First Stage Theater to present 'Dear Edwina, Jr.' this weekend and next
Editor's Note: Chuck Minsker writes the Tri-State Theater blog at www.herald-dispatch.com. He regularly features interviews with cast members of local shows.
Taking the stage today, Friday, April 4, is "Dear Edwina, Jr.," the musical that follows the adventures of plucky advice-giver extraordinaire Edwina Spoonapple as she directs the neighborhood kids in a series of production numbers as part of the latest edition of her weekly "Advice-A-Palooza" extravaganza.
So let's hear from the cast. This interview is with "Edwina" herself - the lovely and talented Katie Fulks:
Q: Tell us the basic story behind "Dear Edwina, Jr."
Katie: Edwina and her friends put on shows to give advice to their town. When a talent scout from the "advice-a-palooza" festival comes, Edwina wants to make surew everything is perfect.
Q: Tell us about the character you play.
Katie: I play Edwina Spoonapple. Edwina is a very headstrong character. She know what she wants and goes for it. Most of the time she feels like she lives in her sibling's shadows.
Q: What's your background in local theatre (what shows have you done)?
Katie: I have been in over 15 community theatre shows. Some of the more recent shows include "Shrek," "Hairspray" and "The Little Mermaid Jr."
Q: What's your favorite song in the show?
Katie: I really love the song "Edwina" because it's cute and fun. Everyone in the cast loves it and the lyrics are so cheesy.
Q: Tell us about your trip to the Music Theatre International festival in Atlanta - was it fun?
Katie: Atlanta was one of the best experiences I've ever had. To spend the weekend with 4,000 other people who have the same passion is unbelievable. Everyone was so nice and supportive. Hopefully I'll be able to go back again.
Q: Why would you recommend this show to our readers?
Katie: This show is just really fun and cute. Not only are the songs catchy, but you might learn something from them. Also, a big part of this show is centered around being yourself 100 percent of the time. I think that is a big thing that everyone can learn from Dear Edwina.
Q: If a kid is thinking about trying out for a future First Stage show, what advice would you tell them?
Katie: Have fun and go all out. Through First Stage I have made so many lifelong friends and memories. Most of the fun happens backstage.
The musical will be presented at 7:30 p.m. April 4, 5, 11 and 12, and at 2:30 p.m. April 6 and 13 at the Renaissance Center at 900 8th St., in Huntington. Tickets are $10 for children and $12 for adults.
WHAT: First Stage Theater's "Dear Edwina, Jr."
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. April 4, 5, 11 and 12; 2:30 p.m. April 6 and 13
WHERE: Renaissance Center, 900 8th St., Huntington
TICKETS: $12 adults, $10 children, available at the door.
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