Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
By Alan Menken (Music), Howard Ashman and Tim Rice (Lyrics), and Linda Woolverton (Book)Buy Tickets
December 13 – 30, 2018
Be our guest this holiday season as Cardinal brings the enchanted world of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast to the Buskirk-Chumley Theater! When the spirited Belle sacrifices her freedom to save her father, she becomes a captive of the equally headstrong Beast. If the Beast can’t win Belle’s heart and break the witch’s spell, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity. Featuring romance, laughs and an award-winning score, this musical will be a delight for the whole family!
Alan Menken’s (Music) music and lyrics have become an integral part of the fabric of our lives since his first works were produced nearly 40 years ago. Stage musicals: God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater; Little Shop of Horrors; Beauty and The Beast; A Christmas Carol; The Little Mermaid; Sister Act; Leap of Faith; Newsies; Aladdin; The Hunchback of Notre Dame; The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz and A Bronx Tale. Film work: The Little Mermaid, Beauty and The Beast (animated), Newsies, Aladdin, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Enchanted, Tangled, Sausage Party, Beauty and the Beast(live version). Television credits: “Sesame Street,” “Lincoln,” “The Neighbors,” “Galavant,” “Tangled.” Awards: 2012 Tony®, Drama Desk, 8 Oscars®, 11 Grammy® Awards, 7 Golden Globes®, London’s Evening Standard, the Olivier and Outer Critics Circle. Other: Songwriters Hall of Fame, Billboard’s #1 single and album, Disney Legend, star on Hollywood Walk of Fame. Doctorates from NYU and the North Carolina School of the Arts.
Howard Ashman (Lyrics) is best known as a pivotal creative mind behind the renaissance of Disney animation and his work on The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Beauty and The Beast (which is dedicated to, “Our friend, Howard Ashman, who gave a Mermaid her voice and a Beast his soul…”) Ashman’s first love was theater. Ashman was a founder of off off Broadway’s renowned WPA Theater, where he conceived, wrote and directed God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, as well as the classic musical, Little Shop of Horrors (both music by Alan Menken). In 1986, he wrote and directed the Broadway musical Smile (music by Marvin Hamlisch). Lamented as a lost treasure of the 1980’s theater scene, Smile remains popular on High School and College campuses throughout the country. Howard Ashman died in 1991 from complications of AIDS. For more information, please visit howardashman.com.
Tim Rice (Lyrics) has worked in music, theater, and film since 1965, when he met Andrew Lloyd Webber, a fellow struggling songwriter. Rather than pursue Tim’s ambitions to write rock or pop songs, they turned their attention to Andrew’s obsession – musical theater. Their first collaboration, The Likes Of Us (lyrics by Tim, music by Andrew), was an unsuccessful show based on the life of Dr. Barnardo, the Victorian philanthropist. Their next three works together were much more successful: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Evita. Tim has also worked with other distinguished popular composers such as Elton John (The Lion King, Aida), Alan Menken (Aladdin, King David, Beauty and the Beast), and Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson (Chess). From Here to Eternity, with music by newcomer Stuart Brayson, co-produced with Lee Menzies, directed by Tamara Harvey, and with book by Bill Oakes, premiered in the West End at the Shaftesbury Theatre in 2013. He formed his own cricket team in 1973 and was president of the MCC in 2002. In 2013, he wrote and presented a 52-part series for BBC Radio 2, American Pie, a trawl through the music and musicians of every American State. He has won several awards, mainly for the wrong thing or for simply turning up.
Linda Woolverton’s (Book) credits include the screenplay for the animated feature film BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Golden Globe winner and Academy Award Best Picture nominee); the screenplay (shared) for HOMEWARD BOUND: THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY; screenplay (shared) for the animated feature film THE LION KING; the book for the Broadway musical BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Tony Award nomination for Best Book of a Musical, winner 1998 Olivier Award Best New Musical); and book (shared) for Elton John and Tim Rice’s Broadway musical AIDA. Also, she has written two young-adult novels, STAR-WIND and RUNNING BEFORE THE WIND. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from California State University Long Beach and a Master’s degree in Theatre from California State University Fullerton. Linda is currently involved in writing and producing film projects for Miramax and Revolution studios. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband Lee Flicker and daughter Keaton.
