Dear Edwina, Jr.
Directed by Karly Swords
Tickets are $10
PERFORMANCE DATES AND TIMES
Thursday August 15th at 7:00pm
Friday August 16th at 7:00pm
Saturday August 17th at 1:00pm
Saturday August 17th at 7:00pm
Sunday August 18th at 1:00pm
Tickets go on sale August 5th
CHILDREN'S THEATRE PROGRAM
This is a show for kids by kids! As part of our children's performing arts enrichment program, we are delighted to present our annual summer children's production.
Don't miss out on the hard work that our kids have put into this production-
they are the future of the performing arts in the Illinois Valley!
Partial funding for this production was received by
The Arts of Starved Rock Country Fund.
Dear Edwina is a musical by Zina Goldrich (music) and Marcy Heisler (book and lyrics). A children's one-hour musical, it concerns a young girl who gives her neighborhood friends and family advice through singing in a musical show. It is set in the town of Paw Paw, Michigan (but also based on Deerfield, Illinois, where Marcy Heisler was born).
Thirteen-year-old Edwina Spoonapple has very talented siblings. But because of this, she thinks that she isn't special or talented. Yet Edwina has many talents including leadership, singing and advising, and she combines all of them by directing a weekly mini-musical out of her garage. The topic of these musicals is letters written to her by neighborhood kids who need advice. She gives them advice through songs and dances that she orchestrates with her friends. One of the main themes of Dear Edwina is Edwina's desire to be in the "Advice-a-palooza" festival because she feels it will prove that she is as talented as her siblings. This is all going on while Edwina's love interest, Scott, is trying to win her over. But, since Edwina is so concerned about her show, she doesn't care about Scott. Scott wins her heart by singing her a seductive love ballad as an impromptu performance on the show. The talent scout calls, and asks for Scott to perform at the festival, not Edwina. She is heartbroken when she runs into Katie Spoonapple, who has just run away from the Summer Math Olympics because she was getting made fun of by the other girls. She tells Katie not to listen to those kids, and to do what you love to do. Katie hugs her, and Edwina realizes that love is far more important than getting a prize.
DEAR EDWINA JR. CAST
Edwina Spoonapple – Nora Maier
Scott Knukle – Jaiden Allen
Becky Del Vecchio/ Periwinkle – Alecia Hodscher
Kelli Poshkonozovich/ Carrie – Ava Weatherford
Annie/ Aphrodite Swenson – Lainey Johns
Bobby /Ziggy – Andrew Beer
Billie Vanderploonk/ Abigail – Clara Vaske
Vladimir/ Farmer Jerry – Jaxon Schneider
Cheff Ludmilla – Emily Kmetz
Fairy Forkmother – Sarah Weisbrock
Susie/ Lola – Lilliana Cabrera
Mary Sue Betty Bob/Frank’s Ma – Ellissa Pelka
Frank – Dylan Kofoid
Cordell Vanderploonk – Adrian Silva
Lars Vanderploonk – Revin Essi
Katie Spoonapple – Gianna Mueller
Harry/ William – Gage Richey
Johnny – Mason Brannon
Queen of Boolah Boolah – Grace Wozek
Sonoma – Ursi Hauger
The production staff sincerely thanks all who auditioned this weekend! We are excited to start this wonderful show with this wonderful cast of kids.
Our first rehearsal will be Monday, June 24 at 4:30.