Edwina Spoonapple would do just about anything to be a part of the Kalamazoo Advice-a-palooza Festival. While her siblings both have proof “up on the fridge” of their accomplishments, poor Edwina has nothing. When a talent scout from the festival visits her hometown of Paw Paw, Michigan, 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 (on piano and drums) and a host of quirky friends and neighbors, including Kelli, the cool, sophisticated ballerina; Annie, the girl-scout cookie-selling champion; Billy, one-third of the Vanderploonk triplets; Bobby, the befuddled new kid on the block; and Scott, who is helplessly and hopelessly in love with Edwina. Together they set out to tackle the world’s problems, in number after hysterical number about everything from birthday party etiquette to the proper way to set a table (“salad fork, fork, plate, knife, spoon”). Sweet, smart and tuneful, it appeals to audiences of all ages, as Edwina doles out advice, and finally learns to listen to some of it herself.
Dear Edwina cast recording
"In a class with ‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.’" – Steven Suskin, Variety
“First-rate theatre material.” – David Finkle, TheaterMania
"Good for young and old alike." – Oscar E Moore, TalkEntertainment.com
"Adults will be laughing just as hard (if not harder) than their children." – Mark Peikert, Back Stage
Beth Cheryl Tarnow, Katie Whetsell, Judith Dry, Noah Zachary, Jared Picone, David McDaniel, Brad Giovanine, Katy Vaughn
Author: Marcy Heisler
Music: Zina Goldrich
Lyrics: Marcy Heisler
Director: Timothy McDonald
Choreographer: Steven Kennedy
Producer: Daryl Roth
Press Agent: Waldmania!