We Need Your Help!

We are looking for some helping hands this Saturday.

There are 2 volunteer options:

1) Costume loft: Part of the costume loft is being converted into office space. We need to move some of the costumes into a different part of the costume loft. Construction begins on Monday, 1/25, so we have a have a fast-approaching deadline. We determined that Saturday, 1/23 would be a good day to do the work. With enough helpers, the lifting requirement shouldn’t be too bad.

We’re looking for volunteers 14 and older. We’ve listed 9 am – noon, but we’ll quit early if we’re finished.

Please contact Mary Jo Harken (maryjo.harken@gmail.com) with questions.

The costume loft is on the 2nd floor of the CCPA. Take the elevator to the 2nd floor. Take a right off of the elevator. Go through the double doors. The costume loft is the door that will be straight in front of you.

2) Shop: Liz needs help getting the shop organized. She’ll need volunteers 16 and older. We listed 9 am – noon again, but we’ll quit early if we’re finished.

Please contact Liz Tracey (liztracey2015@gmail.com) with questions.

The shop is also referred to as the Bus Barn. It’s in the yellow building near the Coralville Recycling Center. It’s on 7th Street down the hill from the Canterbury Inn.

Sign up here.

Thanks so much!

Auditions for 1776

1776City Circle will produce the beloved historical musical, 1776, this Spring.
“Witness the birth of a nation as our forefathers struggle to craft the Declaration of Independence.”
And right in the middle of the presidential election season.
We welcome Director Pauline Tyer back to once again work her magic on 1776, as she did in 2002.

Auditions will take place on:
Saturday, February 20 from 2pm-6pm and
Sunday, February 21 from 2pm-6pm
at the Community of Christ Church in Coralville.
If callbacks are required, they will be on Monday, February 22 from 7pm-9pm in the same location.

Please prepare 16 bars of a song of your choice that shows off your voice and your ability to tell a story.
Bring sheet music and an accompanist will be provided.
You may also be asked to read from the script, no preparation necessary, sides will be provided.
The director is open to color-blind casting.

1776 scripts will be available for checkout at the Coralville Public Library beginning Friday, Feb 12. There are five copies available for a one-week checkout. The scripts will be available at the reference desk during all normal library hours. To check out a copy you will need a library card. Anyone can get a Coralville library card, you do not need to be a resident.

To secure an audition appointment, fill out and submit an Audition Form,  and our producer will email you with an audition time.
NOTE: If you’ve submitted an Audition Form, and you do NOT hear back within 24 hours, please email Liz Tracey at liztracey2015@gmail.com to let her know.  
Walk-ins are welcome at the auditions, but scheduled auditions will take priority.
It is rated PG.

Characters (please note that the ages are those of the character, not necessarily the actor):

John Adams, 41 – Delegate from MA.

Stephen Hopkins, 70 – Delegate from RI.

Roger Sherman, 55 – Delegate from CN.

Robert Livingston, 30 – Delegate from NY.

Benjamin Franklin, 60-70 – Delegate from PA.

John Dickinson, 44 – Delegate from PA.

Col. Thomas Mckean, 42 – Delegate from DE.

Richard Henry Lee, 45 – Delegate from VA.

Thomas Jefferson, 33 -Delegate from VA.

Edward Rutledge, 26 – Delegate from SC.

Abigail Adams, 32 – Wife of John Adams.

Martha Jefferson, 27 – Wife of Thomas Jefferson.

Courier, 15-20

John Hancock, 39, delegate, MA

Andrew McNair, older, Doorkeeper and Custodian of the Continental Congress.

Joseph Hewes, 46, delegate, NC.

James Wilson, 34, delegate , PA.

Lewis Morris, 50, delegate, NY.

Charles Thompson, 46, Secretary to the Continental Congress.

Caesar Rodney, 48, delegate, DE.

Dr. Lyman Hall, 52, delegate, GA.

Samuel Chase, 35, delegate, NJ.

Dr. Josiah Bartlett, 47, delegate, NH.

Rev. Jonathan Witherspoon, 43, delegate, NJ.

George Read, 43, delegate, DE.

Leather Apron/Painter, age flexible.

We hope to see you at auditions!

Introducing The Cast of Sweeney Todd

Auditions for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street In Concert took place last weekend.
Guest Director Mark Christopher Baer said, “These were exceptional auditions.  I was very impressed by the talent, professionalism, and warmth of the entire community.  My deepest gratitude to all those who auditioned for your courage and creativity.”

