Raise A Glass to the Year Past

Thank you to all of our volunteers, audience members, parents, and community members for making 2017 one of the most successful years for City Circle Acting Company to date. We could not have done it without each and every one of you.

Check out some of our favorite moments, and share YOURS here!

Highlights of 2017

  • Next to Normal
  • Annie Get Your Gun
  • Disney’s The Little Mermaid
  • Wildly Miscast Cabaret
  • New Play Festival 2017
  • Peter and the Starcatcher
  • Holiday Cabaret 2017
  • Spotlight on Hunger Initiative
  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Raise a glass to the year past, and join us for another year of wonderful theatre at City Circle!

Wishing everyone a safe, happy New Year!


Spotlight on Hunger Campaign

City Circle is dedicating its twentieth season to collecting donations and raising funds for the Coralville Food Pantry. We hope our Spotlight on Hunger initiative will draw community awareness to the fact that hunger is a pressing issue in the Coralville, and everyone has the opportunity to give something to help. The Coralville food pantry had over 8,500 visits in 2016 and was able to distribute 250,000 pounds of food to those in need. City Circle’s goal for our twentieth season is to donate 3,000 pounds of food. *NOTE* The donations for Joseph surpassed this goal, and the Board of Directors will set a new goal before Chess in Concert*


That’s where you come in!

Starting in December with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, we will be collecting at each one of City Circle’s performances. Every item counts as one pound, and each dollar counts as five pounds. Everyone who donates will be entered to win a two free tickets to any City Circle show during the current or upcoming season.


Help us focus the spotlight on hunger!

Brian Lawler Talks About Spotlight on Hunger


Chess in Concert


“Dazzling score covers nearly all the pop bases” Rolling Stone Magazine

“Gift-wrapped and gorgeous…compels admiration,” The Daily Telegraph


February 9, 10 at 7:30 pm and February 11 at 2:00 pm
Coralville Center for the Performing Arts

From the minds behind ABBA and The Lion King comes CHESS, a Grandmaster of a Show. The pawns in this dramatic rock opera form a love triangle: the brash American chess star, the earnest Russian champion, and the manager who is torn between them. Follow the machinations and manipulations from Italy to Bangkok in this staged concert, performed in front a massive orchestra and thrilling chorus.

Directed by Mark Baer
Musical Direction by Jessica Palmer


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Cast List

Spotlight on Hunger Campaign


Holiday Cabaret a Merry Success

Host Ryan Shellady and performer Victoria Vaughn celebrate after a successful Holiday Cabaret Performance.


“Hey now, hey now
Don’t dream it’s over
Hey now, hey now
When the world comes in
They come, they come
To build a wall between us
We know they won’t win”


-Don’t Dream It’s Over, Crowded House – Sung at the Holiday Cabaret by Christian Drollinger and Ensemble


Nothing gets us in the season for present wrapping and decorating the tree like the Holiday Cabaret. This year our Late Night Edition Cabaret featured Robyn Calhoun, Kristen DeGrazia, Chastity Dillard, Christian Drollinger, Carrie Houchins-Witt, Elijah Jones, Jessica Saunders, Ellen Stevenson, Victoria Vaughn with special guests Tara McGovern and Darren McNabb.


Hosted by Chris Okiishi and Ryan Shellady
Written and Directed by Patrick DuLaney
Musical Arrangements by Jason Sifford


Presented by City Circle in collaboration with the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts and C&P Productions present the Holiday Cabaret: Late Night Edition

Season Goal Surpassed

Over 3,000 Pounds of Food Donated
Spotlight on Hunger Campaign Exceeds Season Goal With First Show


When City Circle Acing Company set a goal to raise 3,000 pounds of food for the Coralville Food Pantry, our goal was to raise that amount during the entire 2017-2018 season. Audience members surpassed the the goal during the first show of the campaign. “It was incredible to see how many people brought not just one or two items, but full bags to donate,” says City Circle Board of Directors Member Hannah Green. “Even the cast got involved and brought in donations for this event. Our audience has shown us that theatre can be so much more than a night out.” We plan to make the Spotlight on Hunger campaign a year long campaign, but we will certainly need to re-evaluate their goal and challenge the community again for the three remaining shows in our season.


“The Spotlight on Hunger Campaign was a great way to give back to the Coralville community by doing something I love,” says Minsu Song, a cast member of both Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Chess in Concert. “The best part was showing all the young cast members in the children’s chorus just how much food people had donated.”


