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Junie B. Jones: Not Just Kids’ Comedy

Byron Headrick, Writer

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“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don’t like Beatrice. I just like B and that’s all.”

When I was younger, I remember reading about the misadventures of Junie B. Jones all the time. Now the Bob Jones Advanced Drama Department bring Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook to life in the spring production. The play is April 20 at 6:00 PM, and April 21 at 2:00 PM and 6:00 PM in the Edward B. Zompa Auditorium. You can purchase $5 tickets from the drama department or at the performance.

Junie B. is a beloved children’s character, famous for lines like “A little glitter can turn your whole day around” and “Okay, here is the problem. Assignment means schoolwork, and Hawaii means vacation. And children do not actually like to mix those two items.” Junie B. will be played by two people: Anna Hershman and Laurel Hannah. When asking the two of them their thoughts on getting the role, Laurel answered, “I love it. It’s a fun cast and crew, and Craft is a great director.” Her co-star Anna answered, “I’m super excited to be cast as Junie B. Jones, and I think that it is going to be a great a show. I think that it’ll be fun and exciting to play a kid when all my other roles have been adults.”

You’ll also be seeing many other important characters from the book series such as her best friends, Gracie and Lucille and the Grampa Frank Miller.

In a recent class survey, it was found that the majority of the class didn’t even know that there was going to be show and most had never seen a children’s theatre show. Chris Chapman, a sophomore, said, “A lot of people probably don’t know about it because they don’t think it’s as important as serious plays.” This could not be further from the truth. The actors and actresses in this play put work in everyday, just to make this play special for all ages. And while plays have invoked political and social change, sometimes it’s good to watch a play that makes you and younger children laugh.

After all, we are all kids at heart. Have fun and remember that laughter is contagious!

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