CHESS in Concert

With music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, formerly of ABBA, and with lyrics by Tim Rice, Chess involves a politically driven, Cold War-era chess tournament between two men—an American Grandmaster and a Soviet Grandmaster—and their fight over a woman who manages one and falls in love with the other.

Directed by Mark Baer

February 9 and 10 at 7:30 PM; February 11 at 2:00 PM


Little Women the Musical

Produced nationally and internationally, Little Women has been praised by critics for its ambition in adapting such a well-known story for the stage. This timeless, captivating story is brought to life in this glorious musical filled with personal discovery, heartache, hope and everlasting love. Based on Louisa May Alcott’s life, Little Women follows the adventures of sisters, Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March and their experience growing up in Civil War America. The powerful score by Jason Howland soars with the sounds of personal discovery, heartache and hope – the sounds of a young America finding its voice.

Directed by Chris Okiishi

April 27. 28 and May 4, 5 at 7:30 PM; April 29 and May 6 at 2:00 PM


Return to the Forbidden Planet

City Circle’s annual teen show is a Jukebox musical by playwright Bob Carlton based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest and the 1956 science fiction film “Forbidden Planet”. It has been billed as Shakespeare’s forgotten rock and roll masterpiece. The score includes pop hits from the 50’s and 60’s.

Directed by Kehry Lane

June 15, 16 at 7:30 PM; June 17 at 2:00 PM


CHESS in Concert Auditions

Directed by Mark Baer

With music by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, formerly of ABBA, and with lyrics by Tim Rice.  The story involves a politically driven, Cold War-era chess tournament between two men – an American Grandmaster and a Soviet Grandmaster- and their fight over a woman who manages one and falls in love with the other.

PERFORMANCE DATES
February 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m.
February 11 at 2:30 p.m.

AUDITIONS
November 17 (Friday) 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
November18 (Saturday)  2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

CALLBACKS
November 19 (Sunday)  2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Auditions and Callbacks will be held at the Community of Christ Church, 2121 S. Ridge Dr. in Coralville.

PREPARATION
Up to 32 bars of a song of your choice. Be ready to work your song with the director during auditions. Those returning for callbacks will be asked to prepare musical selections from the score.

SIGN-UP FOR AUDITION TIME SLOT (Audition Forms accepted starting October 13)
Fill out an Audition Form to secure an audition appointment. Walk-ins are always welcome, but those with appointments will take priority. Once you fill out an Audition Form, our producer, Liz Tracey will contact you with your appointment time. If you submit a form, and don’t hear back from us within a couple of days, please email etracey@coralville.org.

REHEARSALS

  • 1st rehearsals: December 2 and 3 from 2.p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Resume after the holidays: January 4 and 5 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and January 6 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Music rehearsals: January 8-22, Monday through Friday from  7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Staging rehearsals: January 23-February 2, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Expect Saturday and Sunday afternoon rehearsals due to an out of town director and a shorter rehearsal process.
  • Sitzprobe and Dress Rehearsals:  February 3-8
  • Chorus: minimal rehearsal commitment. This is a concert version.
  • Actors will only be called as needed.
DIRECTOR’S NOTE
Chess has undergone major revisions and rewrites throughout its production history.  Our production will follow most closely the libretto, score and production style of the 2008 concert version featuring Josh Groban, Adam Pascal, Idina Menzel, and Kerry Ellis which was recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall.
 
DIRECTOR’S SYNOPSIS
Set against the backdrop of the cold war in the early 1980s, Chess tells the story of Florence Vassy, a manager in the male-dominated world of professional chess, as she navigates a series of high-stakes professional and personal conflicts in which she inevitably plays a supporting role.  Through the course of the show she discovers that she can be more in life than somebody else’s queen.
 
At rise, Florence’s relationship with American chess champion Frederick “Freddie” Trumper is on the rocks. The world chess championship is underway in Merano, Italy, overseen by the Arbiter.  Freddie uses ego-driven grandstanding to negotiate a larger paycheck from Global Television’s Walter de Courcey, leaving Florence to handle the diplomatic embarrassment with Russian manager Molokov and his player Anatoly Sergievsky.  Freddie, distracted by what he thinks is Florence’s betrayal, loses the match and Anatoly is crowned.  Florence leaves Freddie, resigns as his manager and simultaneously begins a romantic relationship with Anatoly, who she helps to defect to England. 
 
