Auditions for Oliver!

Our holiday show this year will be Oliver!, the beloved musical based on Charles Dickens’ novel, Oliver Twist.  There is a character breakdown below of principal roles, but Director Elizabeth Tracey is also looking for performers of all ages to fill out a large ensemble, including young orphans, young thieves and cutpurses, and Londoners of all ages.  Please note that Ms. Tracey will consider gender-blind casting.

Auditions for Oliver! will be held Saturday, September 19 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM and
Sunday, September 20 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM at The Community of Christ Church,
2121 S Ridge Road, Coralville.

Please prepare 16 bars of a song that demonstrates your ability to communicate a character. Bring sheet music in the correct key and an accompanist will be provided. Songs from the musical are welcome and a British accent is encouraged but not necessary for the audition.

Callbacks, if necessary, will be held Sunday September 27 starting at 7:00 PM.

Rehearsals will begin Monday, October 5 at 7:00 PM.
The show runs December 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 Friday and Saturdays 7:30 PM and
Sundays 2:00 PM.

Audition walk-ups are welcome but priority will be given to those who fill out an audition form and schedule an appointment. If you do not hear back from Liz Tracey within 24 hours after submitting your form, you can contact her at

Oliver! Character Breakdown

Oliver Twist – A sweet, innocent orphan boy who manages to be a trusting romantic though he has dealt with many hardships in his young life. Soprano.

Fagin – Conniving career criminal, who takes in homeless boys and teaches them to pick pockets for him. Male. Baritone.

The Artful Dodger– troubled youth; the cleverest of Fagin’s pickpockets, he introduces Fagin to Oliver. Tenor.

Nancy – Bill Sikes’ lover. A cockney girl with a warm heart who takes a liking to Oliver and treats him like her own child, but is eventually murdered for the steps she takes on his behalf. Female. Alto.

Bill Sikes – Nancy’s brutal and abusive lover, a burglar and her eventual murderer. Baritone.

Mr. Bumble – pompous man who runs the workhouse in which Oliver was born. Tenor.

Widow Corney – domineering workhouse mistress where Oliver was born, later marries Mr. Bumble. Soprano.

Mr. Brownlow – Oliver’s grandfather, a kind man of wealth and breeding. Character part.

Mr. Sowerberry – the insensitive man who takes in Oliver and uses him in his funeral business. Baritone.

Mrs. Sowerberry – Mr. Sowerberry’s wife. Soprano.

Charlotte Sowerberry – the rude but flirtatious daughter of the Sowerberrys. Character part.

Mrs. Bedwin – housekeeper of Mr. Brownlow and caretaker of Oliver. Soprano.

Noah Claypole – the Sowerberrys’ apprentice, he bullies Oliver and has a flirtatious relationship with Charlotte. Character part.

Dr. Grimwig – foppish doctor and friend of Mr. Brownlow. Character part.

Charley Bates – one of Fagin’s pickpockets. He is Dodger’s sidekick.

Bet – one of Fagin’s pick pockets. Alto.

Old Sally – Mrs. Thingummy; an old woman pauper who acts as nurse during Oliver’s delivery. Character part.

The Cast of Wm. Shakespeare’s Land of The Dead

We are pleased to announce the cast of the first play of our 2015-2016 “British Invasion” season:


William Shakespeare………..Kevin Moore
Richard Burbage………………Joe Wise
Will Kemp……………………….Ken Van Egdon
John Rice………………………..Hank Welter
Kate Braithwaite………………Jen Brown
John Sinklo……………………..Brian Tanner


Francis Bacon………………….Per Wiger
Sir Robert Cecil……………….Ryan Shellady
Queen Elizabeth………………Krista Neumann
Dr. John Dee…………………..Derek Johnson
Soldier #1……………………….Dustin Davaldo
Soldier #2………………………Jacques Motyko


“Action Zombies”: Lydia Jennison, Ashlynn Dale, Emily Hill, Adam Burton, Robert Steger, Ruby Murray, Emma Furlong and Shelby Zukin.
“Warm Bodies”: Jeff Emrich, Gabby Finlayson, Taylor Greene, Katherine Yacopucci, Gabriel Newton, Janielle Rollins and Averi Bryant.

