SPELLING BEE HAS BEEN CAST!

Thank you for the wonderful video audition submissions! The directing team was very impressed with the level of talent and hope you will come back to audition in person for future shows.

Congratulations to the cast and we look forward to seeing the show June 25 – 27, 2021, live at The Coralville Center for the Performing Arts!

WILL ADAMS – Mitch
MAIA DEGRAZIA – Marcy
REESE HILL – Olive
DUANE LARSON – Panch
JASPER ROOD – Coneybear
CHLOE SCHROEDER – Rona
EVAN SCHROEDER – Barfee
SAMANTHA SHEETZ – Schwarzy
AUSTIN WICKE – Chip


AUDITIONS FOR SPELLING BEE NOW OPEN!

THE PUTNAM COUNTY 25TH ANNUAL SPELLING BEE

Directed by Robin Stoker and Karen Mills
Music Directed by Christian Drollinger

 

SUMMARY

Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. Featuring a fast-paced, wildly funny and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and a truly fresh and vibrant score by William Finn, this bee is one unforgettable experience. A riotous ride, complete with audience participation, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a delightful den of comedic genius.

An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box.

PRODUCTION INFORMATION

Thank you for your interest in the upcoming production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A LIVE PRODUCTION THAT WILL BE PRODUCED INDOORS AT THE CORALVILLE CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS. This is a socially distanced production, produced under health protocols as put forth by the City of Coralville. Everyone involved with the production will wear masks at all times, even during the performance. Audience members are also required to wear masks and seating will be socially distanced. There will be three performances. If you audition, you must be able to commit to this.

  • Friday, June 25, 7:30 PM.
  • Saturday, June 26, 7:30 PM.
  • Sunday, June 27, 2:00 PM.

If you audition you must be able to commit to the rehearsal process. Rehearsals run Sunday – Thursday from 7pm to 9:30 pm. Not all actors will be called to all rehearsals. Rehearsals start Sunday, May 9th. Tech week begins with loading in the set on Saturday, June 19th at 8:00 AM and we will have tech rehearsals that evening through Thursday, June 24th. There will be occasional absences permitted but not during tech week. Please list all conflicts on your audition form.

AUDITIONS: For performers age 18 and older

Auditions will be submitted online through YouTube to ensure everyone’s safety. Submissions will be accepted until the end of the day on April 26, 2021.

Please submit a song that shows off your voice and you enjoy singing. We recommend choosing:

  • A song featured in the show.
  • An up-tempo musical theatre song that fits the style of a song in the show.

We want to make this process as accessible to everyone as possible, so if you have questions please do not hesitate to ask. Instructions for uploading videos to YouTube can be found at the bottom of this page.

PLEASE ENSURE YOUR VIDEO IS LISTED AS UNLISTED, NOT PRIVATE, OR WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO VIEW IT.

HELPFUL HINTS

  • DO include your name in the title of the video.
  • DOstate your name at the beginning of your video and tell us what song you will be singing.
  • DO keep your audition brief — a minute or so is plenty of material!
  • DO tell a story with the lyrics and melody of the song. How does the song build?
  • DO make sure your video’s privacy is set to UNLISTED and not PRIVATE.
  • DON’T worry about video production quality. If we can see and hear you, you’re fine!

 AUDITION FORM

After you create your YouTube video, please fill out our audition form and attach a link to the video on the form.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR UPLOADING YOUTUBE VIDEOS

  1. Launch the YouTube app and sign in.
  2. Tap the video camera at the top of the app.
  3. Record a new video or select a video you already have on your phone.
  4. Add a title and description to the video.
  5. (Optional) Edit your video:
    1. Add music (from YouTube’s free audio library) to your video.
    2. Choose and add a visual filter to your video.
    3. Trim your video (change the start and end times).
  6. Tap Upload.

How to upload a video from your phone to Youtube tutorial link.

CHARACTER LIST

Chip Tolentino
An athletic, social, boy scout and champion of the Twenty-Fourth Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, he returns to defend his title, but he finds puberty hitting at an inopportune moment.

Logainne Schwartzandgrubeniere (Schwartzy)
Logainne is the youngest and most politically aware speller, often making comments about current political figures. She is driven by internal and external pressure, but above all by a desire to win to make her two fathers proud. She is somewhat of a neat freak, speaks with a lisp, and will be back next year.

