All In A Day Play Festival is Back!

Dreamwell Theatre, City Circle Acting Company, and the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts are proud to present the All In A Day Play Festival on October 7 and 8, 2016.

On Friday night, October 7, seven writers, seven directors, and 35 actors will come together to create seven original plays. Writers are randomly assigned a location, a genre, and other dramatic detail to include in their scripts. Writers, actors, and directors brainstorm ideas while the writers scurry away to create a ten minute play by 8 a.m. Saturday morning. At that time, the actors and directors take over.

On Saturday, October 8 at 7:30 p.m–twenty-four hours from the start of the festival–theatre lovers will be treated to seven original plays at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. Plays and performances will be adjudicated and awards will be presented.

Sign up for actors will open at 7 p.m. on September 11. Links to the sign up form will be posted at and at The first 35 actors who sign up will be in the show. There will be 25 slots for adults and 10 slots for students in 7th-12th grade. Slots fill quickly so sign up early! Once slots are filled, a waiting list will be kept.

The time commitment for actors is roughly two hours on Friday evening, October 7 and the entire day and evening of October 8.

Questions? Email

Next to Normal

This groundbreaking rock musical by Tom Kitt (music) and Brian Yorkey (book, lyrics), explores the effect that mental illness and its treatment can have on a family. As a suburban mother struggles with bipolar disorder, her family struggles, too.  This compelling story combined with powerful performances by Kristen DeGrazia, Victoria Vaughn, Chris Walbert, K. Michael Moore, Austin Wicke and Michael Penick, yield a unique and moving musical experience.

Directed by Kathryn Van Meter with musical direction by Janelle Lauer.

Listen to cast members, Director Van Meter and dramaturg, Chris Okiishi discuss Next to Normal on Eric Teeter’s  podcast Talking Theatre.

February 10,11,12 (Friday and Saturday at 7:30 PM; Sunday at 2:00 PM)

February 11 Pre-show Discussion

Prior to the February 11 Saturday night performance, City Circle 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.


Tickets to on sale Wednesday, December 21 at 11:00 AM. Season Subscribers may select their seats before tickets go on sale to the public.

Groups of 10 or more save 15%. For details, contact Patron Services at 319.248.9372 or


Directed by Kathryn Van Meter
Music Directed by Janelle Lauer
AUDITIONS: Coralville Center for the Performing Arts
Friday, September 16th 6pm-9pm or Saturday, September 17th 2pm-5pm
CALLBACKS: Sunday, September 18th 11am-4pm @ CCPA

Next to Normal, with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt, explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. Winner of three 2009 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Score and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, Next to Normal was also chosen as “one of the year’s ten best shows” by critics around the country, including The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone and The New York Times.

Diana – mother Age: 40 to 45 Vocal range top: F#5 Vocal range bottom: G3
Dan – father Age: 40 to 45 Vocal range top: B4 bottom: Ab2
Gabe – son. Age: 18 to 21. Vocal range top: C5 bottom: B2
Natalie – daughter. Age: 16 Vocal range top: G5 bottom: G3
Henry – Natalie’s classmate. Age: 17 Vocal range top: B4 bottom: G#2
Dr. Madden – psychiatrist. Male. Age: 30 to 40 Vocal range top: A4 bottom: A2

Please prepare 16 bars of a song of your choice that shows off your voice and your ability to tell a story. Bring sheet music and an accompanist will be provided. You will also be asked to be prepared to sing ONE of the following songs:

Diana – Miss the Mountain (whole song)

Dan- I’ve Been (bars 5-32)

Gabe- I’m Alive (bars 43- 75 cut to 88-end of song)

Natalie- Superboy – (bars 11-44)

Henry – Perfect for You (bars 12-80)

Dr Madden- Make Up Your Mind (bars 3-34 with dialogue)

Diana- You Don’t Know (bar 25 through the end & bars 59-end of Who I Am)
Maybe (bars 39-end)
Dan – Who I Am (bar 37 of previous song (You Don’t Know through the end of Who I Am)
Gabe – Who I Am (bar 27 -end)
There’s a World (whole song)
Natalie – Hey #1
Maybe  (Bars 39-end)
Henry-   Hey #1
Doctor Madden –   Better Than Before (bars 1-10)
Make Up Your Mind Rep (1- 22 cut to bar 51- end)

Copies of the show music will be made available at the CCPA if needed.

