A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Broadway’s greatest farce is light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent and one of the funniest musicals ever written-the perfect escape from life’s troubles. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum takes comedy back to its roots, combining situations from time-tested, 2000 year old comedies of Roman playwright Plautus with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville. The result is a non-stop laugh-fest in which a crafty slave (Pseudolus) struggles to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan (Philia) for his young master (Hero), in exchange for freedom.

Directed by Patrick Du Laney

  • Friday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 12 at 2 p.m.
  • Friday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 19 at 2 p.m.


Premium Seating: $27
Adults: $22
Seniors & Students: $17
Children 10 & Under: $12

Prices includes online processing fee.

The Coralville Center for the Performing Arts
Buy tickets online

Questions? Contact the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts
Patron Services Supervisor
Nancy Mayfield

If you are not a member or a subscriber … become one today! Memberships are available starting at $25 / year. Please contact info@citycircle.org or call 319-541-2980 for more information or to become a member.

City Circle announces cast of “Noises Off”

City Circle Acting Company of Coralville is excited to announce the cast of its upcoming production of “Noises Off.” Performances run September 7-16, with shows at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday.  ”Noises Off” is an immensely popular farcical romp of a show, written by Michael Frayn. Wally Chappell directs.

An amazing group of local talent has been assembled for this show. Congratulations to all!

Dotty/Mrs. Clackett – Robyn Calhoun
Lloyd – Eddie Skaggs
Garry/Roger – Matt Falduto
Brooke/Vicki – Kaitlyn Skaggs
Poppy – Ramya Hipp
Frederick/Phillip – Bryant Duffy
Belinda/Flavia – Shannon Bonney
Tim – Brett Borden
Selsdon – Kevin Burford

Guys & Dolls

June 15-24
Directed by Josh Sazon

Hard-bitten gamblers collide with pious Save-a-Soul missionaries in this quintessential musical comedy. The beloved Broadway tuner features song after classic song – “Sit Down, You’re Rocking the Boat,” “I’ll Know,” “If I Were a Bell.” Romp your way through Damon Runyon’s seedy Times Square down to pre-Castro Havana and back to the sewers and soup kitchens of Manhattan. And along the way, cheer for not one but two unlikely romances to succeed! Who will win in the end? I got the horse right here….

Book by Jo Swerling & Abe Burrows
Music & Lyrics by Frank Loesser

Production will be at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.

  • Friday, June 15, at 7:30
  • Saturday, June 16, at 7:30
  • Sunday, June 17, at 2:00
  • Friday, June 22, at 7:30
  • Saturday, June 23, at 7:30
  • Sunday, June 24, at 2:00

The Coralville Center for the Performing Arts
Buy Guys and Dolls tickets online

Questions? Contact the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts:
Patron Services Supervisor
Nancy Mayfield

If you are not a member or a subscriber… become one today!
Memberships are available starting at $25 / year. Please contact info@citycircle.org or call 319-541-2980 for more information or to become a member.

Cast List

  • Doug Beardsley – Rusty Charlie
  • Jon Cryer – Arvide Abernathy
  • Joseph Dobrian – Lt. Brannigan
  • Nelson Gurll – Big Jule
  • Carrie Houchins-Witt – Adelaide
  • Rob Keech – Nathan Detroit
  • Megan Keiser – Sarah Brown
  • Steve Krutzfeldt – Harry The Horse
  • Robyn McCright – General Cartwright
  • Larry Newman – Benny Southstreet
  • Colin Nies – Sky Masterson
  • David Rudolph – Nicely-Nicely Johnson

with Jackie Allen, Jill Beardsley, Fawn Boston-Kemple, Trista Carlson, Stephen Castillo, Megan Sands, Joel Collins, Jon Davies, Emily Duncan, Rich LeMay, Elizabeth Litman, Jacob Lundin, Katelyn McBride, Reed Perkins, Katelyn Swearingen, Olivia Symmonds, Brian Tanner, Ken Van Egdon, Nicolas Wagner, Jessica Ziniel

and Logan Allen, Nathan Allen, Chase Horning, Brad Quinn
and Stephen J. Polchert

City Circle announces auditions for “Noises Off”

City Circle is thrilled to be kicking off our 2012-13 main season with Michael Frayn’s madcap farce “Noises Off!” The play takes a fond look at the follies of theatre folk, whose susceptibility to out-of-control egos, memory loss and passionate affairs turn every performance into a high-risk adventure.

