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Written by Megan Flanagan   
Friday, 07 February 2014 08:26

Children Grades 1-8 Encouraged to Audition

Kids in grades 1-8 are invited to audition for the May 9-11 production of Hansel and Gretel by Vera Morris, directed by Dave Helmuth.  Auditions are Friday, February 21 from 3:30-6pm and Saturday, February 22 from 11am-2pm in the lower level of the Coralville Public Library.

This version of the classic fairy tale features a large cast portraying Hansel, Gretel, other children and adults, the witch, goblins, ogres, sprites, gingerbread cookies, forest animals and more!

Auditioners may drop in during the scheduled audition times.  Those auditioning may prepare a short monologue or be prepared to do a cold reading from provided scripts.  Please bring a list of all conflicts through May 11.  Please note that tech week rehearsal and performances (May 4-11) will be mandatory for all participants. Auditions are competitive; Young Footliters will cast as many children as feasible but cannot guarantee all will be cast.

Performances are at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts Friday, May 9 at 7pm, Saturday, May 10 at 2pm and 7pm, and Sunday, May 11 at 2pm.  The participation fee will be $40 for each child cast.

More information on Young Footliters and an audition form can be found at


How to Overcome Stage Fright in Your Life PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Thursday, 06 February 2014 16:48
Award-Winning Director Shares Tips for the Actor in All of Us

More confidence, less stress, discovering inner resources, improving relationships – there are thousands of self-help books to help us accomplish these, but do they work?

“Self-help strategies can work, as far as they go, but they don’t address a key component that affects everything from how we feel about ourselves to how successfully we interact with others,” says award-winning film director, producer and writer Dr. Richard R. Reichel.

“That key component is the fact that we’re all actors -- at work, school, home, even alone in front of the bathroom mirror. We’re always playing the character of ‘Me,’ but we also have to play other characters. The better we are at it, the happier and more successful we’ll be.”

But just like anyone who steps before an audience, sometimes we’re paralyzed by stage fright, says Reichel, author of the new book, “Everybody is an Actor,” (, a guide to achieving success in the film industry and in life.

“Stage fright undermines concentration and we lose our character objective,” he says. “Why do so many people cower in light of their dreams? Why do they procrastinate on getting their degree? Why do they tremble at the thought of approaching Mr. or Ms. Right? It’s because of stage fright.”

To overcome it, Reichel offers these tips from the Psychophantic System he developed to mold both life and film actors:

• Control stress with a “mind walk” and “confocal contemplation.” Today, stress is associated with a variety of chronic illnesses. In addition to regular exercise and sleep nourishment, consider a “mind walk,” or a pleasant thought that stops the stress and replaces it with something positive. In the same vein, practice “confocal contemplation” by allowing your mind to wander into a cloudlet of peace and relaxing your body. Then, while thoughts are peacefully drifting, flex your feet, ankles, calves, shins, knees, buttocks and hips – and release. Feel the weight of your entire body while your mind remains free, and repeat the exercise.

• Practice projecting your emotions. How many times have you daydreamed about how you will express yourself when a particular situation arises? In the same way, we need to rehearse how we project our emotions in social situations. Try practicing emotional expression in front of a trusted friend or loved one. If someone has made you happy and joyous, rehearse how to show them in the moment. Showing love and laughter can strengthen bonds, and learning how to express anger, sorrow and fear in appropriate ways will improve your ability to communicate and foster understanding. 

• Winning your audience by emphasizing character strengths. No one is good at everything, but everyone is good at something. In order to get what you want in life, you simply need to do what you’re good at. Your audience may be an employer, coworkers, family or a potential date. Can you make them laugh, understand or otherwise feel deeply what you’re expressing? Appealing to their emotional responses can go far. Keep in mind the hearts and minds of your audience, including the setting and what they must be experiencing during the “performance.” Be aware of your vocal projection and body language. You will be remembered for your performance, which will lead you to better roles and, in the case of daily living, better relationships.

About Dr. Richard R. Reichel

Dr. Richard R. Reichel has a long and varied experience in the film and TV industries, from actor and director to casting and cameraman. He holds multiple degrees, including one in film production and a doctorate in counseling psychology. Reichel, the author of “Everybody is an Actor,” (, was the first to produce a TV program about Asian cultures in America, and the first to present a TV show about all aspects of organic living. He is credited with persuading film star Jackie Chan to come to the U.S. to make movies. Dr. Reichel created an innovative and comprehensive acting system that immerses participants in the culture of film production while helping them actually become the character with impressive time efficiency. His system is also excellent for those who would like to have superior confidence and be more dynamic and assertive at work, social situations, school or even at home.

