Teen Musical–Disney’s Newsies

June14-16, 21-22, 2019.

Directed by Chris Okiishi and Leslie Nolte, City Circle’s annual teen musical is the recent Broadway hit Disney’s NEWSIES!  Set in turn-of-the century New York City and based on the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, NEWSIES is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged “newsies”, who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Auditions

The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-Time

By Simon Stephens
Based on the book by Mark Haddon

Directed by Bo Frazier


September 28 at 7:30 pm
September 29 at 7:30 pm
September 30 at 2:00 pm

The Coralville Center for the Performing Arts


May 11 (Friday) 6 pm – 9 pm
May 12 (Saturday) 2 pm – 6 pm


May 13 (Sunday) 2 pm – 6 pm

Auditions and Callbacks will be held at the Community of Christ Church, 2121 S. Ridge Dr. in Coralville.


Rehearsals begin August 5. Typical schedule runs 7pm to 10pm Sunday through Thursday. You will only be called when needed but based on the ensemble style of this production that may be more often than you might imagine for your part.


Please prepare a 1-2 minute monologue (memorized). British dialect (Cockney or RP) is preferable, but not required for audition. Come dressed to move.

Your audition will consist of a five-minute individual audition and a group movement audition. Your entire commitment will take no longer than one hour. For example, if your audition appointment is between noon and 12:30, you’ll be expected to stay [or return] for the 12:30 movement call, which will be done by 1:00.

Note: This is an ensemble-based, very physical show, where many cast members play multiple roles, and may occasionally lift Christopher to show his confusion and dislocation. We will be casting actors that work best in ensemble, and are open to casting actors regardless of gender, race, age or, where appropriate to the text, disability. Please contact the producer with any questions or specific needs to facilitate an optimal audition experience.


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 a couple of days, please email etracey@coralville.org.


Christopher Boone (Male 15+).  Christopher Boone is an English teenager who is an outsider due to his unique perception of the world, which he sees in surprising and revealing ways. He notices things in minute detail yet has difficulty understanding social and emotional cues and difficulty empathizing with others. From a diagnostic point of view, he is probably on the autism spectrum and exhibits some behavior that might be characterized as having Asperger’s Syndrome, though what is most important is that he is different. Deeply intelligent and sensitive. He must be physically very fit and agile. English accent.

Ed Boone/Others (Male 35-55).  Christopher’s father; estranged from his wife, Judy and struggling as a single parent trying to raise his son the best he can. A working class man. Proud, gruff, and brusque, he is unable to convey his emotions and feelings but loves his son deeply. English accent appropriate to working middle class.

Judy Boone/Others (Female 35-55).  Christopher’s mother; estranged from her husband, is a secretary and is a working class woman with a tough exterior who has no support system to raise her son. English accent appropriate to working middle class.

Siobhan/Others (Female, 25-49).  Christopher’s teacher and mentor, the only person in Christopher’s life with an understanding of his situation. She strives to teach Christopher how society works and how to behave within its guidelines.  Constantly negotiating around Christopher’s anger, she is professional, warm, caring, calm, gentle and self-possessed and also sensitive to his strained relationship with his father. She often serves as the narrator of Christopher’’s story and of his feelings; English or Irish or Welsh or Scottish accent.

Mrs. Shears/Others (Female, 35-59).  Mrs. Shears is Roger’s ex-wife and Christopher’s neighbor. She is rough around the edges and furious at the world as a result of being betrayed and abandoned by her husband. Worn out by life, disappointed, haggard. English accent appropriate to class.

Mrs. Gascoyne/ Others (Female, 35-59) is the headmistress of the school for special needs children that Christopher attends; condescending and lacking in sensitivity, nuance and imagination. English accent appropriate to class.

Roger shears/Others (Male, 35-59) Roger Shears is Mrs. Shears’ ex-husband, a middle class man who works at a bank. Has left his wife as a result of his relationship with Judy. Doesn’t have a clue or any interest in understanding Christopher. English accent appropriate to class.

Duty Sergeant/Others (Male 35-59) Duty Sergeant is a local Swindon desk sergeant (policeman) who releases Christopher to Ed’s custody after Christopher’s been arrested. Firm, experienced, tough but fair-minded. English accent appropriate to class.

Mrs. Alexander/ Others (Female, 60-79)

Reverend Peters/ Station Policeman/Others (Male, 40-59

Policeman 1/Mr. Thompson/ Man with Socks/ Others (Male, 20-36)

No. 40/ Information/ Punk Girl/ Others (Female, 20-36)


Simon Stephens’s adaptation of Mark Haddon’s bestselling, award-winning novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time tells the story of 15-year-old Christopher who has an extraordinary brain: He is exceptional at mathematics but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched, and he distrusts strangers. Now it is seven minutes after midnight, and Christopher stands beside his neighbor’s dead dog, Wellington, who has been speared with a garden fork. Finding himself under suspicion, Christopher is determined to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington, and he carefully records each fact of the crime. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a thrilling journey that upturns his world.

Winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Play. “This adaptation by the acclaimed playwright Simon Stephens is intensely, innately theatrical; it is also funny and extremely moving…resonates with quality.” —Telegraph (London).


Bo Frazier is a theatre maker interested in new work, physical theatre and re-imagining music/theatre.  Currently pursuing his MFA in Directing at the University of Iowa, he was previously based in NYC and London. NYC Credits: Konstantin (Conceiver/Director – Dixon Place); Lurker, Specter and Scarecrow (Rutgers University); and Associate Producer/Assistant Director for Heartbeat Opera. UK Credits: Off-West End Premiere of The Dinner Party (Greenwich Theatre); Haunting Julia (Manor Pavilion Repertory); original piece Grand Street Apartment; and Associate Director for the Original London Production of Bare – The Rock Musical. He co-founded the Off-West End “Offie” Award nominated London Theatre Workshop and created their new works lab.  As an actor, he has worked with The National Theatre, Birmingham UK Rep, Signature Theatre (NYC) and Off-West End.  His training includes:  MA – Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, BA – Millikin University, SITI Company and Frantic Assembly.






Announcing the 2018-19 Season

City Circle’s 21st season will include the 2015 Tony award-winning play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time; Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, a lavish family musical for the holiday season; a concert version of The Who’s Tommy, an exhilarating rock musical based on the iconic concept album; The Scarlet Pimpernel, a swashbuckling action/adventure musical based on Baroness Orczy’s famous 20th century novel about the French Revolution; and our annual teen musical—a recent Broadway hit which will be announced in March 2019.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time     September 28-30, 2018

15-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever.  Based on Mark Haddon’s internationally best-selling novel and winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best New Play, it was described by Time magazine as “extraordinary. A demonstration of the power of theatre to transport us…” Directed by Bo Frazier.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast     December 7-9, 14-16, 2018

Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature, this classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self.  But time is running out and if he doesn’t learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity. This “tale as old as time” is filled with spectacular costumes and the wonderful songs written by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice and is family theatre at its best! Directed by Elizabeth Tracey.

The Who’s—Tommy     February 15-17, 2019

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.

The Scarlet Pimpernel      May 3-5, 10-12, 2019

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. This is a tale of courage, betrayal, justice, intrigue, trust, honor and love. The show is packed with action, romance and comedy, moving ballads, hilarious dialogue, a macabre guillotine, daring rescues and a thrilling sword-fight. With an epic, sweeping book by Nan Knighton and a rousing and passionate score by Knighton and Frank Wildhorn, this musical is a glorious window into 18th century French and British history. Directed by Jaret Morlan.

City Circle’s Annual Teen Musical—TBA     June14-16, 21-22, 2019

Directed by Chris Okiishi and Leslie Nolte, City Circle’s annual teen musical is a recent Broadway hit and will be announced on March 1, 2019!

Change of Seasons Celebration Set for June 24, 2018

Join City Circle and Young Footliters for our annual Change of Seasons Celebration on Sunday, June 24 from 2 pm-5 pm at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. There will be food and drink and a chance to meet other CC and Young Footliter friends and volunteers. We’ll celebrate the just completed seasons with a musical and pictorial retrospective and preview our upcoming seasons. The event is free and open to the public.  Mark your calendars!

Return to the Forbidden Planet Has Been Cast!

Thanks to all the teens who auditioned for the teen show. Director Kehry Anson Lane has announced the cast list:

Return to the Forbidden Planet Cast List

Doctor Prospero – Ben Jaeger
Ariel – Sasha Tyler
Miranda – Reese Hill
Captain Tempest – Elias Perez
Gloria – Lauren Rude
Navigational Officer – Maddie Maley
Cookie – Katherine Yacopucci
Bosun – Damarius Levi

Teagen Bollers
Elizabeth Davis
Ethan Hill
Robert Hooks
Ladarion Jones
Ely Kleinsmith
Cece McSweeney
Zoe Miller
Alana Munoz
Joseph Polyak
Heidi Vogts

Keep Donating to Spotlight on Hunger Campaign

City Circle is dedicating its twentieth season to collecting donations and raising funds for the Coralville Food Pantry. We hope our Spotlight on Hunger initiative will draw community awareness to the fact that hunger is a pressing issue in the Coralville, and everyone has the opportunity to give something to help. The Coralville food pantry had over 8,500 visits in 2016 and was able to distribute 250,000 pounds of food to those in need. City Circle’s initial goal for our 20th season was to donate 3,000 pounds of food. We passed that goal after the holiday show so now we are building of that success and trying to donate as much as possible by the end of the season (end of June). Be sure to bring a donation when you attend Little Women or Forbidden Planet or make a monetary donation while you are there.


