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Dear Edwina JR.

Children's Show 2022

Marcy Heisler, Directed by Daniel Isajiw

Dear Edwina JR. is an uplifting musical about the pleasures of growing up. Thirteen-year-old Edwina Spoonapple is desperate to be a part of the Kalamazoo Advice-a-palooza Festival. While her siblings both have ample evidence of their accomplishments, poor Edwina has no credibility. When a talent scout from the convention visits her hometown, she introduces her musical advice-giving shows live from the family garage in hopes of finding her place in the spotlight. She is helped by her older siblings, quirky friends, and neighbors. Together they set out to tackle the world's problems with hysterical numbers about everything from birthday party etiquette to the proper table settings.

Auditions, rehearsals and performances will take place at The Barley Sheaf Players.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the small size and ventilation limitations of our historic building, masks and proof of vaccination are required inside the building by all cast members, parents/guardians, staff and patrons.


  • Saturday, June 4, 2022 at 1:00 PM
  • Sunday, June 5, 2022 at 1:00 PM

Children ages 7-13 (as of their audition date) who are interested in auditioning need to have their AUDITION FORM before arriving. Auditions will take place at Barley Sheaf Players theater on June 4th and 5th 1:00pm-5:00pm. During the audition each child will sing a selection from the show (learned/practiced prior to the audition - YouTube links to the songs can be found on the audition form), dance to a selection of music in small groups, and cold read lines from the script in small groups. All audition information as well as the rehearsal schedule can be found on the audition form below:


If you have any questions about auditions, you may e-mail the director at danieltisajiw@gmail.com.

Number of Girls: 4-30, Ages 7-13
Number of Boys: 4-30, Ages 7-13

Character Descriptions:

Edwina Spoonapple: Decisive about advice to friends, but craves the attention of her parents.
Edwina's friends: Include Annie, Girl Scout; Becky, a cheerleader; and Kelly, a ballerina.
Scott: The boy next door, madly in love with Edwina
Letter writers and problem solvers.
There are 30 roles in the play, so everyone has the chance to be a star!

Our first read through and Parent Meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 14 at 6:00pm and regular rehearsals will begin Wednesday, June 15, 1:00-4:00pm. Rehearsals will be on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays from 1:00-4:00pm. Tech rehearsals will be held on August 1, 2 and 3, from 4:00-8:00pm. Please bring a list of any conflicts you may have to auditions.

Performances will be held on August 4 and 5 at 7:00pm and August 6 and 7 at 2:00pm.


Coming August 4th

August 2022
7:30 pm*
7:30 pm*
2:00 pm*
2:00 pm*
* Member tickets not valid for marked (orange) shows.

Tickets have not yet gone on-sale for this show.


Daniel Isajiw
Consulting Director
Debbie Young
Music Director
Tina Stuber
Stevie Tagye and Stephanie Kupski
Consulting Producer
Karen Barnett

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