Dear Edwina, Musical for all Ages, Opens at UNK Wednesday, Sept. 30; Runs through Oct. 4

Susan Deiger
UNK Theatre, 308.865.8406

UNK-  “Dear Edwina,” a musical for all ages, opens tomorrow night (Wednesday, Sept. 30) on the University of Nebraska at Kearney campus.

Directed by Dr. Anne Foradori, “Dear Edwina” is described as a bright, cheery and fast-paced show about 13-year-old Edwina Spoonapple and her friends who put on a show. Edwina would do almost anything to be a part of the Kalamazoo Advice-a-palooza Festival. When a talent scout from the festival visits her hometown of Paw Paw, Mich., Edwina trots out her musical advice in shows live from the family garage hoping to find her place in the spotlight. With help from her older siblings, and a group of quirky friends and neighbors, they set out to tackle the world’s problems through songs about everything from birthday party etiquette to the proper way to set a table.

Curtain time for the production is 7 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, Sept. 30-Oct. 3. On Sunday, Oct. 4, there will be a 2 p.m. matinee performance. All performances take place in the Miriam Drake Theatre in the UNK Fine Arts Building.

Tickets are $10 for adults; $7 for seniors, UNK faculty/staff and non-UNK students; $5 each for group of 10 or more; and $3 for UNK students with a valid ID. One child will be admitted free with the purchase of two adult tickets. Reservations can be made by contacting the UNK Box Office at 308.865.8417 or

The student actors/actresses, year in school, and their roles are listed below, alphabetically by hometown and state.

Burwell– Dillion Nelson, sophomore, Scott Kunkle
Columbus– Alex Ritter, senior, Joe Spoonapple
– Michelle Leigh, junior, Myra Spoonapple
Juniata– Addison Heeren, freshman, Bobby                          
– Amy Jensen, junior, Becky
Lincoln– Nate Rocke, freshman, Billy Vanderploonk
Omaha– Rachael Hill, freshman, Katie Spoonapple                  
– Jordan Peterson, sophomore, Cordell/Lars Vanderploonk                    
– Katherine Bauer, senior, Edwina Spoonapple
Wheaton- Mary Lanka, senior, Kelli

Goodland– Jillian Parker, junior, Annie

The student stage management team includes:

– Jamie Bentley, sophomore, assistant stage manager        
– Clinton Norgaard, senior, stage manager                  
– Elizabeth Uchtman, senior, lighting designer

The faculty crew includes: Dr. Anne Foradori, stage and musical director; Darin Himmerich, technical director; Sara Ice, costume designer; Gary Schaaf, choreographer; Rick Scholwin, sound designer; and Mark Wethington, scenic and lighting designer