Dear Edwina Online Edition
Thirteen-year-old problem solver, Edwina, digitally dishes out advice in this brand-new Online Edition!
Show Essentials
19
Roles
+ Ensemble
G
Rated
1
Act

Full Synopsis

KIDS are getting ready to put on a show as Edwina Spoonapple issues instructions ("Paw Paw, Michigan"). Annie, Kelli, Becky, Lars, Cordell, and Billy enter, each trying to help Edwina sell the show. Tensions are high since the talent scout from the Kalamazoo Advice-A-Palooza Festival will be
in the audience, and Edwina wants everything to be perfect. There’s been a cancellation in the festival lineup and the rumor is that the spot will be filled by local talent. Edwina tells everyone to break a leg, and unfortunately Lars twists his ankle and is unable to perform.

Just then, Edwina’s new next-door neighbor, Bobby, comes bearing brownies from
his mom. Bobby has heard of all Edwina’s siblings, but not Edwina, who introduces herself as “advice-giver extraordinaire” and immediately casts Bobby in the show. Though Bobby doesn’t want to be in the show, when Edwina expressed how important it is to her, Bobby agrees ("Up On The Fridge").

Bobby steps into the role of emcee and the kids introduce Edwina ("Dear Edwina"). Edwina chooses a letter to kick off her advice-giving, and the letter is from Aphrodite ("Aphrodite"), whose younger brother is a very picky eater. Edwina brings in Susie and the Napkins to help ("Just Say No Thank You"). They sing about Johnny’s dinner with the Queen of Boolah Boolah, and how he politely says “no thank you” to the foods he doesn’t like.

As Becky performs a cheer after the number, the other kids try to spot the talent scout in the audience – and discover that she’s sleeping. Kelli and Scott are the next kids to bring Edwina a letter, but Scott tries to switch his red envelope for Kelli’s blue one. Though he explains to Edwina the red letter is very important, Edwina insists on choosing the letter for which they’ve rehearsed.

The letter is from Periwinkle, who is very shy and worried about making friends when her family moves to Sweden. Edwina and the kids sing about HARRY in Honolulu, who wants his cousin LOLA from Lima to come to his birthday party. Though Lola and Harry do not speak the same language, they break the ice with a simple, “Hola!”

Edwina tries to wrap up the show, but Scott isn’t finished. Billy hands Edwina a letter from “Anonymous” while Scott sings of his true feelings for Edwina ("Edwina"). Everyone is excited when the Talent Scout calls, but it turns out she only wants to book Scott to sing the National Anthem. Scott wants Edwina to come with him, but she declines. Edwina is frustrated and feeling like she doesn’t measure up to her other siblings when Katie Spoonapple enters, crying. Katie was competing in the Summer Math Olympics and turned her answers in first – but one of the other girls whispered about how she doesn’t like Katie, and everybody heard. Edwina encourages her to just be herself ("Sing Your Own Song"). By the end of the song, Katie is ready to go back to the competition.

Edwina and the other kids sing about being themselves and doing what they love ("Sing Your Own Song Part 2/Up On The Fridge – Reprise").

Casting

Casting

Cast Size: Large (21 or more performers)
Cast Type: Children
Dance Requirements: Standard

Character Breakdown

Edwina
The creator, director and choreographer of The Dear Edwina Show and is the main-staple of the play.
Gender: female
Annie

Edwina's friend and the Girl Scout of Paw Paw.

Gender: female
Kelli

Edwina's neighbor and Paw Paw, Michigan's resident ballerina.

Gender: female
Becky

Edwina's enthusiastic friend and the top of the cheerleading pyramid for the Paw Paw Wildcats.

Gender: female
Lars

One of the Vanderploonk triplets and a neighborhood friend of Edwina.

Gender: male
Cordell

One of the Vanderploonk triplets and a neighborhood friend of Edwina.

Gender: male
Billy

One of the Vanderploonk triplets and a neighborhood friend of Edwina.

Gender: male
Bobby

Edwina's new next-door neighbor. He is a friendly and compassionate character who goes out of his way to help others.

Gender: male
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.
Gender: male
Aphrodite

One of the 'letter readers' in The Dear Edwina Show.

Gender: female
Susie and 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."

Gender: female
Johnny

Johnny and The Queen act out the story in the lyrics.

Gender: male
Queen of Boolah Boolah

Johnny and The Queen act out the story in the lyrics of Susie and Napkins song.

Gender: female
Periwinkle
One of the 'letter readers' in The Dear Edwina Show.
Gender: female
Harry

Lola's cousin and the reason she flies from Lima, Peru, to Honolulu.

Gender: male
Lola

New to America, Lola expresses her shyness in the song, "Hola, Lola."

Gender: female
Katie

Edwina's little sister and a math wiz.

Gender: female
Talent Scout

The Kalamazoo Advice-A-Palooza talent scout

Gender: female
Full Song List
Dear Edwina-online Edition: Paw Paw, Michigan
Dear Edwina-online Edition: Up On The Fridge
Dear Edwina-online Edition: Dear Edwina
Dear Edwina-online Edition: Aphrodite
Dear Edwina-online Edition: Just Say No Thank You
Dear Edwina-online Edition: Edwina
Dear Edwina-online Edition: Sing Your Own Song
Dear Edwina-online Edition: Sing Your Own Song Part 2/ Up On The Fridge - Reprise

Billing

Requirements

You must give the authors/creators billing credits, as specified in the Production Contract, in a conspicuous manner on the first page of credits in all programs and on houseboards, displays and in all other advertising announcements of any kind.
Percentages listed indicate required type size in relation to title size.
DEAR EDWINA
Online Edition
 
Music by
ZINA GOLDRICH
Book and Lyrics by
MARCY HEISLER
 
The names of the Composer and the Lyricist/Bookwriter shall be equal in size, type, coloring, boldness and prominence. No billing shall apepar in type larger or more prominent than the billing to the Authors except for the title of the Play.
The videotaping or other video or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited

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