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.


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

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


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.


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.”


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


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 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.

Annie Get Your Gun Auditions to be held February 17 and 18

Annie Get Your Gun
Directed by Krista Neumann


February 17 (Friday) 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. or
February 18 (Saturday) 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Callbacks: February 19 (Sunday) 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Auditions will be held at the Community of Christ Church, 2121 S. Ridge Dr. in Coralville.

Please prepare 16 bars of a song of your choice that shows off your voice and your ability to tell a story.  Bring your sheet music. An accompanist will be provided.

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 big show with many character parts and a large ensemble and all ages are welcome to audition.

Performance dates for Annie Get Your Gun are April 28-30 and May 5-6.

Rehearsals will begin Sunday, February 26 at 2 p.m.


Rough-and-tumble Annie Oakley is the best shot around. A backwoods gal, Annie uses her skill to support her family by selling the game she hunts. When she’s discovered by Buffalo Bill and persuaded to join his Wild West Show, Annie is plucked from obscurity and becomes the toast of Europe. Annie meets her match in Frank Butler, Buffalo Bill’s leading man and star marksman. She falls head over heels for Frank, but soon eclipses him as the main attraction in the show. Her success with a gun makes trouble for Annie’s chance at romance. Annie Get Your Gun follows the journey of Annie and Frank, revealing their competitive natures as they vie for best shot – and each other’s hearts. This fictionalized version of the life of real-life sharpshooter Annie Oakley and her romance with Frank Butler boasts a score of Irving Berlin gems including “There’s No Business Like Show Business”, “I Got Lost in His Arms”, “I Got the Sun in the Mornin’”, “Anything You Can Do,” and “They Say It’s Wonderful.”



FRANK BUTLER — The male star of the Buffalo Bill Show, excellent baritone, strong actor(25+). Self assured character bordering on conceited.

CHARLIE DAVENPORT — Manager of Buffalo Bill Show, strong comedic timing (30+),
sarcastic, Dolly Tate’s brother and chief critic.

BUFFALO BILL — Owner and emcee for the Buffalo Bill Show, good baritone (40-65+) Good showman personality, loud commanding speaking voice.

CHIEF SITTING BULL — Indian chief who adopts Annie Oakley, baritone (40-70).
Comedic timing a plus.

FOSTER WILSON — Hotel Manager, baritone (40-70) strong personality with dry wit.

PAWNEE BILL — Owner of Far East Show, competitor of Buffalo Bill, baritone (40-70) Good showman skills.


ANNIE OAKLEY — Famous sharpshooter, strong belter with significant range to sing soprano (19-35) Plays backwoods character with self assurance and spunk. Good comedic timing, and no inhibitions. Strong presence.

DOLLY TATE — Frank Butler’s Assistant in Buffalo Bill Show, good alto, (25+) obnoxious personality lending herself to some hysterical moments. Must be able to play ‘big character’ without being ‘over the top’.


MINNIE, JESSIE, NELLIE — Annie Oakley’s backwoods sisters, strong singers and actresses (ages vary from 7-15).

LITTLE JAKE — Annie Oakley’s brother, capable singer, good comedic timing (7-15)

In addition, there are numerous other character parts, and a need for a large ensemble. All ages are welcome to audition.

Shop Volunteers Needed on November 12 & 13

We need help in the shop November 12 and 13 to get ready for our holiday show, Fiddler on the Roof. On Saturday, November 12, we’ll meet at 9am to organize the shop–put away platforms, props and furniture from our last show. If enough volunteers show up, we’ll be done by 10 or 10:30.  On Sunday, November 13, we can use volunteers to help paint the Fiddler set. We’ll be working 12 noon to 6pm. If you have questions and/or want to help, please contact Liz Tracey at The shop is located at 702 E. 2nd Avenue in Coralville.

Meeting for Prospective Directors To Be Held November 5; Interviews on November 27th

City Circle is looking for directors for the 2017-18 season. Our annual Director’s Tea for prospective directors will be held Saturday, November 5th at 10 am at the North Ridge Pavilion, 2250 Holiday Road in Coralville.  This is an informal social gathering to give the Play Selection Committee and other Board Members the chance to visit with prospective directors and to share details about the proposed 2017-18 season.  Directors will have the opportunity to ask questions about specific shows, show budgets, potential production teams. You’ll also hear from Producer Liz Tracey about how City Circle works.

If you plan to attend the Tea, please RSVP to

Formal director interviews with the Play Selection Committee and Producer will be held Sunday, November 27th beginning at 4:30. You can schedule your interview at the  Tea on Saturday or by email at  You need not attend the Tea on Saturday in order to interview.

Here is our proposed 2017-2018 season:


A NEW PLAY FESTIVAL – September 2017

CINDERELLA – December 2017

CHESS IN CONCERT – February 2018

CITY OF ANGELS –  April/Mary 2018




Fiddler on the Roof Cast List Announced

Director Ian Zahren has announced the cast for Fiddler on the Roof:

TEVYE – Christopher Carpenter
GOLDE – Emily Riedell

TZEITEL – Nikki Scheel
HODEL – Lauren Rude
CHAVA – Madison Glanz-Guessford
SHPRINTZE – Ella Vakiner
BIELKE – Maya Hanna

YENTE – Ellen Stevenson
MOTEL – Aaron Mann
PERCHIK – Jacob Glass
MORCHA – Jeremy Horning
RABBI – Chuck Bogh
MENDEL – Nick Rudzianski
AVRAM – Jacques Motyko
NACHUM – Zachary Begley
CONSTABLE -Derek Johnson
FYEDKA – Kyle Gorman-Irish
SHANDEL – Kaitlynn Griffith

VILLAGERS – Rebecca Allen, Raelynn Burns, Nicole DeSalle, Lindsay Elliott, Tobias Epstein, Ellen Fields,Emma Furlong, Katey Halverson, Chandler Hamm, Sean Harken, Paige Harken, Nancy Holm, Chase Horning, Thomazin Jury, Cecilia Khoury, Angela McConville, Shelby Myers, Robert Morris, Santiago Perez, Steve Riedell, Brigitta VandeLune, Anna Szot

Thank you to all who auditioned!

Fiddler on the Roof will be presented December 9-11 and 16-18 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, October 26 at 11:00 a.m.