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An ‘advice-a-palooza’ awaits

Chelsea Moe leads in singing the “Dear Edwina” showstopper in the musical at Bremerton High School. - Photo by Jesse Beals
Chelsea Moe leads in singing the “Dear Edwina” showstopper in the musical at Bremerton High School.
— image credit: Photo by Jesse Beals

Minding one’s manners has never been this fun.

Bremerton junior high and high schoolers will perform the musical “Dear Edwina,” a comedy that explores issues like table manners and sibling rivalry, this weekend at the high school performing arts center.

The play will feature 54 choir students in sixth through ninth grades from Mountain View Middle School, the 8th Grade School, and the Freshman Academy.

The musical is directed by Cassie Gillis, choir director for the 8th Grade School and Freshman Academy, and Wendy McPhetres, choir director at Mountain View Middle School.

McPhetres said “Dear Edwina” was almost chosen for a summer production but she and Gillis instead selected the play for the spring.

“We just thought, you know, this is actually kind of cute, let’s give it a whirl,” McPhetres said.

“Dear Edwina” is the story of 13-year-old Edwina Spoonapple. Edwina wants to be the best advice-giver in a contest, in order to measure up to the accomplishments of her older siblings. Her “Advice-a-palooza” leads neighborhood kids through song and dance numbers centered around such themes as good manners, tolerance, and believing in oneself.

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