This play-within-a-play, or “frisky freewheeling sex comedy about a frisky freewheeling sex comedy.” (USA Today) captures a touring theatre troupe’s production of Nothing On in three stages: dress rehearsal, opening performance, and a performance toward the end of the run. Each is portrayed from behind the scenes, progressing from flubbed lines and missed cues in the dress rehearsal to mounting friction between cast members in the final performance.

“The challenge for actors — and the director,” says director Wally Chappell, ”is to create a tightly bonded ensemble and strong character exploration, always the basis of flat-out farce. It will be great fun to rehearse, as well as perform.”

Auditions are scheduled for 6:30-9 p.m. Monday, June 18 at the Iowa City Public Library (Meeting Room B) and 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 19 at the Coralville Public Library (E. Jean Schwab Auditorium). There will be sides from the show available at the audition, but actors are also welcome to bring a brief comic monologue or even tell some of their favorite jokes!

Rehearsals will begin in mid-July and performances will be September 7-16. Please contact the director at noisesoffcc@gmail.com with any questions.

Media Contact: Genevieve Heinrich, genevieve@citycircle.org OR 319-651-0519

Workshops and Auditions for “Legally Blonde the Musical”

City Circle Acting Company of Coralville Announces Free Dance
Workshops and Auditions for “Legally Blonde the Musical”

Media Contact: Steve Rosse 319-594-0344 shavethemonkeys@gmail.com

City Circle Acting Company of Coralville will hold auditions for
“Legally Blonde the Musical,” on Saturday, May 26th, from 9:00 a.m. to
4:00 p.m. in the lower level of the Coralville Public Library.

Nolte Dance Academy will host a free Dance Audition Workshop on
Thursday, May 10, from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. The Workshop will be held at
their studios in the Clock Tower Plaza on the Coralville strip.
Award-winning choreographer Leslie Nolte will walk actors through some
basic choreography that they might encounter at the audition.

“Legally Blonde the Musical” will kick off City Circle’s 2012-2013
season, opening on July 27, 2012.

Based on the novel and film of the same name, “Legally Blonde…” was a
Broadway hit in 2007, earning seven Tony nominations and ten Drama
Desk nominations.

The show requires a large cast and any students entering grades 7-12
and 2012 high school graduates are welcome to try out. Actors should
prepare a brief contemporary comedic monologue and bring the sheet
music for at least 16 bars of a Broadway show tune.

Interested actors are requested to contact CCLegallyBlonde@gmail.com
to schedule an audition time or to ask additional questions.

Guys & Dolls Auditions

We are thrilled to announce that auditions for our next musical, the classic Frank Loesser show Guys and Dolls, will be March 23 and 24th in TWO DIFFERENT LOCATIONS to provide as much opportunity as possible.

On Friday, March 23, we will be seeing interested singing and dancing actors from 6:30 – 8:45 pm at the Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room D.

On Saturday, March 24, we will be seeing interested singing and dancing actors from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm at the Coralville Public Library, Meeting Rooms A and B.

Those interested in auditioning are asked to e-mail the director at jsazon@citycircle.org to schedule an audition time.

Actors are requested to prepare 16 bars of a song that shows off their voice.  Please bring sheet music appropriately marked for the City Circle audition pianist.  No additional preparation is required.  You will also be asked to read from the scripts provided at the auditions times.

