Next to Normal Pre-show Discussion Scheduled for February 11 at 6:45 pm.

Prior to the Saturday night performance of Next to Normal on February 11, City Circle Acting Company will partner with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to present a pre-show discussion at 6:45. Director Kathryn Van Meter and local psychiatrist Christopher Okiishi will be joined on stage by members of the local NAMI organization in an interactive discussion about the impact of mental illness on individuals and their families and communities.

Ms. Van Meter has a unique relationship with Next to Normal, having worked on the show since its first reading in 2002. She choreographed the first New York production then called Feelin’ Electric. She has worked with playwright Brian Yorkey on numerous projects before and since.

Dr. Okiishi is a board-certified Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist serving the Eastern Iowa community for the last 20 years. In addition, he actively works with several local theatres.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness is the nation’s leading advocacy group for persons living with mental illness and their families.

Next to Normal  will be performed on  February 10 and 11 at 7:30 pm and February 12 at 2:00 pm at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.

Listen to cast members, Director Van Meter and dramaturg, Chris Okiishi discuss Next to Normal on Eric Teeter’s  podcast Talking Theatre.

Tickets to the show are $12-$27 and can be purchased online at 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.


Annie Get Your Gun Auditions to be held February 17 and 18

Annie Get Your Gun
Directed by Krista Neumann

AUDITIONS 

February 17 (Friday) 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. or
February 18 (Saturday) 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Callbacks: February 19 (Sunday) 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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

Please prepare 16 bars of a song of your choice that shows off your voice and your ability to tell a story.  Bring your sheet music. An accompanist will be provided.

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.

This is a big show with many character parts and a large ensemble and all ages are welcome to audition.

Performance dates for Annie Get Your Gun are April 28-30 and May 5-6.

Rehearsals will begin Sunday, February 26 at 2 p.m.

ABOUT THE SHOW

Rough-and-tumble Annie Oakley is the best shot around. A backwoods gal, Annie uses her skill to support her family by selling the game she hunts. When she’s discovered by Buffalo Bill and persuaded to join his Wild West Show, Annie is plucked from obscurity and becomes the toast of Europe. Annie meets her match in Frank Butler, Buffalo Bill’s leading man and star marksman. She falls head over heels for Frank, but soon eclipses him as the main attraction in the show. Her success with a gun makes trouble for Annie’s chance at romance. Annie Get Your Gun follows the journey of Annie and Frank, revealing their competitive natures as they vie for best shot – and each other’s hearts. This fictionalized version of the life of real-life sharpshooter Annie Oakley and her romance with Frank Butler boasts a score of Irving Berlin gems including “There’s No Business Like Show Business”, “I Got Lost in His Arms”, “I Got the Sun in the Mornin’”, “Anything You Can Do,” and “They Say It’s Wonderful.”

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

PRINCIPAL MALES:

FRANK BUTLER — The male star of the Buffalo Bill Show, excellent baritone, strong actor(25+). Self assured character bordering on conceited.

CHARLIE DAVENPORT — Manager of Buffalo Bill Show, strong comedic timing (30+),
sarcastic, Dolly Tate’s brother and chief critic.

BUFFALO BILL — Owner and emcee for the Buffalo Bill Show, good baritone (40-65+) Good showman personality, loud commanding speaking voice.

CHIEF SITTING BULL — Indian chief who adopts Annie Oakley, baritone (40-70).
Comedic timing a plus.

FOSTER WILSON — Hotel Manager, baritone (40-70) strong personality with dry wit.

PAWNEE BILL — Owner of Far East Show, competitor of Buffalo Bill, baritone (40-70) Good showman skills.

PRINCIPAL FEMALES:

ANNIE OAKLEY — Famous sharpshooter, strong belter with significant range to sing soprano (19-35) Plays backwoods character with self assurance and spunk. Good comedic timing, and no inhibitions. Strong presence.

DOLLY TATE — Frank Butler’s Assistant in Buffalo Bill Show, good alto, (25+) obnoxious personality lending herself to some hysterical moments. Must be able to play ‘big character’ without being ‘over the top’.

PRINCIPAL CHILDREN:

MINNIE, JESSIE, NELLIE — Annie Oakley’s backwoods sisters, strong singers and actresses (ages vary from 7-15).

LITTLE JAKE — Annie Oakley’s brother, capable singer, good comedic timing (7-15)

In addition, there are numerous other character parts, and a need for a large ensemble. All ages are welcome to audition.


Shop Volunteers Needed on November 12 & 13

We need help in the shop November 12 and 13 to get ready for our holiday show, Fiddler on the Roof. On Saturday, November 12, we’ll meet at 9am to organize the shop–put away platforms, props and furniture from our last show. If enough volunteers show up, we’ll be done by 10 or 10:30.  On Sunday, November 13, we can use volunteers to help paint the Fiddler set. We’ll be working 12 noon to 6pm. If you have questions and/or want to help, please contact Liz Tracey at etracey@coralville.org. The shop is located at 702 E. 2nd Avenue in Coralville.


Meeting for Prospective Directors To Be Held November 5; Interviews on November 27th

City Circle is looking for directors for the 2017-18 season. Our annual Director’s Tea for prospective directors will be held Saturday, November 5th at 10 am at the North Ridge Pavilion, 2250 Holiday Road in Coralville.  This is an informal social gathering to give the Play Selection Committee and other Board Members the chance to visit with prospective directors and to share details about the proposed 2017-18 season.  Directors will have the opportunity to ask questions about specific shows, show budgets, potential production teams. You’ll also hear from Producer Liz Tracey about how City Circle works.

