Bloomington's Professional Theater Company

Bloomington's Professional Theater Company

Administration & Cardinal Box Office

900 S Walnut St
Bloomington, IN 47401
(812)336-9300 Box Office
(812)336-7110 Admin

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Stanley Lambchop is an ordinary, everyday ten-year-old until one night his bulletin board falls right on top of him. The next morning, Stanley wakes up flat! When he leaves his family to search the globe for a solution, he is stamped and posted from Hollywood to France to Honolulu and beyond, making friends along the way. A musical adventure filled with singing, dancing and fun for all!


Timothy Allen McDonald (Book, Lyrics, Music) is an award-winning playwright (Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, The Musical Adventures of Flat StanleyJim Henson’s Emmet OtterRoald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach) adaptor of over 65 musicals (highlights include Guys and Dolls JR., Getting to Know…The Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz YPE, and Les Miserables School Edition). McDonald is also an accomplished director (Dear Edwinaproduced by multi-Tony award winner Daryl Roth, and The Phantom Tollbooth at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts) and a leading authority on musical theater education. In 1996 McDonald was recruited by Freddie Gershon to develop Music Theatre International’s Education Division, working side-by-side with theatrical greats including Cameron Mackintosh, Stephen Sondheim, Arthur Laurents, Stephen Flaherty, Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Schwartz and Sheldon Harnick to create age-appropriate adaptations of musicals. In 1997 McDonald founded iTheatrics to continue and expand the work he began at MTI by developing educational musical theatre adaptations and resources for Tams-Witmark, Rodgers and Hammerstein and Samuel French. McDonald is the founder of the Junior Theater Festival, the world’s largest festival exclusively dedicated to young people performing musical theater which is held annually in Atlanta, GA over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. Believing that every child everywhere should have access to quality arts programs, Tim has developed several nationwide initiatives which build sustainable musical theater programs in underserved schools. These programs include NBC’s Smash Make A Musical, Educational Theatre Association’s JumpStart Theater, New York City’s Department of Education’s Shubert Foundation/MTI Broadway Junior Program and The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities’ Turnaround Arts Initiative. Tim has had the unique honor of seeing Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka performed at the White House for President and Mrs. Bush and directing Sarah Jessica Parker and a troupe of the most wonderful girls at the first ever White House Talent Show for President and Mrs. Obama. For more information check out

Creative Team

  • Director / Choreographer
  • Samantha Joy Pearlman
  • Musical Director
  • Ray Fellman
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  • Stage Manager
  • Phil Christiansen
  • Scenic Designer
  • Christopher Rhoton
  • Lighting Designer
  • Corbin Fritz
  • Costume Designer
  • Christopher Rhoton
  • Sound Designer
  • Doug Borntrager
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  • Props Master
  • Corey Hollinger
  • ASM / Wardrobe
  • Jensyn Bowman


Danielle McKnight (Mrs. Cartero) is a senior BFA Musical Theatre major at Indiana University. Her IU Mainstage credits include: City of Angels (Angel City Quartet), Jesus Christ Superstar (Tribe). For IU Summer Theatre: Stardust Road (Cast), Joe Schmoe Saves the World (Vocalist). She starred in the New York workshop of The Wave (Ella), a new musical written by Or Mathias and directed by Chloe Treat. Later this summer, Danielle will perform in Little Shop of Horrors and a New Musical workshop for IUST. Other credits include: Rocky Horror Show (Usherette/Magenta), Hairspray (Lorraine/Dynamite), and Spring Awakening (Anna). Danielle is President of IU’s Student Advisory Board for Theatre, Drama, and Dance. She is from Zionsville, IN.

Tom Slater (Mr. Lambchop) 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 Stage in Mary Poppins and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, was lead in Robbie Benson’s We Are, directed Cinderella Dressed In Yellow for the Indy Fringe Festival. He owns a boutique studio where he teaches Ballroom and cuts hair:

Sam Sanderson (Arthur Lambchop) is a senior B.F.A. Musical Theatre major and Musical Theatre History minor at Indiana University. For IU: Wonderful Town (Speedy Valenti), Pippin (Ensemble), City of Angels (Angel City Quartet), Urinetown (Mr. McQueen), The Drowsy Chaperone (Ensemble), Jesus Christ Superstar (Ensemble). For IU Summer Theatre: Stardust Road (Soloist). For Cardinal Stage: West Side Story (Pepe). For Bloomington Playwrights Project: Front Page Flo (Emcee/Ensemble). For Lyric Arts Main Street Stage: Into the Woods (Jack), Nice Work If You Can Get It (Ensemble). Sam is from Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Shannon O’Connor Starks (Mrs. Lambchop) is excited to be a part of The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, her 2nd Cardinal for Kids production! Previously, she played Squirrelle #2 in Elephant and Piggie’s “We Are in a Play!” Cardinal Mainstage credits include The Christians (Wife), Oliver! (Mrs. Corney), Mary Poppins (Mrs. Brill), Shrek the Musical (Mama Ogre/Mama Bear), and Les Misérables (Ensemble). Along with acting, Shannon is an Arts Educator, teaching theatre and dance classes at Fairview Elementary and youth dance/character movement at the Bloomington Academy of Film and Theatre (BAFT). Shannon dedicates this performance to all her Fairview Elementary students, past and present!

Cole Winston (Stanley Lambchop) is a rising junior in the BFA Musical Theatre Program at Indiana University. He’s thrilled to be back at Cardinal after appearing as Le Fou in Beauty and the Beast this past December. For Playwrights Downtown: The Wave (James). Indiana Summer Theatre: Spelling Bee (Chip) and Our Town (Wally). IU Theatre: City of Angels (Stine) and Julius Caesar (Cinna/Titinius). First Stage: Ella Enchanted (Prince Char), Goosebumps (Brian), and TXT U L8R (Anthony). IU Independent Projects: Emergency (Justin) and Lovedly (Brother). Next, Cole is heading to Festival 56 in Princeton, IL for a summer of four shows; Pinkalicious, Rabbit Hole, Mary Poppins, and Little Women. @coleawinston

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