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AUDITIONS for “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Revised)”

Auditions for YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN (REVISED)

Based on The Comic Strip “Peanuts”
by Charles M. Schulz

Book, Music and Lyrics
by Clark Gesner

Additional Dialogue by Michael Mayer
Additional Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa


Directed by JARET MORLAN and Musical Direction by CHRISTIAN DROLLINGER.

A new musical based on the characters created by cartoonist Charles M. Schulz in his comic strip, Peanuts. Though considered a “good man” by his friends, Charlie Brown can’t seem to win the heart of the Little Red-Haired Girl, nor his friend Lucy, her crush, the piano-playing Schroeder. Meanwhile Snoopy and Linus daydream and the rest of the friends battle with kites, school, baseball and misunderstandings before finally coming to realize what makes them truly happy.

Auditions: July 17th (1pm – 4pm) AND July 18th (6pm – 9pm)

Location: Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room B

Performances: September 9-10 & 16-17 at 7:30pm September 10-11 & 17-18 at 2:00pm

Audition Process: Please prepare a one-minute song; an accompanist will be provided.  Auditions will also consist of cold readings from the script, but actors who have a monologue prepared are welcome to present it. If deemed necessary, callbacks will be held July 19 (6pm – 9pm)

Character Breakdown:
CHARLIE BROWN (Baritone/Tenor—middle B flat to F): His main characteristics are either self-defeating stubbornness or admirable determined persistence to try his best against all odds. He can never win a ballgame but continues playing baseball; he can never fly a kite successfully but continues trying to do so. The show is a day in the life of Charlie Brown.

SNOOPY (Tenor/Baritone—middle C to high A): Snoopy is a more human-like dog. His character is that of a dog who pretends to be a person (or who sometimes forgets he is a dog).

LUCY VAN PELT (Mezzo/Alto Belt—G below mid C to high F): She has the persona of a bossy, crabby, manipulative and selfish girl who thrives on telling everyone something. She shows a need for assurance from either Schroeder or Charlie Brown that she is indeed pretty.

LINUS VAN PELT (Baritone/Tenor—middle B flat to E): Though young, Linus is unusually smart and he acts as the show’s philosopher. Despite Linus’ intelligence and mature vocabulary, juvenile aspects of his character are also displayed; for example, Linus is almost always depicted holding his blue security blanket and often sucking his thumb.

SALLY BROWN (Soprano/Mezzo Belt—middle B flat to high A flat): Despite being portrayed as innocent and adorable, she is noticeably intelligent for her age and this precociousness contributes to the humor of the series.

SCHROEDER (High Baritone/Tenor—middle B flat to high A flat): He is distinguished by his precocious skill at playing the toy piano, as well as by his love of classical music and the composer Ludwig van Beethoven in particular.

The above descriptions are merely a guide.  Casting will be open to performers of all ages, genders, and races.  We are seeking funny, exciting, and energetic performers with vocal strength, but more importantly, strong actors with great comedic timing.  All other factors will not be part of the casting consideration.

You can download the audition form ahead of time, if you wish: Audition Form

Please direct any questions to auditions@iowacitycommunitytheatre.com

Announcing ICCT’s Landmark 60th Season

ICCT is so excited to announce the shows for our landmark, 60th Anniversary Season.  To celebrate these 60 years of ICCT, each show represents one of the six decades, from the 1950s-2000s.  We are so proud of our role in the artistic community.  Stay tuned for audition info and FlexPass information!

50s – DAMN YANKEES Directed by Katie Boothroyd

Opening Night 9/18-9/27
Middle-aged baseball fanatic Joe Boyd trades his soul to the Devil, also known as Mr. Applegate, for a chance to lead his favorite team to victory in the pennant race against the New York Yankees. As young baseball sensation Joe Hardy, he transforms the hapless Washington Senators into a winning team, only to realize the true worth of the life he’s left behind. Joe ultimately outsmarts Applegate, returns to his former self, and shepherds the Senators to the World Series. This classic is a seven time Tony award winning show and a staple in every musical lover’s library. With Katie Boothroyd’s excitement for the genre and material, every audience member will leave sporting a huge grin.
 

60s – PSYCHO BEACH PARTY Directed by Louis Doerge
Opening Night 10/23-11/1
This marriage of the Alfred Hitchcock psycho drama and Beach party Giget film genre is perfect for Halloween! Chicklet Forrest, a teenage tomboy, desperately wants to be part of the surf crowd on Malibu Beach in 1962. One thing getting in her way is her unfortunate tendency towards split personalities. Among them is a black check out girl, an elderly radio talk show hostess, a male model named Steve and the accounting firm of Edelman and Edelman. Her most dangerous alter ego is a sexually voracious vixen named Ann Bowman who has nothing less than world domination on her mind. Louis Doerge, a filmmaker who has worked with stars featured on shows such as Dexter, Friday Night Lights, and even Buffy the Vampire Slayer, has a vision for this rockin’ romp that promises an evening of surf rock zingers, thrills, and campy fun!
 
