Auditions for A Christmas Carol Announced

Director Elizabeth Tracy invites actors to audition for A Christmas Carol
Monday, September 19 and Wednesday, September 21 from 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Coralville Library (Downstairs Conference Rooms)
Contact to schedule an audition or to ask questions.

Actors are asked to prepare a short 1- 2 minute monologue or read from scripts provided at the audition.

The production will begin rehearsals September 26, 2011.
Performances will be at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts, December 9 -18, 2011


  • EBENEZER SCROOGE…a hard-hearted, tight-fisted man of commerce who transforms
    into a large-hearted, generous and compassionate man. There is underlying comedy in Dicken’s writing of Scrooge. His wit is dry and sarcastic in nature.
  • JACOB MARLEY…Scrooge’s business partner who died on Christmas eve 7 years prior
    to the beginning of the story. Appears as ghost to warn Scrooge against living only for profit. Decrepit, older man, who exhibits the strains of living in purgatory.
  • BOB CRATCHIT…Scrooge’s middle-aged overworked and underpaid clerk, who nonetheless finds great joy in life, especially in the love of his large family. He is most likely skinny (due to a lack of food), with a childlike innocence and sense of fun.
  • FRED…Scrooge’s nephew (the son of his deceased sister Fran) who like Bob, maintains a child-like enjoyment of life and family. A generous attitude towards his miserly uncle. He is of a higher economic status than Bob, yet shows sympathy and kindness towards him.
  • FORREST…a charitable citizen, trying to raise money for the poor. Described as “lean and deaf as a post”. Comedic possibilities, will consider man or woman for the part.
  • BLAKELY…Forrest’s comedic side-kick. As round as Forrest is lean. Again, could be cast as man or woman.
  • MRS.GRIMSBY…Scrooge’s house servant. Older woman with nothing to smile abou working for Scrooge. Living with low wages, in a depressingly cheap, under-lit and under-heated house.
  • YOUNG EBENEZER…around 10yrs. old. Sad and lonely boy.
  • SCHOOLBOYS BILLY, THOMAS, JEREMIAH…Classmates of Ebenezer, youthful, ages flexible.
  • FAN…Ebenezer’s sister. “A delicate creature, possessing a generous spirit”, about 10-12 yrs. old. Dies a young woman, with one child, Fred.
  • EBENEZER…a young man of 20. Socially inept and insecure due to his father’s neglect and abandonment. He was not raised in a strong family environment but rather sent away to boarding school. Starts working full-time at 14 years of age. Fear of ending up in the poor house leads him to be obsessive about making money and insensitive to others.
  • BELLE…beautiful young woman, open and kind-hearted. A governess. Ebenezer immediately falls for her.
  • WILLIAM…Belle’s charge, no specific age. Energetic.
  • ANNA…William’s sister. Again, age is flexible.
  • DICK WILKINS…Ebenezer’s co-worker, around 20 yrs. old. Energetic and happy nature.
  • FEZZIWIG…Young Ebenezer’s first employer. A generous man to his employees, who exemplifies the joy of Christmas spirit. Jovial and round. Lives life to excess…laughter, love, food, music.
  • MRS. FEZZIWIG…”beautiful and bountiful” wife of Fezziwig. Doting wife and mother of two daughters. Also extremely jovial and round.
  • PETUNIA…eligible young daughter of Fezziwigs. Potentially comic character.
  • MARIGOLD…another eligible young daughter of Fezziwigs.
  • BASIL and MARJORAM…Fezziwig’s little children. Indeterminate ages, boy and girl.
  • COOK…brings on food for Fezziwig’s party.
  • YOUNG MARLEY…ambitious, eager to make money, even on Christmas eve. A man who doesn’t let “sentiment” get in the way of business. Fezziwig thinks he has no heart at all.
  • FIRST MAN AND SECOND MAN… Two men arguing before being touched by Ghost of Christmas Present
  • MRS. CRATCHIT… Bob Cratchit’s wife, a middle-aged woman, worn thin but full of love and concern for her family.
  • BELINDA CRATCHIT…Bob Cratchit’s daughter and mother’s little helper.
  • MARTHA CRATCHIT….daughter lives with family and works 14 hour days making hats.
  • PETER CRATCHIT…son who “has grown as tall as Martha”, probably a young teen.
  • TOM CRATCHIT…shorter than Peter but old enough to pester his brother.
  • TINY TIM… youngest of the CRATCHIT clan and walks with a crutch. Small enough to be carried by his brothers.
  • MRS. FRED…Fred’s cheerful, young wife who is “quite pregnant”.
  • TOPPER…a gentleman friend of Fred. Upper class, single.
  • DOROTHEA…Mrs Fred’s sister and the object of Topper’s affection
  • SOPHIA… Mrs. Fred’s other sister, “the quiet one”.
  • CECIL…companion of Fred. Upper class.
  • EDWARDS…another friend of Fred. Enjoys socializing with friends. His age is undetermined.
  • 4 MEN OF BUSINESS…Snarkers, Grasper, Krookings and Squeeze As the names that Dicken’s bestows on these men implies; vulture types, ready to turn a profit.
  • JOE…proprietor of a “Rag and Bones” shop. A grimy rascal.
  • MRS. DILBER…a laundress, “whose little ones never get enough to eat” .
  • UNDERTAKER…makes money off Scrooge’s meager possessions.
  • SIMON…a ragged boy who runs an errand for Scrooge.
  • POULTERER…presents Scrooge with a prize size bird.
  • THE GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PAST…personification of memory. In order for Scrooge to grow as a human being, he must learn from the past. The light that shines from this Ghost’s head symbolizes the “illumination”which can come from reflecting on one’s past. He calls himself a “gadfly” which is a person who provokes others into action by criticism. Like a horsefly that bites livestock, he or she, is sprite, enthusiastic about his or her job, and quite annoying to Scrooge.
  • THE GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PRESENT…personification of generosity. His appearance is large, bedecked with an abundance of fruits, vegetables and sweets. He is Like our jolly old St. Nick, generous in spirit as well as material things.
  • THE GHOST OF CHRISTMAS FUTURE…a personification of death. The Grim Reaper, austere, and frightening in his silence. His face, masked in the shadows of darkness, reminds Scrooge that time waits for no one. He does not converse, he only points to the obvious end, the grave.
  • NARRATOR…narration will be divided amongst cast.


