“The Royal Family” Opens March 8th

The Royal Family”opens on March 8th at the Iowa City Community Theatre Fairground location, and promises to be a crowd pleaser. It is not a play about Kings and Queens and Dukes and Duchesses, but rather a famous American theatre family in 1920’s New York. Loosely based on the famous Barrymore family John, Ethel, and Lionel, The Royal Family is a fun and entertaining evening with three generations of eccentric actors. Fanny the matriarch and her two successful children, Julie and Tony, are trying to negotiate their loves, lives, and careers. Fanny’s brother Herbert along with his wife Kitty are trying to stage a come back. Gwen, Julies daughter is negotiating the waters between marriage and career. And their manager/producer Oscar Wolf is trying to hold them all together for another new play. But with an unruly dynasty of actors theatrical mayhem ensues.

Like Noel Cowards “Hay Fever” and the musical “Kiss Me Kate,” other larky portraits of people who live and die by the theater, “The Royal Family” allows performers to caricature the narcissism, self-dramatizing and infantile craving for attention that were once said to characterize their profession (and of course have nothing to do with actors as we know them today). It also pulses with the door-slamming farcical sound and fury found in the liveliest of Kaufman’s collaborations. Fun and games at the Cavendish household include boxing lessons, furniture-toppling fencing matches, random piano playing and dodging the madding crowds that assemble outside once Tony Cavendish, modeled onJohn Barrymore, comes home from Hollywood, trailed by a process server with breach-of-promise papers. But the favorite activity for this family’s members is emoting for and at one another.

Cast members include: Nicole DeSalle, Brad Quinn, Jessica Murillo, Rip Russell, Kathy Maxey, Caroline Oster, Joseph Dobrian, Josh Sazon, Nate Sullivan, Carl Brown, Deviin Huff
Stephen Stonebraker, Rich Riggleman, Ruth Fisher

Directed by Krista Neumann
Produced by Iowa City Community Theatre
Presented by The Johnson Team, Skogman Realty

Play dates: March 8-10 and March 15-17
Times: Friday and Saturday 7:30, Sunday 2:00
Iowa City Community Theatre, Johnson County 4-H Fairgrounds
4261 Oak Crest Hill Rd,
 Iowa City, IA 52246-5824
Wheelchair accessible
$16 (adults), $13 (students and seniors), and $8 (children).
Buy tickets: West Music in Coralville (corner of 5th St. and 12th Ave) or Robert A. Lee Recreation Center (corner of Gilbert and Burlington Sts. in downtown Iowa City) or at the door
Or online at http://www.redtrucktickets.com or call (319) 338-0443




The King and I

Presented by The Iowa City Community Theatre (minimally-staged)

Music by Richard Rodgers

Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein III

Directed by Richard Tiegs

Based on the book “Anna and the King of Siam” by Margaret Landon

Original Choreography by Jerome Robbins

The King of Siam has decided that his nation must become one of the players in the modern world of the 1860s. To that end, he has hired an English widow, Mrs. Anna Leonowens, to teach the western ways to his wives and children.  East meets West and old meets new in the landmark musical “The King and I.”  Come hear some of the most admired of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s music in this minimally-staged production on the Englert stage on March 1 and 2!
Performances run:
7:30 p.m. on March 1 and 2 at the Englert Theatre
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Oklahoma! Cast List

Curly: Joe Mosher
Laurey: Megan Kaiser
Ado Annie: Betsy Litman
Will Parker: Dave Helmuth
Aunt Eller: Nicole DeSalle
Ali Hakim: Ali Ajram
Jud: Jeff Mead
Carnes: Tom Schulein
Skidmore: Bryan Lawler
Gertie: Meredith Lamb


Michelle Altmeier
Carl Brown
Avery Cassell
Katey Halverson
Michael Hetra
Emily Hill
Chase Horning
Grace Huber
Stephen Krutzfeld
Regan Lamb
Alyssa Lamb
Rich LeMay
Susan Manuel
Nicole McDonough
Reed Perkins
Makayla Phillips
Trevor Phillips
Eliza Sanders
Glen Schmitz
Olivia Symmonds
Jill VanDorpe