‘Ordinary Days’ to be presented by Cardinal Stage beginning Feb. 11

Staff Reports

BLOOMINGTON — Cardinal Stage will present a virtual, on-demand production of the musical “Ordinary Days” by Adam Gwon from Feb. 11-21.

This contemporary musical, first produced in 2008, follows four characters, exploring how their ordinary lives connect in the most amazing ways. Directed by artistic director Kate Galvin, the production will star Julian Diaz-Granados, star of Cardinal’s “Newsies,” and Kayla Marie Eilers, star of Cardinal’s “Beauty and the Beast.”

“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.

With a four-person cast and 21 songs, the musical is mostly sung-through with no intermission, making it the perfect fit for a virtual format.

The production process will take place remotely, meaning the actors will be recording themselves from home, under the guidance of Cardinal’s creative team and artistic staff. Excited to delve back into musical theatre, Galvin has some history with this piece.

“I am thrilled to be directing ‘Ordinary Days,” Galvin said. “I met Adam Gwon through this piece back in 2008, while it was still in development, and I fell in love with the show right away. When I moved to Bloomington, it was Adam who told me I must meet Ray Fellman, so it’s very fitting that Ray and I are collaborating on his show!”

Although the production will be available to watch at any time during the on-demand period, Cardinal Stage will be hosting two virtual watch parties.

The first, on Feb. 13, will include all four members of the cast; while the second, on Feb. 19, will include the creative team and the show’s playwright/composer Adam Gwon. These watch parties will take place virtually via Zoom and will give participants the chance to chat with each other about the show and meet the artists behind it.

Registration forms for these events are available on Cardinal’s website.

Rounding out the cast are recent Indiana University Musical Theatre BFA graduates Nina Donville and Henry Miller. Bloomington audiences will remember Donville from Cardinal’s production of “West Side Story” and IU Theatre’s productions of “Pippin” as Catherine and “Little Shop of Horrors” as Audrey.

Miller appeared in IU’s productions of “Pippin,” “Dames at Sea,” and “Wonderful Town.”

Galvin makes her directorial return at the helm of “Ordinary Days,” having recently directed Cardinal’s Walkabout Radio Play series, “The Women in the Woods, Cardinal’s Home for the Holidays cabaret, and 2019’s family holiday musical, Disney’s “Newsies.”

Ray Fellman, associate professor in IU’s Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance is returning to Cardinal as the music director/pianist for this production.

Tickets are available now through Showtix4u, an easy-to-use, virtual streaming platform that Cardinal is using. Tickets can be purchased at the advanced price of $20 per household now through Feb. 10, or at the regular price of $25 per household during the on-demand period, Feb. 11-21.

Each ticket entitles patrons to one viewing of the performance within a 48-hour viewing window. The show will be available for 48 hours from the moment a patron first begins to watch the show, not from the moment of purchase.

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What: Cardinal Stage presenting the four-person musical "Ordinary Days." 

When: Feb. 11-21.

Where: Online, with details at ticket purchase. 

Tickets: $20 and $25 per household via Showtix4u

Information: cardinalstage.org