If you plan to attend the Tea, please RSVP to Lostfloozie@gmail.com.

Formal director interviews with the Play Selection Committee and Producer will be held Sunday, November 27th beginning at 4:30. You can schedule your interview at the  Tea on Saturday or by email at Lostfloozie@gmail.com.  You need not attend the Tea on Saturday in order to interview.

Here is our proposed 2017-2018 season:

PETER AND THE STARCATCHER – September 2017

A NEW PLAY FESTIVAL – September 2017

CINDERELLA – December 2017

CHESS IN CONCERT – February 2018

CITY OF ANGELS –  April/Mary 2018

RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET – June 2018 (Teen Musical)

 

 


Fiddler on the Roof Cast List Announced

Director Ian Zahren has announced the cast for Fiddler on the Roof:

TEVYE – Christopher Carpenter
GOLDE – Emily Riedell

TZEITEL – Nikki Scheel
HODEL – Lauren Rude
CHAVA – Madison Glanz-Guessford
SHPRINTZE – Ella Vakiner
BIELKE – Maya Hanna

YENTE – Ellen Stevenson
MOTEL – Aaron Mann
PERCHIK – Jacob Glass
LAZAR WOLF – TBA
MORCHA – Jeremy Horning
RABBI – Chuck Bogh
MENDEL – Nick Rudzianski
AVRAM – Jacques Motyko
NACHUM – Zachary Begley
GRANDMA TZEITEL – Beverly Mead
FRUMA-SARAH – TBA
CONSTABLE -Derek Johnson
FYEDKA – Kyle Gorman-Irish
SHANDEL – Kaitlynn Griffith

VILLAGERS – Rebecca Allen, Raelynn Burns, Nicole DeSalle, Lindsay Elliott, Tobias Epstein, Ellen Fields,Emma Furlong, Katey Halverson, Chandler Hamm, Sean Harken, Paige Harken, Nancy Holm, Chase Horning, Thomazin Jury, Cecilia Khoury, Angela McConville, Shelby Myers, Robert Morris, Santiago Perez, Steve Riedell, Brigitta VandeLune, Anna Szot

Thank you to all who auditioned!

Fiddler on the Roof will be presented December 9-11 and 16-18 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, October 26 at 11:00 a.m.


Next to Normal Cast List Announced

Director Kathryn Van Meter has announced the cast for Next to Normal.  Thanks to all who auditioned! The cast is as follows:

DIANA – Kristen Behrendt DeGrazia
DR. MADDEN –  Michael Penick
HENRY –  Austin Wicke
NATALIE – Victoria Vaughn
GABE – Chris Walbert
DAN – K. Michael Moore

 


Audition time slots for Next to Normal are full. Walkups still welcome

All the audition time slots for Next to Normal have been filled but we will still see walkups at the end of the day. If you haven’t submitted an audition form and still want to audition, don’t submit the form. Just show up at auditions on Friday, September 16 at 9:30 p.m. or Saturday, September 17 at 7:30 p.m.  Auditions are being held at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.  Walkups will be seen in the order they arrive.


Actor Sign-up For All In A Day Festival Opens on September 11 at 7 pm

Actors interested in the All In A Day Play Festival can sign up starting September 11 at 7 p.m. The first 35 actors who sign up will be in one of the plays. There are 25 slots for adults and 10 slots for students in 7th-12th grades. Slots fill quickly, so sign up early.  The time commitment for actors is roughly two hours on Friday evening, October 7 and all day including evening on Saturday, October 8. The plays will be performed on October 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. The Festival is sponsored by Dreamwell Theatre, City Circle Acting Company and the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.

 


August: Osage County

Tracy Letts’ award-winning dark comedy is the tale of the ultimate dysfunctional family. Originally developed and produced at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre, this play won the Tony for Best Play, and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Dad is missing, Mom is addicted to pills, and at least two of their three daughters are harboring secrets as everyone gathers in the Oklahoma house they grew up in. Just when you think things can’t get any stranger, they do.

Directed by Elizabeth Tracey

October 21,22 at 7:30 PM; October 23 at 2:00 PM.

Tickets

Tickets to on sale Wednesday, September 7 at 11:00 AM. Season Subscribers may select their seats before tickets go on sale to the public.

Groups of 10 or more save 15%. For details, contact Patron Services at 319.248.9372 or nmayfield@coralville.org.

 

 

 


Fiddler on the Roof

This classic musical by Jerry Bock (music), Sheldon Harnick (lyrics) and Joseph Stein (book) tells the story of Tevye, a Jewish dairyman in Imperial Russia at the beginning of the 20th century, who struggles to hold on to his religious and cultural traditions despite pressure to change. Perhaps the most powerful pull is that of his independent-minded daughters, who wish to choose their husbands, instead of abiding by the tradition of the matchmaker. Funny, sweet, beautiful and heartbreaking, this is a show for everyone!

Directed by Ian Zahren

December 9,10,11,16,17,18 (Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM; Sundays at 2:00 PM)

Tickets

Tickets to on sale Wednesday, October 26 at 11:00 AM. Season Subscribers may select their seats before tickets go on sale to the public.

Groups of 10 or more save 15%. For details, contact Patron Services at 319.248.9372 or nmayfield@coralville.org.