Cast size: Small, 15 plus
Book by Marcy Heisler Lyrics by Marcy Heisler Music by Zina Goldrich

MTI Enterprises | Pop / Rock | small 15 plus

  • About the Show

    One Act, Book Musical, Pop / Rock, Rated G

    At last a musical that features a cast of nearly all girl performers! Follow the adventures of advice- giver extraordinaire, Edwina Spoonapple as she directs the kids in the neighborhood in production number after hilarious production number in her Advice-A-Palooza extravaganza. Written in the style of Schoolhouse Rock Live! and You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, Dear Edwina Junior is the perfect girl power musical for a new generation.

    Broadway Junior Version- MTI's Broadway Junior Collection includes some of Broadway's best-loved musicals which have been specially adapted for young performers-abridged to 60-80 minutes, with music transposed into keys appropriate for young voices.

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    Synopsis

    It's a beautiful summer day in Paw Paw, Michigan, and all the neighborhood kids are on their way to Edwina Spoonapple's house. Edwina, creator and star of the Dear Edwina show, anxiously awaits her cast and crew, as they introduce themselves to us in "Paw Paw Michigan." Finally the kids arrive at Edwina's ready to start the weekly episode of The Dear Edwina Show, where folk from around the world send letters to Edwina Spoonapple in hopes of receiving her invaluable advice.

    Today Edwina is especially excited and even more bossy than usual; the talent scout from the Kalamazoo Advice-A Palooza Festival (the biggest advice-giving convention ever!) will see the show; their act might have a chance to fill in the slot abandoned by Dr. Joyce Brothers. Alas, right before showtime one of Edwina's cast members breaks his leg. Who will fill in for this all-important episode? Bobby, the new next-door neighbor, arrives with brownies from his mom. Edwina--after introducing her siblings playing drums and piano--instantly drafts him to perform. Bobby, however, is immobilized by stage fright.

    Edwina, crestfallen, explains herself in "Up On the Fridge." She tells Bobby about the wonderful accomplishments of her three siblings, and their ribbons or report cards tacked up on her parents' fridge. Her talent, however, has no tangible award--except for the chance to go to Kalamazoo Advice-A Palooza Festival. Bobby is convinced. He joins the show.

    The show begins with the full cast, a wheelbarrow full of letters, and "Dear Edwina," promising with song and dance that their marvelous Edwina can answer any problem posed. The first letter is introduced with "Here Comes A Letter" and a cast member Scott's bumbling admission for his adoration of Edwina. In "Aphrodite" the letter writer explains how her brother is a picky eater; she begs for Edwina's advice. Edwina invites the rock group Susie and the Napkins to explain that it's not what one eats but what one says that allows one to be polite. They sing it in "Say No Thank You."

    Becky, cheerleader of the Paw Paw Wildcats, gives "Becky's cheer" to remind the talent scout from Kalamazoo Advice-A Palooza Festival that Edwina is the best. "Another Letter" is sung in preparation to move on. Scott, however, has a special letter that he wants Edwina to read. She chooses a different letter and in "Abigail" the letter's author, tells us of the woes concerning her obnoxious brother. Edwina illustrates a solution with the story of her scary Uncle Vladimir from Transylvania in "Frankenguest" where Frankenguest is just about the rudest guest at a birthday party one could have.

    In order to choose the next letter, cast member Kelli performs the "Poshkonozovich Dance." In this next letter/song "Carrie" tells about her monstrous lack of knowledge in setting a dining table. Edwina give her solution in "Ode to Oneida" where she explains how to set a table.

    With a big bow and "Time For Intermission" the company takes a break from The Dear Edwina Show by the lemonade stand. Scott again tries to get Edwina to read his special letter to no avail. As the company looks for the talent scout, they discover that she's been sleeping!

    All are called back to the second half of The Dear Edwina Show with "Here Come More Letters." The first letter/song is "Periwinkle." Periwinkle is very blue because she must move to a place where no one knows her and she is very shy. Edwina replies with "Hola, Lola" which gives the lesson that anyone can make a person feel welcome in a new and strange place just by saying hello. With the end of "Hola Lola" comes "Becky's Second Cheer" where Becky tries to wake up the lethargic talent scout.

    Again Scott tries to get Edwina to read his special letter. Another letter/song saves her. In "Ziggy," a steel band has lost all the money it's raised to go to Jamaica. In "Put It In The Piggy" Edwina explains the benefits of resisting the temptation to spend foolhardy and to save, save, save! With "Thanks for Coming" The Dear Edwina Show ends--or tries to end. Scott insists on reading/singing his own special letter in "Edwina" which is about--what else--a boy who is in love with girl who pays him no mind. Edwina wants to dismiss his pleas but the company supports Scott and Edwina is momentarily swept away as the company gives its audience their second and true farewell in "Thanks for Coming 2."