A year later, Florence and Anatoly are still together as he prepares to defend his title in Bangkok, Thailand against new Russian challenger Leonid Viigand.  Freddie is now employed by Walter at Global Television, and maintains his grudge against the couple.  In order to distract Anatoly and give his player the advantage, Molokov has arranged for Svetlana, Anatoly’s estranged wife, to be present in Bangkok.  Despite a flurry of complicated manipulations Walter and Molokov intended to convince Anatoly to throw the match, he defeats Viigand and remains champion.  But the game has changed both Florence and Anatoly, and their relationship cannot continue.  Anatoly returns to Russia to take responsibility for his personal and political actions, while Florence moves into the future with new independence.
 
PRINCIPAL ROLES
Florence Vassy (Female, Mezzo-Soprano or Belter) – A lover and “second” to Frederick in act 1 and Anatoly in act 2.  Intelligent, honest, loyal, self-sacrificing.  Born in Budapest and separated from her father during the Hungarian revolution of 1956, then raised in England. 
Musical Numbers: “What a Scene What a Sight,” “Commie Newspapers,” “Press Conference,” “Dangerous and Difficult Times,” “A Model of Decorum and Tranquility,” “Florence and Molokov,” “Nobody’s Side,” “Mountain Duet,” “Florence Quits,” “Heaven Help My Heart,” “One More Opponent,” “You and I,” “The Deal,” “I Know Him So Well,” “You and I (reprise),” “Epilogue”.
 
Anatoly Sergievsky (Male, Baritone/Tenor) – A chess champion from the Soviet Union.  Brilliant, passionate, personable, always plays the long game.  Has a wife and children back in Russia, a fact that he conceals from Florence until after he has defected.
Musical Numbers: “Anatoly and Molokov,” “Where I Want To Be,” “A Model of Decorum and Tranquility,” “Mountain Duet,” “Anthem,” “One More Opponent,” “You and I,” “Interview,” “The Deal,”: “Endgame pt 2,” “You and I (Reprise)”.
 
Frederick Trumper (Male, Tenor) – A chess champion from America.  Brilliant, selfish, defensive, willing to fight dirty, every move is about personal gain, dubious of those who claim to be on his side.  Child of a broken home.
Musical Numbers: “What a Scene What a Sight,” “Commie Newspapers,” “Press Conference,” “Budapest is Rising,” “Mountain Duet,” “Florence Quits,” “Pity the Child (part 1),” “One Night in Bangkok,” “Interview,” “The Deal,” “Pity the Child (part 2),”  “Endgame”.
 
The Arbiter (gender unspecified, Tenor or Soprano) – The coldly objective, no-nonsense president of the International Chess Federation.  He sees every human interaction as moves on a chess board.
Musical Numbers: “The Story of Chess,”  “Arbiter, Arbiter (reprise),”  “The Deal”.
 
Molokov (gender unspecified, Bass or Alto) – A Russian diplomat charged with managing Anatoly in act 1 and Viigand in act 2.  Views chess as a mode for asserting the superiority of the Soviet way of life.  Devoid of moral boundaries.
Musical Numbers: “Anatoly and Molokov,”  “Dangerous and Difficulty Times,”  “A Model of Decorum and Tranquility,” “Florence and Molokov,” “The Soviet Machine,” “The Deal,” “Endgame”.
 
Walter de Courcey (Male, Bass-Baritone) – An American reporter and producer working for Global Television.  His interest is in monetizing the sport of chess for the television audience.  Like, Molokov, he is devoid of moral boundaries.
Musical Numbers: “Dangerous and Difficult Times,” “Interview,” “The Deal”.
 
