EXTRA! EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT! Teen Show Auditions Scheduled for March 4, 5, 6

We are excited to announce auditions for our upcoming summer teen show directed by Chris Okiishi and Leslie Nolte. The title of our show will be announced March 1st.

Casting is open to all students currently in grades 6 through 12 at the time of auditions.

Due to this show’s popularity, we have added a second weekend to our traditional one weekend teen slot. PLEASE NOTE THERE ARE FIVE PERFORMANCES. If you audition, you must be able to commit to this.

June 14 (Friday) at 7:30 PM
June 15 (Saturday.) at 7:30 PM
June 16 (Sunday) at 2:00 PM
June 21 (Friday) at 7:30 PM.
June 22 (Saturday) at 2:00 PM

In addition to the five scheduled performances, you must be able to commit to the possibility of two added performances (based on ticket sales).

June 15 (Saturday) at 2:00 PM
June 20 (Thursday) at 7:30 PM

If you audition, you must be able to commit to the rehearsal process. Rehearsals run Friday – Tuesday with occasional Wednesdays. Thursdays are a guaranteed night off. Dance will be Fridays from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Saturdays from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm and Sundays from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Weeknight rehearsals will run from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Actors will not be called for more than five rehearsals per week and not all actors will be called to all rehearsals. Directors will honor all conflicts listed on your audition sheet and will work around them when setting up the rehearsal schedule. Tech week begins with loading in to the theatre on Saturday, June 8th. Absences are not permitted during tech week. Please list all conflicts on your audition form.

Rehearsals will begin in April with a potential read through at the end of March. We will work around local high school musical schedules.

The Community of Christ Church
2121 S Ridge Drive, Coralville

Casting is open to all students currently in grades 6 through 12 at the time of auditions. We will be casting people who have primarily acting/singing ability; we will be casting people who have primarily dancing ability and we will be casting people who have ability in both areas. Whether you are “just” an actor/singer or “just” a dancer, you must attend both auditions.

March 4 (Monday) 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
March 6 (Wednesday) 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Please list number of years of formal dance training (excluding show choir) on your audition form.

Tuesday, March 5 (Tuesday):
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM (no dance experience)
7:30 PM – 8:30 PM (1 – 3 years dance training)
8:30 PM – 9:15 PM (4 or more years dance training)

Acting/Singing Audition: Please prepare one minute of any song you enjoy singing. Bring sheet music in the key you wish to sing, and an accompanist will be provided. We may ask you to do a cold reading. No preparation is necessary for that.

Dance Audition: No need to prepare anything. Please come in clothes comfortable to move in. Wear jazz shoes or socks; no character shoes.

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, Liz Tracey, will contact you with your appointment time. If you submit a form and don’t hear back from us within 24 hours, please email etracey@coralville.org.

Announcing the 2019-2020 Season!

City Circle is pleased to announce our 2019-2020 season. The season opens in September with The Christians by Lucas Hnath, a riveting drama about the complicated fallout when personal faith clashes with institutional doctrine. (September 20-22, 2019).

In December, the heartwarming musical Annie is sure to be a treat for the whole family! Little orphan Annie will charm your heart in this Tony Award-winning musical based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray. (December 6-8 and 13-15, 2019).

A concert version of Evita will electrify your Valentine’s Day weekend. Winner of seven Tony Awards including Best Musical, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s tour-de-force musical with an electrifying score is filled with unforgettable Broadway numbers including its grand anthem, “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina.” (February 14-16, 2020).

In May a beloved blonde will take the stage by pink storm in the fun, upbeat Legally Blonde The Musical based on the adored movie. Join Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes and scandal in pursuit of her dreams in this family friendly musical exploding with memorable songs and dynamic dances. (May, 1-3 and 8-10, 2020).

In June, City Circle’s annual teen show, Disney’s High School Musical, caps the 22nd season.  Join Troy, Gabriella, and the Jocks, Brainiacs, Thespians, and Skater Dudes at East High in this fun musical filled with catchy songs and exciting dance routines. (June 12-14, 2020).

This weekend — The Who’s Tommy: In Concert!

Based on the iconic 1969 rock concept album, The Who’s Tommy is an exhilarating story of hope, healing and the human spirit. The story of the pinball-playing, deaf, dumb and blind boy who triumphs over his adversities has inspired, amazed and puzzled audiences for more than 40 years. This five-time Tony Award-winning musical was translated to the stage by theatrical wizard, Des McAnuff, into a high-energy, one-of-a-kind theatrical event. Directed by Elizabeth Tracey.