*Casting of The Afflicted is ongoing.  If you’d like to be a zombie, or know someone who would, please email our producer:

Thank you so much to all who auditioned.  The play opens October 16.  Please click here for all the details

Auditions for William Shakespeare’s Land of The Dead

Join us for the first show of our British Invasion season: a play in which the British of Queen Elizabeth’s era are invaded by a plague of the undead.  Patrick DuLaney will direct.  Auditions will be held on August 10 and 11, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Coralville Library (Schwab Auditorium).  If callbacks are needed, they will be held on August 12, same time and place.

The play tells the tale of a zombie plague in Elizabethan London, just as Shakespeare is premiering his play, Henry V, at the newly constructed Globe Theatre, which is the only building strong enough to keep out The Afflicted. Yes, it is a mash-up of Shakespeare and zombies, and it has humor, but is played very straight.

The entire script is online here.

The show goes up October 16-18, which includes a Friday matinee for students.  Please let us know on your audition sheet if you cannot be available on the afternoon of October 16 for the Friday matinee.

To audition, fill out an Audition Form.  Once it has been submitted, our producer will let you know your audition time.  Actors may walk in and audition without an appointment, but scheduled auditions will take priority.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.  If you wish to prepare a monologue, you may. Optional monologues should be no more than 1-2 minutes in length, and show ability with language. English dialect (standard RP or Cockney) is preferred, but not necessary.

Cast Breakdown

William Shakespeare (30’s) – At the peak of his talent. A superstar. Smart, sensitive, funny, brooding, sullen. Think Hamlet.

Richard Burbage (30’s-40’s ) — Shakespeare’s leading actor. Plays kings. A born leader. Warm, generous, courageous, simple.

Will Kemp (30’s – 40’s)- A clown. Shakespeare’s foil. Clever, funny, the center of every room, larger than life, vain, insecure.

Kate: (Age open) – The attiring woman. Earthy, honest, practical, been around. The sometime concubine and muse of Shakespeare – and others.

Francis Bacon (30’s-50’s) – A lawyer and nobleman. Clever, self-possessed, calculating, dangerous, but a sycophant. Excellent swordsman.

Queen Elizabeth – (50’s-70’s) – Ruler absolute. The smartest person in the play. Shrewd, funny, does not suffer fools. Very much in the vein of Judi Dench in Shakespeare in Love.

John Rice – (teens-20’s) – A young actor, apprentice to the players, smart, sensitive, curious, heroic. Will spend the play dressed as the French Princess from Henry V, in keeping with historical accuracy.

Sir Robert Cecil (30’s-50’s) – Elizabeth’s right-hand man. A killer. Humorless, smart, calculating. The best swordsman on stage.

Doctor John Dee (40’s – 70’s) – Elizabeth’s astrologer and mathematician. Brilliant, eccentric, borders on manic at times.

Soldier #1 (teens-20’s) – Very green. Young, inexperienced, brave, earnest.

Soldier #2 (20’s-40’s) – Experienced, grim, ruthless. A good fighter.

Additional players/soldiers as needed.

Please note:

  • The director will consider gender-blind casting of any/all roles.

A NOTE ON ZOMBIES (or The Afflicted, as noted in the script)

We will be casting two specific groups. The first will be a core group of actors known as ACTION ZOMBIES – These roles will be the featured undead, will do the bulk of the stage combat and get the great deaths. Make no mistake, these are who the audience came to see. The second group will be known as WARM BODIES – this group will require far less rehearsal, and be in the largest group zombie sections at the end of the play. All zombies will receive training in stage makeup, and will have the opportunity to participate in movement workshops as part of the rehearsal process.  Please let us know on your audition form if you are willing to play a zombie. If you have a preference between the two, please state that as well.

William Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead

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.

Directed by Patrick DuLaney.

Interested in auditioning for this show? Get all the details here.

October 16, 17, 18

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 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.

Directed by Elizabeth Tracey

Dec. 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20

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

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!