Little Women the Musical

“This chamber-size musical pulses with a generous affection for its source material… A comfortable, honest, highly satisfying night at the theater.” -Broadway.com

 

April 27, 28 and May 4, 5 at 7:30 pm; April 29 and May 6 at 2:00 pm
Coralville Center for the Performing Arts

 

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.

 

Based on the Novel by Louisa May Alcott
Directed by Chris Okishii
Musical Direction by Wes Habley

 

Audition Information

Cast List


Return to the Forbidden Planet

“The BEST ROCK AND ROLL SHOW in town…. You just have to laugh at the death defying puns … and the way the songs are worked into the plot with perfect logic.” – Daily Express

 

June 15, 16 at 7:30 pm and June 17 at 2:00 pm
Coralville Center for the Performing Arts

 

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. Blast off on a routine flight and crash into the planet D’Illyria where a sci fi version of The Tempest set to rock and roll golden oldies unfolds with glee. The planet is inhabited by a sinister scientist, Dr. Prospero; his delightful daughter Miranda; Ariel, a faithful robot on roller skates; and an uncontrollable monster, the product of Prospero’s Id, whose tentacles penetrate the space craft.

 

Loosely Based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest
Directed by Kehry Lane

 

Audition Information


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”.

 

 


Wildly Miscast Cabaret Auditions to be held on May 27

Come join the WILDLY MISCAST CABARET CONCERT! an evening of song and performance by some of the area’s best artist performing things you would NEVER imagine they could do! The performance will be Saturday, June 24 at 7:00 pm at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. Chris Okiishi is the director. All proceeds benefit City Circle Acting Company.

Ever had that song you’ve always wanted to sing, but didn’t think you were right for it? Wrong age? Different gender? Otherwise inappropriate for your “type””? Or that special group number that doesn’t quiet make sense for your group? NOW IS THE TIME TO LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!

Auditions will be held Saturday, May 27 from 2:00pm to 6:00pm at the Community of Christ Church in Coralville.

All ages, Junior High age and up are welcome to audition. Please bring your WILDLY MISCAST act to perform, including sheet music or musical backing track as necessary. Individuals, groups, dance teams,  monologists/short acting pieces are all welcome to audition.

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 have questions, please email etracey@coralville.org. Rehearsals will be arranged with the director and will work around performers schedules, primarily evenings and weekends.

Peter and The Star Catcher Has Been Cast!

Cast List

 

Thanks to all who auditioned! Please keep auditioning for future City Circle shows.

 

Molly – Paige Harken
BoyAustin Wicke
Ted –  Christian Drollinger
Prentice – Ellis Fontana
Stache – Caroline Price
Smee – Elijah Jones
Alf – Jen Brown 
Bumbrake – Derek Johnson
Grempkin/ Prawn – John Shang
Bill Slank – Kevin Burford
John Astor – Kevin Moore
Captain Scott – Hank Welter

Announcing our 2017-18 Season

City Circle Acting Company is proud and excited to announce our 20th anniversary season. In addition to our biannual New Play Festival, our 2017-18 season will include Peter and the Starcatcher, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Chess (concert version), Little Women, and Return to the Forbidden Planet (teen show).

New Play Festival     September 16, 2017
City Circle Acting Company of Coralville has had a strong commitment to supporting new work from playwrights with an eastern Iowa connection. Our New Play Festival celebrates up-and-coming playwrights as well as more established authors trying their hand at something new.  Several of the works featured in previous years have had continued life including Joe Jennison’s “A Beautiful Man” and Susan Short Gilbert’s “Catchin’ the Babies”.  Authors at any level of experience are welcome to submit plays, 10 minutes and shorter.  We have no idea what we’re going to see–but history tells us our audience is in for an exciting night!

