Bloomington's Professional Theater Company

Bloomington's Professional Theater Company

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Overview

Inspired by the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, this high-energy musical soars with rousing dance numbers and memorable songs. When New York publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst try to increase their profits by taking advantage of hard-working newsboys, the charismatic Jack Kelly steps up to lead a band of young “newsies” to strike for what’s right. This Tony Award-winning musical, based on the popular Disney film, is toe-tapping fun for the entire family!

“A bright, invigorating extravaganza!” ~ Time Out New York

Playwright

Alan Menken is an American musical theatre and film score composer, songwriter and pianist. Menken is best known for his scores for films produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios. His scores for The Little Mermaid (1989), Beauty and the Beast (1991), Aladdin (1992), and Pocahontas (1995) have each won him two Academy Awards. He also composed the scores for Little Shop of Horrors (1986), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), Hercules (1997), Home on the Range (2004), Enchanted (2007), and Tangled (2010), among others. He is also known for his work on musical theatre works for Broadway and elsewhere. Some of these are based on his Disney films, but other stage hits include Little Shop of Horrors (1982), A Christmas Carol (1994) and Sister Act (2009). With eight Academy Award wins (four each for Best Score and Best Song), Menken is the second most prolific Oscar winner in the music categories after Alfred Newman. He has also won 11 Grammy Awards, a Tony Award, and other honors.

Harvey Fierstein is an American actor, playwright, and voice actor. Fierstein has won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his own play Torch Song Trilogy and the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for playing Edna Turnblad in Hairspray. The gravel-voiced actor is best known for the play and film Torch Song Trilogy, which he wrote and starred in both Off-Broadway (with a young Matthew Broderick) and on Broadway. The 1982 Broadway production won him two Tony Awards, for Best Play and Best Actor in a Play, two Drama Desk Awards, for Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Actor in a Play, and the Theatre World Award, and the film adaptation earned him an Independent Spirit Award nomination as Best Male Lead.He also wrote the book for the musical La Cage aux Folles, for which he won the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical, and wrote the book for the Tony Award-winning Kinky Boots. He was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 2007.

Jack Feldman is an American Tony Award-winning lyricist who has written songs for television, film, and Broadway. He has worked on many Disney movies ranging from Oliver & Company to The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride, collaborating with Alan Menken on the songs for Newsies. He wrote the lyrics for Barry Manilow’s Grammy Award–winning song “Copacabana” and recently won a Tony for his work on Newsies.

Creative Team

Director: Kate Galvin
Choreographer: Dann Dunn
Music Director: Hana J. Cai
Stage Manager: Lori Garraghty
Lighting Designer: Keith Truax
Costume Designer: Brittany Kugler  
Sound Designer: Doug Borntrager

Props Master: Melinda Seader
Ass. Choreographer: Sam Sanderson
ASM/Wardrobe: Chelsea Pell
ASM/Wardrobe: Rocki Hudson
Tech Director BCT: Dave DeSante
ATD BCT: Skylar Delk
Fight Choreographer: Leraldo Anzuldua
Scenery Rental Provided by Front Row Theatrical Rental

Adult Cast

Julian Diaz-Granados (Jack Kelly), born in Austin, Texas, graduated from Oklahoma City University with a BM in Music Theatre. He made his Broadway debut last year in The Ruben and Clay Christmas Show at the Imperial Theater playing the role of himself! He’s since played the role of “Timmy” in Just Laugh at NYC’s Rave Theater Festival, winning Best Musical. Other credits include: “Cinderella’s Prince” in Into the Woods (OOTC), “Herb” in Junie B. Jones (Nat. Tour, TheaterWorks), “Cliff” in Cabaret (OOTC), and “Matt” in Dog Meets God (LRTC) He’s also been a Featured Vocalist onboard Holland America’s ms Koningsdam and Ms Oostersdam. He’s an AEA member and currently represented by The Mine Agency. Love to Kateryna, my incredible family, and my entire support system. @juliandiazgranados // www.juliandiazgranados.com

