COMPANY HISTORY

Cardinal Stage Company was established in 2006 by founding artistic director Randy White and a dedicated board of directors. From the beginning, the goal has been to develop Cardinal Stage into a professional Regional theatre company.  

As a Regional theatre, Cardinal programs a range of material to compliment the diverse interests of Bloomington and the surrounding region. The consistent factor is that Cardinal shows are critically praised and popular with audiences throughout South-Central Indiana. In six years, Cardinal has grown into the largest arts organization in Bloomington. Adding its first full-time staff member in 2008, Cardinal currently has a full-time staff of 6 and hires dozens of actors, designers and technical crew members each season.

Company Milestones

  • January 2006, Cardinal launches with a celebrated production of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater.
  • Cardinal’s production of Vaclav Havel’s The Unveiling receives rave reviews when it travels to New York City in the fall of 2006.
  • Cardinal launches its first full season of 5 plays in 2008-2009 with The Diary of Anne Frank, produced in partnership with IU’s Jewish Studies program.  Playwright Wendy Kesselman and David Barnouw from the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam host post-show talkbacks at the Waldron Auditorium.

    Anne Frank (Avery Wigglesworth) and Peter (McCarry Reynolds) meet in the attic

  • In September, 2009, the company inaugurates a partnership with IU’s College of Arts and Science’s Themester Initiative with a production of Inherit The Wind Other Themester productions include The Grapes of Wrath (Sustainability), All My Sons (War and Peace) and To Kill a Mockingbird (Good Behavior, Bad Behavior).
  • In 2009, Cardinal introduces its Community Ticket Initiative, designed to facilitate access to theatre for all members of our community, regardless of their ability to pay.  In first 3 years, over 3000 kids and family members see shows like The Diary of Anne Frank, The Grapes of Wrath, A Year with Frog and Toad and Go, Dog. Go! at absolutely no charge.
  • In the summer of 2010, Cardinal launches its Cardinal for Kids series, professionally produced shows for 3-10 yr olds.
  • In the fall of 2010, Cardinal secures its new administrative/rehearsal/shop building at 900 S Walnut St. Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center
  • Following an acclaimed Bloomington run, Cardinal’s 2010 production of Souvenir is a great success when it travels to Sanibel Island, Florida.
  • In May 2012, Cardinal for Schools is instituted in an effort to reduce the cost of student matinees. The first year goal is to bring 3000 students to shows across the season at up to 80% off regular prices.
  • In December 2013, Cardinal’s sixth annual family holiday production of the Wizard of Oz smashes all previous box office records.
  • In May 2013, Cardinal introduces the Indiana University Credit Union Education Initiative with a goal of raising $125,000 and impacting the lives of 10,000+ local students in the 2013-2014 season.
  • In the Spring of 2013, Cardinal announces our expanded 6-show 2013-2013 season launching with the Lord of the Flies and finishing with an ambitious production of the beloved musical, Les Miserables, in June, 2014. 2013-2014 promises to be Cardinal’s biggest season yet!

PRODUCTION HISTORY

2012-2013

To Kill A Mockingbird
Hitchcocks’ The 39 Steps
Wizard of Oz
Next to Normal
Underneath the Lintel

Cardinal for Kids
Knuffle Bunny
Charlotte’s Web

Maureen Gallagher, Mike McNamara, Ken Farrell,
Christina Nieves & Tim Pyles
“All My Sons”

2011-2012

All My Sons
Red Hot Patriot
Annie
Bill W & Dr Bob
Bachelorette
Big River

Cardinal for Kids
Click, Clack, Moo
Go, Dog. Go!

Mike McGregor, Ethan Philbeck
& Mike Price
“My Fair Lady”

2010-2011 

The Grapes Wrath
Souvenir
A Christmas Carol
Romeo and Juliet
The Lonesome West
My Fair Lady

Cardinal for Kids
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
A Year with Frog and Toad

Brett Gloden (Dentist) and Scot Greenwell (Seymour) in “Little Shop of Horrors”

2009-2010

Inherit The Wind
boom
The Sound of Music
The Drawer Boy
Little Shop of Horrors

Cardinal for Kids
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

2008-2009

Breshaun Joyner, Patrick Ruetschlin, Andy Alphonse
& Ken Farrell
“Treasure Island”

The Diary of Anne Frank
The Santaland Diaries
Treasure Island
Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years
Doubt

2007-2008

Shocktoberfest
Oliver!
O Lovely Glowworm

2006-2007

Diane Kondrat, Henry Woronicz,
Anjanette Hall & Alex Shotts
“Our Town”

Our Town
Vaclav Havel’s “The Unveiling”
A Year with Frog and Toad
Amadeus