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Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business

a Children's Theater
CATEGORY :
by Joan Cushing from the book by Barbara Park

COMPANY : Synchronicity Performance Group [WEBSITE]
VENUE : 7 Stages [WEBSITE]
ID# 2722

SHOWING : February 23, 2008 - March 16, 2008

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Barbara Park's irrepressible Junie B. Jones is live on stage, and she's going to have a little brother. And he's a Monkey! Neato Bandito!


CAST & CREW LIST
Musical Director Bryan Mercer
Director Clint Thornton
Costume Designer Nyrobi Moss
Principal, Crybaby William, Father Dolph Amick
Lucille, Mother Denise Arribas
Mrs., Grandma Miller Christy Baggett
Junie B. Jones Bethany Anne Lind
That Grace Nico Ward
Grandpa Miller, Meanie Jim Jeffery Zwartjes
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Words
by Dedalus
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
3.5
Hi. This is Julia Rudy again, and I’m in First Grade now, and my Daddy took me to two shows this weekend, but he wanted to tell you about “Seussical,” which I liked as much as he did, but he said I could talk about “Junie B. Jones,” because I liked it better than he did, even though I missed Junie’s slow song because I had to go to the bathroom. Daddy didn’t know anything about this story, but I did, because I’ve read the Junie books, even though they’re chapter books and not picture books, and I like Junie because she’s almost as old as I am, and maybe even the same, because she’s in a new book about being in the first grade, which I am. In this play, Junie is going to have a baby brother (she can spell B-A-B-Y and so can I because my teacher told my Mommy and Daddy and I can read like a third grader, whatever that means, even though I’m still in first grade). The story is funny, because Junie’s grandmother tells her that her new baby brother is "just a little monkey” meaning he’s really cute, but Junie thinks she now has a real monkey brother, which makes her happy because she was afraid a baby brother would be PU stinky, and she tells all her friends about her monkey brother during show-and-tell, but she gets in trouble with her principal who looks a lot like her Daddy and the boy in her class with the dead crickets Hoppy and Russell. She gets in trouble because her brother isn’t really a monkey, like I get in trouble when I tell little fibs to my Daddy and Mommy which I don’t do really often, but I do get ants in my pants in class like Junie does and then I get in trouble with Ms. Upchurch who is my teacher but I make up for it a lot by being such a good helper.

Daddy says I should stop talking about me and talk about the play. When he said that, Mommy made her rolly-eye face and said “Like Father, Like Daughter.” Sometimes I don’t understand my Mommy and Daddy when they talk to each other to make each other laugh like that. Anyway, “Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business” was funny, and I liked the “Bestest Friends” song, and my bestest friend is now Gracie who lives near me and Morgan who I only see when I go to the Day Care at Daddy’s office which only happens when I don’t have school like last week. There is also a fun song about Words that I liked a lot. Because I like words and I like reading them and I like saying them and I like writing them and I especially like reading about Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice, which Junie hates, but I like my middle name, which is Michaela, which I can spell, because it’s a fun word. Did I say I like words?

-- Julia Rudy (Yes, I have my own E-Mail Address, but Daddy won’t let me tell it to you)

Daddy’s note – This was a fine show with a lot of laughs, but Julia is right – I did like "Seussical” a bit more. Anyway "Junie B. Jones” has an incredibly marvelous and energetic performance in the center by Bethany Anne Lind as Junie. After last year’s "Metamorphosis” remount by Georgia Shakespeare, and the Essential Play Festival last July, Ms. Lind is rapidly becoming one of my favorite performers in the area. She is given fine support by the rest of the cast in multiple roles. The "Angela’s Mix Tape” set is used to great advantage. My only beef with the show is that the songs are so bland and unmemorable (“Bestest Friends” and the Word song notwithstanding). Still, this is a fine show for the young ones in your life, and it’s also pleasant if you’re suffering from adulthood (or what passes as adulthood these days).

-- Brad Rudy (BKRudy@aol.com)


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