Sweeney Todd

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.

Directed by Mark Christopher Baer

Feb 12, 13, 14

Premium Seating: $27
Adults: $22
Seniors & Students: $17
Children 10 & Under: $12

Prices includes $2 facility fee.

The Coralville Center for the Performing Arts
Buy tickets online

Questions? Contact the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts
Patron Services Supervisor
Nancy Mayfield


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.

Directed by Elizabeth Tracey

April 29, 30 and May 1, 6, 7, 8

Premium Seating: $27
Adults: $22
Seniors & Students: $17
Children 10 & Under: $12

Prices includes $2 facility fee.

The Coralville Center for the Performing Arts
Buy tickets online

Questions? Contact the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts
Patron Services Supervisor
Nancy Mayfield

The Addams Family

AF cover smallRemember The Addams Family?  That creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky clan is back in a new musical by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa.  Daughter Wednesday has grown up and fallen for a “normal” boy, who is bringing his parents to the Addams mansion for dinner.  Everyone; Gomez, Morticia, Pugsley, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Lurch and all the Addams ancestors will do their best to act like an average, ordinary family and give Wednesday what she wants: just one normal night!

This is our annual teen show, and it has been double cast.  So check here to see who’s playing whom in which show, or come see both casts! Shows are at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.


Addams Family Update

Mort&Gom poster 2 fixedOur teen musical this summer is The Addams Family.
The cast and production team are working hard at rehearsals, and the show is going to be great!

We have added a special Opening Day Kids’ Matinee on Friday, June 19 at 1:00 p.m.
That means you can be among the first people to see it!
Some area day camps will be bringing groups of kids to the show, but it’s open to the public as well.
Special pricing for the Kids’ Matinee is $5 for children and students and $15 for adults and seniors.
Tickets for this special performance are on sale now.

There will be two opportunities to see a sneak preview:
First, the cast will be performing at the halftime show at the Old Cap City Roller Derby
on Saturday, May 23.  The bout starts at 7:00 at the Marriott Convention Center.
Second, the cast will be performing on the new “Street Stage” at
Downtown Iowa City’s ArtsFest on Saturday, June 6.
Performers from our upcoming Rising Star Cabaret will start at 3:00pm, and the cast of The Addams Family will close the show.

Please note that there are two casts of The Addams Family.  Each cast will perform twice.
When we switch, the principals become part of the “Addams Ancestors” ensemble.  The casts are as follows:

Special Friday Matinee & Saturday evening show:
Sage Spiker, Grace Huber, Maia DeGrazia, Dylan Davenport, Cassidy Slater-Scott and Austin Wicke play the Addamses.
Kaitlin Hatcher, Raiden Takeuchi and Zack Kenyon play the Beinekes.

Friday evening show and Sunday matinee:
Nick Mendoza, Addie Bass, Genevieve Wisdom, Elias “Bubba” Perez, Jilly Cooke and Freddie Ogilvie play the Addamses.
Amy Evans, David Daugherty and Matt Harper play the Beinekes.

Micah Otterbein always plays Lurch.  Thomazin Jury always plays Thing.
Jackson Brus always plays Cousin It.
And Quincy Coghill-Behrends, Ellis Fontana, Claire Green, Paige Harken, Emily Hill, Chad Keitel, Nysio Poulakis, Sasha Tyler and Shelby Zukin always play the [dear, departed] ancestors of The Addams Family.

The Addams Family runs for one weekend only!  Get your tickets now!

The Addams Family cast

An abundance of young talent was on display last weekend at auditions for our annual Teen Show,
such that Director Patrick DuLaney and his team decided to double cast all of the leads.

The cast of The Addams Family is:

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Gomez Addams:  Nick Mendoza & Sage Spiker
Morticia Addams: Addie Bass & Grace Huber
Uncle Fester: Freddie Ogilvie & Austin Wicke
Grandma: Jilly Cooke & Cassidy Slater-Scott
Wednesday Addams: Maia DeGrazia & Genevieve Wisdom
Pugsley Addams: Dylan Davenport & Elias “Bubba” Perez
Lurch: Micah Otterbein
Mal Beineke: David Daugherty & Raiden Takeuchi
Alice Beineke: Amy Evans & Kaitlin Hatcher
Lucas Beineke: Matt Harper & Zack Kenyon
Thing: Thomazin Jury
Cousin It: Jackson Brus
The Addams Ancestors:  Quincy Coghill-Behrends, Ellis Fontana, Claire Green, Paige Harken,
Emily Hill, Chad Keitel, Nysio Poulakis, Sasha Tyler and Shelby Zukin

We are thrilled with the cast and look forward to seeing their production in June.
Warm thanks to all who auditioned.  We were extremely impressed with the level of talent and professionalism displayed by our area kids!

Art/Photo Contest

To celebrate our upcoming musical Into The Woods, we’re having a contest – we want you to send us your original art/photo that represents the items that The Baker and The Baker’s Wife go into the woods to fetch:

1) a cow as white as milk
2) a cape as red as blood
3) hair as yellow as corn
4) a slipper as pure as gold

ITWPost a photo of your own original work, whether it be a photo or photo collage, a sketch, a cartoon, or hey – if you want to paint or sculpt, that’s okay, too! Post a photo of your own original work, whether it be a photo or photo collage, a sketch, a cartoon, or hey – if you want to paint or sculpt, that’s okay, too!
We’ll pick the first winner on April 1, and another every Wednesday until April 22, which is just before the show opens on April 24.
Each week’s winner will receive two tickets to the opening night performance of
INTO THE WOODS at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts!
You can enter every week (until you win!)

Post them right here on our Facebook page, or email them to robyn@citycircle.org
Have fun creating, and good luck!

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: liz@citycircle.org.


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 Patrick.DuLaney@gmail.com

“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!