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Notes on Current Audition Opportunities

Young Footliters is pleased to offer TWO great performance opportunities for the youth of our community this fall/winter!
A Charlie Brown Christmas (a musical)
Directed by Krista Neumann
will be performed at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts November 17, 18 and 19 with auditions Sept 12 & 13.  This is for grades 4-12.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (a play)
Directed by Sharon Falduto
will be performed at the Hoover Presidential Library as part of their annual Christmas Celebration December 1 & 2 with auditions August 26 and 27.  This is for grades K-8.
You will note 2 things about these shows:
1.  Even though the performance of Best Christmas Pageant is AFTER Charlie Brown, auditions are actually held BEFORE.
2.  There is a small overlap of ages (grades 4-6) that may audition for either show.
Actors in Grades 4-8:
Actors in grades 4-8 are eligible to audition for either “Pageant” or “Charlie Brown”.  Interested young actors in that age range should look at the performance and rehearsal schedule and decide what is best for them and their families.
Another determining factor might be that “Charlie Brown” is a musical with a relatively older cast, while “Pageant” is a play with a younger one.  Both are great shows with great roles!
If an grade 4-6 actor auditions for The Best Christmas Pageant Ever and does not receive a role, they are welcome and encouraged to audition for Charlie Brown.  However, we would expect that those cast in Pageant to respect their commitment to that show.
We are so excited for these two shows!  We hope to see a lot of you at auditions.
Please find the sign-up for each below.
If you have any questions about the audition process or any of these shows please feel free to contact me at tarrifurlong@yahoo.com or Producer Liz Tracey at etracey@coralville.org.
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A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS directed by Krista Neumann

SUMMARY

A family-friendly holiday musical based on the beloved animated TV special. Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the whole Peanuts gang as they dig past the commercialized gimmicks of presents and decorations to rediscover the true meaning of Christmas. Through a pageant and a spindly tree, Charlie Brown and friends bring the holiday spirit back to life for families once again!

LIST OF CHARACTERS

Charlie Brown –  The everyman; with ever changing moods; both befriended and ostracized by all; a loser-yet-leader who is often depressed but rises out of every downfall with shining hope and determination.

Snoopy – A genuinely happy dog; full of energy, imagination and sass; known for his “happy dance” and his numerous alter-egos.  Snoopy is very popular in the neighborhood.  A physical, more than speaking role.

Lucy – Linus’s older sister; bossy and a know-it-all, but very smart and a natural leader; has a crush on Schroeder; is ready to be older than her age; interests include psychiatry and real estate.

Sally – The youngest of the group, with a very young sounding voice; Charlie Brown’s little sister who has a crush on Linus; is adorable and spunky but often overreacts to situations.

Schroeder – A piano prodigy and Lucy’s love interest; admirer of Bethoven; Charlie Brown’s second best friend after Linus.

Pig Pen – Known for attracting dust, making him very filthy but with a good heart.

Frieda – The girl who brags about her “naturally curly hair”; a total diva.

Violet – Lucy and Patty’s best friend; a mean and snobby girl.

Patty – Not to be confused with Peppermint Patty.  Best friend to Lucy and Violet; sometimes bullies the others.

Shermy – A friend of Charlie Brown’s.  Very dry; bemoans that he has to play a shepherd in the play every year.

PRODUCTION  INFORMATION

Rehearsals begin Sunday, October 1 and will typically be held Sunday -Thursday evenings in Coralville, space TBA.

Tech Week Rehearsals, November 12 – 16, will be held at The Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. Participation in Tech Week and all performances is mandatory to participate in the show.

Performances are November 17 & 18 at 7PM and November 19 at 2PM. at The Coralville Center for the Performing Arts, 1301 5th Street, Coralville.

Tech week and all performances are mandatory! Previous commitments that will conflict with tech week and performances must be rearranged. Do not commit to any Young Footliters Production unless you can make it a priority and honor the guidelines and rules.  Be sure your family can support you in your schedule.

AUDITION  INFORMATION

CASTING ACTORS IN 4th GRADE TO 12TH GRADE ONLY!

Auditions are Tuesday, September 12 and Wednesday, September 13, from 6 pm – 9 pm @ The Coralville Recreation Center, 1506 8th Street, Coralville.  

For auditions please prepare up to 32 bars of a musical theatre song of your choice that shows off your voice, and demonstrates your ability to tell a story. Bring sheet music and an accompanist will be provided.  You may also be asked to do a cold reading from the script.

Please fill out this AUDITION FORM  to secure an audition appointment.  Once you fill out a form, our producer, Liz Tracey, will contact you with your appointment time.  If you do not hear back from us within a couple of days, please email etracey@coralville.org.

PARTICIPATION FEE

The participation fee for Young Footliters is $45 per play and $75 per musical. A Charlie Brown Christmas is a musical.  Your fee is $75 per child.  Your participation fee is a crucial part of making this theatre possible. But we understand that participation fees may make it difficult for your child to be involved in a show.  Please let us help.  Scholarships are available through the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts for families with financial need.  Please don’t hesitate to e-mail Liz Tracey if you would like a scholarship form.  etracey@coralville.org.

