Bloomington's Professional Theater Company

Bloomington's Professional Theater Company

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Bloomington, IN 47401
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Overview

This fall the beloved children’s classic Charlotte’s Web returns to Cardinal Stage! When a girl named Fern saves a little pig named Wilbur, she opens the door to a world of friendship and adventure. Together, with the help of the wise Charlotte, the Gander, the Goslings, and even the sneaky Templeton, Wilbur and Fern show the farm and the world just how extraordinary an ordinary pig can be!

New! Sensory Friendly Performance: November 3rd at 4:00pm

Playwright

Elwyn Brooks White (July 11, 1899 – October 1, 1985) was an American writer and a world federalist. For more than fifty years, he was a contributor to The New Yorker magazine. He was also a co-author of the English language style guideThe Elements of Style. In addition, he wrote books for children, including Stuart Little (c. 1945) and Charlotte’s Web (c. 1952). In 1970, White received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal from the U.S. professional children’s librarians. It recognized his “substantial and lasting contributions to children’s literature.” That year he was also the U.S. nominee and eventual runner-up for the biennial Hans Christian Andersen Award, as he was again in 1976. Also in 1970, White’s third children’s novel was published, The Trumpet of the Swan. In 1973 it won the Sequoyah Award from Oklahoma and the William Allen White Award from Kansas, both selected by students voting for their favorite book of the year. In 2012, School Library Journal sponsored a survey of readers which identified Charlotte’s Web as the best children’s novel (“fictional title for readers 9–12” years old). The librarian who conducted it said, “It is impossible to conduct a poll of this sort and expect [White’s novel] to be anywhere but #1.

 

Joseph Robinette is a Tony Award nominee and Drama Desk Award nominee for the libretto of the acclaimed A Christmas Story, The Musical. He is the author or co-author of 55 published plays and musicals. His works have been produced at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, The Theater at Madison Square Garden and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City, the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, the BBC in Britain, in all 50 states and in 21 foreign countries. Twelve of his works have been translated into foreign languages, and another five have been anthologized. Robinette collaborated with E.B. White on the authorized stage version of Charlotte’s Web, and he wrote the musical version with Charles Strouse (Annie and Bye, Bye, Birdie). Other dramatizations include The Lion, the Witch and the WardrobeAnne of Green Gables and Debbie Macomber’s A Gift to Last and The Inn at Rose Harbor. He is the recipient of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education’s Distinguished Play Award for Sarah, Plain and Tall and the Children’s Theatre Foundation of America medallion for his “body of dramatic works for family audiences in the United States and beyond.”

Creative Team

Director: Liam Castellan

Stage Manager: Corey Hollinger

Scenic Designer: Jeremy Smith

Lighting Designer: Bridget Williams

Costume Designer: Kayla Cieslinski

Sound Designer: Macy Kloville

Cast

Kate-Lyn Edwards (Charlotte) is a Bloomington native and has been seen recently in her work with Stage Flight Circus Arts. Edwards began dancing at a young age, found a love for theatre, and finally continued on to pursue a Bachelor’s of Arts in Theatre & Drama at Indiana University. In recent years, Edwards lived and worked in Australia, where she discovered her love for aerials and circus and performed at events including VIC Circus Spectacular, Geelong After Dark art exhibition, Night Jar Market, and more. Now, back in her home town, Kate-Lyn performs as often as she can while she pursues her MBA.

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Caleb Curtis (Wilbur) is excited be returning to Cardinal Stage! He is a recent graduate of Indiana University with a Bachelors in Theatre with a focus in Acting and Directing. Most recently, Caleb played Crutchie in the Oklahoma Shakespeare Festival’s production of Newsies! Other credits include: Oklahoma Shakespeare Festival: The Tempest (Ferdinand). Cardinal Stage: God Bless You Mr. Rosewater (Fred Rosewater), The Report on the Barnhouse Effect (Soldier). The Jewish Theatre of Bloomington: Leipzig (Jesus). IU Theatre: Titus Andronicus (Demetrius), Peter and the Starcatcher (Smee), Noises Off (Frederick Fellowes), Antigone (Haemon). Caleb is excited to working on a play that was one of the first he ever saw! Caleb is from Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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Harper Davis (Fern) is a fourth grader at Binford Elementary.  She is very excited to be in her second production with Cardinal Stage having appeared in last year’s Beauty and the Beast.  She has also performed in Stages Bloomington production of Wizard of Oz.  She loves singing, acting, playing the ukulele, and crafting.  Harper loves all animals including her dog Charlie and her chinchilla Disco so she is excited and grateful to be playing the role of Fern.  She aspires to one day be an actress or a veterinarian or perhaps an actress portraying the role of a veterinarian. See Double Cast Schedule Below.

