ELLINWOOD — Ellinwood High School will present the musical “Dear Edwina” at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 16 and 17 at the Ellinwood High School auditorium, 210 E. 2nd. Tickets can be purchased for $5 from the Ellinwood Public Library, Kimple Furniture Store, Ellinwood Community Bank, or any cast member.
Cast members include Stephanie Troyer (Edwina), Hannah Billinger (Becky), Ashley Sheldon (Annie), Hannah Maddy (Kelli), Shiani Hughes (Bobbie), Rachel Schloctermeier (Katie), Samuel Kline-Martin (Scott), Connor Birzer (Cordell/Lars), and Jesse Zamarripa (Billy).
The show will also include a special performance by the newly formed Teen Choir including Bailey Baird, Sarah Frakes, Emma Ricker, Katelyn Robinson, Katelyn Lefebvre, Drew Dannar, and Skyler Lohr.
Thirteen-year-old Edwina Spoonapple has very talented siblings. But because of this, she thinks that she isn’t special or talented.
Yet Edwina has many talents including leadership, singing and advising, and she combines all of them by directing musicals out of her garage. The topic of these musicals is letters written to her by neighborhood kids who need advice. She gives them advice through songs and dances that she orchestrates with her friends.
One of the main themes of Dear Edwina is Edwina’s desire to be in the “Advice-a-palooza” festival because she feels it will prove that she is as talented as her siblings. This is all going on while Edwina’s love interest, Scott, is trying to win her over.
But, since Edwina is so concerned about her show, she doesn’t care about Scott. Scott wins her heart by singing her a song as an impromptu performance on the show. The talent scout calls, and asks for Scott to perform at the festival, not Edwina.
She is heartbroken when she runs into Katie Spoonapple, who has just run away from the Summer Math Olympics because she was getting made fun of by the other girls. She tells Katie not to listen to those kids, and to do what you love to do. Katie hugs her, and Edwina realizes that love is far more important than getting a prize.
The show is directed by Meredith Duling along with the help of Sharon Sturgis, staging and properties, Leon Sobba, set and lights, Paul Huschka, sound, Mike Westerman, costumes, Jeri Harder, accompanist, and Shawn Henderson, percussion.