Into The Woods Preview: Tipsy Storytime

We are hosting a free event to get you in the mood for Into The Woods.
On Saturday, April 11 from 4:00-6:00 pm, join us at The Luxe Zone for Tipsy Storytime: Cocktails and Fairy Tales.
Members of the cast of Into The Woods will share skewed, off-color versions of stories and songs you may remember from childhood in a fun, cocktail-party environment.  We’ll serve beer, wine, soda, snacks and lots of laughs.

Huge bonus: Everyone at Tipsy Storytime will be able to purchase tickets to Into The Woods for $5 off all tickets (except Premium seats)!

Please note: Tipsy Storytime is rated R – this is an adult event!  Don’t bring your kids (unless they’re mature teens and they’ll drive you home afterward.)

For more details, or to tell us you’re coming, check out the event on Facebook.

Auditions for Teen Show

This summer’s Teen Show will be The Addams Family.  It’s a musical comedy based on the cartoons by Charles Addams, which depict an eccentric New York family with a taste for the macabre.

Auditions will be March 28 & 29, from 2:00pm-6:00pm at the Community of Christ Church in Coralville.
Rehearsals will begin on or around April 13.
The show runs June 19-22.

Patrick DuLaney will direct, assisted by Robyn Calhoun.

The Teen Show is open to performers who are currently in 7th-12th grade.
To schedule an audition, fill out an Audition Form online.  Walk-ins are welcome, but scheduled auditions will always take priority.

Please come prepared with 32 bars of a contemporary song from musical theater, and a short contemporary monologue.
Both should be memorized.  Please bring sheet music in the appropriate key.

Note: We want to make this a Teen Show in every sense, so let us know if you or anyone you know might be interested in working on sets, costumes, makeup, props, lighting, sound, stage management or any other aspect of production!  Either state your interest on your Audition Form, or send an email to our Producer, Liz Tracey:


Devised Theater Workshop for Spring Break

“the seeing place”

Spend Spring Break creating theater
Sponsored by Patrick DuLaney and Chris Okiishi

When: Monday – Friday, March 16-20, Noon- 4 pm
Where: The Nolte Academy, 1619 2nd Street, Coralville
How Much: Pay what you can! Open to all!
(Suggested fee $50.00 to help cover transportation cost)
Age range: 14 – 22
Reserve your place NOW—contact

“The word theatre comes from the Greeks. It means ‘the seeing place’. The theatre is a spiritual and social X-ray of its time.”
Stella Adler

Join one of the Pacific Northwest’s leading theatre professionals and international teaching artist Kathryn Van Meter for this once in a lifetime opportunity to devise a piece of theatre from events that matter to YOU!

  • Create something from nothing
  • Improve your improv
  • Generate your own work
  • Illuminate your ensemble
  • Collaborate on movement, text and sound

We the artists are tasked with holding up a mirror to the world, questioning what we find,and challenging ourselves and our audience with the results.
Theatre is not a passive art form. It is the capacity of human beings to observe themselves in action.

And it can change the world.

YOU can change the world with your art.
What do you see?

Kathryn Van Meter

Kathryn Van Meter

Kathryn Van Meter’s directing and choreography work is continually recognized for serving the narrative needs of the show while simultaneously offering visually compelling stage pictures and inspiring fully realized performances from her actors. Her collaborations include work with high school and college students, professional musical theatre, corporate flashmob events, puppets, an NBA half time show, a circus, and a 300 person chorus. She had the pleasure of choreographing Next to Normal (with Anthony Rapp and Amy Spanger) in its earlier incarnation as Feeling Electric for the New York Musicals Festival.  

In 2010, Kathryn lived and worked in a community in South Africa and created ONE WORLD THROUGH THEATRE, a generative theatrical conversation between her students there and high school students in Issaquah, WA, and Hendersonville, NC.  
As an actor, some of Kathryn’s favorite human roles include Gwen in Rapture Blister Burn, Anita in West Side Story, Shirley Markowitz in The Producers, and Lady Anne in Richard III. She’s also played a cat, a dog, a minotaur, a zombie and a girl possessed by a hawk.

Next up, she will have the pleasure of getting back in the room with Pulitzer Prize winner Brian Yorkey to both choreograph and perform in his version of Cabaret.

She is a proud member of the SDC, AEA, and the Sandbox Artist’s Collective.

The Cast of Into The Woods

We are thrilled to announce the cast of Into The Woods, April 24-May 3.
Tickets are available now!

