The Scarlet Pimpernel – Cast Announced!

Congratulations to the cast of The Scarlet Pimpernel! We are grateful to you all for turning out for this production, and hate having to decide between so many excellent performers! Thank you for your time and work.

The cast list is posted below. Those cast should email by Monday at 5pm to accept your role.

The first rehearsal will be Sunday, March 10th for read through, though fight choreography may begin sooner. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach me at 319.248.9371 or


The Scarlet Pimpernel – Cast List

Marguerite St. Just  Mary Jane Claassen
Percy Blakeney  John Zbanek Hill
Chauvelin  Dustin Davis
Marie Grosholtz  Chloe Livaudais
Armand St. Just  Will Adams
St. Cyr  TBA
Tussaud  TBA
Mercier  Malcolm Queneau
Coupeau  TBA
Jessup  Jeff Emrich
Robespierre/Prince of Wales Roger Phelps
Percy’s Bounders (Specific Roles TBD)
Greg Tucker
Aaron Marchbanks
Nick Rudzianski
Jeff Mead
Connor Hurley
Ashley Lapointe
Sentry  Brian Tanner
Ensemble Doug Beardsley
Lauren Boyd
Ben Chapman
Anna Currier
Melanie Hance
Emily McKnight
Noelle McVey
Robert Morris
Rachael Rhoads
Roxy Running
Minsu Song
Em Staff
Andy Stewart
Julie Zick
David Roe
Children Andi Cetta
Tobias Morlan
Anna Rippentrop
Tessera Rippentrop

Theatre Community Connection: Tommy

Join the cast of The Who’s Tommy and a panel of experts in the field of Childhood Trauma and Abuse for an open conversation about Tommy’s story and the real-life impact child abuse has on a person and a community.

While the music for The Who’s Tommy is widely recognized, the experiences that shape its title character are less frequently discussed. City Circle Theatre Company invites you to explore a serious side of this iconic show with the show’s cast and a panel of experts. Forty years after the album’s release, we’ll explore our changing social awareness of childhood abuse and trauma. We’ll learn about resources and information available in our own community for people dealing with or recovering from abusive situations.

The panel includes:

  • Moderator – Christopher Okiishi, MD, Board Certified Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist.
  • Resmiye Oral, MD – Director, Child Protection Program, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, University of Iowa
  • Patti Fields – Vice President for Community Impact and Engagement, United Way of Johnson and Washington Counties
  • Karla S. Miller, LISW – Trauma Therapist, Counseling Center, Iowa City
  • Burgundy J Johnson, DO – Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Iowa

When: Monday, February 4, 2019 at 7:30pm

Where: Schwab Auditorium, lower level of the Coralville Library, 1401 5th St. Coralville, IA 52241.

Free parking is available. All are welcome, and refreshments will be served. This event is ADA accessible.

Questions? Contact Evan Hilsabeck at or 319.248.9370.

The Scarlet Pimpernel – Auditions January 27-29

The Scarlet Pimpernel
Music and Lyrics by Frank Wildhorn and Nan Knighton
Book by Nan Knighton
Directed by Jaret Morlan
Music Direction by Wes Habley

The Coralville Center for the Performing Arts
May 3, 4, 10, and 11 at 7:30 PM
May 5 and 12 at 2:00 PM

Coralville Public Library
Schwab Auditorium
1401 5th Street, Coralville 52241

January 27, Sunday, 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM
January 28, Monday, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

January 29, Tuesday, 6:00 PM (if needed)

Rehearsals for the entire cast will begin Sunday, March 10. Cast members who will be doing fight choreography will begin rehearsals on Sunday, February 24. We rehearse evenings from 7pm to 10pm, Monday through Thursday, and 1pm to 4pm on Sundays until tech week. Optional rehearsals may be scheduled on Fridays and Saturdays with advanced notice.

Please prepare 16-32 bars of a song of your choice that shows off your voice. Please bring sheet music; an accompanist will be provided. Additionally, you will be asked to do a short cold read. Script sides will be provided at the door. We are open to casting actors regardless of gender, race, age, or disability and welcome all to audition. If you require any specific accommodations to audition, please include them in your online audition form.

