for Young Footliters’ full length summer musical RAPUNZEL01


Directed by Dave Helmuth

Audition Details….

  • Friday, May 8 3:30-6:00
  • Saturday, May 9 10:00-4:30
  • Coralville Library – lower level
  • Performance dates:  July 24-26 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts
  • Ages: current kindergartners through current twelfth graders
  • Participation in an acting class is NOT required to audition.
  • Everyone MUST attend one Vocal Audition AND one Dance Audition
  • Please select only one Vocal Audition slot for which to sign up.
  • Please select only one Dance Audition slot for which to sign up.
  • Please prepare 16 bars of a song.  Please provide your own sheet music.  No a cappella singing or pre-recorded music allowed.   An accompanist will be provided.  ( is a good resource for sheet music.)  Please also be prepared to dance/move.  PLEASE NOTE:  No preparation is needed for the dance audition.  Simply attend the dance audition and learn a short dance combination.  You will then perform it in groups for the director and choreographer.  Just smile and do your best!
  • Please bring a completed Audition Form to your audition. Audition Form for Rapunzel
  • Callbacks are by invitation only on Monday, May 11 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.
  • Contact Meredith at for further questions.

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Announcing our Summer Musical

RAPUNZEL01This year’s summer musical is Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale.  Our director is Dave Helmuth, and the musical director is Jessica Palmer.

Visit an enchanted fairy tale land with dragons, a handsome prince, an evil would-be Queen, a really great hair stylist, and that famous princess with the long, long, long hair! Hold on to your hair and prepare for a brand new magical musical re-telling of the classic fairy tale! On the edge of glory, the evil Lady Za Za determines to rule the kingdom by keeping the beautiful Princess Rapunzel – with the long, long, long hair – trapped in a tower in the deep, dark, dank, dismal, dreary forest. It’ll be up to Sir Roderick and his hair stylist friend Edgar (who is on a quest to find the perfect head of hair) to rescue Princess Rapunzel and restore the kingdom – with the help of a slightly neurotic Gypsy Woman – isn’t there one in every fairy tale? and a tired, yet witty, old dragon named Socrates – who has lost his poof!

Save the date for auditions, May 8 & 9!  Performances are July 24 at 7:00, July 25 at 2:00 & 7:00 and July 26 at 2:00.  Current kindergarteners through twelfth graders are eligible to audition.

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Tickets on Sale for Pinocchio!

Come out to see our youngest performers in the April 17 and 18 performances of Pinocchio!

Tickets ($7 for adults, $5 for youth under 18) are available online, by phone at 319.248.9370, and in person at the CCPA box office and Coralville Rec Center.

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Summer Musical Announcement March 2

We will announce the summer musical, slated for the last weekend in July, on Monday, March 2!  Auditions will be May 8 & 9.

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Auditions for Pinocchio

The next Young Footliters production will be Kathryn Schultz Miller’s Pinnocchio, directed by Jean Grewe.  Click here to sign up for an audition slot.

This production is open for actors in grades K-4.  The play is approximately 45 minutes long and contains roles for lots of young actors.

Our goal for this show is to create a special, age-appropriate experience for our youngest performers.  The children will receive valuable experience in putting on a production: they’ll learn about the rehearsal process, what a performance is like, how to project and speak clearly, how to pay attention and focus on the show, and how to work as a team.  They’ll also have a lot of fun creating a show with other kids!

Rehearsals will start February 16 and be about 3 times per week; most kids will only be called once or twice per week until the last week or two.

Performances are April 17 at 7pm and April 18 at 2pm.

K-2nd graders do not need to prepare anything; they will do call-and-response line readings and simple movement in groups for their audition.

3rd & 4th graders should be prepared to do a cold reading; they may also prepare a monologue or poem to recite.

Auditions are at the Coralville Public Library Schwab Auditorium; please use the underground parking.

Participation fee is $30/child; each child must also have an up-to-date Young Footliters family membership (family membership is $30 per year).

Click here for the audition form.

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Stay Tuned for the Next Shows!

We are in the process of deciding our spring and summer shows. As soon as we have details finalized, we will announce auditions!

