Libby Hart, principal of WL McLeod Elementary School is shown with Sienna Prince, a student at the school. (Aman Parhar/Omineca Express)

Dear Edwina Jr. – a musical by McLeod Elementary School

The show will be running in Vanderhoof from March 14 until March 16

WL McLeod Elementary School is presenting Dear Edwina Jr. as it’s 11th production this year.

Libby Hart, principal of the elementary school said, “This is a show we did about 8 years ago and the reason I picked it this year is because I have a group of kids who are very talented and the nice thing about this show is that there is a lot of opportunity. So instead of just a couple of main parts, there are a lot of solo parts. I picked this for the group of kids as I wanted to give lots of them a chance to shine.”

Dear Edwina Jr. will be running from March 14 to March 16.

There are 80 kids performing from grade 1 to 6, Hart said, noting that 8 kids are working as the crew to help with lighting and sound. And an additional 10 students from Nechako Valley Secondary School are helping out by assisting kids in learning their parts and more.

READ MORE: Theatre has helped kids become more confident: Parent

“Edwina is this girl who puts on a show in her garage in the summer. She makes all her neighbourhood kids be a part of it whether they want to or not. And her specialty, her talent is giving advice,” she said.

The character Edwina in the play is very hard on herself because she doesn’t think she is good at anything else, except giving advice, Hart said, adding “so it’s a really good message for kids because in the end she realizes that [giving advice] is really important and we all have something special we can bring to this world.”

The play has numerous songs — a 50’s song, a Hawaiian song, a Jamaican song and an opera, Hart said.

Without community support the elementary school would not have been able to put out the show for the past 11 years, she said, noting there is a dedicated set of volunteers who help with props and costumes as well.

The junior actors and actresses have been practicing since the end of September and Hart said she is positive that everybody who comes to watch the show will love it.

Meanwhile, theatre has a positive impact on kids, she said.

“The oldest child performing is 12-years old. So I think we do really well but I always tell the kids that it is all about what you learn. It is about responsibility and team work and sticking with something even when it is hard. So all these skills I feel are very important and it also boosts confidence in children,” Hart added.

In terms of funding, the show has managed to be self-sustainable from one year to another, so there has been no need for additional fundraising, she said. They are not looking to make any profit from the show, so all the money collected from tickets goes into next year’s preparation, Hart noted.

“I know you have never heard of Dear Edwina before, but I know you will really really enjoy it and go like ‘this is a great show and more people should know of Dear Edwina’.”


Aman Parhar
Editor, Vanderhoof Omineca Express

aman.parhar@ominecaexpress.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

 

(Aman Parhar/Omineca Express)

Just Posted

Raising awareness about Cystic Fibrosis through a movie

B.C. mother shares the story of her child suffering from the fatal genetic disease

SD91 and UNBC held a workshop where students discussed community stressors

Youth voices are important and need to be heard, says UNBC researcher

BC Search and Rescue Association receives $18.6 million in funding

Largest injection of funds in the history of Ground SAR, says BCSARA secretary Chris Mushumanski

Northwest mobile unit to help those at heart of mental health, addiction crisis

Province, Northern Health unveils new unit in Terrace to bridge gaps in services

VIDEO: The ‘most cosmopolitan’ of butterflies could migrate to B.C.

The painted lady butterfly will likely arrive this summer from Southern California

Is it a homicide? B.C. woman dies in hospital, seven months after being shot

Stepfather think Chilliwack case should now be a homicide, but IHIT has not confirmed anything

Indecent caller handed 18-month conditional sentence

Vancouver Island man pleaded guilty to making indecent phone and video calls to women across B.C.

Sources say Trudeau rejected Wilson-Raybould’s conservative pick for high court

Wilson-Raybould said Monday “there was no conflict between the PM and myself”

First Nations public art piece stolen in Nanaimo

Spindle Whorl went missing over the weekend, according to Nanaimo RCMP

Father-son duo at B.C. Children’s Hospital helps new dads fight depression

The pair teamed up to introduce the only known research-based mindfulness workshop for new dads

Mexican restaurant in B.C. told to take down Mexican flag

General manager of Primo’s Mexican Grill in White Rock: ‘I’ve never heard of anything like this’

B.C. NDP moves to provide tax credits, tax cut for LNG Canada

Provincial sales tax break of $596 million repayable after construction

COLUMN: Smart phone too powerful a tool to yank from students’ hands

Rather than ban them from schools, let’s teach kids to harness their phone’s power and use it properly

Most Read