IABK Dear Edwina

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Summer Musical Theatre Arts Education Program

July 15-17, 2022 Paliku Theatre



Summer Musical Theatre Arts Education Program presents

Music by Zina Goldrich Book and Lyrics by Marcy Heisler Original New York Production of “Dear Edwina” Produced by Daryl Roth Direction and Staging of Musical Numbers by Jade Stice Music Direction by Moku Durant Vocal Direction by David Boyd Choreography by Alex Durrant, Lisa Herlinger-Thompson and Annie Yoshida DEAR EDWINA JR is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

The videotaping or other video or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited.


Director’s Notes

When the I’m A Bright Kid Foundation contemplated a show for the summer, I will admit that I was not familiar with Dear Edwina. I wondered if choosing this unfamiliar title would dissuade kids and parents from participating in our program. Boy, was I mistaken. Not only is our program at capacity, but the kids immediately took to the show and have created their very own masterpiece of which I am immensely proud.

This quaint story focuses on Edwina who has an unusual talent of bringing her neighborhood friends together every Sunday afternoon to perform a show for the community. In her show, she tackles problems and questions that children write her letters about. I fondly remember creating shows with my childhood bestie for our family to watch at the bargain price of 5 cents admission. (I will not discuss the day that we looked out from behind the puppet stage only to find the seats once held by our parents and siblings were now occupied by stuffed animals - THAT is a story for another day.) But just think about this young girl. A girl who is a leader. A girl who brings people together. A girl who desires to be recognized for her unusual talent the way her siblings are rewarded with medals and certificates for their achievements. But her talents don’t come with any awards. Her talent is being the heart and soul of her community. It is difficult to come up with a certificate for that. As we watch the world changing around us, it has become clear to me that we need more Edwinas. Those who will be a voice. Those who guide and nurture. Those who take risks. Those who will lead. You see, our summer program isn’t about how talented you are. It is about creating a generation of children who learn life skills that they can take with them no matter what they choose to do in the future. Our program is about having a safe space where they are understood, loved, and accepted for who they are. A place just like the one that Mr. Bright created for us. This is the environment that these children have thrived in this summer. Every child on that stage is an “Edwina” to me. When the curtain rises for this show, please know that there are countless hearts and hands that went into the production: Allan Lau - Master of All Things; Alex Durrant, Lisa Herlinger and Ann Yoshida - choreographers extraordinaire; Moku Durant - Musical Genius; and our newest staff member from NYC, David Boyd - Sounding Board and Vocal Director. And last but not least, my amazing sister Ligaya Stice - our fearless and tireless Executive Director for the I’m A Bright Kid Foundation. It is my hope that for the next hour, you will witness not only the amazing talents of these young children who have worked so hard this summer to put on this show in record time, but that you will also see the heart and soul of the next generation of Bright Kids - the kind ones, the brave ones, the leaders, the nurturers. As the final refrain from the show implores you: Just sing your own song. Use your own voice. Your voice is not a thing to be afraid of. Don’t let them take away the music that you’re made of. These Bright Kids, they embody the music that we are all made of. And I could not be more proud of them. With Aloha, Jade Stice Director, Dear Edwina, Jr.


IABK Summer Program Leadership Allan Lau, IABK Summer Program Coordinator

And… we’re back and boy, does it feel great! Thank you so much for joining us for our return to live performances with our Summer Musical Theater Education production of “Dear Edwina, Jr.” Our summer program has always had a special place in my heart because it echoes back to my duties as Mr. Brightʻs production manager for the inaugural year of the Castle Performing Arts Center. I had no idea what that job entailed but more so, what valuable experiences and friendships that would develop from that. The desire to be an educator was definitely strengthened as I witnessed firsthand the power of arts education in developing young people under Mr. Bʻs direction and mentorship. I believe that as our summer program continues to link our studentsʻ experiences to the National Core Arts Standards that we will create a distinct niche amongst summer programs. Needless to say, it is nice to be back in a familiar venue doing familiar things and it certainly doesn’t happen without the contribution of many. Thank you to the staff of Windward Community College and Palikū Theater for welcoming us back. Special thanks to our creative team - Jade Stice, Moku Durant, Alex Durrant, Lisa HerlingerThomspon, Annie Yoshida, and our newest member, David Boyd. Mahalo to our Board of Directors, the entire Bright ʻOhana, and my twin heavenly muses, Mr. B and Mom. Welcome back and enjoy yourself!