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Kate Williamson (Fern) is excited to be in her first production with Cardinal Stage!  Her recent theater experiences include Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and James and the Giant Peach with Stages Bloomington. She is an eighth grader at Tri-North Middle School where she participates in ALPS and is a member of National Junior Honor Society. Other interests include playing volleyball, being outdoors, reading, and hanging out with friends.  Kate would like to thank her family and her amazing group of theater friends for their continued love and support. See Double Cast Schedule Below.

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Tom Slater (Arable/Templeton) studied theatre and dance at the University of Southern California. He started competing as a dancer in college and eventually turned pro, adding teacher/choreographer to his repertoire. He has had many unique experiences, dancing for Bob Hope, President and Mrs. Clinton, and President Ford.  He performed alongside Suzanne Somers, Vic Damone, Louise Mandrell, Charo, and had the honor of dancing with Juliet Prowse on national television. He’s coached many world champions and title-holders in a variety of ballroom dance-styles as well as Jane Krakowski, Chayanne, Kris Kristoferson and Joan Plowright for the movie Dance with Me, where he’s also a featured dancer. Tom performed with Cardinal in The Great GatsbyMary PoppinsOne Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, and was lead in Robbie Benson’s We Are. He owns a boutique studio where he teaches Ballroom and cuts hair: http://youniquestudio.com.

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Kenny Arnold II (Mr. Homer / Zuckerman) (IU ‘18) is a second-year graduate student in Indiana University’s School of Public Health, who began his acting career with IU Theatre in 2018. The Detroit, Michigan native portrayed the roles of James T. in Barbecue, Aaron the Moor in Titus Andronicus and Carlyle in Streamers. Arnold II has also been involved in student-led projects, including the Media School’s short film Cassie and Brandon are Just Friends. He has spent the past two summers, commuting to Chicago, studying Michael Shurtleff’s 12 guideposts at Acting Studio Chicago. Before transitioning to acting, Arnold II was a middle linebacker and four-year member of the Hoosiers’ varsity football team. He will graduate in May, 2020, eager to pursue acting post-graduation.

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Darby Bowman (Avery) is in 6th grade at Fairview Elementary. He has performed as The Lorax and as The Hungry Thing at Fairview. Prior to his interest in theatre, he performed in the Fairview Show Choir. Darby has always had a knack for drama. After his experience on stage and going to see The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, he was inspired to pursue his interests in acting, taking a summer workshop at the Bloomington Playwrights Project and auditioning for Charlotte’s WebSee Double Cast Schedule Below.

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Sam Clarke (Avery) is a seventh grader at Tri-North Middle School. Recent credits include Cardinal Stage’s Beauty and the Beast (Youth Ensemble) and Oliver! (Orphan), and Stages Bloomington’s Honk, Jr. (Drake). Sam studies piano, guitar, and voice, and is on the Tri-North cross-country team. Sam would like to thank Liam and Cardinal, Stages Bloomington, Jane and Braedon at Stafford Music Academy, Emily Davis, and his family for their support. See Double Cast Schedule Below.

 

 

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Brynn Jones (Goose/Gander, et. al) is a junior majoring in Theatre & Drama (Acting concentration) at Indiana University, along with a second major in Spanish and a minor in Dance. Brynn is ecstatic to be making her Cardinal Stage debut. This past summer, she worked at IU Summer Theatre, playing Meg in Little Women throughout the month of July. For IU Theatre: The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Smith/Others). IU Independent Projects include: Measure for Measure, LOVEDLY, UNHINGED, and Emergency! (a Medical Musical). Work with IU’s University Players includes: The Wolves, Jasper in Deadland, and Triassic Parq. 

Double Cast Schedule

TEAM TERRIFIC:
Fern: Kate Williamson
Avery: Darby Bowman

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
Team Terrific
Friday 10/18 @ 6pm
Sunday 10/20 @ 1pm
Sunday 10/20 @ 4pm
Friday 10/25 @ 6pm
Sunday 10/27 @ 1pm
Sunday 10/27 @ 4pm
Saturday 11/02 @ 11am
Saturday 11/02 @ 4pm

TEAM RADIANT:
Fern: Harper Davis
Avery: Sam Clarke

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
Team Radiant
Saturday 10/19 @ 11am
Saturday 10/19 @ 4pm
Saturday 10/26 @ 11am
Saturday 10/26 @ 4pm
Friday 11/01 @ 6pm
Sunday 11/03 @ 1pm
Sunday 11/03 @ 4pm*

*Sensory Friendly Performance