The cast

Principal Roles

Sweeney Todd – Dustin Davaldo
Mrs. Lovett – Mia Fryvecind Gimenez
Tobias – Hank Welter
Judge Turpin – Michael Benson
Beadle – Joshua Fryvecind
Anthony – Michael Penick
Johanna  – Maya Bassuk
Beggar Woman – Anna Anderson
Pirelli – Robert Kemp


Becca Anderson
Gary Benser
Riley Brannian
Aaron Brewer
Jen Brown
Kaia Burkum
Sam Cacciatore
Jacklyn Even
Gabby Finlayson
Mackenzie Foxen
Meredith Godar
Paula Grady
Hannah Green
Chandler Hamm
Louisa Hamra
Nicole Klostermann
Noelle McVey
Sydney Myers
Aeriel Nelson-White
Krista Neumann
Christopher Okiishi
Katie Rasmussen
Elizabeth Ross
Kristina Rutkowski
Josh Sazon
Francis Smith
Sage Spiker
Robin Stoker
Amy Sundermann
Carolina Wade

All solos and cameo roles are TBA.

Congratulations to everyone in the cast, and thanks to all who auditioned.
Tickets for Sweeney Todd are on sale now.

Food, Glorious Food

IMG_9808During the run of Oliver!, we are hosting a food drive.
This musical is based on the classic novel Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens.  Dickens was very concerned with the plight of the poor, especially disadvantaged children.  In this spirit, and the spirit of the season, we wanted to give our community the opportunity to help those in need.

When you come to the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts to see Oliver!, please bring non-perishable food.  Alternatively, you can drop by with donations during box office hours between opening on December 11 and closing on December 20.  At each performance of Oliver!, everyone who donates to the food drive will be entered into a drawing for two tickets to a future City Circle show.

After we close, all food donations will be delivered to Coralville’s Ecumenical Food Pantry.
Their list of most-needed items includes:

  • Fresh or Canned Fruits & Veggies
  • Peanut Butter
  • Hearty Soups & Stews
  • Beans (canned & dried)
  • Rice/Pasta
  • Canned Meats
  • Toilet Paper

For more information about the Food Pantry, check out their website.

We look forward to seeing you at a performance of Oliver!  The show runs Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30, and Sundays at 2:00 through December 20.  Tickets are available online or at the box office (319) 248-9370.

Don’t Be Afraid…..


Our Music Director, Carl Rowles, has clarified the auditions process:

If you would like to sing in the chorus (which will be a large group of singers, of all types and ages), the ONLY thing you need to prepare for your audition is “16 bars of a song that demonstrates your ability to communicate a character.”

If you’re interested in playing one of the nine named roles, you should also choose a cutting from the list, and prepare that.
You only have to prepare a cutting if you’re auditioning for a named role (Todd, Mrs. Lovett, Tobias, Anthony, Johanna, Judge Turpin, Beadle, Pirelli or Beggar Woman).

Auditions are this weekend (Dec 12-14) at the Community of Christ Church.  All the details, including character breakdown, the director’s approach, a link to the audition form, and links to the audition cuttings are here.

We hope to see you at auditions, and onstage!!


Seeking Directors for Next Season

City Circle Acting Company of Coralville will host an information meeting for persons interested in directing a show in their 2016-17 season. The meeting will be held Sunday, November 8 at 1pm in the lobby of the Coralville Center of the Performing Arts at 1301 5th Street.

This will be an informal gathering with City Circle’s Play Selection Committee to learn more details about the upcoming season including production budgets, production teams and the director selection process. Direct questions to info@citycircle.org.

Auditions for Sweeney Todd

Auditions for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street will take place on
Saturday, December 12 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and
Sunday, December 13 from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
If callbacks are necessary, they will be on Monday, December 14 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Auditions will be at the Community of Christ Church, 2121 S. Ridge Dr., Coralville.

Rehearsals will begin on Monday, January 4 at 7:00 p.m.
The show runs February 12-14.

Please prepare 16 bars of a song that demonstrates your ability to communicate a character.
Bring sheet music in the correct key; an accompanist will be provided.
The music director would prefer that your selection NOT be from Sweeney Todd.

Your primary audition should take no more than a few minutes, but you may be asked to stay and work with a group. Be prepared to stay for an hour.

To secure an audition appointment, please fill out an Audition Form.  Once you have submitted it, you should hear back from our producer, Liz Tracey, via email.
If you don’t hear anything within 24 hours of submitting your form, email her at liz@citycircle.org.
Walk-ins are accepted at auditions, but scheduled auditions will take priority.

“One of the darkest musicals ever written, Sweeney Todd is the unsettling tale of a Victorian-era barber who returns home to London after fifteen years of exile to take revenge on the corrupt judge who ruined his life. When revenge eludes him, Sweeney swears vengeance on the entire human race, murdering as many people as he can, while his business associate Mrs. Lovett bakes the bodies into meat pies and sells them to the unsuspecting public. Perhaps composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s most perfect score, Sweeney Todd is lush, operatic, and full of soaring beauty, pitch-black comedy and stunning terror. It’s one of the signal achievements of the American musical theater of the last fifty years, and it’s the high water mark of Sondheim’s six remarkable collaborations with director Harold Prince.”

– StageAgent.com

Director’s Approach:

Sweeney Todd is about hypocrisy, that is, how we judge others differently than we judge ourselves. Is Anthony’s desire to posses Johanna any different than Judge Turpin’s? Is Mrs. Lovett’s enslavement of Tobias any different than Pirelli’s? Do not Turpin and Sweeney deal ruthless judgment? This beautifully constructed play highlights how we imagine ourselves righteous while quickly identifying the cruelty of others. It is beautiful in its biting truth.

