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Spring Musical

NEYT SPRING MUSICAL
DEAR EDWINA JR.
Directed by Rebecca Waxman

EXTRA AUDITIONS FOR DEAR EDWINA, JR.
on THURS, NOV. 15th, 5 – 6pm
for 11 - 15 year olds
with some exceptions for 10 year olds who are verifiably ready to work with an older group.
                       Cast size is flexible and newcomers are welcome!

Dear Edwina is a heartwarming musical about the joys of growing up.  A lovable heroine and advice-giver extraordinaire (think a spunky, singing Dear Abby) assembles a charmingly goofy troupe to entertain and inform the neighborhood, and audiences of all ages.
Thirteen-year-old Edwina Spoonapple would do just about anything to be a part of the Kalamazoo Advice-a-Palooza Festival. While her siblings have ample proof of their accomplishments, poor Edwina has nothing. So, when a talent scout from the convention visits her hometown, she trots out her musical advice, giving shows live from the family garage in hopes of finding her place in the spotlight. She is assisted by her older siblings, quirky friends, and neighbors. Together, they set out to tackle the world's problems in number after hysterical number about everything from overcoming shyness to proper table settings.                
1. Prepare a short song (or part of a song - one minute or less).  Bring sheet music for accompaniment OR sing on your own.  (Something as familiar as Row, Row, Row Your Boat can work!)
 
2. Get familiar with listed characters  (not the full cast list) and practice sharing the poem/speech below in each one their various "voices" or energies.
 
Edwina Spoonapple
The creator, director and choreographer of The Dear Edwina Show -- a bossy yet lovable character.
 
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.
 
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.
  
Bobby
Edwina's new next-door neighbor who gets drafted into the show. He is a friendly and compassionate character who goes out of his way to help others.
 
THOSE KIDS THAT TRY AND KNOCK YOU DOWN,
THEY’RE NOT WHAT LIFE’S ABOUT.
JUST LEARN TO SING YOUR SPECIAL SONG AND DROWN THEM OUT.

YOU’VE GOT TO SING YOUR OWN SONG, USE YOUR OWN VOICE.
YOUR VOICE IS NOT A THING TO BE AFRAID OF -                              
AND WHEN THEY HEAR IT RING TRUE,
THERE'S NOT A THING THEY CAN DO TO TAKE AWAY                                  
THE MUSIC THAT YOU’RE MADE OF.

OH, TO BE NORMAL, TO BE A SAFE AND UNASSUMING SHADE OF GRAY....NOT TOO DIFFERENT, NOT TOO SMART.
NO MORE POEMS IN YOUR HEART.
DO YOU REALLY WANT TO LIVE YOUR LIFE THAT WAY?

 
AUDITIONS: Sunday, November 4th 1-3pm
Ages 11-15 Tuition $500
 
REHEARSALS begin March 11th weekdays M, T, Th, 4-6:45pm
Extended hours during tech week
PERFORMANCES May 3, 4, & 10, 11  (six performances)
 
Dear Edwina is a heartwarming musical about the joys of growing up.  A lovable heroine and advice-giver extraordinaire (think a spunky, singing Dear Abby) assembles a charmingly goofy troupe to entertain and inform the neighborhood, and audiences of all ages.
 
Thirteen-year-old Edwina Spoonapple would do just about anything to be a part of the Kalamazoo Advice-a-Palooza Festival. While her siblings have ample proof of their accomplishments, poor Edwina has nothing. So, when a talent scout from the convention visits her hometown, she trots out her musical advice, giving shows live from the family garage in hopes of finding her place in the spotlight. She is assisted by her older siblings, quirky friends and neighbors. Together, they set out to tackle the world's problems in number after hysterical number about everything from overcoming shyness to proper table settings.
 
This show is silly, buoyant and compassionate with all kinds of opportunities for group AND solo singing, ensemble dancing, prop & costume gags and general merriment.  The jokes are clever and the action is all about keeping an audience engaged and smiling – delightful, valuable work for these challenging times.  
 
Cast size is flexible and newcomers are welcome!

 
 
WHAT TO PREPARE:
1.     Prepare a short song (or part of a song - one minute or less).  Bring sheet music for accompaniment OR sing on your own.  (Something as familiar as Row, Row, Row Your Boat can work!)
 
2.  Get familiar with listed characters  (not the full cast list) and practice sharing the poem/speech below in each one their various "voices" or energies.
 
 
 
POEM:
THOSE KIDS THAT TRY AND KNOCK YOU DOWN,
THEY’RE NOT WHAT LIFE’S ABOUT.
JUST LEARN TO SING YOUR SPECIAL SONG AND DROWN THEM OUT. 
I WON’T PRETEND IT DOESN’T HURT.
SOME THINGS KIDS SAY CAN HURT A LOT.
BUT WHAT HURTS MORE IS WHEN THEY MAKE YOU WANT TO BE SOMETHING YOU’RE NOT.
YOU’VE GOT TO SING YOUR OWN SONG, USE YOUR OWN VOICE.
YOUR VOICE IS NOT A THING TO BE AFRAID OF, AND WHEN THEY HEAR IT RING TRUE,
THERE'S NOT A THING THEY CAN DO TO TAKE AWAY THE MUSIC THAT YOU’RE MADE OF.
OH, TO BE NORMAL. TO BE A SAFE AND UNASSUMING SHADE OF GRAY.... NOT TOO DIFFERENT, NOT TOO SMART.
NO MORE POEMS IN YOUR HEART.
DO YOU REALLY WANT TO LIVE YOUR LIFE THAT WAY?
 
CHARACTERS:
 
Edwina Spoonapple
The creator, director and choreographer of The Dear Edwina Show --  a bossy yet lovable character.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Kelli
Edwina's neighbor and Paw Paw, Michigan's resident ballerina. The character of Kelli can go one of two ways – a legimately gifted dancer or a (klutzy) self-imagined one.
 
Bobby
Edwina's new next-door neighbor who gets drafted into the show. He is a friendly and compassionate character who goes out of his way to help others.
 
Lars Vanderploonk
A neighborhood friend of Edwina. He is incredibly accident-prone and has many prat-falls before twisting his ankle in the first scene. Lars returns to the stage a little while after his injury in a cast.

For more information:
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