Miguel Paekukui, IABK Summer Program Curriculum Coordinator

It is my distinct honor and privilege to serve as Curriculum Coordinator for the IABK Summer Program. Mr. B had a tremendous gift that we continue to honor. I believe he would be proud of the work we have accomplished in providing a strong theatre education program, but also a life-skills experience where students, parents, faculty, staff live a process that naturally integrates Communication, Creativity, Critical Thinking and Collaboration. I would add Confidence, Charisma, Courage, Character and Compassion to the list. Helping IABK align to the National Core Arts Standards has been a labor of love and will provide opportunities for the program to grow and sustain a long, invested future of BRIGHT KIDS.

Alex Durrant, Bright and Early Program Coordinator

The inclusion of the Bright and Early college class to the I’m A Bright Kid summer program offers the participants the opportunity to receive college credit for their work over the summer. The students were already being offered a highly creative and educational environment with their work being held to a high standard, so the inclusion of college credits feels like a very natural next step. This coupled with the wonderfully supportive environment and experiences with the multitude of creative professionals that IABK provides, elevates the learning experience even further. Being able to offer college credits to students that already work with dedication, intelligence and enthusiasm is a true pleasure and hopefully provides them with the first steps into their further education as talented young adults.


Musical Numbers

Paw Paw, Michigan ........................................................................... Kids Up On The Fridge .....................................................,................... Edwina Dear Edwina ...................................................................................... Kids Here Comes A Letter! ........................................................................ Kids Aphrodite ................................................................................... Aphrodite Say No Thank You .................................. Susie and the Napkins, Johnny, Queen of Boolah Boolah, Kids Another Letter! .................................................................................. Kids Alberto ........................................................................................... Alberto Frankenguest .......................................Vladimir, Frank, Frank’s Ma, Kids Carrie ............................................................................................... Carrie Fork, Knife, Spoon .............. Edwina, Chef Ludmilla, Fairy Forkmothers, William, Sonoma, Bobby Time For Intermission ....................................................................... Kids Here Come More Letters ................................................................... Kids Periwinkle ................................................................................ Periwinkle Hola, Lola ........................................................ Edwina, Harry, Lola, Kids Ziggy Intro ...................................................................................... Ziggy Ziggy ...................................................................................... Ziggy, Band Put It In The Piggy ......... Mary Sue Betty Bob, Farmer Jenny, Kids, Pigs Thanks For Coming (Part 1) .............................................................. Kids Edwina ............................................................................................... Scott Thanks For Coming (Part 2) .............................................................. Kids Up On The Fridge Breakdown ......................................................... Edwina Sing Your Own Song/Up On The Fridge (Reprise) ............. Edwina, Kids Hola, Lola Encore ....................................................................... Full Cast


Cast

Edwina Spoonapple ......................................................... Cleonice Hamm Kelly Poshkonozovich ................................................... Austin Pangilinan Becky Del Vecchio ................................................................. Mila Hamm Myra Spoonapple ..................................................... Mahina Witherspoon Cordell Vanderploonk ........................................................ Ryden Mendez Annie ............................................................................... Mayah Okimoto Fannie ..........................................................................Tani-Lei Nishikawa Scott Kunkle .......................................................................... Drew Bright Lars Vanderploonk .......................................................... Damian Mendez Bobby ..................................................................................... Nalu Mizuta Billy Vanderploonk .............................................................. Colton Bright Talent Scout ......................................................................... Faith Morrow Katie Spoonapple ............................................................... Kenzie Gibson Aphrodite Colossus Athena Swenson ......................................... Zoe Naso Susie .................................................................................. Mikaela Freitas The Napkins ............. Tani-Lei Nishikawa, Mayah Okimoto, Tobi Tengan Johnny .............................................................................. Oziah Wurlitzer Queen of Boolah Boolah ................................................. Quinlyn Higgins Albert Martin Fleckenheimer ..................................................... Jake Sato Vladimir .......................................................................... Kamakea Wright Shelley Mary ........................................................................ Zylah Gibson Shelley Mary’s Birthday Guests ........................................... Lehua Group Frank .................................................................................... Jeremy Rasos Frank’s Ma .............................................................................. Reese Tagal Carrie ............................................................................... Taylor Sunouchi Chef Ludmilla ................................................................... Madison Duren Fairy Forkmothers ......... Kathryn Nakagawa, Emily Preis, Kiani Vidaurri William ............................................................................. Trent Yamagata Sonoma ............................................................................ Damian Mendez Periwinkle Hurgen Burgen Yurgensen ............................ Moana Simmons Harry .............................................................................. Kaikou Kaimuloa Harry’s Family ....................................................................... Maile Group Lola ............................................................................................ Julia Preis Ziggy ................................................................................ Anselm Fataunu Ziggy’s Band ....... Noe Kaimuloa, Damian Mendez, Tani-Lei Nishikawa, Mayah Okimoto, Austin Pangilinan Mary Sue Betty Bob ...................................................... Summer Schindel Farmer Jenny .................................................................... Ashley Morrow Mary Sue Betty Bob’s Back-Up Singers ...... Zoe Naso, Taylor Sunouchi, Maya Yoshida Pigs ....................................................................................... Lehua Group