- Kate Galvin
- Dann Dunn
- Musical Director
- Hana Cai
- Stage Manager
- Lori Garraghty
- Scenic Designer
- C. David Higgins
- Lighting Designer
- Keith Truax
- Costume Designer
- Johna Sewell
- Sound Designer
- Doug Borntrager
- Prop Master
- Melinda Seader
- BCT Technical Director
- David DeSante
- Fight Choreographer
- Leraldo Anzaldua
- Dialect Coach
- Nancy Lipschultz
- Associate Lighting Designer
- Max Lagonia
- Assistant Stage Manager
- Chelsea Pell
- Assistant Stage Manager
- Corey Hollinger
- Chasity Butler
- Laura Schnieder
- Spotlight Operator
- Levi Voils
- Spotlight Operator
- Jenna Newland
- Spotlight Operator
- Jensyn Bowman
- Spotlight Operator
- Duncan Bowman
- Flyman / Deck
- Wil Ivy
- Youth Ensemble Coordinator
- Kate Seader
Kayla Marie Eilers (Belle) from New Albany, IN is thrilled to be returning to Cardinal Stage! You might have seen her as the villainous Amber Von Tussle in Cardinal’s past production of Hairspray. Other past credits include: Mamma Mia (Sophie Sheridan), Oklahoma (Gertie Cummings) at Derby Dinner Playhouse. Twice Charmed (Cinderella) for Disney Cruise Line. Grease (Sandy) and Ragtime (Evelyn Nesbit) at Wagon Wheel Theatre. For IU theatre: South Pacific (Nellie Forbush) at Jacobs School of Music, Legally Blonde (Elle Woods), Chicago (Roxie Hart). Kayla is a graduate from Indiana University with a BFA in Musical Theatre. She would like to thank her family, Nate and friends for all of their love and support. Happy Holidays!
Nickolaus Colõn (Beast) hails from North Carolina and is a proud alumnus of the Drama program at UNCSA. Credits include: Dirty Dancing National Tour (Billy Kostecki), Peter and the Star Catcher (Slank/Hawking Clam), Guys & Dolls (Nathan Detroit), Les Misérables (Thenardier), Learned Ladies (Lapine). He is so incredibly honored to join the Cardinal family and for the chance to play one of his dream roles alongside this amazing cast. Follow his career and adventures here. IG: NickolausColon
Connor Bernard (Gaston) is a senior earning a musical theatre B.F.A as well as a Business minor. For IU Theatre: Stardust Road (Man#3), Heathers, (Ram), Urinetown, (Officer Lockstock), The Drowsy Chaperone, (Superintendent, Cover for Man in Chair). Jesus Christ Superstar, (Tribe). Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, (Martin Van Buren). For Hope Summer Repertory Theatre: Annie, (Ickes, Judge Brandeis). Working, (Ensemble). A View From the Bridge, (Louis). For University Players: Dogfight, (Bernstein). For Cardinal Stage: Beauty and the Beast (Gaston), Oliver!, (Dr. Grimwig, Ensemble). For Bloomington Playwright’s Project: Front Page Flo, (Brett Buckles). Connor is from Cincinnati, Ohio.
Michael McGregor (Maurice) is very pleased to appear as Maurice in this presentation of Beauty and the Beast. This is Michael’s tenth Cardinal production, having previously appeared in My Fair Lady, Annie, Big River, To Kill a Mockingbird, Charlotte’s Web, Les Misérables, 1776, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and West Side Story. Among his favorite pre-Cardinal roles are Riff in West Side Story (a long, long time ago), File in 110 in the Shade, Pasquale in Most Happy Fella, Captain Corcoran in H.M.S. Pinafore, the Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance, Pooh Bah in The Mikado, and Thomas Jefferson in 1776. Before moving to Bloomington, Michael was a member of The Music Lobby, a Washington, DC-based song and dance troupe that performed for such luminaries as Vice President Walter Mondale and Chief Justice Warren Burger. Michael thanks his dear wife, Celeste, for her continued good cheer, encouragement, and support.