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Jake Stibbe (Crutchie) is excited to be making his Cardinal Stage debut with this fantastic production! His Professional Credits include Bob: a Life in Five Acts (Bob/Tony), Alice in Wonderland (Card 2), Fly By Night (Harold u/s) at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, Treasure Island (Long John Silver) at Hampstead Stage Company, The Buddy Holly Story (Norm Petty) at Hackmatack Playhouse, The Night the Music Died (Big Bopper), Hello Dolly! (Stanley/Ensemble) with Texas Family Musicals, Bare: A Pop Opera (Alan) at Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Much love to his family and friends for their support. Jake holds a BFA in Acting from Emerson College. jakestibbe.com

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James Rose (Race) is thrilled to be sellin’ papes with Newsies! Regional Credits: Dames at Sea (Dick), Damn Yankees (Joe Hardy), Beauty & the Beast (u/s Silly Girl), Closer Than You Think (The Freshman Boy, world premiere). NY Credits: Cabaret (Emcee), Singin’ in the Rain (Don Lockwood), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lysander). TV/Film: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Season 3), “never let me go” (released Winter 2019). Training: NYU. Offstage, James co-hosts the Full Soul Nutrition Podcast. Thanks to my Avalon Artists team, friends & family! For Evan. | Pronouns: they/them | @jamesissmiling | jamesissmiling.com.

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Katie Scarlett Swaney (Katherine Plummer) is a senior at Indiana University majoring in musical theatre and minoring in arts management. For IU Theatre: Wonderful Town (Eileen), City of Angels (Angel City Four: Soprano), The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Clark), The Drowsy Chaperone (Pit Singer). For Utah Festival of Opera and Musical Theatre: West Side Story (Pauline), Mary Poppins (Ensemble). For IU Summer Theatre: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Olive), Stardust Road (Woman #1), Our Town (Ensemble). For Bloomington Playwright’s Project: Tuning In (Shannon). She would like to thank her family for their constant love and support! Katie is from Greenwood, Indiana.

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Cole Winston (Davey) is a junior in the BFA Musical Theatre Program at Indiana University. For Cardinal Stage: Beauty and the Beast (Le Fou), Flat Stanley (Stanley). Playwrights Downtown: The Wave (James). Festival 56: Little Women (Laurie), Rabbit Hole (Jason), Mary Poppins (Robertson Ay). Indiana Summer Theatre: Spelling Bee (Chip) and Our Town (Wally). IU Theatre: City of Angels (Stine), Julius Caesar (Cinna/Titinius), Big Fish (Zacky). First Stage: Ella Enchanted (Prince Char), Goosebumps (Brian), and TXT U L8R (Anthony). Up Next: In concert with Michael Feinstein at Carnegie Hall this February! www.colewinston.com @coleawinston

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Shawn Syre (Weisel/Nunzio/Mayor) is ecstatic to be a working with Cardinal Stage again after having played the role of Bill Sikes in the 2016 production of Oliver! Favorite credits: Carousel with Civic Light Opera, Seattle WA, The Secret Garden and Annie Get Your Gun with Jester’s Dinner Theater, Longmont CO. He attended The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC and has trained with the late Maestro, David Kyle. He would like to thank his girlfriend Cindy and family for all their great support!