Friday, February 15 — 7:30 PM
Saturday, February 16 — 7:30 PM *Student Night!
Sunday, February 17 — 2:00 PM

Tickets at:
CCPA Box Office: 319.248.9370

STUDENT NIGHT at The Who’s Tommy: In Concert!

Don’t miss the music, the intensity, and the incredible story of The Who’s Tommy! On Saturday, February 15, Student tickets are available at the door for only $10.

After the show, the cast of The Who’s Tommy is throwing a party in the CCPA lobby! Meet the cast, enjoy food and beverage, and dance with music DJ’d by Tommy himself! The party goes for one hour after curtain and everyone is welcome.The Who's Tommy

The Scarlet Pimpernel – Cast Announced!

Congratulations to the cast of The Scarlet Pimpernel! We are grateful to you all for turning out for this production, and hate having to decide between so many excellent performers! Thank you for your time and work.

The cast list is posted below. Those cast should email ehilsabeck@coralville.org by Monday at 5pm to accept your role.

The first rehearsal will be Sunday, March 10th for read through, though fight choreography may begin sooner. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach me at 319.248.9371 or ehilsabeck@coralville.org.


The Scarlet Pimpernel – Cast List

Marguerite St. Just  Mary Jane Claassen
Percy Blakeney  John Zbanek Hill
Chauvelin  Dustin Davis
Marie Grosholtz  Chloe Livaudais
Armand St. Just  Will Adams
St. Cyr  TBA
Tussaud  TBA
Mercier  Malcolm Queneau
Coupeau  TBA
Jessup  Jeff Emrich
Robespierre/Prince of Wales Roger Phelps
Percy’s Bounders (Specific Roles TBD)
Greg Tucker
Aaron Marchbanks
Nick Rudzianski
Jeff Mead
Connor Hurley
Ashley Lapointe
Sentry  Brian Tanner
Ensemble Doug Beardsley
Lauren Boyd
Ben Chapman
Anna Currier
Melanie Hance
Emily McKnight
Noelle McVey
Robert Morris
Rachael Rhoads
Roxy Running
Minsu Song
Em Staff
Andy Stewart
Julie Zick
David Roe
Children Andi Cetta
Tobias Morlan
Anna Rippentrop
Tessera Rippentrop

Theatre Community Connection: Tommy

Join the cast of The Who’s Tommy and a panel of experts in the field of Childhood Trauma and Abuse for an open conversation about Tommy’s story and the real-life impact child abuse has on a person and a community.

While the music for The Who’s Tommy is widely recognized, the experiences that shape its title character are less frequently discussed. City Circle Theatre Company invites you to explore a serious side of this iconic show with the show’s cast and a panel of experts. Forty years after the album’s release, we’ll explore our changing social awareness of childhood abuse and trauma. We’ll learn about resources and information available in our own community for people dealing with or recovering from abusive situations.

The panel includes:

  • Moderator – Christopher Okiishi, MD, Board Certified Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist.
  • Resmiye Oral, MD – Director, Child Protection Program, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, University of Iowa
  • Patti Fields – Vice President for Community Impact and Engagement, United Way of Johnson and Washington Counties
  • Karla S. Miller, LISW – Trauma Therapist, Counseling Center, Iowa City
  • Burgundy J Johnson, DO – Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Iowa

When: Monday, February 4, 2019 at 7:30pm

Where: Schwab Auditorium, lower level of the Coralville Library, 1401 5th St. Coralville, IA 52241.

Free parking is available. All are welcome, and refreshments will be served. This event is ADA accessible.

Questions? Contact Evan Hilsabeck at ehilsabeck@coralville.org or 319.248.9370.

The Scarlet Pimpernel – Auditions January 27-29

The Scarlet Pimpernel
Music and Lyrics by Frank Wildhorn and Nan Knighton
Book by Nan Knighton
Directed by Jaret Morlan
Music Direction by Wes Habley

The Coralville Center for the Performing Arts
May 3, 4, 10, and 11 at 7:30 PM
May 5 and 12 at 2:00 PM

Coralville Public Library
Schwab Auditorium
1401 5th Street, Coralville 52241

January 27, Sunday, 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM
January 28, Monday, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

January 29, Tuesday, 6:00 PM (if needed)

Rehearsals for the entire cast will begin Sunday, March 10. Cast members who will be doing fight choreography will begin rehearsals on Sunday, February 24. We rehearse evenings from 7pm to 10pm, Monday through Thursday, and 1pm to 4pm on Sundays until tech week. Optional rehearsals may be scheduled on Fridays and Saturdays with advanced notice.

