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 http://www.coralvillearts.org 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 nmayfield@coralville.org.

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 liz@citycircle.org.

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 citycircle@coralville.org – 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 liz@citycircle.org.
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 liztracey2015@gmail.com 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 cokiishi@gmail.com 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.

Audition for In the Heights

This year’s Teen Musical will be the Tony-winning Best Musical In The Heights, with INTHEHEIGHTS_Titlemusic and lyrics by Lin-Manual Miranda and book by Quiara Alegria Hudes.

This show takes place in the predominantly Latino New York neighborhood of Washington Heights. The show’s composer encourages students of all identities and ethnic backgrounds to perform in this musical. It’s a chance for all of us to learn more about our world, our friends, and ourselves.  We welcome teen performers of all identities and ethnic backgrounds to audition for all roles.

Auditions are open to all Iowa teens who are currently in 7th-12th grades, and will take place on Saturday, April 9th and Sunday, April 10th from 2:00-6:00pm at Nolte Academy, 1619 2nd Street, Coralville.  Callbacks will be on Monday, April 11, 8:30-10:00pm.

Please come prepared with 32 bars of a song that showcases your talent and personality.  We don’t want you to stretch at auditions – we want to see who you are!  Bring 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 is between 2:00 and 3:30, you’ll be expected to stay [or return] for the 3:30 dance call, which will be done by 4:00.  If you are scheduled after 4:00, you’ll be expected at the 5:30 dance call, which will finish by 6:00.

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 liz@citycircle.org.

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE  – note that this schedule is a major departure from schedules past.  It is imperative that you come to auditions with a COMPLETE list of conflicts, so take the time to peruse the schedule and write down every conflict you have (unless it’s something you’d be willing to give up to attend rehearsal instead).  If you are cast, you may not miss rehearsals for conflicts that you didn’t list beforehand.

Rehearsals for In The Heights will begin April 30, and run Saturdays from 4:00-10:00pm and Sundays 1:00-9:00pm for four weekends (Apr 30/May 1, May 7/8, May 14/15, May 21/22).  We are tentatively planning to take Memorial Day weekend (May 28-30) off.  On Tuesday, May 31, weekday rehearsals begin, and will run from 9:00am-4:00pm through June 10.  On June 11, Tech Week begins.  Tech rehearsals will run 6:00-11:00pm all week (Jun 11-16), with daytime rehearsals added as needed.  The show runs June 17-19.  Additionally, the cast will perform at Iowa City ArtsFest during the weekend of June 3-4, exact date and time TBA.

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.

Come to our fun, FREE Musical Theater Audition Workshop on Saturday, April 2.
All the details are here.

An Exciting Change to our Current Season

We at City Circle are thrilled to announce that this year’s Teen Musical is going to be the Tony-winning Best Musical In The Heights! The show was strongly influenced by creator Lin-Manuel Miranda’s own experieINTHEHEIGHTS_Titlence growing up in an immigrant family in New York City.  It tells several stories of people living in the predominantly Latino community of Washington Heights, a section of Manhattan, as they deal with economic stress, cultural changes, first generation college education, and gentrification.  It has been performed all over the world and in hundreds of high schools across the nation.  Its success paved the way for Miranda to write and produce the current Broadway sensation Hamilton with essentially the same team that created In the Heights.

Miranda recently spoke out about casting in regard to high school actors. “When I see a school production with not a lot of Latino students doing it, I know they’re learning things about Latino culture that go beyond what they’re fed in the media every day. They HAVE to learn those things to play their parts correctly. And when I see a school with a huge Latino population do Heights, I feel a surge of pride that the students get to perform something that may have a sliver of resonance in their daily lives.”

“And I’ve said this a million times, but it bears repeating: high school’s the ONE CHANCE YOU GET, as an actor, to play any role you want, before the world tells you what ‘type’ you are. The audience is going to suspend disbelief: they’re there to see their kids, whom they already love, in a play. Honor that sacred time as educators, and use it change their lives. You’ll be glad you did.”