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Dom Pagliaro (Morris Delaney/Bill/Ensemble) is thrilled to be a part of Cardinal Stage’s Newsies this holiday season! Most recent credits: Woodstock Playhouse: Mamma Mia! (Sam), Deathtrap (Sidney Bruhl), Hair (Tribe); Clinton Area Showboat: Oliver! (Bill Sikes), Jesus Christ Superstar (Caiaphas), The Little Mermaid (Triton); IU Mainstage: City of Angels (Buddy), Urinetown (Cladwell). Dom, from Sandy Hook, Connecticut, is a senior BFA Musical Theatre Major with an individualized minor in Musical Theatre Composition at Indiana University. He directs, works as a carpenter in IU’s Scenic Studio, and loves to cook and play videogames. Thanks to Mom, Dad, family, and friends for their support. www.dompagliaro.com

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Joseph David Massingale (Oscard Delaney/Darcy/Ensemble) is excited to be making his Cardinal Stage debut! Joseph has been in a number of shows all over Indiana playing parts such as; Clyde in Bonnie and Clyde, J.D in Heathers, Sky in Mamma Mia, Link in Hairspray. Joseph was the winner of the 2017 Encore Award for “best lead actor in a musical” and is represented by the talent agency Talent Fusion. Joseph would like to thank his family for being extremely supportive and believing in him.

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Philip Christiansen (Joseph Pulitzer) once again finds himself at the BCT participating in his 8th Cardinal holiday show. He is excited to return to the stage, last seen as Cogsworth in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. He has also served as the production stage manager for 17 Cardinal production (most recently for The Great Gatsby) and is the company stage manager for Indianapolis Opera. A resident of Bloomington, life continues to move fast as he recently celebrated 25 years of marriage to his wife, Deborah; and his son, Brady began high school as a freshman at BHSN.

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George Mulder (Seitz/Ensemble) is a junior Musical Theatre B.F.A. student at Indiana University. He is so excited to be making his Cardinal Stage debut in Newsies. For IU Theatre: Big Fish (Karl), Only Child (The Prince), Wonderful Town (Ensemble Swing), Peter and the Starcatcher (Captain Scott), City of Angels (Buddy’s Nephew). Other recent credits include The Rocky Horror Show (Phantom Bass), Jasper in Deadland (Ensemble). He spent this past summer as a Dancer/Singer in the Vocal Coasters at Valleyfair Amusement Park. He is originally from Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Instagram/Twitter: @george_mulder. Website: george-mulder.com

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Elijah Robinson (Bunsen/Ensemble) has been involved in many community theater productions around Indiana, and is thrilled to be making his debut with Cardinal Stage! Recent credits in Indiana include: Simon Zealot in Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Javert in Les Misérables, Sir Walter Blunt in Henry IV (Part 1) and Romeo in Romeo and Juliet. Eli would like to thank his family for always supporting him, and wishes a great run for this cast of Newsies!

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Cassia Scagnoli (Hannah/Ensemble) is a junior BFA Musical Theatre student. For IU Theatre: Wonderful Town (Ruth), Pippin (Berthe), and Three Sisters (Musician). IU Summer Theatre: Sticks and Stones (Winnie). Cardinal Stage: Beauty and the Beast (Silly Girl/Ensemble) and Peter Pan (Tiger Lily/Liza). For University Players: Jasper in Deadland (Lil’ Lu/Ensemble) and American Idiot (St. Jimmy). TV: “The Friday Zone” (Co-host). Next up: The Enlightenment of Percival von Schmootz at Bloomington Playwrights Project. Cassia is from Logansport, Indiana

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Rob Drummond (Snyder/Ensemble) comes from a long career of performing and teaching music. He is active in tuba performance and directing music ensembles at Eastern Greene Schools and University Baptist Church. Rob has directed many musicals during his tenure at Eastern Greene but is excited this evening to be participating on stage. Rob previously appeared in Cardinal’s production of Mary Poppins (Park Keeper, Northbrook, Ensemble). Special thanks to his lovely wife, Erika, and two children, Emily and Andy, for making time for him to participate!

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Isabel Holaday (Medda) is making her Bloomington stage debut in Disney’s Newsies. Isabel is a graduate of Western Michigan University, a board-certified music therapist, and a certified neurologic music therapist who works as the director of music therapy for CARS-Child Adult Resource Services, Inc. She is thankful to her newly wedded husband, Dr. John Holaday, for his endless love and encouragement as well as to her friends and family for their continued love and support. Isabel would like to thank all those involved in Newsies for making this a very rewarding experience.

