16 Saturday / January 16, 2021

Waitress

02:00 pm to 04:30 pm
IU Auditorium
https://www.iuauditorium.com/events/detail/waitress

Making its Bloomington debut, the fun and contemporary Broadway hit Waitress arrives at IU Auditorium next spring. Brought to life by a groundbreaking, all-female creative team, this Tony Award-nominated show features original music and lyrics by seven-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles (“Love Song,” “Brave”), a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam), and original direction by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (Pippin, Finding Neverland).

Meet Jenna, a waitress and expert pie-maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and rocky marriage. Pouring her heart into her pies, she crafts desserts that mirror her topsy-turvy life such as “The Key (Lime) to Happiness Pie” and “Betrayed By My Eggs Pie.” When a baking contest in a nearby county—and a satisfying encounter with someone new—show Jenna a chance at a fresh start, she must find the courage to seize it. Change is on the menu, as long as Jenna can write her own perfectly personal recipe for happiness.

“Waitress is a little slice of heaven!” says Entertainment Weekly, and is “sweet, sassy and passionate,” according to New York Magazine. Don’t miss this uplifting and hilarious musical as you’ll be singing the songs for years to come.

Theater

16 Saturday / January 16, 2021

Blessings from the Pandemic: JTB Virtual Staged Reading

07:30 pm to 08:30 pm
Online via Zoom
https://www.jewishtheatrebloomington.com/blessings-of-the-pandemic

You are invited to the Jewish Theatre of Bloomington’s latest virtual production! Join us via Zoom for “Blessings from the Pandemic: a Poetry Cycle Written for Performance” by Rich Orloff. This performance is directed by Darrell Anna Stone, and stars Adrianne Embry, Paula Gordon, Ray Hedin, Dion D. Kimbrough, Richard Perez, Shana Ritter, and Francesca Sobrer.

What: Blessings from the Pandemic – a virtual staged reading
When: Saturday, January 16th at 7:30 pm EST OR Sunday, January 17th at 2:00 pm EST
Where: Online via Zoom.
Suggested Donation: $25 (via PayPal, details on our website)

Click here to RSVP and learn more: https://www.jewishtheatrebloomington.com/blessings-of-the-pandemic

About the show:
Author Rich Orloff describes Blessings from the Pandemic as “a chronicle of life and feelings during the pandemic, ranging from the light-hearted and mundane to the reflective and spiritual. As I’m a playwright more than a poet, I’ve written them to be performed as well as read.”

Theater

16 Saturday / January 16, 2021

Waitress

08:00 pm to 10:30 pm
IU Auditorium
https://www.iuauditorium.com/events/detail/waitress

Making its Bloomington debut, the fun and contemporary Broadway hit Waitress arrives at IU Auditorium next spring. Brought to life by a groundbreaking, all-female creative team, this Tony Award-nominated show features original music and lyrics by seven-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles (“Love Song,” “Brave”), a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam), and original direction by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (Pippin, Finding Neverland).

Meet Jenna, a waitress and expert pie-maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and rocky marriage. Pouring her heart into her pies, she crafts desserts that mirror her topsy-turvy life such as “The Key (Lime) to Happiness Pie” and “Betrayed By My Eggs Pie.” When a baking contest in a nearby county—and a satisfying encounter with someone new—show Jenna a chance at a fresh start, she must find the courage to seize it. Change is on the menu, as long as Jenna can write her own perfectly personal recipe for happiness.

“Waitress is a little slice of heaven!” says Entertainment Weekly, and is “sweet, sassy and passionate,” according to New York Magazine. Don’t miss this uplifting and hilarious musical as you’ll be singing the songs for years to come.

Theater

17 Sunday / January 17, 2021

Blessings from the Pandemic: JTB Virtual Staged Reading

02:00 pm to 03:00 pm
Online via Zoom
https://www.jewishtheatrebloomington.com/blessings-of-the-pandemic

You are invited to the Jewish Theatre of Bloomington’s latest virtual production! Join us via Zoom for “Blessings from the Pandemic: a Poetry Cycle Written for Performance” by Rich Orloff. This performance is directed by Darrell Anna Stone, and stars Adrianne Embry, Paula Gordon, Ray Hedin, Dion D. Kimbrough, Richard Perez, Shana Ritter, and Francesca Sobrer.

What: Blessings from the Pandemic – a virtual staged reading
When: Saturday, January 16th at 7:30 pm EST OR Sunday, January 17th at 2:00 pm EST
Where: Online via Zoom.
Suggested Donation: $25 (via PayPal, details on our website)

Click here to RSVP and learn more: https://www.jewishtheatrebloomington.com/blessings-of-the-pandemic

About the show:
Author Rich Orloff describes Blessings from the Pandemic as “a chronicle of life and feelings during the pandemic, ranging from the light-hearted and mundane to the reflective and spiritual. As I’m a playwright more than a poet, I’ve written them to be performed as well as read.”

Theater

19 Tuesday / January 19, 2021

Teen Virtual Drama Club

04:00 pm to 05:00 pm
Online!
https://cardinalstage.org/event/virtual-drama-club/

Calling all teens! Cardinal Stage presents a six-week virtual workshop that will focus on monologue performance. Francesca Sobrer will take teen actors through the steps from finding a monologue that best demonstrates your talent to creating character and finding your focus, to performing your monologue as if presenting in an actual audition. Each participant will also have at least two private coaching sessions (20-minutes each) with the instructor outside of the regular meeting time. There will be a final presentation which will include a mock audition for invited guest artists.