    All is interrupted by a call from the talent scout. She wants Scott to perform the National Anthem at the Kalamazoo Advice-A Palooza Festival. The rest of the company, including Edwina, did not make the festival. Edwina is crushed, despite parting words of support from her exiting cast members. Once alone, she reprises "Up On The Fridge" which is interrupted by her little sister, Katie. Katie has run away from the Summer Math Olympics. It turns out, she has been slighted by her jealous competitors. In "Sing Your Own Song" Edwina gives Katie the advice to be proud and remain herself despite people trying to knock her down. Katie tells Edwina to take her own advice and not let the talent scout knock her down!

    "Up On The Fridge" is reprised. Edwina expresses that what really matters is not a prize one can hold but one's family, friends, and aspirations. Lastly, the whole company sings "Hola, Lola" as an encore for Grandma and her video camera.

    Musical Numbers

    Paw-Paw Michigan
    Up On the Fridge
    Dear Edwina
    Here Comes a Letter
    Aphrodite
    Say No Thank You
    Becky's Cheers
    Another Letter
    Abigail
    Frankenguest
    Carrie
    Fork, Knife, Spoon
    Time For Intermission
    Here Come More Letters
    Periwinkle
    Hola, Lola
    BEcky's Second Cheers
    Ziggy
    Put it in the Piggy
    Thanks For Coming 1
    Edwina
    Thanks For Coming 2
    Up on the Fridge Breakdown
    Sing Your Own Song
    Hola, Lola Encore

    Casting Information

    Cast size: Small (2-10), Flexible
    Cast Type: Children in Cast
    Dance requirement: None/minimal
    Character Breakdown
    ANN VAN BUREN
    Voice-over only, is the Kalamazoo Advice-A-Palooza talent scout
    ANNIE
    Perky, energetic, helpful, some group singing
    APHRODITE, CARRIE, ABIGAIL, PERIWINKLE, ZIGGY & THE MARCHING BAND
    All are 'letter readers' in the show, can be cast from ensemble or any of regular characters
    Aphrodite: A - E flat
    Carrie & Abigail: B - D
    Periwinkle: B flat - C
    Ziggy & The Marching Band: A flat - A flat
    BECKY
    Good singer, some athletic ability helpful, enthusiastic cheerleader personality
    BILLY VANDERPLOONK
    Some group singing, one of triplets
    BOBBY
    Good actor, some group singing, friendly and compassionate
    CHEF LUDMILLA, WILLIAM, SONOMA, FAIRY FORKMOTHER
    All strong singers, team that teaches setting a table
    Chef Ludmilla: Soprano--A - F
    William & Sonoma: Tenor--E flat - F
    Fairy Forkmother: Soprano--B flat - B flat
    CORDELL VANDERPLOONK
    Some group singing, one of triplets
    EDWINA SPOONAPPLE
    Strong, clear singing voice, good actress, bossy yet lovable character
    Mezzo-Soprano: A - C
    FARMER JERRY, GIRLS, PIGS
    Good singers, female cast plays "Girls" and male cast plays "Pigs"
    FRANK
    Strong speaking voice, rude, bratty, offensive, socially inept child character
    Non-singing
    HARRY
    Good singer, cousin to Lola, fun, happy-go-lucky character
    A flat - C sharp
    JOE/JO SPOONAPPLE
    Edwina's older brother/sister, played by percussionist of show
    JOHNNY & QUEEN OF BOOLA BOOLA
    Good rhythm, strong speaking voices, non-singing
    KATIE SPOONAPPLE
    Little sister to Edwina, math wiz
    KELLI
    Good dancer or moves well, some group singing
    LARS VANDERPLOONK
    Capable of physical comedy, some group singing, one of triplets
    LOLA
    Small bit of solo singing, group numbers, good ear for languages
    B - A
    MARY SUE BETTY BOB
    Good singer, comic sensibilities
    Mezzo-Soprano: C - D
    MYRA/MYRON SPOONAPPLE
    Edwina's little sister/brother, played by Musical Director of show
    SCOTT
    Good actor, good singer, comic timing, loves Edwina
    Tenor: C - A flat
    SUSIE & THE NAPKINS
    Strong singers, move well
    Susie: Mezzo/Belt-- A - F
    VLADIMIR
    Strong actor and singer, Edwina's scary uncle
    Baritone/Tenor: A - F

    Rehearsal Set

    The following materials are provided in the Showkit
    20 x Student Books
    1 x Director's Script
    1 x Accompaniment and Guide Vocal CDs
    1 x Choreographic DVD
    20 x Family Matters
    1 x Piano Vocal Score

    Orchestration

    Performance Accompaniment CD provided with the Showkit

    Resources

    Logo Pack

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