Musical Theatre of Anthem

           

Dear Edwina Junior

Auditions:
June 5, 2017
Performances:
June 15-18, 2017
No-cut production for Ages 9-15
June 5 - 16, Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Director:
Laura O'Meara


Vocal Director:
Karen Blanzy


Choreographer:
Lyndsie Clymer



13 year-old problem solver Edwina dishes out advice with the help of her friends and a little song and dance.Dear Edwina JR. is a heartwarming musical about the joys of growing up, from the creators of Junie B. Jones, The Musical. Written in a "show-within-a-show" format, Dear Edwina JR. is the perfect "girl power" musical(with plenty of boy roles, too!) for a new generation.

Dear Edwina JR. follows the adventures of plucky advice-giver extraordinaire Edwina Spoonapple as she directs the neighborhood kids in a series of buoyant production numbers for the latest edition of her weekly "Advice-A-Palooza." Edwina and her friends share wisdom on everything from trying new foods to making new friends through clever, catchy and poignant songs.

The tuition and costume fee for this production is $325. 10% sibling discount. Sibling discount on 2nd registration will be refunded via PayPal within 24 hours of payment received.

Please bring a lunch that does not need to be refrigerated, water, a pencil, and comfortable clothes and shoes you can move in.

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Audition Form
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Performer Contract (to be filled out only once per season)
Measurement Form



Character Breakdown


ABIGAIL    One of the 'letter readers' in The Dear Edwina Show. They each have vocals whereby they explain their dilemmas in hopes of receiving Edwina's advice.
 
ANN VAN BUREN    The Kalamazoo Advice-A-Palooza talent scout. Think very L.A., sweetie darling.
 
ANNIE    Edwina's friend and the Girl Scout of Paw Paw. Annie works for and collects her Girl Scout badges like they were buried treasure. No matter what problem may arise, she is prepared with the know-how and resources to solve it in a flash – A MacGyver for the new generation! She is perky, energetic and helpful… maybe even too helpful.
 
APHRODITE    One of the 'letter readers' in The Dear Edwina Show. They each have vocal solos whereby they explain their dilemmas in hopes of receiving Edwina's advice.
 
BECKY    Edwina's enthusiastic friend and the top of the cheerleading pyramid for the Paw Paw Wildcats. Cheerleading consumes her life and creating new cheers for everyday occasions brings her great joy. This girl even cheers her anger! Stage presence is more important when it comes to casting Becky. Loudest, most outgoing un-shy person. Athletic ability, if not cheerleading experience, would be helpful, but not necessary.
 
BILLY VANDERPLOONK    One of the Vanderploonk triplets and a neighborhood friend of Edwina. He works double duty on The Dear Edwina Show by performing onstage and serving as Box Office Manager.
 
BOBBY    Edwina's new next-door neighbor. He is a friendly and compassionate character who goes out of his way to help others. The character of Bobby will be able to get away with imperfections throughout the show, as he is a last minute replacement for Lars. Outgoing and gets along with everyone.
 
CARRIE    One of the 'letter readers' in The Dear Edwina Show. They each have vocal solos whereby they explain their dilemmas in hopes of receiving Edwina's advice.
 
CHEF LUDMILLA    Part of a team to instruct the rest of the company on how to set a table in "Fork, Knife, Spoon." Each actor should have strong music and vocal skills.
 
CORDELL VANDERPLOONK    One of the Vanderploonk triplets and a neighborhood friend of Edwina. He works double duty in The Dear Edwina Show by performing onstage and serving as House Manager.
 
EDWINA SPOONAPPLE    The creator, director and choreographer of The Dear Edwina Show and is the main-staple of the play. Her character goes through a tremendous arc throughout the series of events in the play; from frustration to relief, anger to joy, horror to happiness… all within one afternoon in her own garage! The role of Edwina demands the actor to pull off her bossy yet lovable character. Edwina's music is a bit challenging. Should have a strong, clear voice with good diction.
 
FAIRY FORKMOTHER    Part of a team to instruct the rest of the company on how to set a table in "Fork, Knife, Spoon." Each actor should have strong music and vocal skills.
 