70s – THEOPHILUS NORTH Directed by Kehry Anson Lane
Opening Night 12/4-12/13
This off-Broadway, Helen Hayes award winning play by Matthew Burnett based on the novel by Thornton Wilder, focuses on the life Thornton’s twin would have been a part of, had he survived birth. Set in the resort town of Newport, RI, during the height of the Jazz Age in summer, 1926, Theophilus North follows the exploits of the title character as he searches for adventure and his place in the world. Quitting his teaching position in New Jersey, and stranded in Newport after his jalopy breaks down, thirty-year-old Theophilus takes odd jobs (tennis instructor, French tutor, private reader…) in houses of the wealthy, infiltrating himself into the lives and troubles of Newport’s residents, both upstairs and downstairs. But the greatest adventure in store is not at all what he has imagined… Kehry Anson Lane’s vision shows us the potential of the magic of theatre and the charm of every person’s life.
 

80s – BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE in TEXAS Directed by Susan Hamel
Opening Night 1/22-1/31
This Drama Desk, Olivier, and Tony award winning musical gives us a happy go lucky view of small town vice and statewide political side-stepping recounts the good times and the demise of the Chicken Ranch, known since the 1850s as one of the better pleasure palaces in all of Texas. Governors, senators, mayors, and even victorious college football teams frequent Miss Mona’s cozy bordello until that puritan nemesis Watchdog focuses his television cameras and his righteous indignation on the institution.

90s – LOST IN YONKERS Directed by Nate Sullivan
Opening Night 3/11-3/20
This Pulitzer and Tony Award winning play by Neil Simon is one of his best known contemporary comedic memory plays. Bella is 35-years-old, mentally challenged and living at home with her mother, stern Grandma Kurnitz . As the play opens, ne’r do-well son Eddie deposits his two young sons on the old lady’s doorstep. He is financially strapped and taking to the road as a salesman. The boys are left to contend with Grandma, with Bella and her secret romance, and with Louie, her brother, a small-time hoodlum in a strange new world called Yonkers. Nate Sullivan’s love for this show is apparent in his handling of it. His vision for the show is rooted in honesty and all the comedy that comes with it.
 

2000s – AMERICAN IDIOT Directed by Jaret Morlan
Opening Night 4/22-5/1
Based on the Grammy award winning concept album of the same name by Green Day, this two time Tony award winning high concept Broadway hit has contemporary themes and an edginess that holds important social message for the masses. Johnny, Tunny and Will flee the constraints of their hometown for the thrills of city life, but their paths are quickly estranged when Tunny enters the armed forces, Michael is called back home to attend familial responsibilities, and Johnny’s attention becomes divided by a seductive love interest and a hazardous new friendship. An energy-fueled rock opera, American Idiot, features little dialogue and instead relies on the lyrics from Green Day’s groundbreaking album to execute the story line. Jaret Morlan’s concept showcases the grit and beauty in the youth of what’s left in a post 9/11 America. His deep love for this band, this album, and the content explored within it will rattle and excite the minds of everyone viewing it. ICCT is excited to give this show to our theatre, and to the members of the community who will be in the audience to share in it.

Man of La Mancha opens Friday!

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Friday/Saturday:   April 25-26 and May 2-3 @ 7:30pm
Sunday:  April 27 and May 4 @ 2:00pm
And by popular demand: Thursday, May 1 @ 7:30pm

All performances at Johnson County Fairgrounds, Exhibition Hall

Tickets:  online @ www.iowacitycommunitytheatre.com   or  call 319/338-0443
Adult  $18   /   Senior  $15   /   Student (13-college)  $15   /   Child (under 13)  $10

Please be aware that this show has adult themes and one scene of sexual violence

 

The musical Man of La Mancha is one of the great theater successes of our time. It has won multiple awards, including Tony awards for Best Musical, Best Composer and Lyricist and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical. Its success is also validated by several revivals, national tours, a movie adaptation, and many translations worldwide.

This classic musical takes the form of a play-within-a-play. Based upon Cervantes’ work Don Quixote, it presents an iconic and poignant story of an old man whose power of imagination shows us how really believing in something can change our lives. Quixote’s tilting at windmills stirs our sense of adventure, and his ability to see the goodness in all people and situations inspires us to a better life.

Quixote’s intention to realize his dream and live up to his ideals make this musical perennially popular. In the song “The Impossible Dream”, Quixote contemplates his dedication to virtue, honesty, and bravery … even when faced with overwhelming adversity. In his own words:

This is my quest to follow that star, no matter how hopeless, no matter how far
To be willing to march into hell for a heavenly cause
To dream the impossible dream

Add to that the beautiful songs “It’s All the Same” … “Dulcinea” … “I’m Only Thinking of Him” … “I Really Like Him” … and “Little Bird.” Man of La Mancha will be a truly memorable performance, which will remain with you long after you leave the theater!