The Corridor Sings Broadway

Friday, April 19, 7:30p.m.

The Coralville Center for the Performing Arts and resident theater company City Circle Acting Company of Coralville join forces for a benefit production and celebration of Broadway music, featuring some of the greatest talent in Iowa’s Creative Corridor!

The Corridor Sings Broadway features both beloved Broadway showstoppers and hidden gems.  The event also features a silent auction and a raffle for a Chicago theater weekend! Proceeds benefit the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts and City Circle.

Cast of Corridor Sings Broadway

  • Three-time Broadway Star Kristen Behrendt DeGrazia
  • American Idol Hollywood Finalist Alisabeth Von Presley
  • Patrick Du Laney
  • Carrie Houchins-Witt
  • Chuck Bogh
  • Dawn Clark
  • Ben Alley
  • Mary Rinderspacher
  • The Cast of Iowa City Community Theatre’s Oklahoma including:
    • Megan Keiser
    • Dave Helmuth
    • Joe Mosher
  • The Cast of City Circle’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, including:
    • Chris Carpenter
    • Steve Rosse
    • Robyn Calhoun
    • Luis Sierra
    • Kevin Burford
  • Coralville Central’s Cougar Corale under the direction of Richard Tiegs

Purchase tickets here . Or Call 319.248.9370 for more information.

City Circle’s 2013-2014 Subscriptions On Sale April 10

City Circle’s 2013-2014 Subscriptions On Sale Beginning 11am on Wednesday, April 10

Subscribers Get Best Seats and Great Savings!

  • You won’t want to miss our exciting 2013-2014 season!  We start this June with our annual teen production.  This year it is Shrek: The Musical(June 14-16).  We will follow that with a special event reuniting the cast of our 2009 sold-out smash hit Rent for a revival, August 2-4.  Then we’ll gather the Knights of the Round Table (and the Knights Who Say “Ni”) for Monty Python’s Spamalot(October 25-November 3).  A new production of A Christmas Carol(December 13-22) is guaranteed to be a family favorite, with additional matinee performances.  In February, we will present the Iowa premiere of Love, Loss, and What I Wore, Nora and Delia Ephron’s celebration of women’s lives and fashion (February 13-16).  Finally, we’ll wrap up the season in a big way with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s groundbreaking rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar(April 4-13).
  • This year, we are pleased to offer flexible subscription options so you can find the right package for your schedule and interests.  There are subscription options for 3, 4, 5, or 6 shows (with savings of 10%-25% off the single ticket price!)
  • Subscribers may start claiming their seats right away on Wednesday for the season, in advance of single ticket sales.  General tickets go on sale on April 17 for Shrek, May 1 for Rent, August 7 for Spamalot, and September 4 for the rest of the season.
  • Subscriptions may be purchased online (link: or by phone at 319.248.9370.  You can also visit the CCPA box office – hours are Wednesdays-Fridays 11am-1pm and 4pm-6pm, and Saturdays noon-4pm.  If you have questions about subscriptions, call 319.248.9370 and ask for Nancy or Megan.
3 shows – Save 10% 4 shows – Save 15% 5 shows – Save 20% 6 shows – Save 25%   BEST VALUE!
Premium (Center section rows C-F) $73.50 $93.00 $110.00 $124.50
Adult $60.00 $76.00 $90.00 $102.00
Student $46.50 $59.00 $70.00 $  79.50
Senior (55+) $46.50 $59.00 $70.00 $  79.50
Child (10 and under) $33.00 $42.00 $50.00 $  57.00

Cast List Announced for “Shrek”

Shrek: Ben Nelson
Fiona: Alexandra Perez and Madison Voigt (alternating)
Donkey: Tyler Jensen
Lord Farquaad: Nick Wagner
Dragon: Amy Ostrem

Little Shrek: Bubba Perez.
Mama and Papa Ogre: Myriah Boyer and Isaiah Hulbert
King Harold and Queen Lillian: Jake Kenyon and Tory Brown
Young Fiona: Veronica Abreu and Claire Green (alternating)
Teen Fiona: Isabella Nibaur and Natalie Parker(alternating)
Captian: Raiden Takeuchi
Relocation Guard: Tess Wisdom
Greeter: Andy Stewart
Other Guards: Chad Keitel, Jake Kenyon
Knights: Mitchel Finger, Chad Keitel, Jake Kenyon, Raiden Takeuchi, Isiah Hulbert, Serena Collins and Anna Lindower
Three Blind Mice: Amber Slater-Scott, Alexandra Perez, Madison Voigt, TBA
Bluebirds: Veronica Abreu, Mia Nolte, Megan Clements, Grace Huber

Bishop: cameo role, TBD

Duloc Chorus / Dragon Body / Woodland Creature (deer, etc.):
Makenzie Voigt
Cassidy Slater-Scott
Amber Slater-Scott
Grace Huber
Elizabeth Raley
Jake Kenyon
Megan Clements
Cassie Kamiski
Emma Christiansen
Abby McDonough
Mia Nolte
Genevieve Wisdom(Announcer)

Gingy: Abby Merrill
Pinocchio: Elena Foster
Big Bad Wolf: Elijah Jones
Three Little Pigs: Lydia Jennissen, Ted Brown, TBD
White Rabbit: Alexandra Eldridge
Fairy Godmother: Lily Huber
Peter Pan: Makayla Phillips
Wicked Witch: Cooper Horning
Sugar Plum Fairy: Piper Wentzel
Ugly Duckling: Jenna Tackaberry

Three Bears:
Papa: Mitchel Finger
Mama: Natalie Parker
Baby: Bubba Perez

Mad Hatter: Isaiah Hulbert
Humpty Dumpty: Raquel Lola
Elves: Mady Nachman (Legolas), Gaby Finlayson (Medira), Chandler Hamm (Katnis)
Dwarf: Andy Stewart

Three more witches:
Lindy Rublaitus (Also minstrel with Ukelele), Mikayla Tackaberry, Stephanie Engelhardt

Audition Information for SHREK: the Musical

Announcing Auditions for Shrek:  The Musical
City Circle Acting Company of Coralville is pleased to announce Auditions for its annual musical starring local Junior and Senior High Students, Shrek: the Musical.
Audititions will be:
Saturday, March 30, 2013 from 10:00 – 4:00
at the Nolte Academy, 1619 2nd Street, Coralville, Iowa.
Based on the now-classic movie of the same name, and featuring a score by Jeanine Tesori (“Thuroughly Modern Millie”) and book by David Lindsay-Abaire (“Rabbit Hole”, “Good People”), Shrek features roles for 25 – 30 actors playing a wide variety of characters.
Any performer who is currently in 6th grade – 12th grade from any area school may audition.
Please bring 30 seconds of a song to sing that shows off your voice and acting ability.
Sheet music is preferred, but CD / mp3 accompaniment is acceptable.
Please also bring an accurate list of all evening and weekend conflicts from April 15 – June 16, 2013.
Call-back Dance Auditions will be Monday, April 1 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.
Shrek: the Musical will be performed June 14 – 16, 2013 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.
Contact stage manager Jason Arnold at: to schedule an audition.

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
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


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.


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!


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!


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!


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”


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

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

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