ABOUT THE SHOW
The Smartest Girl in the World
by MIRIAM GONZALES
directed by Javier Vilalta
One-Act Play | Rated 6+ | Beddington Theatre Arts Centre
They’ve got a plan. Leo and Lizzy Martinez want to be the smartest kids in the world! The children of hardworking immigrants, big brother Leo has convinced his little sis that being smart is the key to helping their family escape a tough, uncertain reality. The first step in the plan—Leo will win the local TV kids’ quiz show. But when their parents refuse to let him join the quiz team, Lizzy learns there’s something deeper driving Leo—something that makes life that much more challenging and unpredictable for her brother and her family. Seeing her brother’s spirit broken, Lizzy is determined to grow up, give up her dreams and rescue the plan to see it through. Along the way, she and Leo discover that it takes more than being serious and “smart” to save a family and one another. The Smartest Girl in the World takes a look at the bonds of family and the key to facing life’s challenges together.
MEET THE DIRECTOR
Some cast may play more than 1 character
Latinx character. Female, looks 8-10. A second-grader; later, a third-grader.
Latinx character. Male, looks 11-13. Lizzy’s big brother; a sixth-grader; later, a
Latinx character. Male, looks 11-13. Leo and Lizzy’s cousin. Will also play a quiz show contestant.
Latinx character. Female, looks 8-10. Lizzy’s neighbour and playmate. Will also play a quiz show contestant.
Latinx character. Female, 40s to early 50s. Leo and Lizzy’s aunt; their Mami’s sister.
Latinx character. Female, 30s to early 40s. Leo and Lizzy’s mother.
Latinx character. Male, 30s to early 40s. Leo and Lizzy’s father.
In order to produce a show, we do require anyone who gets cast to be committed to the process. Please take a good look at what kind of time commitment you are being asked to take part in as this is a volunteer role. Conflicts may be accommodated and considered during the rehearsal process. You must be available for all filming dates and at least 90% of scheduled rehearsals in order to be considered for the production.
UNDERSTAND THE COMMITMENT?
April 3 to 22, 2021
Saturdays – 2:30 pm to 16 pm
Sundays – 2:30 pm to 10 pm
Monday to Thursday – 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm
April 24 to 28, 2021
Saturday to Thursday - 1 pm to 11 pm
May 21 to June 13, 2021