Cast List Announced for “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”

Congratulations to all!

Pseudolus – Chris Carpenter
Hysterium – Elijah Jones
Hero – Ben Alley
Philia – Francesca Lubecki-Wilde
Senex – Steve Rosse
Domina – Robyn Calhoun
Marcus Lycus – Luis Sierra
Erronius  – Kevin Burford
Miles Gloriosus – Adam Kopfman
Proteans – Mike Nelson
                    Per Remund-Wiger
                TBA
Geminae – Danielle Paulsen and Alicia Weidner
Gymnasia – Marek Muller
Vibrata – TBA
Panacea – TBA
Tintinnabula – TBA

City Circle is Proud to Announce the 2013-2014 Season Performance Schedule

City Circle 2013-2014

SHREK THE MUSICAL

Music by Jeanine Tesori

Book and Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire

Directed by Chris Okiishi

June 14 and 15 at 7:30pm

June 15 and 16 at 2:00pm

Shrek The Musical, based on the Oscar-winning  2001 DreamWorks film  that started it all, brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to life on stage. In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre- not a handsome prince- shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won’t shut up, a villain with a SHORT temper, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand…and his name is Shrek.

The Broadway production of the show received a total of twelve Drama Desk Awards and eight Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical.  Shrek The Musical is part romance, part twisted fairy tale and all irreverent fun for the whole family!

RENT (staged concert)

Music and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson

August 2 and 3 at 7:30pm

August 4 at 2:00pm

Re-live the sold out City Circle 2009 rock musical sensation, RENT! Presented as a special theatrical fundraising event, former cast members will unite to bring down the house in a concert version of the highly acclaimed Tony and Pulitzer Prize Award winner, with music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera La Boheme. Rent is an inspiring story about friends and artists struggling in New York City’s East Village. It’s musical score shifting easily between pounding rock numbers and pop-style ballads, while tackling addiction, poverty, AIDS and most of all, love.

SPAMALOT

Music by Eric Idle, John Du Prez, Neil Inne

Book and Lyrics by Eric Idle

Directed by Krista Neumann

October 25 and 26, November 1 and 2 at 7:30pm

October 27and November 3 at 2:00

Winner of the 2005 Tony Award for Best Musical!  Monty Python’s Spamalot is a musical comedy lovingly ripped off from the classic film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Telling the legendary tale of King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table, and featuring a bevy of beautiful show girls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits and French people, Monty Python’s Spamalot raises silliness to an art form!

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Story by Charles Dickens

Directed by Josh Sazon

December 13 and 20at 7:30pm

December 14,15,21,22 at 2:00pm

Catch the holiday spirit with the return of Charles Dickens masterpiece, A Christmas Carol. This re-envisioned staging of the timeless classic will delight and brighten your holiday season with beautiful carols and a timeless message of hope, peace, and love. Bring the whole family and join in an event that’s sure to become a family holiday tradition!

HOLIDAY CABARET

December 14 and 21 at 7:30pm

An evening filled with singing, dancing, skits and a wide range of holiday music. A one-of-a-kind variety show that will make you laugh!

LOVE, LOSS, AND WHAT I WORE

Written by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron

Based on the book by Ilene Beckerman

Directed by Meg Dobbs 

February 14 and 15 at 7:30pm

February 16 at 2:00pm

Proving that a great show is always in fashion, Love, Loss, and What I Wore has become an international hit. With its compulsively entertaining subject matter, this intimate collection of stories celebrated an accomplished two-and-a-half year run in New York’s Westside Theatre. 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–mother, prom dresses, mothers, buying bras, mothers, hating purses, and why we only wear black. “So funny and so powerful; so dear and sweet; so remindful of our female wiles, our worries, our insecurities, our remembrances of mother, father, sisters, brothers, lovers” WowOwow.com.

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber

Lyrics: Tim Rice

Directed by Liz Tracey

April 4, 5, 11, 12  at 7:30pm

April 6 and 13 at 2:00pm

Jesus Christ Superstar, the ground breaking rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, is based loosely on the Gospel’s account of the last week of Jesus’ life, as seen through the eyes of Judas Iscariot. Propelled by a stirring score, by turns driving and majestic, satirical and tender, Jesus Christ Superstar illuminates the transcendent power of the human spirit with a passion that goes straight to the heart.


New Play Festival Auditions and Character Breakdowns

Ever felt the urge to act but just didn’t have the time to commit to a full production?
The New Play Festival was designed for you! Ten minute plays! Two week rehearsal period! One tech rehearsal and two peformances (Feb. 4 and 5th) at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.

Nine wonderful plays need a cast. WE NEED YOU!

There are roles for adults of any age, especially older adults. And one teenage boy and two early teen girls.

Any level of experience is fine! No preparation is necessary. Simply come and try out!

Auditions Wednesday January 23, Coralville Public Library 7pm to 8:30pm

Performance Dates February 4 and 5 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arte

A Different State: Three women…Elenore (60+) naive and sweet, Nadine (60+) boisterous, unrestained raucous and brutally honest, Bernice (60+) mediator and heart of the trio.

Batting practice: Four characters… Teryn mid 20’s, classy, attractive baseball fan. Steve mid 20’s clown to earth guy who Works at McDonalds. Angie about 30, a hotdog vendor, Mike mid 20’s, extremely good looking

Choices: A couple in their twenties…Emily a young inner-City teacher. Chris her fiance, a loving, upbeat guy.

Driven To Distraction: Two characters…Tim, a teenager and his mother Alice.

Mads: Two Characters„..Dad mid 30’s to early 40’s, a meth addict. Maddie is his 13 year old daughter who has recently lost her mother in a car accident.

Picnic at Windy Creek River: Seven Characters…Grandma Sally, elderly and hospice. Jason, Sally’s son, early 40’s. Alice, Jason’s wife, late 30’s. Kris their daughter, 8 yrs old. Linda and Paula, Sally’s sisters and Ronnie, Sally’s brother. All over 60 years old.

Retail Therapy: Three characters…Frank, pushing 60, a lovable blowhard who enjoys a good shouting match. Rich, 30-ish, Frank’s son, not afraid to match wits with his father, though college educated. Nurse, 40 or older, a tough broad with a big voice and a sense of humor.

We Appear To Have Company: Three Characters…Harold Tittleton, a man in his sixties, English, smokes a pipe, very proper. Emma, his Wife, in her sixties, English, very proper and rather clueless. Clown, a clown.

Ken and Barbie’s Root Beer Date: a short monologue…Matt, a 20-year-old university student, majoring in theater and psychology.


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!