Leaf Coneybear
The second runner-up in his district, Leaf gets into the competition on a lark and finds everything about the bee incredibly amusing. He is home-schooled and comes from a large family of former hippies. He has severe Attention Deficit Disorder and spells words correctly while in a trance.

William Barfee
A Putnam County Spelling Bee finalist last year, he was eliminated because of an allergic reaction to peanuts and is back for vindication. His famous “Magic Foot” method of spelling has boosted him to spelling glory, even though he only has one working nostril and a touchy, bullying personality. He develops a crush on Olive.

Marcy Park
The ultimate over-achiever, Marcy has never been given another option. She comes from a family where excellence is expected and so simply produced. A parochial school student, she assumes God, too, expects perfection. She sees herself as a mass of problems but she keeps them to herself. Having moved often because of her parents’ work, she knows she can beat the local competition. Her many talents include piano, dance, martial arts, baton twirling, and/or whatever special gifts you can find in your casting pool.

Olive Ostrovsky
A young newcomer to competitive spelling. Her mother is in an ashram in India, and her father is working late, as usual, but he is trying to come sometime during the bee. Having found comfort in its words and vastness, Olive made friends with her dictionary at a very young age, helping her to make it to the competition. She starts enormously shy, and shyly blossoms.

Rona Lisa Peretti
The number-one realtor in Putnam County, a former Putnam County Spelling Bee Champion herself, and the returning moderator. She is a sweet woman who loves children, but she can be very stern when it comes to dealing with Vice Principal Panch and his feelings for her. Her interest in the competition is unflagging and drives it forward.

Douglas Panch
The Vice Principle. Frustrated with his life, he finds the drive of the young spellers alien to him. After five years’ absence from the Bee, Panch returns as judge. There was an “incident” at the Twentieth Annual Bee, but he claims to be in “a better place” now, thanks to a high-fiber diet and Jungian analysis. He is infatuated with Rona Lisa Peretti, but she does not return his affections.

Mitch Mahoney
The Official Comfort Counselor. An ex-convict, Mitch is performing his community service with the Bee, and hands out juice boxes to losing students. He has no idea how to offer comfort but does find himself wishing he could find a way to make the kids feel better.

A Note on Doubling :
The doubling of roles as listed below is built into the original premise:

Carl Dad
Schwarzy’s main trainer, the more intense and competitive of Schwarzy’s fathers. Normally played by the actor playing Leaf.

Dan Dad
the more laid back and ineffectual of Schwarzy’s fathers. Normally played by the actor playing Mitch.

Jesus Christ
Deity invoked by a speller in need. Normally played by the actor playing Chip.

Leaf’s Mom, Dad, And Siblings
All more academically gifted than Leaf, they are even more surprised than he is by his success. Normally played by the spellers and audience volunteers as indicated in the script.

Olive’s Dad
A fantasy version of Olive’s dad coming to the bee from work. Normally played by the actor playing Mitch.

Olive’s Mom
A fantasy version of Olive’s mom at her Ashram in India. Normally played by the actor playing Rona.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Acting Out While Staying In: An Evening of Virtual Comedy

April 9–11, 2021
Laugh with us from the safety and comfort of your own home as we present three short plays by local artists! Three unique half hour productions with one unifying theme—the living room.
Scandinavian Death Cleaning
by Christopher Okiishi
Working For a Laugh
by Paul Story and Janet Schlapkohl
…And Quarantine Makes Three
by Brian Tanner
Relax, pour yourself a drink, and enjoy yourself as City Circle shares their living room stage with you.

First Date: A Musical Comedy

ONE WEEKEND ONLY!
February 26–28, 2021
When they are set up on a blind date by their well-meaning friends, Casey and Aaron will have to sing and dance their way through the pitfalls and perils of the dreaded first date in this musical comedy fresh from Broadway!

Tickets are $12–$17. This virtual performance is professionally filmed and streamed right into your home! Buy your tickets now, and watch the show at a time of your choice February 26–28, 2021.

The Cast of First Date:
Robert Kemp
Jessica Murillo
Larry Newman
Marty Reichert
Madison Auge

A Christmas Cabaret Cast List

Thank you for the tremendous response to our call for performers for A Christmas Cabaret. There were so many impressive video audition submissions and unfortunately we are locked into a 90 minute show or we would have cast many more performers. City Circle Theatre Company is so grateful to part of such a talented community.

Congratulations to the following cast members  of A Christmas Cabaret!