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Tom Trent (Mr. Jacobi/Governor Teddy Roosevelt/Ensemble) has appeared in several productions for Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, including The Grapes of Wrath, Deathtrap, Love, Sex & the IRS, Zoo Story and the musical, Smoke on the Mountain.  Currently Tom is a writer and actor for WFHB’s Firehouse Follies and he will be appearing next year in WFIU’s The Ernie Pyle Project.

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Sean Puent (Spot Conlon/Ensemble) is a senior at IU double majoring in Theatre & Drama and Media with a concentration in Cinema and Media Arts. Previously f or Cardinal Stage, Fun Home (Bobby Jeremy, et al.), Beauty and the Beast (Monsieur D’Arque/Ensemble), God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater (Norman Mushari). For IU Theatre: By the Bog of Cats (Carthage), Three Sisters (Fedótik), City of Angels (Jack/Yamato), Water by the Spoonful (Policeman). Other credits include: IU independent projects: Heathers (Hipster Dork), a reading of The Well-Tempered Clavier (Louis). He is also a member of the Jacobs School of Music’s Singing Hoosiers. Sean is from Chesterton, Indiana.

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Helen Marie Krizman (Ensemble) is a junior at IU majoring in Theatre & Drama and minoring in business with a focus in Information Systems. She is thrilled to be making her Cardinal Stage debut! Previous credits include: American Idiot (Libby/Leslie), Rocky Horror (Phantom Alto), Footloose (Wendy Jo), Damn Yankees (Postmaster), Urinetown (Hope Cladwell), The Addams Family (Flapper Ancestor). She would like to thank her family and friends for their constant love and support. Helen is from Wilmette, Illinois.

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Mackenzie Lemonis (Ensemble) is humbled and grateful to be a part of her third Cardinal Stage production. She was most recently seen in Cardinal’s Beauty and the Beast production as a part of the adult ensemble and in Cardinal’s production of Peter Pan as a Warrior. She trained with Bloomington Expressive Arts Training and Folsom Academy in Louisville, Kentucky. She is a freshman at Indiana University, currently studying Speech and Hearing Science. She would like to thank her family for always cheering her on even from eight hours away!

Youth Ensemble

See below for the double cast schedule.

Coen Berin (Les) is a sixth grader at St. Charles, and is very excited to be playing in his fourth Cardinal Stage production. Starting with his role as Oliver Twist in Oliver!, his previous credits include Chip Beauty and the Beast, and Tootles Peter Pan. He also has performed as Earthworm James and the Giant Peach Jr., and various roles in Enchanted Tales with Stages Bloomington. Coen was also seen as Theo Pippin with the IU Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance. He also is a gymnast with Rising Star Gymnastics, and studies dance and piano among other endeavors. Coen would like to thank his family and friends for all of their love and support, and also Cardinal for the opportunity to perform for all of you!

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Rhys Nelsen (Les) is thrilled to be playing the role of Les in Newsies. Rhys was singing and dancing before he could talk and walk.  He has previously performed John in Fun Home with Cardinal Stage and the non-singing role of Dolore in Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly with Utah Opera and Atlanta Opera. At only nine years old, Rhys recently made his Carnegie Hall debut on piano, which he has been studying for four years. He has also been a member of BEAT’s Show Choirs for five years. He is in the third grade at Arlington Heights Elementary. Rhys lives in Bloomington with his musician parents Jeff and Nina and his screaming and dancing three-year-old brother Blair.

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Willa Allen is excited for her debut performance with Cardinal Stage! An 8th grader at Tri-North Middle School, Willa enjoys photography and choir. She is in her 10th year of dance at United Arts Academy, and recently completed her first season in the BHSN color guard. Willa has held various roles at her former schools including her two favorites, Ugly (duckling), in Honk! and James in James and The Giant Peach. She would like to thank her parents for always supporting her dreams and passions.