Cole Winston (Le Fou) is sophomore B.F.A. student in Musical Theatre. He has been a part of IU Theatre productions of City of Angels (Stine) and Julius Caesar (Cinna/Titinius), as well as the Musical Theatre department’s workshop of the premiere musical The Wave (James). For IU Summer Theatre: Spelling Bee (Chip/Jesus) and Our Town (Wally Webb) Before becoming a Hoosier, he appeared in multiple professional productions with companies including First Stage, the Milwaukee Rep, and Skylight Music Theatre. Favorite past performance credits include Anthony and Prince Char in the world premiere shows TXT U L8R and Ella Enchanted respectively, the Nightingale in Once Upon a Mattress and Jem Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird. Cole is from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Scott Van Wye (Lumière) is an Indianapolis native who is delighted to be in his second home for the holiday season. For Cardinal Stage: Riff (West Side Story), The Sheriff (Robin Hood), and Riffy Tiffy Taffy (Just Kidding). For Indiana University: Mr. Burns/ Gibson (Mr. Burns), Pontius Pilate (Jesus Christ Superstar). For Ivy Tech: Melchior Gabor (Spring Awakening). As a graduate of Indiana University who may not have studied his hardest, Scott is currently taking nonfiction book recommendations. Scott would like to thank his friends, family, and the wonderful patrons of Bloomington’s arts community. Happy Holidays!
Philip Christiansen (Cogsworth) is participating in his 28th Cardinal show. He is excited to return to the stage, last seen as Sowerberry in Oliver! A resident of Bloomington, he has vocal performance degrees from Rice University (B.M.), Indiana University (M.M.) and Florida State University (D.M.A). He has served on the voice faculty at The University of Evansville, Ohio University, Indiana University, New Mexico State University, Vincennes University, Indiana State University, Millikin University and University of Louisiana-Lafayette. He is a veteran of over 110 operas, plays, and musicals as a performer, director or stage management.
Janie Gordon (Mrs. Potts) is delighted to be making her debut with Cardinal Stage! Recently retired as the choral director at Columbus North High School, Janie is now teaching voice and piano in her Columbus Indiana studio. She graduated from Indiana University and stays active with IU, currently serving as the president of the Singing Hoosiers Alumni Council. As a performer in numerous professional and community theatre productions, her favorite roles include: Anna in The King and I, Maria in the Sound of Music, Ado Annie in Oklahoma!, The Bakers Wife in Into the Woods and Sister Hubert in Nunsense. Janie would like to thank all her friends and family (especially her husband Mark) for their love and support as she continues to follow her dream of being on the stage!
Amanda Biggs (Wardrobe) is an internationally-prized Opera singer having placed third in the Gerda Lissner International Voice Competition in New York City, and as a semi-finalist in the Marcello Giordani Foundation International Voice Competition. She received her training from Western Kentucky University and Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Amanda has trained with world-class Opera singers Elizabeth Volkman, Aprile Millo, Carol Vaness, George Shirley, Virginia Zeani, and Patricia Wise. Additionally, she counts as mentors such world-renowned vocal coaches Bill Schuman, Marcello Giordani, and Richard Miller. Amanda’s opera roles include Tosca, Madama Butterfly, Berta, Suor Angelica, the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, and Lola, as well as several off-Broadway productions including Alison in Fun Home and Fantine in Les Misérables with Cardinal Stage, Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, and Selma Steele in The Breeze Bends the Grass. Amanda’s concert repertoire includes the soprano soloist for Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Cary Boyce’s World Premier of his Requiem, The Flower of Departure, as well as performing as a guest artist with the Southern Indiana Wind Ensemble, the Bloomington Indiana Chamber Orchestra, and the Bloomington Indiana Chamber Singers. Amanda is regularly called upon to adjudicate in competitions throughout the midwest, including the NSAL Musical Theater Competition at Indiana University, Columbus Got Talent, and many other high school solo and choral competitions. In 2014, she released her debut Southwestern Folk Blues album to international acclaim, and can be found on Amazon, iTunes, and CDBaby. Amanda has been teaching for more than 8 years now in her private voice studio in Bloomington, Indiana, where she maintains a full roster of students who perform regularly. Amanda is thrilled to join the incredible cast of Beauty and the Beast!! Amanda wishes to dedicate her performances as Madame De La Grande Bouche to her magical sons Maxwell and Miles, and to Tanya Strickley.