City Circle staging clothing drive and auction for DVIP, production of Love, Loss, and What I Wore PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Emil Rinderspacher   
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 15:11

CORALVILLE, Iowa — City Circle Acting Company of Coralville is partnering with several local businesses to stage a clothing drive and auction to benefit the Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP).

The DVIP provides support and advocacy to victims, many of whom are women in need of clothing to where to job interviews, work, or court appearances. Having access to quality professional clothing helps these women present a positive appearance and gain confidence as they rebuild their lives.

City Circle is holding the clothing drive and auction in tandem with its production of Nora and Delia Ephron's Love, Loss, and What I Wore, which runs Feb. 14-16 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets for the show are $12 to $27 and are available online at, by phone at 319-248-9370, or in person at the CCPA box office.

"City Circle was inspired by the stories told within Love, Loss and What I Wore to partner with the DVIP to raise awareness about the victims and survivors of domestic violence and the meaningful work of the DVIP," says Emil Rinderspacher, Chair of City Circle Board of Directors.

Based on the best seller by Ilene Beckerman as well as the recollections of the Ephrons' friends, the show uses clothing and accessories and the memories they trigger to tell funny and often poignant stories that all women can relate to: mothers, prom dresses, mothers, buying bras, mothers, hating purses, and why we only wear black. Nine local businesses donated designer dresses, which the actresses will wear in the show, and the dresses will be auctioned off after the final production Feb. 16. All proceeds from the online auction will go to the DVIP.

Donations of gently worn professional clothing and accessories will be accepted at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts during the performances or at Catherine's Boutique  (7 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City) during regular business hours Feb. 10-22.

Catherine Champion, owner of Catherine’s, donated two dresses to the show and her shop is serving as a drop off location for the clothing drive. “We are big supporters of City Circle and the DVIP and the work they do. Please donate to this wonderful cause,” Champion says.

Other local businesses donating dresses for the production and auction are: Dress Barn, Domby, Dulcinea, Francesca's, JC Penney, Revival, Textiles, and Velvet Coat.

More information:

Contact: Emil Rinderspacher, 319-331-7451 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

News Releases - Stage & Theatre
Written by German American Heritage Center   
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 14:42

Join us for this unique fundraising event! We will be serving delicious home-made pie from the Walcott Pie Lady before the performance and will be holding a silent auction for more delectable pie donated by amazing local amateur bakers!

Seats are still available!  Call now and save $5 by purchasing your ticket in advance- 563-322-8844

Finding Home is a trilogy of pieces, poignant, joyful, and humorous, about puppeteer Monica Leo's parents and their immigration experiences. The first piece, My Father's Imaginary Friend, uses candlelight and shadows to interpret the story of her father's hope and survival during his incarceration in a concentration camp.


The second piece, German Eggheads in Rural Texas, traces the family's life in a Lutheran parsonage in rural Texas. Monica uses her mother's illustrations to create puppets and scenery that tell droll stories of language and cultural mix-ups and misunderstandings.


The third piece, Mutti's Muscles, uses dolls and other objects to follow her mother's rebirth as a metal sculptor and political activist in the United States after her father's death.


German American Heritage Center, 712 West Second Street, Davenport, Iowa 52802.

Detroit-born author celebrates the era of America’s first highway PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jaymie Shook   
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 14:40

Home Improvement meets Happy Days

DETROIT –Tim Allen’s character “Tim the Toolman” adored hot rods, almost as much as Henry Winkler’s Fonzie loved hanging out at Arnold’s. Combine those two passions, along with some great baby boomer humor, and you get author Ron Lundmark’s first novel.
“Dream Machines” is the humorous tale of two Detroit men who, as teens, drove an unfinished drag race in 1965 on Woodward Avenue, America’s first highway. Fifty years later, the men recognize each other at their grandchildren’s wedding. They kept their grudge and their hot rods for five decades, just in case.
“I lived in the earlier days of Woodward in the 1960s, when there were lots of drive-in restaurants to cruise and everybody drag raced in-between the stoplights,” Lundmark said. “Woodward was considered the biggest illegal drag strip in the world. It was “American Graffiti” times a thousand.”
The story takes place during the Woodward Dream Cruise, the largest one-day automotive event in the world, which brings 1.5 million people and 40,000 classic cars to Detroit each year.
“The book is really the story about the Woodward Dream Cruise and its history in the Motor City,” Lundmark said.
For more information about the book, visit; for more information about the Woodward Dream Cruise, visit
Dream Machines
By Ron Lundmark
ISBN: 978-1-45821-070-8
Available in softcover, hardcover, e-book
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Abbott Press
About the author
From Detroit, Michigan, Ron Lundmark grew up in the heyday of Woodward Avenue – America’s first highway – in the 1960s, when there were drive-in restaurants to cruise and the biggest illegal drag strip in the world on which to race. He is a small business owner in Bay Village, Ohio.
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