Witch: Kristin Behrendt DeGrazia
Baker: Patrick DuLaney
Baker’s Wife: Carrie Houchins-Witt
Cinderella: Victoria Vaughn
Jack: Hank Welter
Jack’s Mother: Rebecca Ogilvie
Rapunzel: Maya Bassuk
Little Red: Lindsay Raasch
Narrator: Bryant Duffy
Cinderella’s Prince: Rob Keech
Rapunzel’s Prince: Rob Kemp
Cinderella’s Step-Mother: Robyn Calhoun
Step-Sisters: Hannah Loeb and Hannah Green
Wolf: Felipe Carrasco
Mysterious Man: Josh Sazon
Cinderella’s Mother: Susanna Myers
Cow: Elijah Jones
Stewards: Sage Spiker and Ted Brown
Ensemble: Emily Hill, Paige Harken, Raiden Takeuchi
Grandmother: Kit Gerken
Giant: Ellen Stevenson

Congratulations to the cast, and warm thanks to all who auditioned!

Special “Farces” Events

Valentine’s Weekend, February 13-15, is Comedy weekend at City Circle!
Our “Evening of Farces” runs Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30, with a Sunday matinee at 2:00.
It features Tom Stoppard’s The Real Inspector Hound and Peter Shaffer’s Black Comedy, two one-act plays with an intermission between. 

10849075_792151704154999_8856190421543239124_oAdditionally, we have a special event planned for each of the three show days.

On Friday, there will be a pre-show reception at the LuxeZone, which is just steps from the theater.  There will be wine and light refreshments – just what you need to prepare for an evening of laughter!  Pre-show reception starts at 6:00pm. Click here to go to the event on Facebook for more information.

After Saturday’s show, we will host an on-stage reception for City circle members and donors with members of the casts and the production team.  Come relax on the set and have a drink with us!

On Sunday, we’ll host a “Day of Comedy” for students.  Dramaturg and House Manager of the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts Nancy Mayfield will give a pre-show talk at 1:45 pm, and there will be a talk-back after the show with some of the actors and production team members.  These are presented with students in mind, but anyone who is attending Sunday’s show is welcome to sit in on both.  Additionally, there will be two classes for students (7th grade and older) that will take place from 10:00 am-1:00 pm: a comedic acting workshop with Patrick DuLaney and an Improv workshop with Elijah Jones.  Both classes are free with admission to The Farces!  There is a special price for single students, as well as a hugely discounted price for student groups of 10 or more.  This document has all the details: Student Special.

We are very excited about this double bill of hilarious plays, as well as all three special events.

We hope to see you there!

British Invasion Season Announced

City Circle held its annual “Change of Seasons” party on January 27 at the North Ridge Pavilion in Coralville.
Many of our generous supporters were on hand, as well as friends and fans of the company, and members of the Board of Directors.  The food and wine flowed, and when everyone was in the mood for the Big Announcement, Chris Okiishi welcomed all and introduced a very special guest, Queen Elizabeth II, who took over as Mistress of Ceremonies.  As Her Majesty announced the planned shows, Carrie Houchins-Witt and Chuck Bogh, two popular City Circle actors, performed a number from each.  To make sure their performances were not viewed as “early auditions” or “pre-casting,” they switched roles, to the delight of the audience.

Now we’d like to announce our upcoming season here.
It has been themed “The British Invasion,” with each chosen play and musical having to do with the British, or an Invasion, or both!

William Shakespeare’s Land of The Dead by John Heimbuch will kick off the season in October.  This play tells the tale of a zombie plague in Elizabethan London, just as Shakespeare is premiering his play, Henry V at the newly-constructed (and strong enough to keep out The Afflicted) Globe Theatre.  Yes, it is a mash-up of Shakespeare and Zombies, and it has humor, but is played very straight.  Shakespeare fans and English teachers will welcome this grand opportunity to give their zombie-loving friends, family members and students a new perspective on The Bard.  It will be directed by Patrick DuLaney.

For Christmas, we are presenting the beloved (and very British) musical, Oliver! with music and lyrics by Lionel Bart.  Based on Charles Dickens’ novel Oliver Twist, Oliver! tells the story of a young orphan finding his way through the streets and workhouses of Victorian London.  Full of popular songs and beloved characters, this is a large-cast musical that includes a children’s chorus.  Director Elizabeth Tracey will bring Oliver! to life for the holiday season.

In February, we will bring you one of Sondheim’s darkest, but most delicious musicals: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.  With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Hugh Wheeler, Sweeney Todd tells the tale of a vengeful English barber and what comes of his blossoming relationship with the lady who runs the pie shop downstairs.  This special concert version will make for a thrilling Valentine’s Day weekend.  Mark Christopher Baer will be our guest director.

The ultimate expression of a British Invasion is the rousing, funny, smart tale of the founding of our great nation: 1776, music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards and book by Peter Stone.  This award-winning musical tells the story of John Adams, and his struggle to convince his colleagues to vote for independence and sign the declaration.  We will welcome Pauline Tyer back as director of this crowd-pleasing show.

To close the season, the Teen Musical will be the classic, Kiss Me, Kate. This one is American, of course, being Cole Porter’s first “integrated” musical (meaning the songs were connected to the story) and his biggest hit.  The story centers on a theatrical company that is producing Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, which has a tumultuous central relationship that is reflected in that of the actors.  This is one more way we’re hoping to bring Shakespeare to young actors and audience members!