Lisa Podulka (Babette) is a junior BFA Musical Theatre major and Spanish minor at IU from Ithaca, NY. She is thrilled to be making her Cardinal Stage debut! IU Theatre credits include Peter and the Starcatcher (Molly) and City of Angels (Carla/Alaura). Other favorite credits include Stardust Road and Dames at Sea (Ruby) for IU Summer Theatre, The Last Night of Ballyhoo (Sunny) for the Jewish Theatre of Bloomington, The Oregon Trail (Mary Anne) for Bloomington Playwrights Project, and Spider’s Web (Pippa) for Cortland Repertory Theatre. Off-stage she enjoys spending time outdoors, with friends, and petting any cat she meets. Thank you to Kate for giving me this opportunity and everyone else who helped with this production!
Ali Lidbury (Ensemble) is a senior Musical Theatre Major at Indiana University. IU Theatre: Pippin (Fastrada) Heathers (Heather Duke), City of Angels (Assist. Choreographer), The Drowsy Chaperone (Ensemble) Jesus Christ Superstar (Swing), The Wave (Stage Manager). Bloomington Playwrights Project: Beating A Dead Horse (Erica). Cedar Point: Lusty Lil’s (Singer/Dancer/DC), Jordin Sparks/Usher Concert (Featured Dancer). Other: West Side Story (Maria), A Chorus Line (Val) Line (Val), Hairspray (Penny), A Streetcar Named Desire (Stella), Cats (White Cat/DC), The Merry Widow (Grisette, Principal Dancer). Ali is from Barrington, Illinois.
Cassia Scagnoli (Ensemble) is a sophomore BFA Musical Theatre student. For IU Theatre: Pippin (Berthe) and Three Sisters (Musician). For Cardinal Stage Company: Peter Pan (Tiger Lily/Liza). For University Players: Jasper in Deadland (Lil’ Lu/Ensemble). Other: Midsummer Night’s Dream (Puck), Anything Goes (Reno Sweeney), Beauty and the Beast (Belle) and Urinetown (Penelope Pennywise) TV: “The Friday Zone” (Co-host). She recently did an internship with Indiana Repertory Theatre in their youth workshops. Cassia is from Logansport, Indiana.
Maggie Lynn Held (Ensemble) is happy to be joining Cardinal Stage for the first time. She performed at Opryland USA, Busch Gardens Theme Park, Cruise Line Overseas, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center and Stages Children’s Theatre Productions. Maggie hit the pavement in The Big Apple in early 97’. While in NY, Maggie starred in the first regional production of Songs for A New Worldand booked a bundle of National and Regional Voice Over spots. Favorite roles include, Truvy in Steel Magnolias, Anita in West Side Story and Rosie in Bye Bye Birdie. Maggie is also the founder of Scribfolio®, an interactive 2D improv product and program. Maggie is a member of Women In Toys and the Astra Toy Association. She has won 2017 Creative Child Magazine’s Book of the Year, 2018 Parent’s Picks award, and Best Creative Fun award with Tillywig Toys. She has also been accepted into B-Start Entrepreneur Program at IU. Maggie held Keynote sessions at Both Destination Imagination Global Finals and The 2018 Astra Toy Conference. Maggie currently works in marketing and design here in Bloomington. She would like to thank her husband Dan Held and children, Boston and Tea Held for their continued support. Maggie loves wiener dogs and hopes to spark imaginations and spread creativity one scribble at a time.
Mackenzie Lemonis is thrilled to be returning to the stage for her second Cardinal Stage production. She was most recently seen in Cardinal’s last holiday show, Peter Pan as a Warrior (Lotus). Her favorite roles include: Little Becky Two Shoes in Urinetown at Bloomington High School North, Mayzie in Seussical the Musical at Noe Middle School Performing Arts Magnet, and Flotsam in The Little Mermaid at Folsom Academy of the Arts. She trained with Folsom Academy of the Arts in Louisville, Kentucky in jazz, hip hop, ballet, and musical theatre and with Bloomington’s Expressive Arts Training. Mackenzie would like to thank her family and friends for their ongoing support.
