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Auditions for “Winnie-the-Pooh”

Winnie-the-Pooh, directed by Tara Acton

Based on the story by A.A. Milne.  Adapted for the stage by Kristin Sergel

Join all of our childhood friends – Christopher Robin, Kanga, Roo, Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore and Owl, and of course – the Bear of Very Little Brain himself, Pooh – and follow their adventures.

Cast of Characters:

Christopher Robin, Winnie-the-Pooh, Piglet, Owl, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, Rabbit, Narrator, residents of the forest.

Performances are at The Coralville Center for the Performing Arts 

REHEARSALS BEGIN FEBRUARY 6 and will typically run Monday through Thursday from 6pm to 8pm at The Coralville United Methodist Church.

TECH WEEK ( MARCH 18 – MARCH 22) rehearsals will be held at The Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.  Participation in Tech Week and all performances are mandatory to participate in the show.  Detailed rehearsal schedules will be given upon casting.

PERFORMANCES

Friday, March 23 @ 7:00pm;   Saturday, March 24 @ 7:00pm;  Sunday, March 25 @ 2:00pm

AUDITIONS ARE OPEN TO KINDERGARTEN THROUGH 5TH GRADE.  Auditions will be held in the lower level of the Coralville Library during the following scheduled times:

Friday, January 19 from 4pm to 6pm  and  Saturday, January 20 from 9am to 4pm

SIGN UP FOR AUDITIONS BY CLICKING HERE.

What you will need to bring to the audition:

  1. A completely filled out audition form click here..
  2. A memorized 1 to 2 minute monologue if you are interested in a larger speaking role.
  3. You may be asked to read from the script or do some improvisation.  You do not have to prepare for that .
  4. Walk ups are always welcome but priority will be given to those who sign up for a time slot.

If cast, Young Footliters Youth Theatre does have a $45 participation fee for this production.  For information about fees, please click on the participation fees link at the top of the page.

PLEASE CONTACT LIZ TRACEY, PROGRAMMING SUPERVISOR OF THE CCPA,  etracey@coralville.org, IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS.

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Play Creation Workshop

Are you interested in learning more about the play creation process? Would you like to learn more about the storytelling, scene creation and design processes? If you are in grades 7-12 Young Footliters has an exciting opportunity for you!
Announcing the Play Creation Workshop Series, taught by Matt Falduto

Play Creation Workshop Series
For 7-12 grade

We are offering five workshops and each workshop is self-contained – students may attend as many as they want. All are focused on learning how to create a play from different perspectives – storyteller, actor, playwright, tech. These workshops will eventually lead to Young Footliters fall production – Dreamland, a play written by Matt Falduto and workshopped by Young Footliters actors. Workshops start in November. Registration is currently open for first two workshops.  Registration for other workshops will open soon.

For more information or to sign up please go to www.Coralville.org/recregister

Workshop Descriptions:

  1. Storytelling Workshop

Dreamland is written in a storytelling style, with the actors telling the story as well as acting as the different characters. This workshop will teach actors storytelling techniques – developing stage presence, utilizing one’s voice, utilizing one’s body and connecting with the audience.  The students will use the Dreamland script to work on these different skills.  Now open for registration.

November 18, 2017, Coralville Rec Center, 10 am – 1 pm

2.  Scene Workshop

This workshop will teach actors about dramatic action, the rules of scene writing, and how to apply that knowledge toward becoming a better actor. Using scenes from Dreamland, the actors will have the opportunity to shape a new play while learning new techniques and becoming smarter actors.  Now open for registration.

December 9, 2017,  Coralville Rec Center,  10 am – 1 pm

3.  Play Construction Workshop

This workshop is all about writing a play, using Dreamland as the example. Actors will learn the basic architecture of play writing – plot, characters, conflict, rising action, climax, resolution – and through a reading of the play, explore that architecture. While this workshop will be an excellent springboard for the aspiring playwright who wants to write her own play, knowing how a play is put together will also help actors improve their skills. Participation in this workshop comes with the added optional bonus of a critique of your own original play by Matt.  Opening soon for registration.

January 27, 2018, Coralville Public Library, 10 am – 1 pm

4.  Design Workshop 1

In this workshop, students will learn about how the set designer and the costume designer develop their vision for a show. Students will participate in creating the set and costume design for Dreamland and along the way learn a whole lot more about the tech side of theatre.  Opening soon for registration.

May 12, 2018, CCPA, 10 am – 1 pm

5.  Design Workshop 2

In this workshop, students will learn about how the lighting designer and the sound designer develop their vision for a show. Students will participate in creating the lighting and sound design for Dreamland and along the way learn a whole lot more about the tech side of theatre.  Opening soon for registration.

May 19, 2018, Coralville Public Library, 10 am – 1 pm

 

Workshop Instructor:

Matt Falduto – Matt has been creating theatre in the area for over twenty years, wearing every hat – actor, director, playwright, designer, and producer. He has directed five shows for Footliters – The Hobbit, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Charlotte’s Web, as well as Ozma of Oz and Guinevere and Arthur, which he also wrote. Other plays he’s written have been produced by City Circle, Dreamwell Theatre and Rage Theatrics. He has done theatre workshops for many different groups over the years. Matt has a Master’s in Education from Iowa State University.

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Our November 17-19 CCPA shows have been cast!