New Show Date Added for Hairspray

Hairspray, the Big Broadway Musical from City Circle Acting Company of Coralville, opens this weekend!

The first production at the brand spanking new Coralville Center for the Performing Arts runs September 9 – 18th, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm, Sundays at 2:00 pm.

Due to unprecedented demand for tickets, we have added AN ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCE:

Thursday, September 15 at 7:30 pm!

Tickets on sale NOW, and going fast!

Childcare Available

As an added benefit this year, City Circle has partnered with a local childcare provider to offer childcare during the Sunday matinee performances. For more information, please contact Dawn Clark at Reservations are required. Limited spaces available!

A “Don’t Miss It”

Last night we saw the Coralville Comm Theatre’s production of “West Side Story” at the Englert.  It was OUTSTANDING–and we strongly recommend it to you if you can get to one of the two remaining shows–Sat. at 7:30 and Sunday at 2:00.  The cast is almost totally high schoolers–cream of the crop from our area schools–and the energy, the voices, the dancing, the directing, costumes and staging,and the  orchestra were not short of amazing.  We sat in the front of the balcony, which we thought gave us a particularly fine sense of the dance ensembles.  Seats are general admission, so early arrival would be smart–there was a big line buying tickets.  Enjoy!

Dick and Ellen Caplan

Ed’s Letter to the Ladies


ICCT will be producing a benefit concert performance of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music” on August 12 and 13 at the Englert Theater on August 12 and 13.  Josh Sazon will direct and I am the music director/conductor.  The show will be done with a 36-piece orchestra on stage, in back of the action.  There will be no costumes, a minimum of action, and no dancing required.  All we ask is that your dialog and music be memorized.  We are particularly looking for women to sing in the four-part nuns chorus.

The nuns chorus plays a significant role in this show and sings some supremely beautiful music.  I would love to put a 60-voice chorus of nuns on that stage and do that music real justice.  Yes, 60 women’s voices!  Think of how beautiful that would be.  I think we can do it!

If you have sung will me in a show before I know your voice and you need not audition; simply send me an email at <> saying you’d like to be in the show.  If you haven’t sung with me before we welcome your participation and will ask you to audition.  Auditions will be held July 22 6-9 and July 23 2-5. Callbacks Will be July 24 2-5. We start rehearsals on Monday, July 25.

Also, the roles of Maria and Liesl are open, and if you are interested please plan to audition at that time.  Men’s roles are open as well, but right now I’m interested in you ladies.

Please help me fill the Englert Theater with the sound of beautiful music.

Ed Kottick

Music director/conductor