Peter and The Starcatcher    September 22- 24, 2017
A grownup’s prequel to Peter PanPeter and The Starcatcher is the innovative and imaginative musical play based on the best-selling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson.  A company of a dozen actors play more than a hundred unforgettable characters, all on a journey to answer the century-old question: How did Peter Pan become The Boy Who Never Grew Up?  This epic origin story of popular culture’s most enduring and beloved character proves that your imagination is the most captivating place in the world.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat      December 8-10 and 15-17, 2017
The first collaboration between Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice and one of the most enduring shows of all time,  Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son.

Chess in Concert     February 9-11, 2018
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.

Little Women     April 27-29 and May 4-6, 2018
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.

Return To The Forbidden Planet     June 15-17, 2018
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.


Disney’s The Little Mermaid Has Been Cast!

We had the largest turnout for a teen show ever and we wanted all who auditioned to know that your talent, courage and enthusiasm were nothing short of incredible! Thank you and we encourage you to continue auditioning for future City Circle shows.

ERIC – Kyle Irish-Gorvin
ARIEL – Veronica Abreu
URSULA – Faye Duster
SEBASTIAN – Damarius Levi
TRITON – Nysio Poulakos
CHEF – Sean Harken
SCUTTLE – Tobias Epstein
FLOUNDER – Frances Bortoff
FLOTSAM – Agustin Colin-Sanchez
JETSAM – Whit Jury
GRIMSBY – Joey Lepire
SISTER – Ellie Hawkins
SISTER – Katey Halverson
SISTER – Claire Green
SISTER – Sasha Tyler
SISTER – Emma Furlong*
SISTER – McKenna Proud

ENSEMBLE – Ian Allen, Tommy Brands, Ben Chapman*, Samantha Croco*, Maia DeGrazia*, Payton Freeney, Alex Granfield, Paige Harken*, Reese Hill*, Ben Jaeger, Thomazin Jury*, Maddie Maley*, Deuce Martin, Zoe Miller*, Joshua Millsap, Trevor Meyers, Elias Perez, Keaton Scandrett*, Ella Schmitz, Jessie Shaw*, Anna Szot*, Ethan Upchurch, Katherine Yacopucci, Evan Zukin

*denotes Principal Dancer


Auditions for Disney’s The Little Mermaid on March 24-26

Disney’s The Little Mermaid
Directed by Ian Zahren

This is City Circle’s annual teen musical and auditions are open to all Iowa teens who are currently in 6th-12th grades at the time of auditions.

AUDITIONS 

March 24 (Friday) 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. or
March 25 (Saturday) 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Callbacks: March 26 (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.

Please come prepared with 32 bars of a song of your choice that showcases your talent and personality.  We don’t want you to stretch at auditions–we want to see who you are! Bring your sheet music in the correct key. An accompanist will be provided.

Your audition will consist of a five-minute individual audition, and a group dance audition. If your audition appointment on Friday is between 6 and 7:30 pm, you’ll be expected to stay (or return) for the 7:30 dance audition which will be done at 8:00 pm. If you are scheduled after 8:00 pm, you’ll be expected at the 9:30 dance audition which will finish at 10:00 pm.

If your audition appointment on Saturday is between 2 and 3:30 pm, you’ll be expected to stay (or return) for the 3:30 dance audition which will be done at 4:00 pm. If you are scheduled after 4:00 pm, you’ll be expected at the 5:30 dance audition which will finish at 6:00 pm.

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.

Performance dates for Disney’s The Little Mermaid are June 16-18.

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE

Rehearsals will begin Monday, April 10 at 7 pm. A typical rehearsal schedule is Sundays 6-10 pm and Monday-Thursday 7-10 pm.  Please come to auditions with a complete list of conflicts. If you are cast, you may not miss rehearsals for conflicts that you didn’t list beforehand. When considering conflicts, please check your calendars for band and choir concerts, awards ceremonies, proms, exams, graduation/grad parties, family commitments, doctor/dentist appointments and anything  else that might conflict with the rehearsal schedule.

ABOUT THE SHOW

Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney’s The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner, Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including “Under the Sea,”  “Kiss the Girl”and “Part of Your World.”

