Something for everyone!
Tickets available at Buskirk Chumley Box Office.

Tickets on sale two weeks before each show opens.

Actors - check class listings to participate.


Enchanted Tales - A Halloween Treat!






Funded in part with a generous grant from the Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association

Favorite stories come alive in this family-friendly event!  Join Stages as we celebrate Halloween with a magical walking tour with stops along the way at well-loved scenes from stories you know. This

non-scary event will be enjoyed by the very young and the very young at heart!  Both an outdoor event in tents and an indoor event at our studio and rehearsal space in Artisan Alley, join us both for performances and Halloween fun - bobbing for apples, Halloween crafts, and more!



  • When:  October 24 - 27, 2019, with tours beginning at 6:30pm.  Last entry will be at 8:20pm.  Each tour lasts about 50 minutes.  

  • Where:  Artisan Alley, 222 W. 2nd Street Bloomington, Indiana

  • Cost: $10 for adults and children over age 12; $5 for children age 4-12; FREE for children age 3 and under

NEW!  Tickets will be available online and in person at bctboxoffice.com beginning October 6! It is advisable to purchase tickets in advance! 


If tickets are available, they can also be purchased at the door.  Cash or check only, please!

*Parents - As this is meant as a non-scary event, please no scary costumes or masks!


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Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp

With equal parts magic and mayhem, travel with Aladdin on his adventures and watch him rise from hardship to greatness!  A classic non-musical version of this well-loved tale with genies, magical objects, a princess, and lots of fun for the whole family!


  • When: Nov. 8, 7pm, Nov. 9, 2pm and 7pm, Nov. 10 2pm

  • Where: Ivy Tech Waldron Arts Center, Whikehart Auditorium


Tickets will go on sale at the Buskirk Chumley Box Office Friday, October 25.

Production Staff

Director, Rory Willats

Set Design and Construction, Brian Lewis 

Poster Art and Design, Joe Lee

Click HERE for Cast Information.  This is a corrected cast list with performance dates.  Please check before purchasing tickets!

Written by Tim Mason

Produced with the permission from Playscript Inc.


Hanukkah Harriet - A World Premiere

For the winter holiday season Stages Bloomington and The Jewish Theatre of Bloomington have commissioned a new play!  Plan to join us for a delightful tale set during Hanukkah filled with stories and Klezmer music.  


  • When: December 5-6,, 2020

  • Two evening performances, two matinee performances

  • Two school day performances

  • Where: Ivy Tech Waldron Fire Bay Theatre

Production Staff

Check back with us!

This production is sponsored with the generosity of the Bloomington Chapter of Tri Kappa.



John Brown's Body

Stunning.  Timely.  Just 3 performances - don't miss it!


  • When: February 14-16, 2020 

  • Where: Stages Black Box Theatre, Artisan Alley, 222 W. 2nd St., Bloomington (map)

  •  Tickets on sale beginning January 5, 2020 at bctboxoffice.org

"John Brown's Body is a vibrant tapestry of America's diversity and its unity." 

A stirring theatre piece presented in stories and song, it puts a human face on the war that split the nation. 

Powerfully evocative and engaging, Stephen Vincent Benét's lyrical work is a series of vignettes featuring ordinary and extraordinary characters grappling with life during the Civil War.  

Adult and teen audiences will find it entertaining, powerful, and socially and historically relevant. 

John Brown's Body is the third production in Stages Bloomington company's 2018-2021 American Mosaic Theatre Series offering thought-provoking windows into our country’s history and experiences of being American. The series includes four classic American historical and literary narratives: Black Elk Speaks, Quilters, John Brown’s Body, and Big River. Each explores key moments and themes in US history that have profoundly shaped its course. The series has the potential to shock, challenge, tug at heartstrings, and open possibilities for hope and understanding. The productions will be an eye opener for actors and audiences alike.


Audiences will have a chance to discuss this piece with "Talk Backs" after the performances.


Production Staff

Director, Ansley Valentine

Associate Director, Rachel Nicole Pierce

Vocal Coach, Deanna Demes

Intimacy Choreography and Staging, Jenny McKnight

Technical Director, Marc Tschida

Poster Art and Design, Joe Lee

Written by Stephen Vincent Benet and Fenno Heath

Produced with permission from Dramatist Play Service

Presented with support from the Monroe County History Center,  the Monroe County Civil War Roundtable, and IU Theatre and Dance. 