Nate Boehm
Aaron Brewer
Greg Brown
Ava Challenger
Ben Chapman
Katie Colletta
Keegan Christopher Colletta
Kristen DeGrazia
Rebecca Fields-Moffitt
Katey Halverson
Marcia Hughes
Scot Hughes
Jacob Kilburg
Emma Lai
Matthew Lamb
Beau Leavenworth
Claire Reimer
Luke Reimer
Kent Reynolds
Shea Sanders
Hannah Spina
Delaine Tyler
Sasha Tyler

 


Postponed: The Importance of Being Earnest

Dear City Circle Friends,

In this unusual season, we’ve been working hard at City Circle to tell stories safely, cautiously, and creatively. We hold ourselves to the highest safety standards above those required by public health authorities, and the safety of our production members is our first priority. When in doubt, we choose to preemptively close down rehearsals to protect our volunteers.

On November 5, a volunteer in The Importance of Being Earnest self-reported an exposure to an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19. This exposure occurred outside the volunteer’s involvement with City Circle. Our rehearsal precautions are designed to mitigate a situation like this. However, out of an abundance of caution, we immediately suspended rehearsals of The Importance of Being Earnest in accordance with the CCPA’s COVID action plan. We believe the safest course is the right one.

Consequently, performances of The Importance of Being Earnest will not be broadcast on the dates originally advertised. If possible, we may announce new dates for a streaming performance later in the season. All ticket-buyers will be contacted to have their tickets refunded or moved to other City Circle productions.

Thank you for being a part of our City Circle family. We appreciate your understanding as we work together to tell stories safely.

Thank you,
Evan Hilsabeck
Managing Director
Coralville Center for the Performing Arts
319.248.9371
ehilsabeck@coralville.org


AUDITIONS – A CHRISTMAS CABARET

AUDITIONS – A CHRISTMAS CABARET

Written and Directed by Katie Colletta

If you have any questions regarding auditions or anything else about this production, please contact our producer, Liz Tracey, at etracey@coralville.org.

Audition submissions will be accepted until November 13, 2020.

This is a socially distanced production, produced under COVID restrictions. Everyone involved with the production will wear masks and rehearsals will be limited to individual actors working with a piano accompanist spaced far apart. Masks will only be removed when it is safe to do so for recording purposes. We will record the individual performances and edit it together for viewing. Actor’s safety is our utmost concern. All staging will take socially distancing very seriously.

ABOUT THE SHOW

When the quarantine blues cause Santa to consider canceling Christmas, it is up to the elves to restore his holiday spirit! This holiday show consists of both traditional carols as well as pop/rock Christmas tunes, including:

  1. The Man with the Bag
  2. A Hand for Mrs. Claus
  3. It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
  4. Holiday Road,
  5. The Christmas Song
  6. Miss Fogarty’s Christmas Cake
  7. Run Rudolph Run
  8. Christmas Island/The Merry Hula
  9. Let It Snow!
  10. Where Are You Christmas?
  11. All I Want for Christmas Is You
  12. Silent Night
  13. Need a Little Christmas Now

 

AUDITION PROCESS

Thank you for your interest in A Christmas Cabaret! Because of COVID-19, auditions will be submitted online through YouTube to ensure everyone’s safety.

The show consists of both traditional carols as well as pop/rock Christmas tunes, so please select an audition song that you feel showcases your voice and that you enjoy singing. If you’re having a good time, we’re having a good time! We recommend choosing:

  • A Christmas carol featured in the show.
  • Another holiday song of your choice, especially if that song has meaning to your family and/or culture. Bonus: we’d love to hear why it has meaning to your family/culture!
  • An up-tempo musical theatre song that fits the style of a song in the show.

A verse and chorus of a song is plenty; no need to sing the entire song!

The show will be performed with a live piano accompaniment, but below please find links to karaoke tracks that may assist you in your audition. A cappella auditions are also fine, and if you have access to an accompanist or backing tracks of your own, you are more than welcome to use those resources.

*If you wish to audition for Santa, please also record the Santa monologue linked here.  Monologues may be uploaded as separate videos from songs.

*Younger actors, if you would like to audition for the role of the child who sings “Where Are You Christmas” as a solo, please send us a video of you singing the first verse of that song, as well as the child monologue linked here. Monologues may be uploaded as separate videos from songs. All genders are encouraged to audition. Linked here.