FARMER JERRY, GIRLS, PIGS    Mary Sue Betty Bob's backup for "Put it in the Piggy." The girl company members play the "Girls" and the "Pigs" are played by the boy company members.
 
FRANK    A rude, self-centered, bratty, offensive, disrespectful, socially inept child and the subject of Vladimir's song, Frankenguest. This non-singing role requires the actor to speak their lines during musical breaks in the song. An "over the top" actor.
 
HARRY    Lola's cousin and the reason she flies from Lima, Peru, to Honolulu. He is a fun, happy-go-lucky character show just wants to make sure his favorite cousin is having a good time.
 
JOE/JO SPOONAPPLE    Edwina's older brother/sister. Percussionist of The Dear Edwina Show.
 
JOHNNY & QUEEN OF BOOLA BOOLA    Susie and The Napkins are a local band who have just come from a Battle of the Bands concert at the Paw Paw Community Center to sing "Say No Thank You." Susie and The Napkins should be able to move well. Johnny and The Queen act out the story in the lyrics. They are not required to sing, but need to speak in rhythm during the song.
 
KATIE SPOONAPPLE    Edwina's little sister and a math wiz. Although she arrives at the end of the play, she has the very important role of influencing Edwina's thoughts and feelings. It is Katie that brings about the climax of the play, showing Edwina the "best advice of all."
 
KELLI    Edwina's neighbor and Paw Paw, Michigan's resident ballerina. The character of Kelli can go one of two ways; it can be a cast member with a background in ballet. If the actor playing Kelli has no ballet experience, not a problem. We've all flapped our arms and stood on our tippy-toes pretending to be ballerinas, have her do the same and turn it into a comedy bit! No one said Kelli was a good ballerina.
 
LARS VANDERPLOONK    One of the Vanderploonk triplets and a neighborhood friend of Edwina. He is incredibly accident-prone and twists his ankle in the first scene. Lars has many prat falls before he actually twists his ankle. Good physical comedy skills would be helpful.
 
LOLA    New to America, Lola expresses her shyness in the song, "Hola, Lola." It would be helpful if this actor speaks Spanish or has a good ear for languages.
 
MARY SUE BETTY BOB    Mary Sue Betty Bob's backup for "Put it in the Piggy." The girl company members play the "Girls" and the "Pigs" are played by the boy company members.
 
MYRA/MYRON SPOONAPPLE    Edwina's little sister/brother and musical director of The Dear Edwina Show.
 
PERIWINKLE    One of the 'letter readers' in The Dear Edwina Show. They each have vocal solos (whereby they explain their dilemmas in hopes of receiving Edwina's advice
 
SCOTT    A neighbor boy who is helplessly in love with Edwina. He dotes on her every move and is always conniving a way to gain her attention. Strong actor who feels comfortable being bold with his emotions. A good singer is a must for this role. Scott's song requires vocal dexterity and is demanding in style. Strong comedic timing.
 
SONOMA    Part of a team to instruct the rest of the company on how to set a table in "Fork, Knife, Spoon." Each actor should have strong music and vocal skills.
 
SUSIE & THE NAPKINS    Susie and The Napkins are a local band who have just come from a Battle of the Bands concert at the Paw Paw Community Center to sing "Say No Thank You." Susie and The Napkins should be able to move well. Johnny and The Queen act out the story in the lyrics. They are not required to sing, but need to speak in rhythm during the song.
 
VLADIMIR    Edwina's scary uncle from afar. The actor should be a strong enough singer to feel comfortable with their own song and a strong enough actor to engage the audience with their story (and keep them engaged through the duration of the song). Impeccable diction is a must for this character as Vladimir's lines are written with a Transylvanian "Dracula" accent in mind.
 
WILLIAM    Part of a team to instruct the rest of the company on how to set a table in "Fork, Knife, Spoon." Each actor should have strong music and vocal skills.
 
ZIGGY & THE MARCHING BAND    One of the 'letter readers' in The Dear Edwina Show. They each have vocal solos whereby they explain their dilemmas in hopes of receiving Edwina's advice.


Dear Edwina Junior is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 Phone: (212) 541-4684 Fax: (212) 397-4684 www.MTIShows.com