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AUDITIONS FOR THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER directed by Sharon Falduto

SUMMARY

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” is a hilarious Christmas tale that is good for all ages. A couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids– probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem– and the fun– when the Herdman’s collide with the Christmas story head on!

LIST OF CHARACTERS

Grace Bradley – Mother, anguished director of Christmas Pageant.

Bob Bradley – Father, Ward Cleaver type with a sense of humor.

Beth Bradley – Narrator of the story (many lines).

Charlie Bradley – Traditional kid brother (many lines).

Alice Wendleken – Prim, proper, pain in the neck (many lines).

Imogene Herdman – Loud, bossy, crafty (many lines).

Gladys Herdamn – Feisty, fighter, imaginative (many lines).

Ralph Herdman – Ragged, scroungy, slouching manner, touch of adolescent cool.

Leroy Herdman – Tough, sure of himself.

Claude Herdman – Tough, combative (role may be male or female)

Ollie Herdman – Looking for trouble, Claude’s partner in crime (role may be male or female).

Mrs. Armstrong – Managerial in voice and manner, likes to be in charge.

Mrs. Sloeum – Pleasant, motherly type.

Mrs. Clausing – Pleasant, motherly type.

Mrs. Clark – Pleasant, motherly type.

Mrs. McCarthy – Snooty.  A younger version of Mrs. Armstrong.

Maxine – A worrier, narrator of the Christmas Pageant.

Elmer Hopkins – Son of Reverend Hopkins.

Hobie – Charming with a big smile.

David – One of the boys.

Beverly – Bit of a whiner.

Reverend Hopkins – A nervous man.

Baby Angels – Little children with big angelic smiles and gleaming eyes.

Firemen

PRODUCTION  INFORMATION

Rehearsals begin Monday, October 2 and will typically be held Monday-Thursday evenings at The Coralville United Methodist Church, 806 13th Ave., Coralville. There will not be rehearsal on Halloween or the week of Thanksgiving.

Tech Week (Nov 26-30) Rehearsals will be held at the Hoover Presidential Library in West Branch. Participation in Tech Week and all performances is mandatory to participate in the show.

Performances are December 1 & 2 at 7PM and December 2 at 2PM. at The Hoover Library in West Branch.

Tech week and all performances are mandatory! Previous commitments that will conflict with tech week and performances must be rearranged. Do not commit to any Young Footliters Production unless you can make it a priority and honor the guidelines and rules.  Be sure your family can support you in your schedule.

AUDITION  INFORMATION

CASTING ACTORS IN KINDERGARTEN TO 8TH GRADE ONLY!

Auditions are Saturday, August 26 and Sunday, August 27 from 2 pm – 5 pm @ The Coralville Public Library.   For auditions you may prepare a short monologue or poem. You will also be asked to do a cold reading. A cold reading means you will simply read from the script that the director will provide for you.  Please fill out this AUDITION FORM  to secure an audition appointment.  Once you fill out a form, our producer, Liz Tracey, will contact you with your appointment time.  If you do not hear back from us within a couple of days, please email etracey@coralville.org.

PARTICIPATION FEE

The participation fee for Young Footliters is $45 per play and $75 per musical. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is a play.  So the fee is $45 per child.  Your participation fee is a crucial part of making this theatre possible. But we understand that participation fees may make it difficult for your child to be involved in a show.  Please let us help.  Scholarships are available through the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts for families with financial need.  Please don’t hesitate to e-mail Liz Tracey if you would like a scholarship form.  etracey@coralville.org.

 

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Seeking Designers for the 2017-2018 season!

City Circle Acting Company and Young Footliters Youth Theatre are seeking designers for the 2017-2018 season. Positions in set, lights, sound and costumes are available, and all local designers are welcome and encouraged to join our team! Many positions include an honorarium. We are a community-based theatre and love working with designers who are independent, volunteer-friendly, and flexible collaborators in making the show go on!

Please contact Liz Tracey at etracey@coralville.org if you are interested or have questions.


About our Venue:
The Coralville Center for the Performing Arts is a state of the art 472 seat facility with 170 seats on the balcony and 302 seats on the main floor.  It has a 38 foot wide stage with flexible depths ranging from 10 feet to 42 feet.  The stage has a 20 foot high proscenium with a fly tower, 27 line sets, cyclorama, scrim and mid stage black.  It has a state of the art ION light board and a 48-channel digital sound mixer. We have an on-the-premises costume shop and a large selection of costume inventory.  Our build shop is located offsite and sets are built modularly to be loaded in by truck one week before opening.


Upcoming Productions:
City Circle Acting Company
Peter and the Starcatcher – September 22-24
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – December 8-10; 15-17
Chess in Concert – February 9–11
Little Women – April 27-29; May 4-6
Return to the Forbidden Planet – June 15-17

Young Footliters Youth Theatre
Charlotte’s Web – September 8-10
A Charlie Brown Christmas – November 17-19
Winnie the Pooh – March 23-25

 

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