Robert Frederick Taylor (Ensemble) is thrilled to be joining the Cardinal Stage family this holiday season in, Beauty and the Beast! Regional Credits: A Chorus Line (Greg), Beauty and the Beast (Ensemble), Xanadu (Terpsichore), A Christmas Carol (Marley/Mr. Smythe), Mary Poppins (Ensemble), Fiddler on the Roof (Sasha/Bottle Dancer/Russian), West Side Story (Big Deal), The Little Mermaid (Ensemble), The Addams Family (Featured Addams Ancestor), My Fair Lady (Ensemble,U/S Cockney Quartet), Cabaret (Bobby/Two Ladies), Hairspray (IQ), A Chorus Line (Larry), Sweet Charity (Ensemble),Carousel (Ensemble), 110 in the Shade (Ensemble), Kiss of the Spider Woman (Aurora’s Man/Aurelio), Side Show (Ensemble), Jesus Christ Superstar (Apostle). BFA from Montclair State University. All my love and many thanks to Kate, Dann, Cardinal Stage, and my family and friends! For my Mother, Grandmother and Ree.
Lucia Walker (Ensemble) is a sophomore at Bloomington High School South. She has previously appeared with Cardinal Stage in West Side Story (Somewhere girl), Oliver! (Charlie Bates), Mary Poppins (Jane Banks), Shrek (Young Fiona), Les Misérables (Young Cosette), Willy Wonka (Matilda/Oompa-Loompa), Wizard of Oz (Munchkin/Flying Monkey) and Annie (Tessie). In recent years, Lucia has enjoyed singing with Malcolm Dalglish and The Ooolites, as well as performing as a member of BEAT Syncopation Show Choir. She studies piano, enjoys many styles of dance and was recently a state finalist in the Poetry Out Loud competition in Indianapolis. She has performed as a member of BHSS Sounds of South in Hello Dolly! and Guys and Dolls. She is thrilled to be in the cast of Beauty and the Beast!
Maria Walker (Ensemble) is delighted to be working with Cardinal Stage for this production of Beauty and the Beast! Previous appearances with Cardinal include Mary Poppins (Winifred Banks), Annie (Grace Farrell), The Wizard of Oz (Glinda), Charlotte’s Web (Charlotte), Willy Wonka (Mrs. Bucket), The Birthday Feast (Mrs. Allegri/Farmer), A Year with Frog and Toad (Bird/Mouse/Mother Frog), Les Misérables, My Fair Lady, Oliver! and Love, Loss, and What I Wore. For Bloomington Playwrights Project: Front Page Flo (Emma). For Indiana Festival Theatre (IUST): Sense and Sensibility (Mrs. Dashwood/Mrs. Ferrars), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Maria earned her MM in Voice from IU Jacobs School of Music. She lives in Bloomington, where she regularly performs as actor, singer, and soloist in a wide variety of music and theatre projects
Diane Buzzell (Ensemble) began studying dance at the age of three and has been an educator, professional dancer, choreographer, and artistic director. She received her BFA in ballet performance from the University of Oklahoma and her MA in dance from Butler University. Diane has performed with Indiana Dance Theatre, Indianapolis Dance Company, Butler Ballet, Oklahoma Festival Ballet, Repertory Dance Theatre, Center Dance Company, DC City Ballet and Fairfax Ballet Company. She held the position of adjunct faculty at IU Contemporary Dance Program, IU Ballet Department, and Butler University Department of Dance. She was the founder and artistic director for Indiana Dance Theater for seven years. Throughout her career, Diane has choreographed more than 40 ballets and musicals. She has worked with Cardinal Stage Company, Theater South, Sounds of South, and Stages Bloomington. Diane is the Director of the IU Health Foundation for the South-Central Region. Much love and thanks to her parents, Bob and Evy Buzzell, her wife, Michelle Miller, and sons Erich and Matthew Weidenbener.
Matthew Weidenbener (Ensemble / Dance Captain) is thrilled to return to Cardinal for his 15th production! Matthew received his BFA in Musical Theatre from Indiana University in the spring and recently relocated to Chicago, IL. Credits include, For Cardinal Stage: Frankenstein, West Side Story (Co-Choreographer), A Year with Frog and Toad, Mary Poppins, Hairspray and more. For IU Theatre & IUST: 25th Annual Spelling Bee (Barfée, Asst. Chor), The Drowsy Chaperone (Robert Martin), Urinetown (Asst. Dir/Chor.), For Northbrook TYA: Curious George: The Golden Meatball (Phinneas, George u/s), For Grandstreet Theatre: Cry-Baby(Baldwin/Dance Capt.). He is so excited to be back on the BCT stage and sharing it with Diane Buzzell! Happy Holidays!