What Could Go Wrong the Night Before Christmas

Host – Margaux Maurus

The Children – Katherine Ekse, Bryn Russell, Amelia Marquardt

The Stage Manager – Emily Granfield

Owen – Blake Gordley

Chad – Rana Saba

Nermal – Adam Schulz

Papa – Tom Ham

Mama – Summer Walsh Saylor

Santa – Niles Granfield

 

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Charlie Brown – Deuce Martin

Snoopy – Maya Hanna

Lucy – Lilly Vogts

Linus – Luke Rechkemmer

Pig Pen – Nicholas Davis

Frieda – Briar Martin

Schroeder – Jack Furlong

Violet – Ella Vakiner

Eudora – Nina Torkelson

Marcie – Julianna Epping

Sally – Malia Armour

Patty – Anna Randle

Shermy – Ethan Hill

 

 

 

 

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Auditions for A Charlie Brown Christmas and What Could Go Wrong the Night Before Christmas

We had such a great turnout for auditions for The Best Christmas Pageant Ever and after re-looking at the length of Charlie Brown Christmas and the size of the cast, Young Footliters Youth Theatre has decided to add another performance opportunity to our season!  We are always looking for ways to add performance opportunities for our youth!

What Could Go Wrong the Night Before Christmas is a hilarious one-act play that will be performed every night before A Charlie Brown Christmas.  

Please see below for a summary of each show:

What Could Go Wrong the Night Before Christmas

A host attempts to do a lovely reading of The Night Before Christmas but is stymied by every imaginable interruption.  First, the children show up wearing costumes and outfits for all the wrong holidays, then it ends up the mice might not be stirring, but they sure are shuffling as they play a game of Go Fish.  By the time the clatter on the rooftop sounds more like a deafening rock ’n’ roll drum solo, our poor host is about to have a meltdown!  On top of it all, our not-quite-classic (and definitely thinner) Santa stops filling stockings to do a PSA on the dangers of smoking and also plugs the usefulness of stain remover pens.  In the end, our host finishes the poem, Santa hurries off to make the rest of his deliveries, and your audience is energized with the fun of the Christmas season.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Directed by Krista Neumann

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!

Actors in 4th-12th grade are invited to sign up to audition for either/both the musical (A Charlie Brown Christmas) and the play (What Could Go Wrong) at the same time.

PRODUCTION  INFORMATION:

Rehearsals for both shows begin Sunday, October 1 and will typically be held Sunday -Thursday for Charlie Brown and Monday-Wednesday evenings for What Could Go Wrong.  Both will rehearse 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 for Charlie Brown 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 for What Could Go Wrong.

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 for each show will be $45. 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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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever CAST LIST

MIA AHN……………………………………………………Beverly

KATELYN AUSMAN………………………..……..Baby Angel

GRACE BARTLETT………………………….Alice Wendelkin

ERIC BROFFITT……………………………………….……..Hobie

MAEVE CHRISTIANS………………………Mrs. Armstrong

CAITLYN ELMER……………..………Mrs.Clark/Shepherd

JAKE ENDAHL……………………………………………Fireman

SAMMI FALDUTO…………………………….. Rev. Hopkins

RUBY FRANK………………………………………Mrs. Slocum

ELLIE JOHNSON………………..……..Baby Angel Juanita

ZANE LEE………………………………….…….Elmer Hopkins

MAX LYNCH……………………………………Charlie Bradley

ANNA MASCARDO………………………Baby Angel Doris

CAROLINE MASCARDO….………….Imogene Herdman

AUGUST MERSCHBROCK………………………………David

OLIVER MILLER……………..………Father (Bob Bradley)

LILY O’DONNELL…………..…………………Ollie Herdman

MADDIE O’DONNELL………………….………………Maxine

TESSERA RIPPENTROP………….……………Beth Bradley

ROWAN RUSSELL…………………..……Claudia Herdman

BRYNN SHEELEY…………………..……………….Baby Angel

ALAINA SCHMIDT……….…………..Mrs. Clausing/Angel

MADELINE STRUTHERS………Mother (Grace Bradley)

BELLA TISDALE………………………………….……….Fireman

ETHAN TISDALE…………..…..Leroy Herdman, Fireman

HARPER UHL………………………..……….Gladys Herdman

CHELSEA VEDEPO……………………..Baby Angel Shirley

MCKENZIE VEDEPO……………………………….Baby Angel

CHARLIE WAIT………………….…………..Ralph Herdman

IRIS WEDEMEYER……………….………….Mrs. McCarthy

 

 

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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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Congrats to the cast of Charlotte’s Web!

Charlotte’s Web has been cast – congratulations!

The Cast:
Fern Arable Madisyn Zachar
John Arable Erin Moniger
Martha Arable Savannah Stookey
Avery Arable Aidan Alvarado
Homer Zuckerman Ronan Smith
Edith Zuckerman Marijke Nielsen
Lurvy Veda Fitzpatrick
Wilbur Maddie O’Donnell
Charlotte Willa Martin
Templeton Lilly Vogts
Goose Sammi Falduto
Gander Tommy Kerns
Sheep Maya Wald
Lamb Amelia Marquardt
First Chorus Member Laurel Preston
Second Chorus Member Alina Davis
Third Chorus Member Teya Kerns
Uncle/Crowd Davis Nepple
Joy the spider/Judge/Crowd Rana Saba
Aranea the spider/Judge/Crowd Laila Zastrow
Nellie the spider/Judge/Crowd Piper Falduto
First Spectator/Crowd Jake Endahl
Second Spectator/Crowd Nicholas Davis
First Fairgoer/Crowd Briar Martin
Second Fairgoer/Crowd Jocie Bozarth
Third Fairgoer/Crowd Ella Vakiner
Announcer/Voice/Crowd Anneke Nielsen
Photographer Jinann AbuDagga
Reporter Grace Bartlett

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