That’s where you come in!

Starting in December with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, we will be collecting at each one of City Circle’s performances. Every item counts as one pound, and each dollar counts as five pounds. Everyone who donates will be entered to win a two free tickets to any City Circle show during the current or upcoming season.


Help us focus the spotlight on hunger!

Brian Lawler Talks About Spotlight on Hunger


Little Women Has Been Cast!

Cast List

Jo March-  Victoria Vaughn
Marmee March- Rebecca Fields-Moffitt
Meg March- Rebecca Bauer
Beth March- Lauren Rude
Younger Amy March- Maia DeGrazia
Amy March- Sasha Tyler
Professor Bhaer- Dustin Davis
John Brooke- Sage Spiker
Mr. Lawrence- Brett Borden
Laurie- Ben Jaeger
Aunt March- Angela McConville
Mrs. Kirk- Nancy Holm


The Operatic Tragedy
Clarissa- Hannah Green
Rodrigo- Sage Spiker
Sir Braxton- Brett Borden
Hag- Minsu Song
Troll Leader- Frances Bottorff
Troll Army-
Veda Fitzpatrick
Jack Furlong
Blake Gordley*
Niles Granfield
Maya Hanna
Ethan Hill
Lilly Vogts
Summer Walsh – Saylor*


* Performer new to City Circle Acting Company

Holiday Cabaret a Merry Success

Host Ryan Shellady and performer Victoria Vaughn celebrate after a successful Holiday Cabaret Performance.


“Hey now, hey now
Don’t dream it’s over
Hey now, hey now
When the world comes in
They come, they come
To build a wall between us
We know they won’t win”


-Don’t Dream It’s Over, Crowded House – Sung at the Holiday Cabaret by Christian Drollinger and Ensemble


Nothing gets us in the season for present wrapping and decorating the tree like the Holiday Cabaret. This year our Late Night Edition Cabaret featured Robyn Calhoun, Kristen DeGrazia, Chastity Dillard, Christian Drollinger, Carrie Houchins-Witt, Elijah Jones, Jessica Saunders, Ellen Stevenson, Victoria Vaughn with special guests Tara McGovern and Darren McNabb.


Hosted by Chris Okiishi and Ryan Shellady
Written and Directed by Patrick DuLaney
Musical Arrangements by Jason Sifford


Presented by City Circle in collaboration with the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts and C&P Productions present the Holiday Cabaret: Late Night Edition

Season Goal Surpassed

Over 3,000 Pounds of Food Donated
Spotlight on Hunger Campaign Exceeds Season Goal With First Show


When City Circle Acing Company set a goal to raise 3,000 pounds of food for the Coralville Food Pantry, our goal was to raise that amount during the entire 2017-2018 season. Audience members surpassed the the goal during the first show of the campaign. “It was incredible to see how many people brought not just one or two items, but full bags to donate,” says City Circle Board of Directors Member Hannah Green. “Even the cast got involved and brought in donations for this event. Our audience has shown us that theatre can be so much more than a night out.” We plan to make the Spotlight on Hunger campaign a year long campaign, but we will certainly need to re-evaluate their goal and challenge the community again for the three remaining shows in our season.


“The Spotlight on Hunger Campaign was a great way to give back to the Coralville community by doing something I love,” says Minsu Song, a cast member of both Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Chess in Concert. “The best part was showing all the young cast members in the children’s chorus just how much food people had donated.”


The Spotlight on Hunger Campaign will continue during our next show Chess in Concert February 9, 10, and 11th at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. Each audience member who brings a donation will be entered to win free tickets to an upcoming City Circle performance. Tickets can be purchased starting December 20th at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts or at www.coralvillearts.org


Learn more about the Spotlight on Hunger Campaign

City Circle’s New Play Festival Set for September 16

City Circle Acting Company of Coralville will present its biennial New Play Festival on September 16 at 7:30 pm at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.

The Festival includes nine original 10-minute plays created by authors with a strong Iowa connection: The Third Person by Dan Borengasser; Binged There, Done That by Ken Preuss; Yogafu by Alex Rubin; I, Phone by Tom Moran; I Have a Secret by Marsha Lee Sheiness; Guaranteed by James McLindon; Clipped by Jess Honovich; American Gothic by Allan Bates; and Tea Time by Elijah Jones.

Tickets to the show are $15 and 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 and at the Coralville Recreation Center at 1506 8th Street. Seating is general admission.