Sean Puent (Ensemble) is a student at Indiana University, double majoring in Theatre & Drama and Media, with a concentration in Cinema and Media Arts. Previously for Cardinal Stage: Fun Home (Roy/Mark/Pete/Bobby Jeremy), a staged reading of God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater (Norman Mushari). Previously for IU Theatre: Three Sisters (Fedótik), City of Angels (Jack/Yamato). Recent credits also include: an independent project for Joshua Robinson: Heathers: The Musical (Hipster Dork), a staged reading of The Well-Tempered Clavier (Louis). He is also a member of the Jacobs School of Music’s Singing Hoosiers, where he serves as a Varsity choreographer. Sean is from Chesterton, Indiana.
Jocylon Evans (Ensemble) is a 15-year-old freshman, currently playing as Dr. Livesey in the production of Treasure Island. Jocylon has played many roles with her school as well as her community theatre. She is a dancer of 8 years, she performs, tap, jazz, and ballet. She is playing as a macaroon, townsperson, and a plate. She is very excited about performing with her fellow castmates of beauty and the beast. She hopes to bring a magical evening to the Audience.
Cameron Barnett (Ensemble) is a senior pursuing a BFA in dance with a minor in Theatre and Drama. For IU Theatre, he was seen in Pippin (Ensemble/Fight Captain) and Antigone (Polynices). Through IU Contemporary Dance, he has performed works choreographed by Jose Limon, Andrea Miller, Kyle Abraham, Bill T. Jones, and Twyla Tharp. He has also been seen in University Players’ Marat/Sade (Cucurucu/Singer) and an independent project of Julius Caesar (Soothsayer, et al.). Additionally, during his time at IU, he has created more than a dozen works of dance and dance-theatre. Cameron is from Bloomington, Indiana.
Coen Berin (Chip) is a fifth-grade student at St. Charles. He is excited to return for another year with Cardinal Stage Company among his credits include Oliver in Oliver! and a Lost Boy (Tootles) in Peter Pan. He recently played Theo in IU Theater, Drama and Contemporary Dance production of Pippin. Coen also participates in theater workshops with Stages Bloomington, his latest credit with the production was Earthworm in James and the Giant Peach Jr. Coen also dances Hip Hop with Tiffany Pham’s Jaywalkerz and Gymnastics with Rising Stars Gymnastics.
Sam Clarke (Ensemble), age 11, is a sixth grader at Binford Elementary School. He previously appeared in Cardinal Stage’s Oliver! (Orphan’s Chorus) and in several Stages Bloomington plays and musicals. Sam plays piano, violin, and guitar, and he sings in the Binford Elementary choir. In his free time, Sam enjoys robotics, running, and reading. Sam would like to thank his parents, his voice teacher, Emily Crowley-Davis, and the wonderful staff at Cardinal Stage for giving him this opportunity.
Harper Davis (Ensemble) is a third grader at Binford elementary and is so excited to be in her first Cardinal Stage production. Harper is not a stranger to the stage as she is an active member of BEAT’s Mini-sync show choir. She also performed in the Stages Bloomington production of Wizard of Oz. Besides singing and performing, Harper loves gymnastics, crafting, and learning to play the piano and ukulele.
Isaac Diehl (Youth Ensemble) is extremely proud to be joining the cast of Beauty and the Beast. Isaac lives in Bloomington with his family and attends Edgewood Junior High School. Isaac first appeared as Hickory in Stages production of The Wizard of Oz. He has been a cast member for many other productions, but is best-known for playing Christopher Robin in Winnie the Pooh. Isaac is a survivor of early childhood leukemia and believes his past struggles are part of what makes him a strong actor. His family encourages him to pursue acting and his dreams to one day perform on Broadway.
