Thirteen-year-old problem solver, Edwina, dishes out advice with the help of her friends and a little song and dance.  

Dear Edwina is a heartwarming musical about the joys of growing up, from the creators of Junie B. Jones The Musical. The show's heroine is an advice-giver extraordinaire, like a spunky, singing version of Dear Abby.

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, poor Edwina has nothing. When a talent scout from the convention visits her hometown, she trots out her musical advice, giving shows live from the family garage in hopes of finding her place in the spotlight. She is assisted by her older siblings, quirky friends and neighbors. Together, they set out to tackle the world's problems in number after hysterical number about everything from birthday party etiquette to proper table settings.

Rehearsal and Performance Schedule

This is a very unique show, so we are doing something unique at stageGR.  Dear Edwina will be performed using a variation on the "black box theatre" format, which will actually allow the audience to feel like a part of Edwina Spoonapple's world. Rehearsals and Performances will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church (in the fellowship hall).

  • August 29-31 – 3:30-5:30 PM Rehearsals
  • September 5-7 – 3:30-5:30 PM Rehearsals
  • September 11-14 – 3:30-6:00 PM Rehearsals
  • September 18-21 – 3:30-6:00 PM Rehearsals
  • September 25-28 – 3:30-8:30 PM Tech/Dress Rehearsals
  • September 29-30 Performances (Call/Performance times TBD)

Reserved seat tickets will be available for purchase online through stageGR.

Audition Information

Auditions will be open-house style at Trinity United Methodist Church between 4:00 and 7:00 PM, August 23.    Callbacks will be the following evening at Trinity UMC between 4:00 and 6:00 PM.  The callback list will be posted here and on our Facebook page soon after auditions are complete.

Remember, the purpose of auditioning for a stageGR production is not to determine whether you will be in the show, but to identify what role is best suited for your vocal and acting range.  No resume is required.

On audition day, please be prepared to sing 30-60 seconds of any musical theater song, a'capella.    At auditions, callbacks and rehearsals, wear comfortable, modest clothing that you can easily move and dance in.   Most of all, prepare to have fun.

Break a leg!


Trinity United Methodist Church  

1100 Lake Drive SE Grand Rapids MI


Dear Edwina is rated G.  Casting is open to high school and middle school students, from grades 6 through 12 (2017-18 academic year).

Register Now

Unlike many theater programs, stageGR auditions are low-pressure.  There are no cuts!  However, cast size for Dear Edwina is strictly limited.  Online registration is imperative and is first-come-first-served. When the maximum is reached, we regret we cannot guarantee a role, but we invite you to register anyway to get on the waitlist.  If a spot opens up for any reason, we will then let you know.

Need Financial Assistance?

There is a limited number of scholarships available.  Those will be awarded based on a combination of need and first-come-first-serve.  If you need a scholarship, please register using the Register Now link promptly.  Scholarship application deadline is 11:59 PM on Saturday August 19. Applicants will be put on a waitlist for evaluation and notification of award by the end of day Monday August 21.






Dear Edwina is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
- See more at the MTI web site.