We are very excited about the British Invasion season.  Keep checking this website for updates on productions, auditions and special events.
We hope to see you on stage, back stage or in the audience for all of our upcoming productions.

Auditions for Into The Woods

Into The Woods is Stephen Sondheim’s beloved musical about what happens after “happily ever after.”  Our production will open on April 24 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts, and it will run through Sunday, May 3.  Chris Okiishi is directing.

Auditions will take place on Saturday, January 31 and Sunday, February 1 from 2:00pm until 6:00pm at The Community of Christ Church in Coralville.  To secure an audition appointment, please fill out an Audition Form.
Walk-ins are welcome, but will defer to those with appointments.

PLEASE NOTE:  We are having trouble with our server, and some forms are not transmitting.  If you do not hear back from our producer, Liz Tracey, within a day of submitting your form, please email her directly at  If you’ve already submitted an Audition Form and have yet to hear back, email her as soon as you can.  We don’t want to miss any auditions!!

Please bring sheet music in the correct key for a one minute section of a song that allows the actor to show the ability to communicate a character. No monologue will be necessary to prepare in advance.

All ages 12 and above are welcome. Casting will be age appropriate.

The mysterious man and narrator will not be double cast. The wolf and prince will be double cast. The cow will be cast with a human actor.

There are also roles for up to five ensemble people who will double as stage crew and various characters.

The Farces Are Cast

Krista Neumann and Elizabeth Tracey, directors of The Real Inspector Hound and Black Comedy, respectively, have announced the casts for both shows.

The Real Inspector Hound cast:

Moon:   Hank Welter
Birdboot:   Josh Sazon
Simon:   Ellis Fontana
Felicity:  Catherine Shook
Inspector Hound:   Rip Russell
Magnus:   Joseph Dobrian
Mrs. Drudge:  Kristin Owens
Cynthia:  TBA

The Black Comedy cast:

Brindsley Miller:   Elijah Jones
Carol Melkett:   Oli Peters
Miss Furnival:  Robyn Calhoun
Colonel Melkett:   Derek Johnson
Harold Gorringe:  Bryant Duffy
Clea:  Katy Karas
Schuppanzigh: TBA
Georg Bamburger: TBA

Please note that there are a few roles yet to be cast: Cynthia in Hound, and Schuppanzigh and Bamburger in Black Comedy.  If you’re an actor (or would like to be), please check the character breakdowns here, and submit an Audition Form to let our directors know that you’re interested.  If you’re not an actor (or not the right type for these roles), but you know someone who is, please spread the word.

Congratulations to the casts, and warm thanks to all who came out to audition.

Breakfast with Santa & Festival of Trees

Kick off the holiday season with two great events.

Breakfast with Santa will take place on Saturday, Nov 29 at 9:00 and 10:00am.   Breakfast includes pancakes, fruit, coffee and juice plus a visit with Santa and a picture that will be perfect for your holiday cards.  Santa’s helpers will be on hand to help with crafts, too.  All the fun happens at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.  You can buy tickets at the box office right before the event, or online.

Later on Saturday night is the annual gala celebration, the Festival of Trees; an evening of food, fun, festive performances, and holiday decor!

Tickets include heavy hors d’oeuvres, performances featuring City Circle and Nolte Academy talent, dancing on stage, and more! Of course we’ll have live and silent auctions of artistically decorated trees and wreaths and the ever popular grab bags. This party is fun for all ages and the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit.

6:30 PM: Event begins – food and cash bar
7:30 PM: Live auction of trees
8:00 PM: Performance
9:00 PM: Silent auction closes
10:30 PM: Event ends

Buy tickets at the box office or online.

Holiday Cabaret: Nice & Naughty Are Back!

cabaretThe Nice & Naughty Cabaret shows are back for a second year!
Shows are Saturday evenings, December 13 & 20 at 7:30pm (Nice) and 10:00pm (Naughty) at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.

Tickets to either show are $10.  Buy a ticket for both shows for only $15! Get tickets at the CCPA box office at 1301 5th St in Coralville, by phone at
(319) 248-9370, or online

This year’s Nice Cabaret will once again feature a Children’s Choir, the Hawkettes, and a host of holiday songs, old and new.  Some will touch your heart, and some will tickle your funny bone.  The Nice Cabaret is a perfect way to celebrate the holidays with the entire family.  It’s G-rated, and doesn’t give away any important seasonal secrets. Bring the kids!

The Naughty Cabaret presents holiday music and comedy with an irreverent edge.  It’s rated PG, but has been known to slip into R territory from time to time.  Anyone who has felt a bit like Scrooge or the Grinch during this festive, frustrating, cheery, chaotic time of the year will love the Naughty Cabaret!

Make a night of it: bring the kids to the Nice Cabaret, meet the sitter at home during the break, then come back for a glass of wine and be a little naughty with us.