‘Dear Edwina’ taking St. John stage Thursday

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, February 19, 2014

By Monique Roth

RESERVE – Family-friendly musical “Dear Edwina” will grace the stage in four performances starting tomorrow at St. John Theatre in Reserve.

The show’s heroine, 13-year-old Edwina Spoonapple, is an advice-giver extraordinaire who is determined to be a part of the Kalamazoo Advice-a-palooza Festival. While her siblings have trophies and medals of their accomplishments, Edwina has nothing. When a talent scout from the convention visits her hometown, she dishes out her musical advice giving shows live from the family garage in hopes of finding her place in the spotlight.

Somewhat of a singing version of Dear Abby, Edwina and her friends share wisdom on everything from trying new foods to making new friends through clever banter and catchy, poignant songs.

Director Darryl P. Clement says the family-friendly play is “an adorable little show” with a big message.

The show gives attendees the message that “it’s not about prizes. It’s about doing what you love,” said Clement, who is confident that all who attend will love the show.

“Don’t write it off as a kid’s show,” said Clement. “People will regret not seeing it if they think it’s just for kids.”

Six talented River Parishes residents star in the 70-minute musical.

Cary Berthelot plays the lead of Edwina Spoonapple, Jeremy Guidry is Scott,

Marcy Bordelon dances as Kelli Poshkonozovich, Deborah Brown is Annie Smith Meenahan Johnson, Daniel Brown plays Bobby Newsome and Logan Viverito is Billy Vanderploonk.

The show runs Feb. 20 through 22 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 23 at 2:30 p.m. at the theater, located at 115 W. Fourth St. in Reserve.

Tickets are available at Allied Express in LaPlace and the box office at the theater will open to sell tickets one hour before each curtain time.

The ticket cost is $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and veterans and $8 for children under 12.