Please prepare 16-32 bars of a song of your choice that shows off your voice. Please bring sheet music; an accompanist will be provided. Additionally, you will be asked to do a short cold read. Script sides will be provided at the door. We are open to casting actors regardless of gender, race, age, or disability and welcome all to audition. If you require any specific accommodations to audition, please include them in your online audition form.

Fill out an Audition Form (http://citycircle.org/auditions/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 for this production, Evan Hilsabeck, 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 ehilsabeck@coralville.org
(Please note that Evan will be out of the office Jan. 11-13 and will reply as soon as he returns)


For all roles, dance background is a plus but not necessary.
Stage combat or fencing experience is a plus but not necessary

Marguerite St. Just – Mezzo/Soprano
Marie Grosholtz – Mezzo/Soprano
Percy Blakeney (Grappin and The Scarlet Pimpernel) – Tenor
Chauvelin – Baritone
Armand St. Just – Tenor

St. Cyr – Baritone
Ozzy — one of Percy’s Bounders – Baritone
Dewhurst — one of Percy’s Bounders – Baritone
Elton — one of Percy’s Bounders – Baritone
Farleigh — one of Percy’s Bounders – Baritone
Hal — one of Percy’s Bounders – Baritone
Ben — one of Percy’s Bounders – Baritone
Prince of Wales – Tenor

Mercier — aide to Chauvelin
Coupeau — aide to Chauvelin
Jessup — butler to Percy
Sentry — at the Royal Palace

Ensemble, SATB Chorus:
Cupids of the Comédie Française
Paris Street Mob
Royal Ball Guests
6 Girl Servants at the Blakeney Estate 

The Scarlet Pimpernel is a swashbuckling action/adventure musical, based on Baroness Orczy’s famous 20th-century novel about the French Revolution and the battle for Liberty, Equality and Fraternity. With an epic, sweeping book by Nan Knighton and a rousing and passionate score by Knighton and Frank Wildhorn, The Scarlet Pimpernel is a glorious window into 18th century French and British history.



All in a Day Play Festival Set for January 25 and 26

The All in a Day Play Festival sponsored by Dreamwell Theatre and City Circle Theatre Company  will be held Friday and Saturday, January 25 and 26 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. This is the eighth time these two theatre companies have joined forces to sponsor this award-winning event to create and present six, 10-minute plays in just 24 hours.

On Friday evening, January 25th, six writers, six directors, and 30 actors will come together to create six original plays. Writers are randomly assigned a location, a genre, and one other dramatic detail to include in their scripts. Writers, actors, and directors brainstorm ideas and then the writers leave to create ten-minute plays by 8:00 am Saturday morning when the actors and directors receive the play.

The six original plays will be performed on Saturday, January 26 at 7:30 pm at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts—24 hours after the start of the festival. Plays and performances are adjudicated and awards will be presented for performances, plays and directors.

Tickets to the Saturday night performance are $15 and can be purchased at the door. Seating is general admission. Tickets can also be purchased in advance at 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.

Actor Sign up

The sign-up form for actors will open at noon on Sunday, January 6, 2019 at www.dreamwell.com.  The first 30 actors who sign up will be cast. Actors must be at least 16 years of age. Slots fill quickly and a waiting list will be kept. The time commitment for actors is 2 hours on Friday evening, January 25 and the entire day and evening on January 26.





The musical,TOMMY, has been cast!

The Who’s TOMMY

Music and Lyrics by Pete Townshend

Directed by Elizabeth Tracey
Music Directed by Janelle Lauer


TOMMY – Joshuah Payne
MRS. WALKER – Jessica Wittman
COUSIN KEVIN – Jacob Glass
UNCLE ERNIE – Uri Lessing
SALLY SIMPSON – Rachael Rhoads
THE GYPSEY – Vickie Vaughn
LOVER – Ryan Morrow


Ben Chapman, Christian Drollinger, Alex Granfield, Elwie Harris, Connor Jackson, Deuce Martin,
Noelle McVey, Sofia Perez, Caroline Price, Marty Reichert, Minsu Song

Saturday Matinee Added for Beauty and the Beast

Due to  popular demand, we’ve added a 2pm matinee on Saturday, December 8, for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Tickets are still available for all shows but they are going fast so get yours today!

Tickets can be purchased online at coralvillearts.org or by calling 319.248.9370 or in person at the CCPA box office at 1301 5th Street. The Box Office is open noon to 4pm Tuesday through Friday.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast runs Dec. 7-9 and 14-16 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.