fall Theater Class Offerings for 2012

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 and searching for each class by name. You can contact Coralville Parks and Recreation at 319.248.1750.

Our Class Offerings
Time to PLAY!: Ages 3-5. Two 3-week sessions still available. Saturdays 10-10:40 a.m. Oct 6-20; Nov 3-17. “Actors spend so much time discovering their inner child: now it’s time for your child to discover their inner actor! Pre-schoolers will have a blast doing what they do best – pretending. These sessions are just the right length to pique your child’s interest in theater, with games and activities geared towards drawing out their natural creativity.”

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!
“The Hobbit” Make-Up Experience: Grades 3-6. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Fri, Nov 9.
“A Christmas Carol” Victorian Experience: Grades 3-6. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thu and Fri, Dec 20-21.

Jump-start the love of theater in your little one’s life. Enroll them in a class with City Circle!

The Hobbit is Cast!

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:

  • Bilbo – Elijah Jones
  • Thorin – Kyle Lefeber
  • Dwalin – Katrina Tanner
  • Balin – Serena Collins
  • Bofur – Anna Lindower
  • Bombur – Miriam Marlowe
  • Bifur – Andy Stewart
  • Ori – Madeline Nachtman
  • Nori – Anna Huffer
  • Dori – Abby Nachtman
  • Oin – Asjah Weber
  • Gloin – Mia Olson
  • Kili – Tobey Epstein
  • Fili – Frances Bottorff
  • Gandalf – Kim Qual
  • Gollum – Jilly Cooke
  • Smaug – Anna Baynton
  • Essie – Tempest Wisdom
  • Tom – Logan Natvig
  • Bert – James Toth
  • Great Goblin – Keon Hunt
  • Attendant Goblin – James Toth
  • Elven-Queen – Rebecca Marlowe
  • Goblin/Elf 1 – Libby Ruth
  • Goblin/Elf 2 – K. Lindsay Eaves
  • Ensemble – Sam Nester
  • Ensemble – Evan Zwkin

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 with any questions, or if you’re interested in volunteering for the show in another capacity.


*updated 10/4/12

City Circle calls for New Play Festival submissions

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:

  • are created by a local author or an author with strong Iowa ties;
  • are able to be performed with simple set, costume and technical demands;
  • are approximately 10 minutes in length;
  • are receiving their debut performance at this festival.

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 Deadline for submissions is Oct. 1, 2012.


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 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.

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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

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

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

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

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

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

Prices includes online processing fee

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Questions? Contact the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts
Patron Services Supervisor
Nancy Mayfield

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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.



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

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