Toes were tapping in GA’s Massey Theater this week as Director Brian Borowka led his Group VIII Musical Theater class in two performances of the one-hour musical Dear Edwina, Jr. Fifteen students made up the cast of this play-within-a-play: the story of Edwina Spoonapple, a girl with a gift for good advice, who longs to have a prize “Up on the Fridge” (as she poignantly sings) just like her siblings. She stages a neighborhood “Dear Edwina” talent show in an effort to win a coveted spot at the Advice-a-palooza Festival.
With playful choreography and a bright array of costumes (ranging from a cheerleader to a farmer to a fairy godmother), the actors entertained students, teachers, and parents alike with song-and-dance numbers such as “Put it in the Piggy” (a joyful ode to saving your pennies), “Fork Knife Spoon” (featuring dancing silverware and plates), and “Edwina,” a courtship song from her suitor-in-suspenders. Lending their talents to the production team were Musical Director Beth Raaen, Lighting Designer Mark Murray, and Costume Designer Megan Ormond.
The Group VIII girls closed the show with an encore performance of crowd-pleaser “Hola, Lola,” a lively ensemble song about reaching out to say “Hola” to someone new or shy. Sound advice indeed.