Jaidyn Janes (Ensemble) is nine years old and this is her first time performing with Cardinal Stage. Jaidyn started taking ballet at a young age and has also taken jazz. She has danced in many recitals and performances including The Nutcracker. Jaidyn started taking singing lessons two years ago and has enjoyed performing numerous songs. She is so excited to be a part of Beauty and the Beast.
Caroline Elin Jensen (Ensemble), age 9, is currently in the 3rd grade at St. Charles Borromeo School. Beauty and the Beast is her first musical stage production. Caroline has been a student in the IU Jacobs School of Music pre-college ballet program since the age of 5. This year marks her third appearance in the school’s annual production of the Nutcracker. Caroline is also active in the Jacobs School Pre-College Harp program, Young Pianist Program, and String Academy. Caroline is a member of the Indiana Swim Club and competes in swim meets throughout Central Indiana. She is also a member of the Girl Scouts of Southern Indiana and the St. Charles Cheer Club. Caroline loves art, music, theater, and sports and lives in Bloomington, Indiana with her parents, Anna and Espen, as well as her siblings Stian (13), Erik (11), and Clara (6) and a big black lab named Elvis.
Jake Keller (Ensemble) is an eighth grader at Jackson Creek Middle School. He is very excited to perform in his third Cardinal Stage musical, previously appearing as a member of Fagin’s Gang in Oliver! And the Lost Boy Nibs in Peter Pan. He enjoys acting, singing, dancing, soccer, and track. He currently takes voice lessons with Amanda Biggs. Jake played the parts of Patch and a police officer in OSA’s 101 Dalmatians. He has performed in five Stages musicals including The Little Mermaid (Prince Eric), Free to Be You and Me (King and a baby), Brundibár (Pepíček), The Wizard of Oz (Uncle Henry), and Into the Woods (Jack).
Ingrid Rose Pendergast (Ensemble) is a seventh grader at Tri-North Middle School. She is thrilled about being in her very first Cardinal Stage production. Ingrid has been previously seen as “Ladybug” in the Stages production of James and the Giant Peach, Jr. In her free time, she also enjoys playing volleyball for Tri-North, and hanging out with her theatre troupe, “Lice Without a Hat.” She is honored to have been given this opportunity to participate in Beauty and the Beast. She would like to thank her friends, family, and her pets for enduring two years of Ingrid belting Broadway show tunes around the house. She would especially like to thank the costume designers for their warmth, generosity, and humor. She hopes the show is as fun for the audience as it has been for her.
Veronica Piurek (Youth Ensemble) is a sixth-grader at The Project School who loves singing, Harry Potter, and spontaneous dance routines. She’s a member of the IU Children’s Choir & IU Pre-College Guitar Academy, plays soccer, and studies Spanish. She has appeared in Stages Bloomington productions, including the role of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz and the role of Andrea in Once on this Island, Jr. Her school productions have included Nala in The Lion King and Mowgli in The Jungle Book. She has taken part in several Bloomington Playwrights Project & Stages summer camps and was in the BEAT show choir. She played Ariel in the Monroe County Civic Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park production of Tempest in a Teacup and appeared in MCCT’s As You Like It, and It’s a Wonderful Life (2016). She helped write a play in which she also performed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2016, and appeared in the Cardinal’s holiday production of Oliver! as an orphan. She is overjoyed to be part of the Beauty & the Beast ensemble!
Grace Rich (Ensemble) has loved to sing and dance since she was three years old. Now she’s a 7th grader at Tri-North Middle School, and can’t believe she’s in her 2nd Cardinal Stage Production!! Last year’s production of Peter Pan (as one of the lost boys) was an amazing experience for her. Aside from Cardinal, Grace has performed in a number of Stages productions, including James and the Giant Peach, The Wizard of Oz, Once on This Island, Jr., and The Little Mermaid. She’s grateful for her friends and family’s everlasting love and support, and for everyone who helped make this show possible. Grace would like to wish you a Happy Holiday and she hopes you enjoy the show!