Svetlana (Female, Mezzo-Soprano) – Anatoly’s estranged wife, in love with him still. She is dragged to Bangkok by Molokov and forced to convince Anatoly to throw the match.  Although she does not appear in the first act, her role in the second part of the story is surprisingly emotional and compelling.
Musical Numbers: “Somebody Else’s Story,” “The Deal,” “I Know Him So Well,” “Endgame pt 2”.
 
Ensemble Roles (members of the chorus may be assigned these solo roles in addition to their choral parts)
Leonid Viigand – (male, non-singing) – The Russian challenger to Anatoly in the second act.  Appears briefly in the first act as well.  He is said to be “a machine,” deeply logical and focused, in contrast to Freddie’s anger and Anatoly’s passion.
Mayor of Merano – marketing his city to the world.
Musical Numbers:  “Merano”
Reporters – aggressive and relentless
Musical Numbers: “Press Conference,” “Anatoly and the Press”
Delegates (American and Russian)
Musical Numbers – “Dangerous and Difficult Times”
Civil Servants – quirky workers at the British Embassy in Merano.
Musical Numbers: “Embassy Lament”
Cronies – perhaps the same as the Russian diplomats.  Scene takes place in a Bangkok nightclub.
Musical Numbers: “The Soviet Machine”
Backup Singers – not characters, but unnamed vocalists that sing harmony for some of the show’s most famous songs.
Musical Numbers:  “Where I Want To Be,” “Nobody’s Side,” “Heaven Help My Heart,” “Endgame pt 2”.
 
Chorus – the full chorus will sing in the following numbers:
“The Story of Chess,” “Merano,” “Merano 2,” “Arbiter,” “Opening Ceremony,” “Budapest is Rising,” “One Night in Bangkok,” “Endgame,” “Epilogue”.

 

 


Little Women the Musical Auditions

Directed by Chris Okiishi

Produced nationally and internationally, Little Women has been praised by critics for its ambition in adapting such a well-known story for the stage. This timeless, captivating story is brought to life in this glorious musical filled with personal discovery, heartache, hope and everlasting love. Based on Louisa May Alcott’s life, Little Women follows the adventures of sisters, Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March and their experience growing up in Civil War America. The powerful score, by Jason Howland,soars with the sounds of personal discovery, heartache and hope – the sounds of a young America finding its voice.

PERFORMANCE  DATES
April 27, 28 and May 4, 5 at 7:30 p.m.
April 29 and May 6 at 2:00 p.m.

AUDITIONS
January 26 (Friday) 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
January 27 (Saturday) 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

 

CALLBACKS
January 28 (Sunday) 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Auditions and Callbacks will be held at the Community of Christ Church, 2121 S. Ridge Dr. in Coralville.

SIGN-UP FOR AUDITION TIME SLOT (Audition Forms accepted starting January 2)
Fill out an Audition Form to secure an audition appointment. Walk-ins are always welcome, but those with appointments will take priority. Once you fill out an Audition Form, our producer, Liz Tracey will contact you with your appointment time. If you submit a form, and don’t hear back from us within a couple of days, please email etracey@coralville.org.

PREPARATION
Prepare a one minute cutting of a song that shows off range and acting choices.  Please bring clearly marked sheet music.  Accompanist provided.

CASTING REQUIREMENTS
Jo March  (female 18-23) Our story’s protagonist. Passionate, adventurous, and brave. She has the idea of writing Little Women and eventually becomes engaged to Professor Bhaer. (Vocal range top: A5 Vocal range bottom: E3)

Professor Bhaer (male 35-45) is a German Professor who exemplifies proper manners. He is a boarder in Mrs. Kirk’s boarding house and eventually falls in love with Jo. (Vocal range top: F#4 Vocal range bottom: G2)

Amy March  (female 14 – 18) can double as a Troll. The youngest, most energetic sister with a rather pompous air about her. She later marries Laurie. Can double as Troll. (Vocal range top: Gb5 Vocal range bottom: -1)

Meg March  (female 21 – 25) The world-weary, yet hopeful, oldest sister who yearns for a great life. She marries John and has twins with him. Can double as Clarissa. (Vocal range top: Gb5 Vocal range bottom: A#3)