For show synopsis and a description of parts available, please visit:


Guys and Dolls will be delighting audiences at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts June 15 – 24, 2012.   Tickets on sale NOW at http://www.coralvillearts.org by clicking the Buy Tickets tab!

All I Want for Christmas: A Holiday Cabaret

City Circle Acting Company of Coralville Presents:
“All I Want for Christmas:  A Holiday Cabaret”

Directed by Patrick DuLaney
When:   December 16, 17, 22, 23 at 8:00 pm
Where:   Riverside Theatre Space, 213 N. Gilbert Street, Iowa City
Tickets:  $15 for regular admission, $10 for students / seniors
Buy tickets for “A Holiday Cabaret”

Back for a second helping of holiday hilarity and warmth, with just a touch of irreverence, this is the second year that City Circle is offering a Holiday Cabaret.

Based on the theme “All I Want for Christmas”, ten of the area’s most talented singer-actors will sing about Holiday Wishes—from a specific gift, to a particular someone, from a desire for peace and joy, to a desire to be, well, left alone—the whole gambit of Seasonal emotion and delight.  Featuring a special return engagement from the fabulous Hawkettes!

Suitable for the whole family, but enough wicked glee to temper the seasonal sentiment, this is the perfect antidote to hectic Holiday overload!


  • Tim Budd  (Iowa City)
  • Ellen Stevenson  (Tiffin)
  • Carrie Houcins-Witt  (Coralville)
  • Ramya Hipp  (Iowa City)
  • Victoria Vaughn  (Iowa City—Regina High School)
  • Paula Grady   (Cedar Rapids)
  • Lauren Baker (Chicago / Iowa City)
  • Ryan Shellady (Iowa City—City High School)
  • Chris Okiishi (Iowa City)
  • Jeffrey Allen Mead (Coralville) – Music Director
  • Featuring:  The Fabulous Hawkettes!

Third 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 26, 2011    6:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Where: Coral Ballroom, Coralville Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets: $25 per person or $200 for table of 10

Tickets available now at http://www.CoralvilleArts.org or by calling 319-248-9370.
Tickets also available at the door.

Fast becoming a Thanksgiving Weekend tradition, the Festival of Trees Opening Gala and Winter Ball returns to the Coralville Marriott and Convention Center.  This year in the Coral Ballroom, the event will begin at 6:30 pm on Saturday, November 26, 2011.

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 surprises.

New this year, we will be featuring Holiday Stocking designed by local businesses, many filled with special gifts!

Dance the night away with the Rod Pierson Big Band at our Winter Ball–an elegant event for dance-enthusiasts of any skill level!

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 auctioneer Brent Wears!
Support the Performing Arts and enjoy a great holiday party for the whole family!
Featuring a special performance by the Nolte Academy of Dance.

Sponsors this year include:

  • ACT
  • City of Coralville
  • Coralville Marriott Hotel and Convention Center
  • Clear Channel
  • Corridor Business Journal
  • Farmers and Merchants Bank
  • Hills Bank
  • Midwest One Bank
  • Quality Care
  • Rockwell-Collins
  • Scheel’s Sporting Goods
  • University of Iowa Community Credit Union

Just opened in September 2011, the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts is the new home of City Circle Acting Company of Coralville.  This 480-seat concert and theatrical venue will also feature performances, concerts, lectures and events by local artists and organizations.

City Circle Acting Company of Coralville have been the official Community Theatre of the City of Coralville since 1998.  Having produced over 80 plays and musicals, including this fall’s sold out smash hit “Hairspray”, City Circle is thrilled to produce all of their season plays and musicals at their new home at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.

Additional Characters Needed for A Christmas Carol

We have had a tremendous turn-out for our upcoming Holiday show, the classic “A Christmas Carol”.

We are in need of four more actors to round out our cast:
One adult female, two adult men and one young boy.

All four parts are speaking principals with significant stage time.
We are looking for what YOU can bring to the role to make this story special.

Please contact us at CityCircleChristmasCarol@gmail.com and we will schedule an audition ASAP!