Elena Rupp (Ensemble) loves performing for Cardinal Stage! Most recently she played Small Alison in this summer’s production of Fun Home. She has also been in the ensemble for Oliver! and Mary Poppins. She started her acting career with Stages, performing in The Aristocats, A Year with Frog and Toad, Wizard of Oz Jr., and in The Little Mermaid Jr as Ariel. Elena is in her 5th year singing and dancing with the BEAT show choir program and is taking voice lessons from Amanda Biggs. She also plays volleyball, both with the Pantera volleyball club and on the 7th-grade team this fall at Jackson Creek Middle School. Many thanks to Kate and Cardinal for another great opportunity!
McKenna Simmons (Ensemble) is a 7th grader at Batchelor Middle School and is thrilled to be in her second Cardinal Stage production. She performed in last season’s holiday musical Peter Pan (Twin #1-Team Croc). McKenna has previously performed in several Project School musicals, BPP Youth Musical Theater camp, as well as productions with Stages Bloomington, including The Wizard of Oz (Scarecrow), Free to Be You and Me (Narrator/Chorus) and Little Mermaid Jr. (Sea Creature/Chorus). She was a member of BEAT’s competitive show choir, Syncopation. She would like to thank her parents, Cardinal Stage and many others for supporting her artistic passions. McKenna also enjoys B-TV, cheerleading and track & field.
Hayden Sheley (Ensemble) is twelve years old and goes to St. Charles Borromeo school. He’s in the seventh grade. Since he was a little kid, he always wanted to be on stage. He was in his third-grade production of Oh Jonah and got the lead. He’s been in a few Stages summer productions such as Androcles and the Lion and Once on this Island. He’s made it into the Indiana Honor Choir twice and is going for a third round in January. He’s even created some small skits of his own. In his free time, he loves to sing, act, play soccer, play video games, and read books. He’s seen many of Cardinal Stage’s plays and is proud and so excited to be in the latest production of Beauty and the Beast.
Allie Shute (Ensemble) is an energetic, charismatic 6th grader at Clear Creek Elementary. She has appeared in their school plays, The Lorax as the Lorax and in How the Grinch Stole Christmas as Cindy Lou Who. Prior to that, she played Professor Marvel in the Bloomington Stages production of The Wizard of Oz. She has enjoyed attending Cardinal plays every past holiday season and couldn’t be happier to be a part of Beauty and the Beast. Allie is an active advocate for individuals with chronic illnesses and was recently named one of eight Riley Champions for 2019, where she will continue sharing her story to help others. Allie also enjoys crafting and spending time with family. She has an older brother, Peyton, and two proud parents, Michelle Qualley and Jason Shute. Allie would like to thank Jenn Cristy for believing in her as well as her parents, supportive grandparents and teachers, and loving family.
Cooper Tucker (Ensemble) is thrilled to be back for another Cardinal musical. He previously appeared in Oliver! He has appeared in Stages Theater Group performances of The Wizard of Oz, James and the Giant Peach and The Hobbit. Cooper also enjoys performing with B.E.A.T, a local show choir. He would like to dedicate his performance to his big brother Luke, who is currently serving in the U.S. Air Force.
Grania Whelan (Ensemble) is delighted to return to Cardinal Stage for Beauty and the Beast! Most recently, she has appeared in Into the Woods (Little Red) and Quilters (Margaret/Ensemble) for Stages Bloomington. As a sound designer, she has worked with Bloomington High School North designing Sylvia, Enron, and The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged). She would like to thank her amazing family and friends for their wonderful support, and she hopes you enjoy the show!
Double Cast Schedule
Caroline Elin Jensen
Thursday 12/13 @ 7pm
Saturday 12/15 @ 2pm
Saturday 12/15 @ 7pm
Wednesday 12/19 @ 7pm
Friday 12/21 @ 7pm
Sunday 12/23 @ 2pm
Sunday 12/23 @ 7pm
Thursday 12/27 @ 2pm
Thursday 12/27 @ 7pm
Saturday 12/29 @ 2pm
Saturday 12/29 @ 7pm
Ingrid Rose Pendergast
Friday 12/14 @ 7pm
Sunday 12/16 @ 2pm
Sunday 12/16 @ 7pm
Thursday 12/20 @ 7pm
Saturday 12/22 @ 2pm
Saturday 12/22 @ 7pm
Wednesday 12/26 @ 2pm
Wednesday 12/26 @ 7pm
Friday 12/28 @ 7pm
Sunday 12/30 @ 2pm