A concert version of Sweeney Todd offers several amazing and rare artistic opportunities for those involved. While the fad in recent productions has been to strip this play down to a small musical ensemble and minimal chorus, our production will feature a full orchestra and as many as 40 choral singers. As the focus of a concert is on the music and the text, we will produce the full script and score with no cuts or omissions. Rather than focusing on spectacle, we will focus on bringing these amazing lyrics and music to life.


We will be looking for exceptional actor-singers whose skills match each role regardless of age or physical type.

Todd – A wrongfully imprisoned barber who returns to London unsure of the fate his wife and daughter. When he realizes that his family is irreparable, he decides to take revenge on everyone in the city. When Mrs. Lovett suggests that they grind the bodies of his victims for her meat pies, he takes delight in the irony of “man devouring man.” Range: F2 – Gb4

Mrs. Lovett – The poor and lonely owner of a pie shop. Desperate for love and a better life, she is willing to overlook Todd’s homicidal mania if he will only marry her. She withholds the truth about the fate of Todd’s wife. Range: G3 – E5

Tobias – A poor youngster apprenticed to Pirelli. He believes he has found a surrogate family in Todd and Lovett, until he discovers the horrible truth. Range: Bb2 – Ab4

Anthony – A naive and youthful sailor returning to London. He helps Todd return to London and unexpectedly falls in love with Johanna. Range: Bb2 – F4

Johanna – Todd’s daughter who has spent her young life caged in the care of Judge Turpin. She yearns for freedom. Range: Bb3 – A5

Judge Turpin – Portrays himself as a righteous and upstanding public official, but secretly uses his power to control and abuse the less fortunate. He lusts after Johanna and plans to marry her, though he is many years her senior. Range: E2 – Gb4

Beadle – A pompous public official. He is deeply loyal to the corrupt Turpin. Range: D3 – D5

Pirelli – Todd’s first victim, a flamboyant Italian rival barber; a charlatan with a secret past. Range: B2 – C5

Beggar Woman – Dirty, abused and forced into prostitution, she has a tenuous hold on reality. She is the first to notice the growing circle of death around Todd. After her death, Todd recognizes her as his lost wife. Range: Ab3 – F5

Chorus – as many as 40 performers of all ages and voice types. MANY solos and cameo roles.

Audition Process

Each actor should prepare 16 bars of a song of their choosing. Please sing anything that you feel showcases your voice and performance skills.

Each actor who wants to be considered for one of the named roles above will also be asked to sing one of following cuttings from the Sweeney Todd score. Each actor may choose the cutting that they prefer.

A – Todd
B- Lovett
C – Johanna
D – Anthony
E – Pirelli
F – Beadle
G – Tobias
H – Judge

If callbacks are required, these additional cuttings will be used.

I – Todd and Lovett
J – Johanna and Anthony
K – Todd and Judge
L – Tobias
M – Beggar Woman

The cast of Oliver!

Director Elizabeth Tracey is pleased to announce the cast of Oliver!, which will perform at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts December 11-20.  Tickets are on sale now.  Congratulations to the cast, and warm thanks to all who auditioned.


elliot manjoine – oliver twist
whit jury – understudy, oliver twist
doug beardsley – fagin
tobias epstein – artful dodger
thomazin jury – understudy, artful dodger
jessica wittman – nancy
john smick – bill sykes
derek johnson – mr. bumble
ellen stevenson – widow corney
david medin – mr. sowerberry
valerie davine – mrs. sowerberry
kevin burford – mr. brownlow
katherine ryken – bet
TBA – charlotte
TBA – noah claypole
patti mctaggart – mrs. bedwin
rip russell – dr. grimwig
TBA – old sally

workhouse children:
leo burchett
kaia burkum
astrid carlson
mari cetta
l’engle charis-carlson
lucy charis-carlson
samantha croco
paige dahlstrom
aisley foster
calla foster
niles granfield
whit jury
briar martin
willa martin
britton mason
kyle mcelroy
maple miller
oliver miller
davis nepple
samuel nester
erin netolicky
lila panek
santiago perez
savannah stookey
brigitta vande lune
greta vande lune
katherine Yacopucci

fagin’s gang:
dane christians
gray christians
maeve christians
maia degrazia
jack furlong
wylan gao
vincent green
katey halverson
sean harken
annika harvey
thomazin jury
evren sasmazer
aaron schultz
owen smith

rachel abbe
jill beardsley
riley brannian
eric burchett
pat cancilla
haley dessicino
ellen fields
emma furlong
tarri furlong
kaitlin hatcher
emily hill
carolina icardi
cassie kaminsky
brian melloy
erin melloy
sofia perez
robert steger
franklyn thomas
lindsay vincent

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 liz@citycircle.org.

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.