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Junior Thespian Troupe #89369
Eureka Middle School Drama Club
EMS DRAMA CLUB
the 2018-2019 musical production of
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. 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.
Auditions-Monday, September 24th 3:15-4:15pm in the cafeteria.
First cast meeting- Thursday, September 27th 3:15-4pm
Performance Dates- January 31st and February 1st, 2019
Cast of Characters-
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 your most talented actor to pull off her bossy yet lovable character. Also, since the play is designed around her and she has the most stage time, the actor playing Edwina should feel more than comfortable onstage. Edwina's music is also a bit challenging. Actor should have a strong, clear voice with good diction. A musical background would be helpful.
Vocal RangeA3 - C5
Scott- Sings Edwina- 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. A strong actor who feels comfortable being bold with his emotions. A good singer is a must for this role. Scott's song requires vocal dexterityand is demanding in style. An actor with strong comedic timing will be an asset.
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 important when it comes to casting Becky. Athletic ability, if not cheerleading experience, would be helpful.
Kelli- Edwina's neighbor and Paw Paw, Michigan's resident ballerina.
Lars- He is incredibly accident-prone and twists his ankle in the first scene. Lars has many prat falls before he actually twists his ankle. Casting an actor with good physical comedy skills would be helpful.
Billy- He works double duty on The Dear Edwina Show by performing onstage and serving as Box Office Manager.
Cordell- He works double duty in The Dear Edwina Show by performing onstage and serving as House Manager.
Bobby- Edwina's new next-door neighbor. He is a friendly and compassionate character who goes out of his way to help others.
Aphrodite- sings Aphrodite- One of the letter readers in the dear Edwina Show
Carrie- Sings Carrie- One of the letter readers in the dear Edwina Show
Abigail- Sings Abigail One of the letter readers in the dear Edwina Show
Periwinkle- Sings Periwinkle One of the letter readers in the dear Edwina Show
Ziggy- Sings Ziggy One of the letter readers in the dear Edwina Show
Vladimir- vampire that sings Frankenguest
Frank- sings Frankenguest- rude, self-centered, bratty, offensive, disrespectful, socially inept child and the subject of Vladimir's song, Frankenguest.
Frank’s Ma-sings Frankenguest
Chef Ludmilla- French chef that sings Fork, Knife, Spoon
William- Sings Fork, Knife, Spoon
Sonoma-Sings Fork, Knife Spoon
Fairy Forkmother- Comical Fairy Godmother that sings Fork, Knife, Spoon
Suzie- sings Say No Thank You- Lead singer of Susie and the Napkins
Napkins- Sing and dance Say No Thank you
Queen of Boola Boola- Quite the Character-Sings Say No Thank You
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.
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.
Mary Sue Betty Bob- country girl that sings Put It In The Piggy
Farmer Jerry-sings Put It In The Piggy
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."
Ann Van Buren- The Kalamazoo Advice-A-Palooza talent scout. She is represented only by a brief voice-over that may be recorded beforehand. When it comes to casting this voice, think very L.A., sweetie darling.
Myra Spoonapple-Edwina’s little sister and the musical director of the Dear Edwina Show.
Jo Spoonapple- Edwina’s little sister and the percussionist of the Dear Edwina Show.