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Sabrina Balle-Voyles is an 8th grader at Tri-North Middle School. She dances at One Step Above. She was in the Tempest with Monroe County Civic Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park. At Templeton, she was Marco in Press Start. Sabrina is excited to be in her first Cardinal play.

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Evan Brinkley is a sophomore at Bloomington High School South, and is excited to make his debut in a Cardinal production.  His most recent performances include Guys and Dolls and Beauty and the Beast with BHHS Sounds of South.   Evan is also a  member of the BEAT high school show choir Amplitude.   Evan would like to thank Ly and Brennan Wilder for helping him become a better performer,  Kate Galvin for the opportunity to become a Newsie, and his family for their love and support.

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Grace Buehler is 17 years old and is a junior at Bloomington High School North. Her favorite role so far has been Ariel in the Little Mermaid. She would like to thank her family and friends for always supporting her, and her vocal coach Ben Smith for his incredible coaching.

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Madrona “Mojo” Coley is a fifth-grader at The Project School. She has performed in The Lunchbox Project with Reimagining Opera for Kids, and Stages Bloomington’s production of Honk! Jr. She enjoys martial arts, baking, and drawing. Madrona has big dreams of performing on Broadway in New York.

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Nora Collins is excited to be involved in Newsies. This is Nora’s first show with Cardinal Stage. She has performed the parts of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz and Aladdin in Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp through Stages Bloomington. She is in eighth grade at Tri-North and enjoys History and English. Nora hopes to study and work in film. She would like to thank her parents for their support.

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Anastasia Crowley is an eighth grader at Jackson Creek Middle School and is thrilled to be a part of her third Cardinal Stage production. She previously appeared in Mary Poppins and Oliver!.  Ana performed in Stages Bloomington productions, and she spent 6 years in the award-winning show choir group, BEAT. When she isn’t on stage, you can find her on the volleyball court as an outside hitter, representing her school and club teams. She wants to thank her family, friends, and everyone working together to make the show possible.

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Madeleine Crowley, a junior at Bloomington High School South, is thrilled to be a part of Newsies! Madeleine loves to perform and has had many amazing opportunities with Cardinal Stage, her show choir, Amplitude, Sounds of South, and Stages. She would like to thank Kate Galvin and the rest of the creative team for all they do. She sends love to her friends, family, and to the amazing cast

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Caroline Doyon is excited to be returning to the stage for her 6th production with Cardinal Stage.  Previous productions, include The Wizard of Oz, Willy Wonka, Mary Poppins, Oliver, and Peter Pan.  She is a member of the award-winning show choir, BEAT Amplitude.  Caroline has been a member of the State of Indiana Honor Choir and Circle the State with Song.  She has numerous years of training in dance, harp performance, piano, and vocal performance; she currently studies under the direction of Jenn Cristy.  Caroline is a junior at Bloomington High School North where she is Vice President of the Student Council and participates in many activities.  She enjoys traveling abroad with the Operation Friendship Exchange Program.  Caroline would like to thank her family and friends for their support!

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Elise Erwin declared at her preschool graduation that she wanted to be actress when she grew up, and she has been committed to that goal ever since. Elise has been in four productions through Stages of Bloomington and is a two-year member of Bloomington Expressive Arts Training’s Synchronicity.

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Braelyn FitzSimmons is excited to be making her debut with Cardinal Stage! She has acted with BPP, Stages, and Bloomington Montessori, in film (Stone and the Stars), and performs with BEAT’s Syncopation and Vocalworks​. Favorite roles are Dromio A Comedy of Errors, Sebastian The Little Mermaid, and Piglet Winnie-the-Pooh.

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Ben Jaffe is a 13-year old 7th grader at TNMS. He has participated in Stages Bloomington productions of A Year with Frog and ToadFree to Be You and MeThe Wizard of OzJames and the Giant PeachThe Hobbit, and HONK! and for Cardinal Stage, Oliver! He is thrilled to be cast in Newsies. Outside of musical theater he enjoys school, hanging out with friends and family, playing the piano, ultimate frisbee and running cross country.

