‘The Birthday Feast’: An Original B-town Musical for Kids and Their Parents

Birthday Feast

BY ELISABETH ANDREWS “Mama says to me, ‘My dear daughter, your body is made out of food and water.’” Eleven-year-old Maddie sings this line in The Birthday Feast, Cardinal Stage Company’s first-ever commissioned play and world premiere, written by acclaimed Bloomington author Scott Russell Sanders. With lively music by local composer Alex Crowley, the new children’s musical playfully explores questions about nutrition, food sources, and the place food holds in our lives. “First and foremost, I wanted to entertain children and their parents or grandparents by telling an engaging story, with humor and adventure and fun,” says Sanders. “But I also wanted to invite audiences to think about food — where it comes from, how it is prepared for eating, [...]

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Bloom’s 8th Anniversary Celebration

Anniversary Party

Bloom Magazine celebrated its eighth anniversary on August 6 with a gala in the Tudor Room at the Indiana Memorial Union. The event was attended by more than 200 business and civic leaders, educators, members of the arts community, and contributors to the magazine. The Vallures and pianist Scott Todd provided the music, and IMU Executive Chef Damian Esposito and his staff provided the sumptuous fare. A highlight of the evening was the presentation of the eighth annual “Bloomie Awards” for the best ads of 2013–14. Selected from more than 800 ads, the winners were Cardinal Stage Company, Bloomingfoods Market and Deli, etc for the home, Ivy Tech Community College–Bloomington, Root & Associates, French Lick Resort, and Vibe Yoga. The [...]

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