Dates: January 19 – February 25
Time: Tuesdays 4-5pm
Ages: 13-18
Cost: $100

Learn more at https://cardinalstage.org/event/virtual-drama-club/

Sign up: https://forms.gle/us74JUyykHJLFjuJ9

Theater

30 Saturday / January 30, 2021

Theatrical Teaching in a Digital World Workshop

10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Online!
https://cardinalstage.org/workshops/

Cardinal Stage presents the second in a 3-part professional development workshop – free for all educators! Theatrical Teaching in a Digital World connects the broad values of theater to educational approaches and is designed for primary and secondary educators of ALL disciplines.

The second workshop will share a variety of fun and engaging theater-based activities designed to improve students’ collaboration skills. The process of sharing the stage, listening to your group members, and adding to the collective outcome is critical to collaboration. Join with fellow educators in a fun, high energy 90-minute workshop that will inform and engage. Participants will leave each session with new ideas and strategies that they can implement in their classroom – whether online or in person.

Cardinal’s second workshop is on January 30th from 10:30am – 12:00pm via Zoom!

Click the here to sign up: https://forms.gle/Prt5u6336WBxKHiK8

Details:
-This workshop series is free for all educators! Enrollment in all three sessions is encouraged, but not required.
-Professional Growth Points available. (1.5 hours per workshop)

-This is an interactive workshop and all attendees will need a computer with a camera and microphone to participate fully.
-Find more information at https://cardinalstage.org/workshops/

Education / Theater

2 Tuesday / February 2, 2021

Youth Virtual Drama Club

04:00 pm to 05:00 pm
Online!
https://cardinalstage.org/event/virtual-drama-club/

Just because we can’t BE together, doesn’t mean we can’t PLAY together! This club, with instructor Shannon Starks, is tailored to young actors with limited performance experience and offers a chance to explore theatre safely from the comfort of your home! Zoom offers a unique ability for us to focus on our faces and voices, two of our acting tools, along with our imagination as we work on acting skills through drama games and activities.

Dates: February 2 – April 13
Time: Tuesdays 4pm – 5pm
Recommended ages: 8 – 12
Cost: $100

Learn more at https://cardinalstage.org/event/virtual-drama-club/

Sign up: https://forms.gle/us74JUyykHJLFjuJ9

Theater

11 Thursday / February 11, 2021

Ordinary Days: A Virtual Production

10:00 am to 10:00 pm on Feb 21
Online, On-Demand
https://cardinalstage.org/mainstage/ordinary-days/

Cardinal Stage presents a virtual production of the musical Ordinary Days by Adam Gwon, streaming on-demand from February 11 through February 21.

Ordinary Days is a sweet and funny musical that celebrates the big impact of life’s small moments. A couple faces new challenges when they decide to move in together and a pair of strangers take trepidatious steps towards friendship when their paths cross unexpectedly. Their lives collide in surprising ways in this sort-of-fairy tale set in the chaos of New York City.

“It’s a beguiling little tale, set to Gwon’s effervescent, urban-romantic melodies” – Washington Post

Available on demand from February 11 through February 21.

Click here to learn more and buy tickets now: https://cardinalstage.org/mainstage/ordinary-days/

Ordinary Days is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals. www.concordtheatricals.com

Entertainment / Theater

5 Friday / March 5, 2021

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical

08:00 pm to 10:30 pm
IU Auditorium
https://www.iuauditorium.com/events/detail/beautiful

Long before she was the chart-topping music legend Carole King, she was Carol Klein, a Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager, and by the time she reached her 20s, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock n’ roll. But it wasn’t until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice.

For five years, Beautiful, the Tony and Grammy Award-winning Carole King musical, has thrilled Broadway with the inspiring true story of one woman’s remarkable journey from teenage songwriter to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Featuring over two dozen pop classics, including “You’ve Got a Friend,” “One Fine Day,” “Up on the Roof,” “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” and “Natural Woman,” this crowd-pleasing international phenomenon is filled with the songs you remember and a story you’ll never forget! Carole herself performed some of these songs live on the IU Auditorium stage over two nights in 1976 and having this musical as part of our celebration of IU’s Bicentennial commemorates a music legend that graced our stage over 40 years ago.

Theater

6 Saturday / March 6, 2021

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical

02:00 pm to 04:30 pm
IU Auditorium
https://www.iuauditorium.com/events/detail/beautiful

Long before she was the chart-topping music legend Carole King, she was Carol Klein, a Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager, and by the time she reached her 20s, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock n’ roll. But it wasn’t until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice.

For five years, Beautiful, the Tony and Grammy Award-winning Carole King musical, has thrilled Broadway with the inspiring true story of one woman’s remarkable journey from teenage songwriter to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Featuring over two dozen pop classics, including “You’ve Got a Friend,” “One Fine Day,” “Up on the Roof,” “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” and “Natural Woman,” this crowd-pleasing international phenomenon is filled with the songs you remember and a story you’ll never forget! Carole herself performed some of these songs live on the IU Auditorium stage over two nights in 1976 and having this musical as part of our celebration of IU’s Bicentennial commemorates a music legend that graced our stage over 40 years ago.

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