Lehua Group

PC: Poi Planet

Back: Jake, Rylie, Reese, Anjali, Zylah Front: Alana, Zaydi, Liahona, Bliss, Jeremy, Siena

Maile Group

PC: Poi Planet

Back: Kimi, Chizuko, Mayah, Mahina, Kaikou, Ashley, Oziah, Mila, Colton Front: Joshua, Julia, Svea, Mikaela, Kenzie, Ryden, Tobi


Pikake Group

PC: Poi Planet

Back: Nalu, Trent, Faith, Anselm, Kamakea, Drew, Austin Middle: Damian, Moana, Quinlyn, Cleonice, Kiani, Kathryn, Zoe, Summer Front: Madison, Taylor, Noe, Emily, Maya, Tani-Lei

Teachers

L to R - Alex, Annie, Moku, Jade, David, Lisa, Allan

PC: Poi Planet


Production Staff Artistic Director ......................................................................... Jade Stice Music Director ..................................................................... Moku Durant Vocal Director ......................................................................... David Boyd Choreographers ........................ Alex Durrant, Lisa Herlinger-Thompson, Jade Stice, Annie Yoshida Production Manager ................................................................... Allan Lau Stage Manager .................................................................... Annie Yoshida Costume Coordination ......................................................Danielle Mizuta Set Design ..................................................................... DeAnne Kennedy Master Carpenter ................................................................... Shell Dalzell Scenic Artist .................................................................. DeAnne Kennedy Set Construction ...................... David Bachler, Troy Freitas, Puni Haskell Lighting Design .................................................................. Chris Gouveia Audio Engineer ......................................................... Kingsley Kalohelani Spot Operator ........................................................................ Collette Karr Crew ............................................................................................ Jarret Karr Props ................................................................. Allan Lau, Annie Yoshida Photography .. Darlene Nakagawa, Poi Planet, Tina Mahina Photography Programs ................................................................................ Ligaya Stice Publicity ..................... Poi Planet, Tracy Larrua, Jaslyn Loftin, Guy Hess Cast Meals ................................................... Moira Bright, Apolonia Stice

Special Appearance by Mochi

Having made her debut in IABK’s production of The Wiz, Mochi is thrilled to be back on stage. Watch for her in our opening number!


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tt e u q i t eE Theatr y b Mr. B

Mr. Bright loved the theatre, and he demonstrated this passion not just by showing us how to sing and dance and act, but also by teaching us how to respect the art form and the physical space that we experience it in. He wanted everyone to have an equal opportunity to enjoy what was happening on stage, and he emphasized the importance of being a good audience member. We wanted to share with you, our audience, some of the things that he taught us, and what we in turn have passed along to this next generation of Bright Kids. Respect the art form and the performers • Give your full attention to what is happening on stage. Put away cell phones and other devices. • Refrain from talking during the performance. • Clap to show your appreciation for the hours of work that the performers have put in. Respect your fellow audience members • Arrive on time to find your seat. If you arrive late, an usher will let you know when it is okay to be seated. • If you need to leave your seat during the show, try to do so at the end of a scene or song. • Follow the instructions and requests of the ushers. • Active children should be taken to our third floor lobby where the show can be viewed on a monitor. Respect the building • Food and drinks are not allowed in the theatre. • Keep feet off of the chairs in front of you. • Clean up around you when you leave. Don’t leave trash or program books behind.