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 for this production, Evan Hilsabeck, 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
(Please note that Evan will be out of the office Jan. 11-13 and will reply as soon as he returns)


For all roles, dance background is a plus but not necessary.
Stage combat or fencing experience is a plus but not necessary

Marguerite St. Just – Mezzo/Soprano
Marie Grosholtz – Mezzo/Soprano
Percy Blakeney (Grappin and The Scarlet Pimpernel) – Tenor
Chauvelin – Baritone
Armand St. Just – Tenor

St. Cyr – Baritone
Ozzy — one of Percy’s Bounders – Baritone
Dewhurst — one of Percy’s Bounders – Baritone
Elton — one of Percy’s Bounders – Baritone
Farleigh — one of Percy’s Bounders – Baritone
Hal — one of Percy’s Bounders – Baritone
Ben — one of Percy’s Bounders – Baritone
Prince of Wales – Tenor

Mercier — aide to Chauvelin
Coupeau — aide to Chauvelin
Jessup — butler to Percy
Sentry — at the Royal Palace

Ensemble, SATB Chorus:
Cupids of the Comédie Française
Paris Street Mob
Royal Ball Guests
6 Girl Servants at the Blakeney Estate 

The Scarlet Pimpernel is a swashbuckling action/adventure musical, based on Baroness Orczy’s famous 20th-century novel about the French Revolution and the battle for Liberty, Equality and Fraternity. With an epic, sweeping book by Nan Knighton and a rousing and passionate score by Knighton and Frank Wildhorn, The Scarlet Pimpernel is a glorious window into 18th century French and British history.



All in a Day Play Festival Set for January 25 and 26

The All in a Day Play Festival sponsored by Dreamwell Theatre and City Circle Theatre Company  will be held Friday and Saturday, January 25 and 26 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. This is the eighth time these two theatre companies have joined forces to sponsor this award-winning event to create and present six, 10-minute plays in just 24 hours.

On Friday evening, January 25th, six writers, six directors, and 30 actors will come together to create six original plays. Writers are randomly assigned a location, a genre, and one other dramatic detail to include in their scripts. Writers, actors, and directors brainstorm ideas and then the writers leave to create ten-minute plays by 8:00 am Saturday morning when the actors and directors receive the play.

The six original plays will be performed on Saturday, January 26 at 7:30 pm at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts—24 hours after the start of the festival. Plays and performances are adjudicated and awards will be presented for performances, plays and directors.

Tickets to the Saturday night performance are $15 and can be purchased at the door. Seating is general admission. Tickets can also be purchased in advance 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.

Actor Sign up

The sign-up form for actors will open at noon on Sunday, January 6, 2019 at  The first 30 actors who sign up will be cast. Actors must be at least 16 years of age. Slots fill quickly and a waiting list will be kept. The time commitment for actors is 2 hours on Friday evening, January 25 and the entire day and evening on January 26.





The musical,TOMMY, has been cast!

The Who’s TOMMY

Music and Lyrics by Pete Townshend

Directed by Elizabeth Tracey
Music Directed by Janelle Lauer


TOMMY – Joshuah Payne
MRS. WALKER – Jessica Wittman
COUSIN KEVIN – Jacob Glass
UNCLE ERNIE – Uri Lessing
SALLY SIMPSON – Rachael Rhoads
THE GYPSEY – Vickie Vaughn
LOVER – Ryan Morrow


Ben Chapman, Christian Drollinger, Alex Granfield, Elwie Harris, Connor Jackson, Deuce Martin,
Noelle McVey, Sofia Perez, Caroline Price, Marty Reichert, Minsu Song

Saturday Matinee Added for Beauty and the Beast

Due to  popular demand, we’ve added a 2pm matinee on Saturday, December 8, for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Tickets are still available for all shows but they are going fast so get yours today!

Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 319.248.9370 or in person at the CCPA box office at 1301 5th Street. The Box Office is open noon to 4pm Tuesday through Friday.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast runs Dec. 7-9 and 14-16 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.

The Who’s Tommy Auditions Set for November 9 and 10

The Who’s Tommy
Music and Lyrics by Pete Townshend
Book by Des McAnuff, Pete Townshend
Additional Music and Lyrics by John Entwistle, Keith Moon

The Coralville Center for the Performing Arts
February 15 and 16 at 7:30 PM
February 17 at 2:00 PM

The Community of Christ Church
2121 S Ridge Dr, Coralville 52241

November 9, Friday, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
November 10, Saturday, 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM

November 11, Sunday, 2:00 PM (if needed)

Rehearsals will begin Monday December 10.  We will rehearse December 10,11,12,17, 18, 19,20.  Then no rehearsals until January 3.  We rehearse in the evenings from 7pm to 10pm.  We may have choreography rehearsals on Saturdays and Sundays.

Please prepare 16 – 32 bars of a song of your choice that shows off your voice and fits the rock style of this musical.  Bring sheet music and an accompanist will be provided.

We are open to casting actors regardless of gender, race, age or where appropriate to the text, disability.