*If you would like to be considered as a featured dancer as well as singer in the show, please learn the following combination https://youtu.be/ABzKNZyx4aw and use this recording as a backing track behind your audition.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gNbBq0wtNg

* Male-identifying actors, if you play guitar, please send a short clip of you playing an up-tempo song of your choice (does not need to be a musical theatre song).

We want to make this process as accessible to everyone as possible, so if you have questions please don’t hesitate to ask. Instructions for uploading videos to YouTube can be found at the bottom of this page. PLEASE ENSURE YOUR VIDEO IS LISTED AS UNLISTED, NOT PRIVATE, OR WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO VIEW IT.

HELPFUL HINTS

  • DO slate (say) your name at the beginning of your video and tell us what song you will be singing. Please also include your name in the title of the video.
  • DO keep your audition brief – a minute or so is plenty of material!
  • DO tell a story with the lyrics and melody of the song. How does the song build?
  • DO make sure your video’s privacy is set to UNLISTED and not PRIVATE
  • DO be yourself. This show will be tailored to the performers selected, so we want to see your authentic selves.
  • DON’T worry about video production quality. If we can see and hear you, you’re fine!

SAMPLE AUDITION BACKING TRACKS

“The Christmas Song” – (F# Major)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jenk0UaBiQI

“The Christmas Song” – (C Major) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1rgRFVUIJQ

“All I Want for Christmas is You” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onoBaLzYla4

“Let it Snow!” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsB1_UGiVoU

“Run Rudolph Run” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vABIUVtbyeQ

“Here Comes Santa Claus” –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5OHmFVzlFk

“Where Are You Christmas?” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZX9ds6gbHA

AUDITION FORM

After you create your YouTube video, please fill out our audition form and attach a link to the video on the form.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR UPLOADING YOUTUBE VIDEOS

  1. Launch the YouTube app and sign in.
  2. Tap the video camera at the top of the app.
  3. Record a new video or select a video you already have on your phone.
  4. Add a title and description to the video
  5. (Optional) Edit your video:
    • Add music (from YouTube’s free audio library) to your video
    • Choose and add a visual filter to your video
    • Trim your video (change the start and end times)
  6. Tap Upload.

How to upload a video from your phone to Youtube tutorial link.


A Christmas Cabaret brings holiday cheer December 18–20

When the quarantine blues cause Santa to consider canceling Christmas, it is up to the elves to restore his holiday spirit! Featuring talented performers from throughout the Corridor, this musical variety show will bring the holidays right to your screen in this internet broadcast. Written and directed by Katie Colletta.

This virtual performance is professionally filmed and streamed right into your home!  Buy your tickets now by going to www.coralvillearts.org, and watch the show at a time of your choice December 18, 19, or 20.

Visit the Events Page to see Frequently Asked Questions about viewing On Demand streaming events.


The Importance of Being Earnest – Postponed

Dear City Circle Friends,

In this unusual season, we’ve been working hard at City Circle to tell stories safely, cautiously, and creatively. We hold ourselves to the highest safety standards above those required by public health authorities, and the safety of our production members is our first priority. When in doubt, we choose to preemptively close down rehearsals to protect our volunteers.

On November 5, a volunteer in The Importance of Being Earnest self-reported an exposure to an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19. This exposure occurred outside the volunteer’s involvement with City Circle. Our rehearsal precautions are designed to mitigate a situation like this. However, out of an abundance of caution, we immediately suspended rehearsals of The Importance of Being Earnest in accordance with the CCPA’s COVID action plan. We believe the safest course is the right one.

Consequently, performances of The Importance of Being Earnest will not be broadcast on the dates originally advertised. If possible, we may announce new dates for a streaming performance later in the season. All ticket-buyers will be contacted to have their tickets refunded or moved to other City Circle productions.

Thank you for being a part of our City Circle family. We appreciate your understanding as we work together to tell stories safely.

Thank you,
Evan Hilsabeck
Managing Director
Coralville Center for the Performing Arts


‘ART’ by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton

‘ART’ is a funny, sophisticated and moving comedy about what we value – and whether it’s beautiful. Winner of the 1998 Tony for Best Play and the 1996 Olivier Award for Best Comedy.  Directed by Elizabeth Tracey and starring Brett Borden, Kehry Anson Lane and Rip Russell.

This virtual performance is professionally filmed and streamed right into your home!  Buy your tickets now  at www.coralvillearts.org and watch the show at a time of your choice October 23, 24, or 25!

Visit the Events Page to see Frequently Asked Questions about viewing On Demand streaming events.