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Reader’s Theater at Aisle of Lights

Join us at the Aisle of Lights this Sunday, December 14 for cookies, hot cider, coffee and special Reader’s Theater presentations of Dr. Seuss’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Readings will be at 5:30pm, 6:15pm and 7pm in the CCPA lobby.

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Join us December 5 & 6 at the Hoover Library and Museum for A Seussified Christmas Carol

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Cast for A Seussified Christmas Carol

Congratulations to our cast, and thank you to everyone who auditioned!

Scrooge: Joseph Lapire
Narrator 1: Lucy Kaskie
Narrator 2: Elise Seery
Narrator 3: Lauren Siems
Narrator 4: Margaux Maurus
Jake Marley: Sam Nester
Bob Cratchit: Sean Harken
Bed-Headed Fred (Scrooge’s Nephew): Akash Choudhury
Miss Blakely (Solicitor 1): Aleigha Ausman
Mr. Forrest (Solicitor 2): Quincy Coghill-Behrends
Ghost of Christmas Past: Emma Furlong
Young Scrooge: Massimo Biggers
Belle: Asjah Weber
Belle’s Husband: Charlie Wait
Ghost of Christmas Present: A.J. Murdah
Mrs. Cratchit: Kyra Helmuth
Timmy Loo Hoo: Zoe Smith
Fred’s Wife: Mia Olson
Party Guest 1: Teagan Bollers
Party Guest 2: Beatrice Kaskie
Party Guest 3: Hanah Kitamoto
Party Guest 4: Valerie Teets
Ghost of Christmas Future (nonspeaking): Frannie Ogilvie
Girl: Maya Marquardt
Maid: Bryn Russell
Ensemble (Street people, rock band members, party guests, etc.): Isabel Murdah, Amelia Marquardt, Clive Guidry, Matthew Teets, Riley Uthe

Student Director: Serena Collins

Reader’s Theatre Pre-Performance Entertainment

Team Blitzen – Friday, December 5 evening
Madeline Struthers
Summer Saylor
Hannah Rechkemmer
Kate Rechkemmer
Elizabeth Morrilly
Ben Morrilly
Nolan Leick
Katie Nims
Sophia Nims
Davis Nepple
Will Jackson

Team Dasher – Saturday, December 6 matinee
Sydney Myers
Ruby Murray
Maisy Murray
Nora Ausman
Katy Ham
Zohrae McLaskey
Amira Qidwai
Olivia Russell
Rowan Russell
Madalyn Davis

Team Comet – Saturday, December 6 evening
Ana Nester
Hannah Robbins
Emily Kucera
Ella Kucera
Sammi Falduto
Piper Falduto
Laurel Preston
Jack Furlong
Amelia Keller
Elliana Ziegelbein
Sam Zimmerman
Brett Lapire

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Auditions for “A Seussified Christmas Carol”

This winter’s Hoover Library production is Peter Bloedel’s A Seussified Christmas Carol. This comedic take on the Dickens tale is told in rhymed verse, inspired by a certain children’s author. Directed by Tara Acton.

Anyone grades K-12 may audition. Those auditioning should be prepared to do a cold reading from provided scripts; they may also recite or read a short rhyming poem. Please bring a list of all conflicts from October 13 through December 6. Note that tech week (December 1-6) and performances will be mandatory for all participants.

Download the audition form here.  

Reserve an audition spot online!

Auditions at the Coralville Public Library (Schwab Auditorium):
Friday, September 26 from 4-6pm
Saturday, September 27 from 11-2pm

Performances: December 5 and 6, 2014

Participation fee: $40.  Each participant must have an up to date family membership ($30 per year).

Questions?  Contact Tara at or (906) 458-1544.


Narrators #1-4
Jake Marley
The Scrooge
Bob Cratchit
Bed-Headed Fred
Solicitors #1-2
Ghost Xmas Past
Young Scrooge
Belle’s Husband
Ghost Xmas Present
Mrs. Cratchit
Timmy Loo Hoo
Bed-Headed Fred’s Wife
Voices at Party #1-4
Sven, Ghost Future
Old Fezziwig
Street people, rock band members, party guests

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