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Caroline Elin Jensen is excited to perform in her second Cardinal Stage production. Caroline is in 4th grade at St. Charles. Past performances include Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Cardinal Stage), Honk! Jr. (Stages) and for St. Charles Oh Jonah!, as the school’s first female lead. This year marks Caroline’s fourth appearance in Jacob’s School of Music’s production of The Nutcracker, where she has been a Pre-College Ballet student since 2013. She is active in Jacobs’ Pre-College Harp Program, Young Pianist Program, and String Academy.  She is a member of the Girl Scouts, 4-H, and the St. Charles Folk Group Choir. Caroline lives with her parents, Anna and Espen, and her siblings Stian (14), Erik (12), and Clara (7). She hopes you enjoy the show!

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Iris Jones (Ensemble) is a 6th grader at University Elementary. She has danced with Mary Sue Hosey at the dance center for 8 years. Her recent credits include James and the Giant Peach (Ensemble) and Honk! Jr. (Ida), both with Stages Bloomington. Iris would like to thank her family, friends, Mrs. Hosey, and Stages Bloomington staff for helping and supporting her along the way.

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Macy Mullin is excited to join the Cardinal Stage.  Macy is a fifth-grade student at Edgewood Intermediate School.  She enjoys singing, dancing, and playing the guitar.  With the support of her family, Macy is excited to chase after her dreams.  She hopes everyone enjoys the show!

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Ingrid Pendergast participated as an ensemble member in Cardinal Stage’s production of Disney’s Beauty And The Beast and as Ladybug in James and the Giant Peach, Jr. Ingrid thanks her friends and family for their support and especially the stage manager and ASM’s for their constant kindness, love, and humor

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Veronica Piurek is a voracious reader who runs cross country, plays soccer, and studies Spanish. She took part in BEAT show choir for two semesters and was a member of IU Children’s Choir for three years, studying with Brent Gault. She is entering her third year studying with Atanas Tzvetkov in the IU Pre-College Guitar Academy, and her vocal coach is Amanda Russo Stante. Her dream is to be a professional writer and performer.

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Finley Prall is a 2nd grader at Rogers.  She has been singing and dancing for as long as anyone can remember.  She has been mesmerized by theatre and is over the moon about her first role in a production.  Finley enjoys soccer, horseback riding, basketball, dancing, singing, and piano.

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Grace Rich is excited to be in her third show with Cardinal Stage, having appeared in Beauty and the Beast and Peter Pan. She enjoys singing, dancing, swimming, and playing the trumpet. She would like to thank Cardinal Stage for this wonderful opportunity, and everyone involved in making the show happen.

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Elena Rupp is excited to perform in her 5th Cardinal show! Previously she was seen in Beauty and the Beast, Oliver! and Mary Poppins. In 2018, she played Small Alison in Cardinal’s Fun Home production. Her acting career started with Stages, performing in The Aristocats, A Year with Frog and Toad, Wizard of Oz Jr (Auntie Em), and in The Little Mermaid Jr (Ariel). Elena takes voice lessons from Jenn Christy. She is involved with the First United Methodist Youth group and was able to go to Puerto Rico and Guatemala in the past year for mission trips. She also plays volleyball, both with the Pantera volleyball club and on the 8th grade team at Jackson Creek Middle School. Many thanks to Kate and Cardinal for another great opportunity!

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Seth Starks is excited for his first professional show! BHSN roles include Sylvia (Bowser), Once Upon a Mattress (ensemble), She Kills Monsters (ensemble), and Urinetown (tech). He would like to thank his family, especially Connor for giving him a role as “tourist’s brother” in the independent film, A Trip to Fiji.