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

ARIEL – A mermaid and King Triton’s youngest daughter. She is obsessed with everything about the human world, and dreams of becoming a part of life above the water. Hardheaded, naive, and emotional, but also kindhearted. Vocal range top: Gb5. Vocal range bottom: Ab3.

PRINCE ERIC – A human monarch who has no interest of taking the crown. A handsome, affable lad with a buoyant, adventurous nature. After Ariel saves his life, he becomes obsessed with finding her and hearing her voice once more.  Vocal range top: G4, Vocal range bottom: B2.

GRIMSBY – Prince Eric’s British guardian. Droll, stuffy, and constantly urging Eric towards his royal duties, specifically marriage. Vocal range top: C4, Vocal range bottom: C3.

FLOUNDER – A fish and smitten with Ariel, his best friend. Rambunctious but cautious, fearful of the dangers that lurk in and above the water. Vocal range top: G4, Vocal range bottom: A2.

SCUTTLE – A disheveled seagull and expert in human artifacts. Loudmouthed, optimistic, and a bit ignorant, despite his supposed expertise. Vocal range top: G4, Vocal range bottom: C3.

KING TRITON – King of the Sea and Ariel’s father. Beneath his imposing presence and commanding nature lurks a harried single father who will do anything to protect his daughters. The death of his wife has also given him an irrational fear of humans. Vocal range top: F4, Vocal range bottom:Ab2.

SEBASTION – A crab and advisor to King Triton. A musical virtuoso who is constantly distraught from keeping after Ariel. Despite his paranoia, he can’t bring himself to stand in Ariel’s way. Vocal range top: C5, Vocal range bottom: Bb2.

FLOTSAM – An eel and one of Ursula’s lackeys. Oily and spineless, he will say anything you want or need to hear. Vocal range top: C5, Vocal range bottom: E3.

JETSAM – An eel and one of Ursula’s lackeys. Oily and spineless, he will say anything you want or need to hear. Vocal range top: A4, Vocal range bottom: B2.

URSULA – The banished Sea Witch and sister of King Triton. Supposedly spurned at childhood, she will use whatever method necessary to steal the kingdom and claim it as her own. Malevolent, calculating, and deceptive. Vocal range top: C5, Vocal range bottom: Eb3.

CHEF LOUIS – The French palace chef, diabolical and violent. A culinary perfectionist with an affinity for blades, seafood in particular. Vocal range top: A4, Vocal range bottom: Bb2.

ENSEMBLE – Crew Members (Pilot, Sailors); Sea Creatures; Mersisters (Aquata, Andrina, Arista, Atina, Adella, Allana); Gulls; Maids; Chefs; Animals; Princesses.

 


Annie Get Your Gun Cast Announced

ANNIE GET YOUR GUN CAST LIST

Thank you for such a wonderful turnout for auditions. We wish we could have cast all of you so keep coming back! We are very pleased to announce the cast:

Annie Oakley – Hannah Green
Frank Butler – Dustin Davis
Tommy Keeler – Sage Spiker
Winnie Tate – Lindsay Raasch
Dolly Tate – Mary Denmead
Charlie Davenport – Christian Drollinger
Buffalo Bill Cody – Gary Benser
Foster Wilson/Pawnee Bill – Emil Rinderspacher
Chief Sitting Bull – Derek Johnson
Jessie (Annie’s little sister) – Lilly Vogts
Nellie (Annie’s other little sister) – Nina Torkelson
Little Jake (Annie’s little brother) – Santiago Perez

Ensemble: Michelle Altmaier, Barbara Barrows, Rebecca Bauer, Francis Botterff, Ben Chapman, Emilee Cruchelow, Elizabeth Davis, Ellen Fields, Jack Furlong, Maria Hernandez, Willa Martin, Robert Morris, Joe Mozena, Rachael Rhoads, Nick Rudzianski, Kasey Theil, Aaron Schultz, Minsu Song, Amy Sunderman

Annie Get Your Gun will be performed April 28-30 and May 5-7 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.  Tickets go on sale Tuesday, March 15 at 11 am.


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.