Congratulations to our 2022 recipients of the I’m A Bright Kid Foundation Education and Performing Arts Awards

Mr. Bright cared deeply about encouraging young people to further their education. We are proud to be able to support these deserving students as they pursue studies in the fields that Mr. B. was especially passionate about - education and the performing arts.

Maya Chizer

Selah Lipman

Sacred Hearts Academy Chapman University

Sacred Hearts Academy University of Arizona

Ellie Sampson

Sophia Stark

Punahou School University of Michigan

Stark Homeschool Manhattan School of Music

Performing Arts

Performing Arts

Performing Arts

Performing Arts


Sarah Almeida

Charles Duval

Radford HS UT San Antonio

Iolani School CSU Fullerton

Education

Education

IABK has awarded over $20,000 in cash scholarships since our program began in 2017. 2021 Education – Taysja Paige, Kapolei HS, University of Hawaii West Oahu Performing Arts – Grace Rogers, Kalaheo HS, Emerson College Performing Arts – Ty Souza-Martinez, CSU Pueblo 2020 Education – Casey Bales, University of Hawaii at Manoa Education – Addyssyn Oppegaard, University Laboratory School, University of Oregon Education – Hajin Suh, Kaiser HS, Vanderbilt University Performing Arts – Hailey Akau, Iolani, Emerson College Performing Arts – Kimie Fujioka, Mililani HS, University of Northern Colorado Performing Arts – Henry Hawes, Mililani HS, University of Northern Colorado 2019 Education – Ella Rae Columbres, Farrington HS, University of Hawaii at Manoa Education – Shanalaine Hesira, Farrington HS, University of Hawaii at Manoa Education – Janna Mae Rabang, Farrington HS, University of Hawaii at Manoa Performing Arts – Kira Stone, Sacred Hearts Academy, New York University 2018 Education – Katie Ahern, Castle HS, UH Manoa Performing Arts – Darian Aquino, Farrington HS, Pacific Rim University 2017 Education – Katie Yoshioka, Baldwin HS, Pacific University Performing Arts – Candace Hatakeyama, Punahou, Syracuse University

imabrightkid.org/scholarship


Mahalo to the following individuals and organizations that helped make our Summer Musical Theatre Arts Education Program a success: The Harold K. L. Castle Foundation Dr. Thomas and Mi Kosasa Palikū Theatre - Nicole Tessier, Andrew Doan, Micah Souza, Garret Taketa Windward Community College - Nick Logue, Alex Durrant, Cyndy Masatsugu Kimee Balmilero So Jin Kimura Susan Hawes Pomai Lopez Aubrey Glover-Staley Aloha Graphics - Mark Merriam Bruce Watanabe Darin Harada Mariko and Scott Yorimoto Miguel Cadoy III Karen Meyer We are so grateful to our parent volunteers for their help with ushering, concessions, and backstage duties. A special thank you to Aunty Mo Bright for her constant love, support and guidance.

We dedicate our performance today in loving memory of our dear friend, Debbie Morrow. We miss her smiling face, her laughter and her giving spirit. She is forever in our hearts.

‘Til Another Day



What We Believe

Ronald E. Bright left an indelible mark on the education and theater landscape of Hawaiʻi and on the lives of those that he mentored. The vision of the I’m A Bright Kid Foundation is to support the educational endeavors of those that are inspired to teach and to ensure that his gift of live theater continues to thrive in our community. Our mission is to perpetuate the teachings and legacy of Ronald E. Bright by supporting the performing arts and education.

If You Believe

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the I’m A Bright Kid Foundation to support our scholarship awards, our summer musical theatre education program, and our commitment to quality live theatre. Membership and sponsorship opportunities are also available. Please see our representative in the second floor lobby, or visit:

www.imabrightkid.org

I’m A Bright Kid Foundation

Allan Lau, President Clarke Bright and Malia Espinda,Vice Presidents Carole Furuya Kwock, Secretary Mark Murakami, Treasurer Board of Directors - Moira Bright, Erik DeRyke, Wayne Harada, Jodi Leong, Mika Guillou, Leesa Souza, Jade Stice Ligaya Stice, Executive Director