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Cooper Tucker previously performed in the Cardinal Stage productions of Beauty and the Beast and Oliver!. In addition, he appeared in local performances of The Wizard of Oz, James and the Giant Peach, and The Hobbit. Cooper also enjoys performing with the Syncopation Show Choir. He dedicates this performance to his brother, Airman Luke Tucker, currently stationed in Dubai.

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Lucia Walker, a junior at BHSS, is excited to be joining Newsies for her 10th Cardinal production! She recently performed as Belle in Sounds of South’s production of Beauty and the Beast, and enjoys singing and performing in and around Bloomington. She hopes you enjoy this fantastic show!

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Marcela Weltsek-Medina, a Canadian native, is a young actor whose passion is musical theatre. Newsies marks Marcela’s 3rd production with Cardinal Stage. Other roles with Cardinal include young Alison in Fun Home, as well as an orphan in Oliver!. She is delighted to be returning to work with the Cardinal family.  Other credits include, Child Witch in Macbeth with the Ivy Tech Theatre, a featured soloist in the Interlochen 2019 musical theatre production “Misfits, Outcasts, and Dreamers”.  Marcela is a proud member of Bloomington BEAT’s Syncopation, DanceWerks, and VocalWerks, and a founding member of Jaywalkers, a local Hip Hop company.

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Marcus Westphal is a member of the IU Children’s Choir, and has sung in IU Opera’s Parsifal, Hansel & Gretel, Berstein’s Mass, Music Man, War Requiem and Chimes of Christmas. Last year, he played James in Stages’ James and the Giant Peach, but it was as an “Orphan” in Oliver that Marcus was first introduced to Cardinal Stage! Marcus also plays piano and violin and enjoys biking, sailing and fencing.

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Grania Whelan is delighted to return to Cardinal for Newsies! She is a senior at Bloomington North and will study Theatre and Kinesiology at IU next fall. Recent performances include, with Cardinal Stage, Beauty and the Beast (Ensemble), and with Stages Bloomington, Quilters (Margaret/Daughter) and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Benjamin).

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Reese Zhao is excited to make her musical debut! She is a second grader who enjoys dancing, singing, playing violin and piano. Reese thanks her family and friends for their love. She also thanks Cardinal Stage, OSA, IU Ballet, Amanda, Joni, Zach, and teachers at Rogers Elementary for their support.

Double Cast Schedule

TEAM QUEENS
Rhys Nelsen (Les)
Reese Zhao
Spencer Daily
Madrona “Mojo” Coley
Iris Jones
Elise Erwin 
Benjamin Jaffe
Braelyn Fitzsimmons
Ingrid Pendergast
Elena Rupp
Evan Brinkley
Anastasia Crowley
Grania Whelan
Caroline Doyon 
Madeleine Crowley

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE: Team Queens
Thursday 12/12 @ 7pm
Saturday 12/14 @ 2pm
Saturday 12/14 @ 7pm
Friday 12/20 @ 7pm
Sunday 12/22 @ 2pm
Sunday 12/22 @ 7pm
Thursday 12/26 @ 2pm
Thursday 12/26 @ 7pm
Saturday 12/28 @ 2pm
Saturday 12/28 @ 7pm

TEAM BROOKLYN
Coen Berin (Les)
Finley Prall
Cooper Tucker
Caroline Jensen 
Veronica Puirek
Macy Mullins 
Marcus Westphal
Marcela Wetsek-Medina
Grace Rich
Willa Allen
Seth Starks
Nora Collins
Grace Buehler
Sabrina Balle-Voyles
Lucia Walker

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE: Team Brooklyn
Friday 12/13 @ 7pm
Sunday 12/15 @ 2pm
Sunday 12/15 @ 7pm
Thursday 12/19 @ 7pm
Saturday 12/21 @ 2pm
Saturday 12/21 @ 7pm
Monday 12/23 @ 2pm
Friday 12/27 @ 2pm
Friday 12/27 @ 7pm
Sunday 12/29 @ 2pm

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