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					                                                                                      Blue Ridge Youth Theater

                                                                              Audition Information Packet
Music by Zina Goldrich
Book & Lyrics by Marcy Heisler

Thank you for your interest in our Spring musical production. This packet will provide you with information about
auditions, rehearsals, costumes, parent involvement, publicity and performances. Please review this information
before completing the audition form at the end. Each actor should bring the completed form with them to their

About the Show

Thirteen year-old Edwina Spoonapple would do just about anything to be a part of the Kalamazoo Advice-a-
palooza Festival. While her siblings both have proof of their accomplishments (“Up on the Fridge”), poor Edwina
has nothing. When a talent scout from the convention visits her hometown of Paw Paw, Michigan, she trots out
her musical advice giving show (“Dear Edwina”), live from the family garage, in hopes of finding her place in the
spotlight. She is assisted by her older siblings and a host of quirky friends and neighbors: Becky, the perky
cheerleader; Kelli, the cool, sophisticated ballerina; Annie, the girl-scout cookie-selling champion; 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 (“Frankenguest”)to the proper way to set a table (“Fork, Knife, Spoon”.

We are doing what is known as Music Theatre International's “Junior” version of Dear Edwina. Essentially, this
means that the production has been reworked specifically to be performed by youth. The show has been
shortened (in this case only slightly) and the songs have been re-keyed to fit young voices. They have also
modified the script so that we can have a cast of 20-30 instead of 9.

You can find a breakdown (description) of each character as well as sample script pages by visiting the following

If you would like to listen to some of the music and read a more detailed summary, please visit this link:


Because this a “Junior” version, auditions are open only to youth ages 8 to 19. Children under age 8 who have
had previous experience with BRYT or PAL's Summer Musical are also eligible to audition. Actors should dress in
clothes and shoes that enable them to move. Please, no mini shirts, flip flops, Crocs, high heels, etc.

At auditions, you will be asked to learn a shot selection from the show and read from the script. You will also be
asked to sing one of the following songs a cappella (without music): Happy Birthday or How Much is that Doggie.
While there is no dancing in the show, there is movement involved and we will work on a very short routine.

All those who audition will be called by Thursday, February 10 th and the cast list will be posted on the BRYT web
site on Friday, February 11th. For this reason, it is very important that you indicate on your audition form whether
you will accept any role you are assigned.

Once cast, there is a $50 participation fee ($40 for each additional sibling). This fee includes a show t-shirt, which
will available in March. For this production, each actor will also get to keep their script.

If you would like to apply for a full or partial scholarship, please check the appropriate box on the audition form
and speak with Barb (our producer) at some point during the auditions. Scholarship information is not a factor in
the casting process.
                                                                                    Blue Ridge Youth Theater

                                                                            Audition Information Packet
Music by Zina Goldrich
Book & Lyrics by Marcy Heisler

Rehearsals & Performances

Rehearsing and performing a musical requires commitment and dedication from every cast member. It is very
important that you check calendars and note any conflicts on the audition form at the end of this packet. While
they may not exclude an actor entirely, conflicts and availability may affect casting decisions.

Rehearsals will be held on Mondays and Thursdays from 4:30 to 6:00 beginning on February 14 th. Beginning in
March, we will add Saturday morning rehearsals from 9:30 to 12:30.

Tech week begins Sunday, May 1st from 3:00 to 7:00 PM, and continues through opening night on May 6 th.
Technical rehearsals tend to take a little longer than regular rehearsals and will be scheduled from 4:00 to 7:00
the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of that week.

Performances are May 6, 7, 20 & 21 at 7:30 and May 8 & 22 at 2:30. Performers will be asked to arrive at least 90
minutes before each performance to warm up and get into costumes and make-up. We may arrange a staggered
start time to assist with crowd control.

Additionally, we hope to secure a slot performing at Festival of Spring on May 14 th (time to be announced). We will
also have pick up rehearsal on Thursday, May 19 at 4:30.

Our strike party will be held directly after the show on May 22. This will involve removing the set, props, and
costumes, and then having a little party to celebrate our successful run.

Actors may not be needed at every rehearsal but are expected to be on time and ready to work when they are
called. A detailed rehearsal schedule will be given out during the first week of practice.

Costumes & Make-up

Since Dear Edwina is set in “the present”, we are going to ask the actors to help costume their character. Each
actor will be responsible for providing their own shoes and socks/tights and if they have a piece of clothing that
they think fits their character, we would love to borrow it (with parental permission, of course). Some characters
have specialty costumes and those will be provided for the actors.

Make up will be very simple, in most cases, and will consist of foundation, blusher, eyeliner, mascara, and lip
color. Even the boys will need to wear a little blusher and eyeliner or they appear “washed out” on stage. Kizzie
will be on hand to assist with hair and make up. Actors will need to provide their own mascara and lip color.

Parent Participation

To make things run smoothly, we need volunteers. In particular, we need parents to chaperone (Bosses of Them)
during tech week and performances. We are always looking for older teens who wish to help with technical and
backstage positions as well. Here are some additional areas in which we may need volunteers.

        Publicity (getting the word out)   costumes                       make-up artists
        backstage crew                     sound technician               spotlight operator

At the first rehearsal, we will have volunteer sign-up sheets and ask that one family member for each actor sign
up for at least one area that interests them (particularly, the Bosses of Them during performances).
                                                                                         Blue Ridge Youth Theater

                                                                                 Audition Information Packet
Music by Zina Goldrich
Book & Lyrics by Marcy Heisler

Name __________________________________________________________ Birth Date ________________

Parent/Guardian ____________________________________________________________________________

Home Phone ______________________________________                    Cell Phone ____________________________

Address __________________________________________________________________________________

Parent Email _______________________________________________________________

Preferred method of communication (circle one):         Home             Email         Cell Phone

What role(s) are you interested in? ___________________________________________________

Will you accept any role you are assigned?     YES      NO

Can you read?        YES         NO                          Can you read music?                YES       NO

If you intend to apply for a scholarship if cast, check here: ____      We do not consider this information when casting.

T-shirt Size (check one):

         ___      Child Small (fits 4-6)                  ___        Adult Small
         ___      Child Medium                            ___        Adult Medium
         ___      Child Large                             ___        Adult Large
         ___      Child Extra Large                       ___        Adult Extra Large

Please tell us a little about your previous stage experience. Include any acting, singing or dance training,
instruments you play or special skills such as cheerleading, back flips, juggling or square dancing. Feel free to use
the back of the page if necessary.

Please list any conflicts or vacations that you have scheduled between February 14 and May 22. This information
will be used to set the final rehearsal schedule and may affect casting decisions.