2011-05-14 / Top News

Students Rehearsing To Perform ‘Dear Edwina’


Students in grades kindergarten through seven will present the play “Dear Edwina.” Rehearsing for the production Thursday, April 21, are (kneeling, from left) Cheyla Shunk, Alex Schockling; (front) Dominic Morse, Leon Sehoyan, Brooke Dziobak, Gabe Hepker, Ava Sehoyan, Aaron Riggs, Molly Tokarz, Christopher Riggs, Hannah Styburski, Todd Massaway, Makenna Horricks, Ella Cowell, Albert Mosley; (back) Brooke’ Lyne Holder, Nicholas Davis, Emily Modd, Hunter Taiste, Grace Roguska, Christian Styburski, Talon Greenlee, and Peyton Waaso. Students in grades kindergarten through seven will present the play “Dear Edwina.” Rehearsing for the production Thursday, April 21, are (kneeling, from left) Cheyla Shunk, Alex Schockling; (front) Dominic Morse, Leon Sehoyan, Brooke Dziobak, Gabe Hepker, Ava Sehoyan, Aaron Riggs, Molly Tokarz, Christopher Riggs, Hannah Styburski, Todd Massaway, Makenna Horricks, Ella Cowell, Albert Mosley; (back) Brooke’ Lyne Holder, Nicholas Davis, Emily Modd, Hunter Taiste, Grace Roguska, Christian Styburski, Talon Greenlee, and Peyton Waaso. Voices searching for a key, happy chatter, and musical sounds, all from spring play practice, flow down the hallway at Mackinac Island Public School. Students have begun preparing for their performances in a song and dance production of “Dear Edwina,” with book and lyrics by Marcy Heisler and music by Zina Goldrich.

Students will perform the musical in the Mission Point Resort Theater at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 22, and at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 23. Students in kindergarten through seventh grade are participating in the production.

Edwina Spoonapple is not a typical 13-year-old girl. She is talented and wise for her years, a girl who offers advice to friends and directs musicals in her garage. Seventh grade student Molly Takarz plays Edwina.

Teacher Karen Allen, who has led student productions for the last 16 years, directs the play.

Many of the students have more than one part, she said. Fourteen students in grades four, five, and six will give the bulk of the production. Through song and dance, 10 students in the second and third grades will introduce the letters Edwina receives that ask her advice. The play begins with a song preformed by kindergarten and first grade students.

“It’s a lot of song and dance numbers,” said Ms. Allen.

Ease of the production was an important factor in considering this play, she said.

“It has one set, it’s a garage, and it’s got tons of kids in it,” she said. “Instead of having kids play adults, these are kids playing kids. It’s cute. The songs are cute.”

The production is adapted from the off-Broadway show and is called a “junior” version with a shorter play length of about 70 minutes.

Ms. Allen is a big fan of the Broadway junior plays. Some of the songs already are choreographed and the plays have very little dialog, but a lot of musical productions.

“When you are working with kids, it’s so much better because their dialog is so hard to hear,” said Ms. Allen. “So what little dialog they have, they can really focus on making sure they are understood and heard.”

Parents and school staff are working on scenery, costumes, props, and lighting.

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