Category Archives: 2013

“Romeo and Juliet” Cast List

  • Romeo- Ben Seeling
  • Juliet- Ramya Hipp
  • Lady Capulet- Noel VanDenBosch
  • Lord Capulet- Pat Keyes
  • Montague- Nicole DeSalle
  • Mercutio- Rich LeMay
  • Benvolio- Rachel Howell
  • Tybalt- Bryan McIntyre
  • Nurse- Diviin Javaan
  • Sister Laurence- Audrey Thompson-Wallace
  • Chorus- Serena Collins
  • Petra- Jilly Cooke
  • Prince- Brad Quinn
  • Paris- Jacques Spencer
  • Samson- Roxy Running
  • Balthasar- Luke Spocke
  • Friar John- Brian Tanner

One More Weekend For “Cabaret”

Only three performances left!  Don’t miss it!

When:

September 20-21 at 7:30pm
September 22 at 2:00pm

Where:

The ICCT Space on the Johnson County Fairgrounds.

Tickets:

Call the ICCT Box Office at (319) 338-0443 or purchase them online!

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Director’s Note

Meine Damen und Herren, Mesdames et Messieurs, Ladies and Gentlemen:

Cabaret has been part of the musical theater canon for close to half a century. Based on Christopher Isherwood’s stories of Weimar-era Berlin, it was first produced on Broadway in 1966. Its best-known incarnation, a film adaptation only very loosely based on the original stage production, came out in 1972. More recently it played on Broadway yet again in the late Nineties and that particular production ran twice as long as the initial run.

Not many musicals that have hit the fifty-year mark manage to find an audience a half-century on. While still popular with audiences, for instance, musicals of the Rodgers-&-Hammerstein and Lerner-&-Loewe variety do not necessarily run for an extended period of time on Broadway stages these days. Without slighting the quality of the material, it seems the appeal of these shows for a good number of audiences stem more from nostalgia: fondly remembered (and very well-crafted) tunes and stories performed live onstage.

But while Cabaret has its share of fondly remembered tunes (penned by John Kander and Fred Ebb, who also wrote the cynical and dark Chicago) contributing to its continued popularity, the story itself cannot by any stretch of the imagination be called warm and fuzzy. Musicals set in Germany a decade or so before the Second World War chronicling the rise of National Socialism in the country generally aren’t. And while the musical does feature two sets of romantic couples, it’s not too much of a shock to reveal that all does not end happily.

Cabaret can still shock when done correctly, even in the age of twerking. If nothing else it is a bit of a shock to see some fairly risqué bits of dancing done live onstage that one might expect to see in a music video — or an awards show. But surely this isn’t the reason why the popularity of the show endures, or why it retains its power to disturb. The show explores a darker side of humanity: licentiousness, moral disintegration, apathy — something still not seen in most Broadway musicals. And it does so with great sympathy, humor and intelligence.

The challenges, in music and choreography but also especially in terms of acting, are different than what one might encounter when doing more conventional musicals. I have been very fortunate to have worked with some fine collaborators in this production, chief among them Music Director Wes Habley and Choreographer Fawn Boston-Halter. They, along with the rest of the production designers and some very able and talented performers, have managed to bring to life the decadence and desperation of the Berlin of 1930, of the Kit Kat Klub and its Master Of Ceremonies, and the romance between the young American writer Clifford Bradshaw and the Toast of Mayfair: club chanteuse Fräulein Sally Bowles.

Wilkommen!
—Josh Sazon

“Romeo and Juliet” Auditions

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Auditions for Iowa City Community Theatre’s production of Romeo and Juliet, directed by Gavin Conkling, are being held on Saturday and Sunday, August 24th and 25th, 2013, at the Iowa City Public Library, Room B. On Saturday, they will be held from 2:30-6:30 pm and on Sunday, from 1:00-5:00 pm.

Cast members needed are as follows:

  • Romeo, Male, aged 17-25
  • Juliet, Female, aged 17-25
  • Lady Capulet, Female, aged 45-65
  • Lord Capulet, Male, aged 45-65
  • Lady Montague, Female, aged 45-65
  • Lord Montague, Male, aged 45-65
  • Tybalt, Male, aged 20-30
  • Mercutio, Male, aged 20-30
  • Nurse, Female, aged 35-65
  • Priest, Male, aged 30+
  • Apothecary, Male, aged 30+
  • Paris, Male, aged 25-30
  • Friar, Male, aged 30+
  • Romeo’s Gang, 3 Males, 17-30
  • Servants, 2 Males/Females, 17+

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script and/or prepared monologues from any other play written by Shakespeare. Please bring with you any possible conflicts with rehearsals (beginning September 1) and performances (October 18-20 and 25-27, 2013).