Beth March (female 17 – 21) The second youngest sister who tragically dies of Scarlet Fever. Peace-maker, lover, and an optimist who is always encouraging her sisters to dream. Can double as Rodrigo II. (Vocal range top: G5Vocal range bottom: A3)

Marmee March  (female 45 – 55) The girls’ mother. She is the strong backbone of the family, who is courageous in spite of the difficult odds she faces. Can double as Hag. (Vocal range top: Eb5 Vocal range bottom: Eb3)

Laurie Laurence  (male 18 – 23) The bright-eyed boy-next-door with considerable charm. He loves Jo but later falls in love with Amy. (Vocal range top: Bb4 Vocal range bottom: Bb2)

Aunt March (female 45 – 60) A formidable, over-bearing matron and great-aunt to the March sisters. The wealthy socialite in town. Can double as Mrs. Kirk. (Vocal range top: F5 Vocal range bottom: E3)

Mr. John Brooke  (male 30 – 40) Laurie’s tutor and a rather stiff man; shows very little emotion. He later marries Meg and changes. (Vocal range top: F#4 Vocal range bottom: C#3)

Ensemble (male and female)

REHEARSALS
Rehearsal start Monday, February 26 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Rehearsals will then run Monday through Thursday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

 


Return to the Forbidden Planet Auditions

Directed by Kehry Anson Lane

Inspired by Shakepeare’s The Tempest and the sci-fi movie “Forbidden Planet,”this jukebox musical is packed with rock ‘n’ roll classics such as “Heard it Through the Grapevine,” “Young Girl,”  “Good Vibrations,” and “Gloria.” Winner of the Olivier Award for Best Musical.

PERFORMANCE  DATES
June 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m.
June 17 at 2:00 p.m.

AUDITIONS
March 30 (Friday) 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
March 31  (Saturday) 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

CALLBACKS
April 4 (Sunday) 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Auditions and Callbacks will be held at the Community of Christ Church, 2121 S. Ridge Dr. in Coralville.

SIGN-UP FOR AUDITION TIME SLOT (Audition Forms accepted starting March 9)
Fill out an Audition Form to secure an audition appointment. Walk-ins are always welcome, but those with appointments will take priority. Once you fill out an Audition Form, our producer, Liz Tracey will contact you with your appointment time. If you submit a form, and don’t hear back from us within a couple of days, please email etracey@coralville.org.

PREPARATION
Prepare 32 bars of a song that shows off your voice and demonstrates your ability to tell a story. An accompanist will be provided.

CASTING REQUIREMENTS
This is City Circle’s teen show and actors must be in grades 7 through 12 at the time of auditions.

Captain Tempest  A captain’s captain. Square jaw, rocking voice. Think Commander, Captain or Space Ranger. Tenor/Baritone, sings “Young Girl”.

Prospero  Scientist who has been marooned on the planet D’illyria. Is he a mad scientist, or is he just being driven crazy by his teenage daughter? Is there a difference? Baritone, sings “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”.

Miranda  Prospero’s daughter; a teenager discovering men for the first time—‘nuff said. Alto/Mezzo, sings “Teenager in Love”.

Ariel  (male or female) Robot loyal to Dr. Prospero. Will not be on roller skates. Alto/Tenor/Baritone, sings “Who’s Sorry Now”.

Science Officer (aka Gloria) A woman with history with Dr. Prospero (spoiler alert – she’s his wife & Miranda’s mom!) Alto/Mezzo, sings “Gloria”.

Navigation Officer A woman who knows where she’s going. Alto/Mezzo, sings “Tell Her”.

Cookie  The ship’s cook, a hopeless romantic. Killer guitar skills a plus, bring yours if you have one, killer air guitar skills a must. Baritone – sings “She’s Not There”.

Bosun Arras  The ship’s bosun (look it up). Tenor/Baritone, sings “The Shoop Shoop Song”

The Crew (Chorus/Ensemble both male & female) comprised of Ensigns/Petty Officers, etc. Number of crew members has yet to be determined.