We wish to do just that: honor this time in our students’ lives to step into the experiences and roles of people of different backgrounds and cultures.  At the same time, we know that we also serve an area with a vibrant and involved Latino community and want to expand our efforts to involve local students of all backgrounds in our program.

We had originally planned to produce the classic Kiss Me, Kate this summer but Miranda’s comments have inspired us to bring the sights, sounds and stories of Washington Heights to Coralville immediately. In The Heights will be directed by Ian Zahren. Tickets are on sale now for the performances, June 17, 18 and 19.

Auditions for In The Heights will take place April 9 and 10 and callbacks will take place on April 11. For more information about auditions, go to the Auditions page. We will be hosting an Auditions Workshop on April 2, for those who are auditioning for the first time, or who would like to get feedback and guidance before they audition. The details are here.

Announcing Our 2016-2017 Season

We Can do It PosterWe Can Do It: A Season of Powerful Women is the theme of City Circle Acting Company’s 2016-17 season. The season includes August: Osage County, Fiddler on the Roof, Next to Normal, Annie Get Your Gun, and The Little Mermaid. City Circle Acting Company is Coralville’s community theatre and the resident theatre company of the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. The Center is located at 1301 5th Street in Coralville. Season subscription packages will be available beginning July 1 through the CCPA box office at 319.248.9370 or at www.coralvillearts.org; single tickets will go on sale at a later date.

August: Osage County. October 21-23, 2016. Tracy Letts’ award-winning dark comedy is the tale of the ultimate dysfunctional family: Dad is missing, Mom is addicted to pills, and at least two of their three daughters are harboring secrets as everyone gathers in the Oklahoma house they grew up in. Just when you think things can’t get any stranger, they do. Originally developed and produced at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre, this play won the Tony for Best Play, and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Fiddler on The Roof. December 9-11, 16-18, 2016. This classic musical by Jerry Bock (music), Sheldon Harnick (lyrics) and Joseph Stein (book) tells the story of Tevye, a Jewish dairyman in Imperial Russia at the beginning of the 20th century, who struggles to hold on to his religious and cultural traditions despite pressure to change. Perhaps the most powerful pull is that of his independent-minded daughters, who wish to choose their husbands, instead of abiding by the tradition of the matchmaker. Funny, sweet, beautiful and heartbreaking, this is a show for everyone!

Next to Normal. February 10-12, 2017. 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. The show, which won three Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, also touches on issues of grief, drug abuse, suicide and ethics in modern psychiatry

Annie Get Your Gun. April 28-30, May 5-7, 2017. 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.

The Little Mermaid. June 16-18, 2017. 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.

The Cast of 1776

Our election-year musical, 1776 is underway, with Elizabeth Tracey at the helm.  We had a great turnout at auditions last weekend, and we’re excited to announce the cast.  Warm thanks to all who came out to audition!

1776 is cast as follows:

John Hancock – Kevin Moore

New Hampshire
Dr. Josiah Bartlett – Tom Schulein

John Adams – Adam Nardini

Rhode Island
Stephen Hopkins – Robert Steger

Roger Sherman – Emil Rinderspacher

New York
Lewis Morris – David Mosher
Robert Livingston – Robert Morris

New Jersey
Rev. John Witherspoon – Nick Rudzianski

Benjamin Franklin – Gary Benser
John Dickinson – Joshua Fryvecind
James Wilson –  Darin Gylten

Caesar Rodney -Roger Phelps
Col. Thomas McKean – Greg Kilberger
George Read – John Crosheck

Samuel Chase – Chris Carpenter

Richard Henry Lee – Nick Oswald
Thomas Jefferson – Ian Goodrum

North Carolina
Joseph Hewes – Bryan Lawler

South Carolina
Edward Rutledge -Dustin Davaldo

Georgia –
Dr. Lyman Hall -Jeff Emrich

Charles Thomson – Jo Anderson

Andrew McNair -Brett Borden

Abigail Adams – Mary Denmead
Martha Jefferson – Lindsay Rausch

A Leather Apron – Sean Harken
A Courier – Brandon Burkhardt

The show runs two weekends: April 29 – May 8. Tickets are available online.1776