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



This is a very ensemble heavy show where many cast members play multiple roles.  Dance background is a plus but not necessary.  Soldiers; Nurses; Harlots; Lads and Lasses; Guards; Reporters

Mrs. Walker
A weary middle-class woman. Mrs. Walker is tired and frustrated from trying to care for and cure Tommy. Tommy’s mother and Captain Walker’s wife.
Gender: Female
Age: 25 to 35

Captain Walker
A former soldier with lingering guilt. He murders his wife’s lover after coming back from a POW camp, resulting in Tommy’s trauma-induced blindness, deafness, and dumbness. Father to Tommy and husband to Mrs. Walker.
Gender: Male
Age: 30 to 40

Uncle Ernie
A lecherous, drunken bachelor. Ernie molests a young Tommy and later runs a children’s camp seeking to profit from Tommy’s popularity. Mrs. Walker’s brother and Tommy’s uncle.
Gender: Male
Age: 30 to 45

An embittered young genius stricken deaf, dumb, and blind after a childhood trauma. Tommy discovers that he is a natural master of pinball, and later becomes a cult-like hero figure to masses enthralled by his story. Captain Walker and Mrs. Walker’s son.
Gender: Male
Age: 18 to 25

Four-year-old Tommy and Ten-year-old Tommy
Looking for boys that can play mute and must be able to stand still and be non-reactive. Looking for Tommy at two different ages and each of the actors have to be believable as the character as he ages.

Cousin Kevin
A bully with sadistic tendencies. Tortures his cousin, Tommy, when they’re young and later seizes the opportunity to profit from Tommy’s success.
Gender: Male
Age: 18 to 25

A brazen drug dealer and prostitute. Tommy’s parents bring him to the Gypsy to experiment with unusual cures.
Gender: Female
Age: 25 to 35

The Specialist
A doctor with modern ideas about how to cure Tommy. Tommy’s parents hire him in their desperation to find any cure for their son.
Gender: Male
Age: 30 to 45

Sally Simpson
A bold, sensitive, and excitable teenybopper. Sally develops a fan crush on Tommy and rushes the stage to be close to him.
Gender: Female
Age: 15 to 18

Based on the iconic 1969 rock concept album, The Who’s Tommy is an exhilarating story of hope, healing and the human spirit. The story of the pinball-playing, deaf, dumb and blind boy who triumphs over his adversities has inspired, amazed and puzzled audiences for more than 40 years. This five-time Tony Award-winning musical was translated to the stage by theatrical wizard, Des McAnuff, into a high-energy, one-of-a-kind theatrical event.

Janelle Lauer (Music Director) has been a staple in the music scene in Iowa for over two decades, after studying Vocal Performance at the University of Iowa, and Music Business at Belmont University in Nashville, TN.  She has been the Music Director of over 30 shows up and down the corridor!  A private voice coach by day, Janelle Lauer also is a founding member of SPT Theatre Company, performing regularly and serving as a producer for their well-followed “Tales From the Writer’s Room” series.  She performs nationally with the touring show “Divapalooza: Rippin’ the roof Off!” and has 3 studio albums available on iTunes and

Elizabeth Tracey (Director) has a BA in Theatre from Fordham University at Lincoln Center and an MFA in Theatre Directing from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers.  She is currently the Artistic Director for City Circle and Young Footliters Theatre Companies at The Coralville Center for the Performing Arts, producing twelve shows annually. Liz’s most recent directing credits include The Elephant Man, August: Osage County, 1776, Oliver, A Year with Frog and Toad, and Jesus Christ Superstar.




Curious Incident Pre-show Discussion Set for Sept. 29

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time will be performed on September 28 and 29 at 7:30 pm and September 30 at 2:00 pm at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.

A pre-show discussion will be held from 6-7:00 pm prior to the performance on September 29, Local psychiatrist Dr. Christopher Okiishi will be joined on stage by mental health professionals, parents, and cast members in an interactive discussion about the themes of the play–how people on the Spectrum encounter the world and what families do to help and encourage their loved ones, as well as a discussion on navigating our own community vs. the community presented in the play. The discussion is free and open to the public.

Student Rush tickets are available for the Saturday night performance and can be purchased at the Box Office one hour before the performance for $10.

A Note from City Circle

Dear City Circle volunteers, patrons, and friends,

Last week we announced the cast for our production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. We had a record turnout for these auditions, and our production team selected two very fine actors to claim the title roles of Belle and the Beast. After announcing the cast, we received feedback from our community that the age difference between these two actors was inappropriate to our story.

It is City Circle’s goal to present theatre that is magical for audiences and welcoming for volunteers. We failed in this goal with honest intent, but we failed nonetheless. We apologize for having placed these extraordinary performers in such a difficult situation.

Our team has worked through the weekend to tackle these concerns in a thoughtful way. We are in the process of recasting some roles in this production and reaching out to those who were affected by the decision.

Thank you for engaging us to present better theatre. It is a challenge and responsibility we do not take lightly.

If you have additional concerns, please feel free to e-mail Evan Hilsabeck at

Thank you,

City Circle