Funded in part by the Brabson Family Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; the Indiana Arts Commission, Brown County Community Foundation, Inc., and a BUEA Zone Arts Grant.

Matilda - The Musical

Meet Matilda, a precocious little girl who is ignored by her parents and bullied by the headmistress at school. With a wry sense of humor and a penchant for justice, she will win your heart. 


A "Best Musical" Tony winner based on Roald Dahl's popular children's novel,  Matilda is a triumphant tale - exuberant, quirky, and over-the-top fun!


  • When: March 5-8, 2020

  • Where: Waldron Arts Center Auditorium


Production Staff

Director:  Rory Willats

Choreographer: Megan Starnes

Set Design:  Brian Lewis

Cast Schedule

Norah Stauffer - Matilda 

Grania Whelan - Miss Honey 

Naina Prabhakar - Mrs. Wormwood 


Veronica Piurek - Matilda 

Rachel Waite - Miss Honey

Cosette Wu - Mrs. Wormwood 


Thursday, 3/5 at 7:00: Veronica 


Friday, 3/6 at 7:00: Norah 


Saturday, 3/7 at 2:00: Norah 


Saturday, 3/7 at 7:00: Veronica 


Sunday, 3/8 at 2:00: Norah 

From the book by Roald Dahl, written by D. Kelly with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin.

Produced with permission from Music Theatre International.  

The Lion King Jr.- POSTPONED UNTIL FALL 2020

Hamlet with animals?  Whatever.  Join Stages as Simba and his friends find their way to family and redemption.  With all the popular Disney songs, what's not to like?


  • When:Fall, 2020

  • Where: The Warehouse, 1525 S. Rogers Street, Bloomington 


Production Staff

Director, Sheryl Beth Silvers

Choreographer, Victoria Wiley

Music and Lyrics by Tim Rice and Elton John

Produced with permission from Music Theatre International.


Just So Stories - CANCELLED

How did the camel get its hump?  How did the tiger get its stripes?  Or humans words?  Classic storyteller Rudyard Kipling has some suggestions, and this charming show will enthrall audiences, young and young at heart! Part of Stages' series, Classic Stories for New Audiences.



Where: Stages Black Box Theatre, Artisan Alley, 222 W. 2nd St., Bloomington (map)

Production Staff

Poster Art and Design, Joe Lee

Based on the Rudyard Kipling stories, adapted by Aurand Harris.

Produced with permission from Dramatic Publishing. 


Stages New Theatre Series



Live theatre for ages 4-and up with accompanying adults.

This new ongoing series offers a perfect close-up theatre experience for young audiences and features stories from best-loved children’s books, fables, and fairytales written and adapted by well-known playwrights.

Performed by Stages Acting UP players.

Performances at Stages new Black Box Theatre, Artisan Alley, 222. W. 2nd St.


2019-20 Season



November 7-10
Based on the much loved tale from A Thousand and One Nights
complete with magic, genies, princesses, and fun for the whole family.
Perfect for all ages.

Just So Stories

May 8-10

From Rudyard Kipling's classic stories, learn how the camel got its hump and other engaging tales!





Stages will perform four powerful and engaging shows as part of American Mosaic, a new theatre series intended to open thought-provoking windows into our country’s history and experiences of being American.


Each explores key moments and themes in US history that have profoundly shaped its course. Audiences will witness four very different productions each with the potential to shock, challenge, tug at heartstrings, and open possibilities for hope and understanding. The project involves local collaborations, talk-backs, pre-show activities and discussions that examine history and point of view.

Black Elk Speaks

May 4, 5, 6, 2018

A reading of the play by Christopher Sergel, based on John G. Neihardt's book Black Elk Speaks.

The power of the play is not simply that it's superbly written drama but that it's all true. A shattering evocation of the American Plains Indians, it tells in passionate narrative how their West was lost!
"No one who sees this play will ever forget it.”



November 9-11, 2018

The settling of America from women's points of view, told in story, song and quilt patches. Pieced together through story and music, this American frontier drama examines the timeless

complexity of women’s lives.


John Brown’s Body

February 14-16, 2020

A dramatic and choral production of Stephen Vincent Benét’s epic poem about the Civil War. This stirring work transcends the expected and manages to make human again an event that has become almost hopelessly entwined with the apocryphal.


Big River

Spring 2021

A fully staged production of this stunning Tony Award winning musical based on Twain’s most controversial work, Huckleberry Finn.


American Mosaic is made possible through generous support from Artisan Alley and the Brabson Library and Educational Foundation



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Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County


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