REHEARSALS
Rehearsals start April 16 and will run Monday through Thursday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tech Week begins on June 10.  Tech rehearsals will run 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. all week (June 11-16) with daytime rehearsals added as needed.  In addition the cast will perform at Iowa City Arts Fest during the weekend of June 2-3 (exact date and time to be announced).

 


Seeking Designers for the 2017-2018 Season!

City Circle Acting Company and Young Footliters Youth Theatre are seeking designers for the 2017-2018 season. Positions in set, lights, sound and costumes are available, and all local designers are welcome and encouraged to join our team! Many positions include an honorarium. We are a community-based theatre and love working with designers who are independent, volunteer-friendly, and flexible collaborators in making the show go on!

Please contact Liz Tracey at etracey@coralville.org if you are interested or have questions.


About our Venue:
The Coralville Center for the Performing Arts is a state of the art 472 seat facility with 170 seats on the balcony and 302 seats on the main floor.  It has a 38 foot wide stage with flexible depths ranging from 10 feet to 42 feet.  The stage has a 20 foot high proscenium with a fly tower, 27 line sets, cyclorama, scrim and mid stage black.  It has a state of the art ION light board and a 48-channel digital sound mixer. We have an on-the-premises costume shop and a large selection of costume inventory.  Our build shop is located offsite and sets are built modularly to be loaded in by truck one week before opening.


Upcoming Productions:

City Circle Acting Company
Peter and the Starcatcher – September 22-24
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – December 8-10; 15-17
Chess in Concert – February 9–11
Little Women – April 27-29; May 4-6
Return to the Forbidden Planet – June 15-17

Young Footliters Youth Theatre
Charlotte’s Web – September 8-10
A Charlie Brown Christmas – November 17-19
Winnie the Pooh – March 23-25

 

Please contact Liz Tracey at etracey@coralville.org if you are interested or have questions.


New Play Festival Auditions to be held August 11 and 12

New Play Festival
Christina Patramanis, Uberdirector

PERFORMANCE DATES
Saturday, September 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Coralville Center for the Performing Arts

AUDITIONS
Friday, August 11, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday, August 12, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Auditions will be held at the Community of Christ Church, 2121 S. Ridge Dr. in Coralville.

CASTING REQUIREMENTS
There will be a variety of roles for actors 16 through adult. Come to the auditions prepared to read. Sides will be provided at the auditions. This is a general casting call after which actors will be chosen for specific 10-minute plays.

REHEARSALS
Because these 10-minute plays will require minimal rehearsal time, this is a wonderful opportunity for actors who don’t have the time to devote to a full-scale production as well as folks who haven’t acted but have always wanted to try it out.  The rehearsal schedule will be worked out between the director and actors after auditions in order to accommodate any conflicts.

SIGN-UP FOR AUDITION TIME SLOT
Fill out an Audition Form to schedule an audition appointment. Walk-ins are always welcome, but those with appointments will take priority. Once you fill out an Audition Form, our producer, Liz Tracey will contact you with your appointment time. If you submit a form, and don’t hear back from us within a couple of days, please email etracey@coralville.org..

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The New Play Festival will be held Saturday, September 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. This biennial Festival celebrates up and coming playwrights as well as more established authors trying their hand at something new. The eight 10-minute plays chosen for performance were selected from more than 200 submissions.


City Circle Seeking Plays for New Play Festival

City Circle Acting Company is seeking new, original unpublished plays for inclusion in its biannual 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
  • to be performed with simple set, costume and technical demands
  • approximately 10 minutes in length
  • receiving their debut performance at this Festival

The chosen plays will be performed as part of City Circle’s New Play Festival, September 16, 2017 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 June 15.


Join us for our annual Change of Seasons Party on June 25

Join us for our annual Change of Seasons Celebration on Sunday, June 25 from 2pm-5pm at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. There will be food and drink and a chance to meet other CC friends and volunteers. We’ll celebrate the just completed 19th season with a musical and pictorial retrospective and preview our upcoming 20th anniversary season. The event is free and open to the public.  Young Footliters will also be part of this celebration.