Performance dates for Next to Normal are February 10,11,12
Rehearsals will begin December 5 (taking into consideration the holidays)

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 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

Annie Get Your Gun

This classic musical tells the fictionalized story of sharp-shooter Annie Oakley, and her days as a performer in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. As she falls for Frank Butler, formerly the star shooter of the troupe, elements of the battle of the sexes come into play. The show, by Irving Berlin (music, lyrics) and Dorothy and Herbert Fields (book) is bursting with familiar tunes.This is a bright, funny musical about love and showbiz, and whether the two can coexist.

Directed by Krista Neumann

April 28,29,30 and May 5,6,7

Friday and Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2:00 PM


Tickets to on sale Wednesday, March 15 at 11:00 AM. Season Subscribers may select their seats before tickets go on sale to the public.

Groups of 10 or more save 15%. For details, contact Patron Services at 319.248.9372 or

Disney’s The Little Mermaid

City Circle’s annual teen musical is Disney’s story of an adventurous undersea princess who longs to break free of her environment and explore new worlds. The show is based on the Disney film of the same name, which was based on Hans Christian Anderson’s classic tale. Alan Menken wrote the music, the lyrics are by Glenn Slater and Howard Ashman, and the book is by Doug Wright.

Directed by Ian Zahren

June 16,17,18 (Friday and Saturday at 7:30 PM; Sunday at 2:00 PM)


Tickets go on sale Wednesday, May 3 at 11:00 AM. Season Subscribers may select their seats before tickets go on sale to the public.

Tickets to the show are $12-$27 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.

Groups of 10 or more save 15%. For details, contact Patron Services at 319.248.9372 or

August: Osage County Has Been Cast

After much deliberation, Director Elizabeth Tracey has released the cast list for our October production of August: Osage County.
She is still searching for the right actor to play the role of Bill.  If you are a male actor, who reads between 45 and 55 years of age, and you’d like to be considered for the role, please email her at

The cast is as follows:

Beverly Weston Kevin Burford
Violet Weston Krista Neumann
Barbara Fordham Robyn Calhoun
Ivy Weston Carrie Houchins-Witt
Karen Weston Leslie Nolte
Bill Fordham Tad Paulson
Jean Fordham Amy Evans
Mattie Fae Aiken Roxanne Gustaveson
Charlie Aiken Rip Russell
“Little” Charles Aiken K. Michael Moore
Steve Heidebrecht Bryant Duffy
Johnna Monevata Chandler Hamm
Sheriff Deon Gilbeau Justin Ford

Congratulations to the cast, and warm thanks to all who auditioned.
The show will run Oct 21-23. Tickets for the new season will go on sale in July.

Change of Seasons Party

We’d like to invite everyone who has given generously to our organization this year to attend the cos party invite
Change of Seasons Celebration
on Sunday, June 26 at 4:30 pm
at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts

If you’ve donated money or time this season as

  • a member of a production team
  • a member of a technical crew
  • an actor or musician
  • a front-of-house volunteer
  • some other kind of volunteer

…please join us!

We will have drinks and snacks and time to mingle in the lobby.
Then we’ll go into the theater to celebrate the just-finished British Invasion season,
and preview the upcoming season, We Can Do It! A Season of Powerful Women.
Afterward, DJ Dr. Chris will spin some tunes, and everyone will be invited onto the stage for a dance party!

Please let us know if you’re coming by sending a note to – you can also request a song for the dance party!

It’s going to be great fun. We hope to see you there!





Auditions announced for August: Osage County

AUDITIONS: The Community of Christ Church, 2121 S Ridge Drive, Coralville
Sunday, June 5th 4-6pm or
Monday, June 6th 7-9pm
Callbacks (if necessary) will be on Tuesday, June 7th at 7pm

Please note the change in performance dates: the show will run October 21-23.

August: Osage County is a tragicomedy that offers fresh insight into the dysfunctional dynamics of the American family, set on the plains of modern day, middle-class Oklahoma. The Weston family members are all intelligent, sensitive creatures who have the uncanny ability of making each other absolutely miserable. “In August: Osage County can be heard echoes of other classic dramas about the strangling grip of blood ties — from Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night to Sam Shepard’s Buried Child — but Mr. Letts infuses his dark drama with potent energies derived from two more populist forms of American entertainment. The play has the zip and zingy humor of classic television situation comedy and the absorbing narrative propulsion of a juicy soap opera, too.” Charles Isherwood, New York Times 2007.

