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.

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CHARACTER BREAKDOWN 
AGES: 10+ 

Some cast may play more than 1 character

LIZZY MARTINEZ
Latinx character. Female, looks 8-10.  A second-grader; later, a third-grader.

 

LEO MARTINEZ
Latinx character. Male, looks 11-13. Lizzy’s big brother; a sixth-grader; later, a

seventh-grader.

 

HECTOR
Latinx character. Male, looks 11-13. Leo and Lizzy’s cousin. Will also play a quiz show contestant.

 

CHERYL
Latinx character. Female, looks 8-10. Lizzy’s neighbour and playmate. Will also play a quiz show contestant.

 

AUNT KID
Latinx character.  Female, 40s to early 50s. Leo and Lizzy’s aunt; their Mami’s sister.

 

MAMI
Latinx character. Female, 30s to early 40s. Leo and Lizzy’s mother.

 

PAPI

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?

REHEARSALS

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

 

FILMING

April 24 to 28, 2021

Saturday to Thursday - 1 pm to 11 pm

 

STREAMING DATES

May 21 to June 13, 2021

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375 Bermuda Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta  T3K 2J5

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