The Spotlight on Hunger Campaign will continue during our next show Chess in Concert February 9, 10, and 11th at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. Each audience member who brings a donation will be entered to win free tickets to an upcoming City Circle performance. Tickets can be purchased starting December 20th at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts or at www.coralvillearts.org


Learn more about the Spotlight on Hunger Campaign

Auditions for Little Women

Audition Forms Accepted Starting Tuesday, January 2, 2018


Starting date: Sunday, February 11 from 7 pm – 10 pm.
Rehearsals 7: 30 pm to 10 pm Monday – Friday and Sundays 2 pm – 5 pm.


Friday, 1/26 : No more times available and no walk-ins accepted
Saturday, 1/27 (2PM – 5PM)
Sunday, 1/28 (4:30PM — 6PM)
Callbacks: Sunday, 1/28 (6PM – 10PM)


NOTE: Audition locations have changed to the following:
Friday: Coralville Public Library
Saturday: Coralville Center for the Performing Arts
Sunday: Coralville Public Library
Sunday Callbacks: Coralville Public Library


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.


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 – 
Parts for auditionees age 10 and up!


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.
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 ages 10 and above


Auditions for Return to the Forbidden Planet

Audition Forms Accepted Starting Friday, March 9, 2018


Starting date: April 16 and will tentatively run Monday through Thursdays (7pm – 10pm) and Sundays (2pm – 10pm). On June 10, Tech Week begins. Tech rehearsals will run 6:00-11:00pm all week (Jun 11-16), with daytime rehearsals added as needed.
Additionally, the cast will perform at Iowa City Arts Fest during the weekend of June 2-3, exact date and time TBA.


Friday, 3/30 (6pm – 9pm)
Saturday, 3/31 (2pm – 6pm)
Callbacks Sunday, 4/1 (6pm – 10pm)


Community of Christ Church
1212 South Ridge Dr, Coralville, IA


Casting Requirements – 
City Circle’s Teen Show; 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.

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. 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) (male & female) comprised of Ensigns/Petty Officers, etc. How many on the CREW has yet to be determined.

Come to the Holiday Cabaret on December 15 and 16!

City Circle in collaboration with the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts and C&P Productions present the Holiday Cabaret: Late Night Edition on December 15 and 16 at 10 pm at the Coralville Center forthe Performing Arts on the set of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.


Back for another helping of froth, frivolity, sophisticated wit, and a tiny bit of naughty spice, the Holiday Cabaret:  Late Night Edition is just the escape we need for the holiday season!
Come join hosts Chris Okiishi and Ryan Shellady and our cast and musicians for an evening of songs and comedy bits featuring some of the area’s most talented performers in a show with something for everyone.


Written and directed by Patrick DuLaney with music direction and arrangements by Jason Sifford, Late Nite Edition features Robyn Calhoun, Kristen DeGrazia, Chastity Dillard, Christian Drollinger, Carrie Houchins-Witt, Elijah Jones, Jessica Saunders, Ellen Stevenson, Victoria Vaughn with special guests Tara McGovern and Darren McNabb and more to be announced soon.


Tickets are $15 and can be purchased in advance or at the door. You’ll get a $5 discount if you buy your ticket by phone or in person and purchase or have purchased a ticket to Joseph. Just mention you want the Joseph discount.


Ho, Ho, Ho!

Joseph Has Been Cast!

Cast List


Joseph – Zach Cramer
Narrator – Lauren Rude
Jacob – Doug Beardsley
Pharaoh – Gabriel Wylder
Potiphar – Larry Newmann
Mrs. Potiphar –  Jill Beardsley
Simeon – Jacob Glass
Benjamin – Ben Jaeger
Judah – Ben Chapman
Dan – Nick Rudzianski
Reuben – Robert Morris
Zebulon – Jacques Motyko
Levi -Chris Guidrey
Asher – Matt Shafer
Gad – Andy Stewart
Issachar – Fred Ogilvie


Ensemble Women
Raelynne Burns, Frances Bottorff, Faye Duster, Rebecca Fields-Moffitt, Shelby Meyers, Angela McConville, Meredith Olson, McKenna Proud, Rachael Rhoads, Nikki Scheel, Minsu Song


Children’s Choir
Maya Cheng, Veda Fitzpatrick, Maya Hanna, Betsey Gavin, Elsie Gavin, Emily Granfield, Blaise Guidry, Clive Guidry, Ethan Hill, Leah Langfitt, Claire Lawler, Viola McConville, Maple Miller, Oliver Miller, Ella Vakiner