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


Learn more about the Spotlight on Hunger Campaign

City Circle’s New Play Festival Set for September 16

City Circle Acting Company of Coralville will present its biennial New Play Festival on September 16 at 7:30 pm at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.

The Festival includes nine original 10-minute plays created by authors with a strong Iowa connection: The Third Person by Dan Borengasser; Binged There, Done That by Ken Preuss; Yogafu by Alex Rubin; I, Phone by Tom Moran; I Have a Secret by Marsha Lee Sheiness; Guaranteed by James McLindon; Clipped by Jess Honovich; American Gothic by Allan Bates; and Tea Time by Elijah Jones.

Tickets to the show are $15 and can be purchased online at 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. Seating is general admission.

New Play Festival

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!

September 16 at 7:30 PM

Peter and the Starcatcher


September 22 and 23 at 7:30 pm and September 24 at 2:oo pm
Coralville Center for the Performing Arts



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.


Directed by Patrick DuLaney

Cast List

Maya Cheng Talks About Peter



Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat


“It was a great show! One of my favorites!” Phyllis Green

“I can’t believe it’s over. Loved this production so much! I’m sure we will be singing the songs for the next couple months.” Alysha Guidry


December 8, 9, 15, 16 at 7:30 pm and December 10 and 17 at 2:00 pm
Coralville Center for the Performing Arts



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


Directed by Ian Zahren
Musical Direction by Wes Habley

Cast List

Spotlight on Hunger Campaign

Over 3,000 Pounds of Food Donated


Chess Cast List

Cast List


Florence – Hannah Green
Anatoly– Dustin Davis
Freddie – Ben Lafayette
Arbiter – Robert Kemp
Molokov – Julie Thomas*
Walter – Emil Rinderspacher
Svetlana – Amy Timperley*
Viigand – Ashley LaPointe*


Carolina Ama
Becca Bauer
Rob Beland
John Croshek
Christian Drollinger
Paula Grady
Amanda Hauta*
Robert Morris
Joe Mozena
Kaci O’Brien*
Kristina Rutkowski
Jessie Shaw
Jayna Shetterly*
Minsu Song
Miriam Thoe


* Performer new to City Circle Acting Company

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.”


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.

February 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m.
February 11 at 2:30 p.m.

November 17 (Friday) 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
November18 (Saturday)  2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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.

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


  • 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.
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.
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.
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 Rehearsals will be arranged with the director and will work around performers schedules, primarily evenings and weekends.