Character breakdown:

BEVERLY WESTON, 69 – The father and patriarch of the Weston family.

VIOLET WESTON, 65 – Mother and matriarch.

BARBARA FORDHAM, 46 – Bev and Violet’s eldest daughter.

IVY WESTON, 44 – Bev and Violet’s middle daughter.

KAREN WESTON, 40 – Bev and Violet’s youngest daughter.

BILL FORDHAM, 49 – Barbara’s husband

JEAN FORDHAM, 14 – Bill and Barbara’s 14-year-old daughter.

STEVE HEIDEBRECHT, 50 – Karen’s fiancé, a Florida businessman.

MATTIE FAE AIKEN, 57 – Violet’s sister.

CHARLIE AIKEN, 60 – Mattie Fae’s husband

“LITTLE” CHARLES AIKEN, 37 – Mattie Fae and Charlie’s son.

JOHNNA MONEVATA, 26 – Cheyenne Indian woman, housekeeper.

SHERIFF DEON GILBEAU, 47 – High school classmate and former boyfriend of Barbara.

It is preferred that those auditioning should read the play and be familiar with it beforehand. Scripts will be available at the Coralville Library for perusal.
Please prepare a monologue of your own choosing or one from the script is welcome.
Submit an Audition Form to secure an audition time. If you do not hear back within 24 hours please contact Liz Tracey directly at
Walk-ups are always welcome and sides will be available for last minute auditioners.

First read through – Monday, June 20th at 7pm
First Rehearsal – Tuesday, September 6 at 7pm
Rehearsal schedule – Monday through Thursday 7-10pm and Sunday 2-6pm
Show dates October 21, 22 and 23 

The Cast of In The Heights

INTHEHEIGHTS_TitleWe were thrilled to see such a huge number of enormously talented teens at auditions for In The Heights!
Sincere thanks to everyone who auditioned.   If you were cast, we are looking forward to working with you starting April 30.
Please pick up your script from Liz Tracey as soon as possible.
If you haven’t heard from Liz, we may have an error in your email address. 
If that’s the case, please email Liz immediately at to arrange a pick-up time.
If you weren’t cast in this show, don’t be discouraged.  Keep working on your skills and keep auditioning!

The cast is as follows:

USNAVI – Sean Harken
NINA – Katey Halverson
KEVIN – Fred Ogilvie
CAMILA – Genevieve Wisdom
BENNY – Kyle Irish-Gorman
VANESSA – Kate Vander Leest
SONNY – Anna Petersen
DANIELA – Chandler Hamm
CARLA – Emma Furlong
GRAFFITI PETE – Tobey Epstein
PIRAGUA GUY – Nysio Poulakis
Bella Epstein
Claire Green
Liann Heisterkamp
Shoshie Hemley
Emily Hill
Mikayla Johnston
Thomazin Jury
Jordan Lehigh
Josh Millsap
Payton Proud*
Lauren Rude
Anastasia Scholze
Jessie Shaw*
Anna Szot*
Katherine Yacopucci

*denotes principal dancers

In The Heights will run June 17-19 at the Coralville Center for The Performing Arts.  Tickets are on sale now at the Box Office  (319) 248-9370, or online.



Come to our Musical Theater Audition Workshop, hosted by Chris Okiishi.

Saturday, April 2, 3:00-5:00pm at the Community of Christ Church in Coralville.

This workshop is free and open to all current Junior and Senior High students at any Iowa school.

Please email Chris directly at to register.  Include your name, age and contact information (email, cell phone, parent name and phone number) in your email.

Instruction will include:

–basics of auditioning: what to expect on an audition day at City Circle and beyond.

–principles of song choice: how to choose a cutting that works for you.

–performance tips: being your best in the room and working with accompanists, audition monitors, directors, and other evaluators to show your range of talent.

–individual instruction: as a group, we will listen to several members of the class perform their audition songs. In a supportive way, we will provide feedback and specific ways to improve.

If you wish to perform your song at the workshop, please bring two copies of your sheet music. We will make every effort to hear as many audition songs as possible, but there may not be time to hear from all students.

Students are NOT required to bring an audition song to participate in the class.