JUNIE B. JONES The Musical Review!

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Derby Dinner Playhouse opened their 2015-2016 Children's Musical Theatre Series with JUNIE B. JONES THE MUSICAL this past weekend and we were there!  

Junie B, “the B stands for Beatrice”, is so excited to start the first grade! That is until her best friend finds some new best friends and her bus buddy finds somewhere else to sit. And to top everything off, she might need glasses! This hilarious musical is based on five of Barbara Park’s best-selling books and lets us meet classic characters from those books like “Tattletail” May, Mr. Scary, and Herbert from “Clarence Somebody or other” Elementary School. It is a story about adapting to change, looking for the silver lining and most importantly, making new friends!

My 3rd grader has read many of these books in school and was excited to see the stories brought to life on stage!  This was b2ap3_thumbnail_12045624_10153000341286784_4797703597106787221_o.jpga great show to kick off the season because it is upbeat, fun and kids always love to see adults playing kids just like them on stage!  Cami Glauser is the title character, Junie B., and you love every minute of her.  She is spunky, love-able and teaches the kids lessons throughout the one hour musical.  My younger son absolutely loved, loved, loved, Marina Hart's Sheldon character!  Sheldon is a somewhat quirky individual, and Marina's voice and physical attributes she lends to him are so funny!  Lem Jackson outdoes himself playing 4 different characters, each so drastically different that I do believe my children never caught on that he was playing all three!  The kids danced in their seats to all of the wonderful music and sang them in the car on the way home! 

The book and lyrics for this musical adaptation was written by Marcy Heisler with music by Zina Goldrich. Songs featured in JUNIE B. JONES THE MUSICAL are “You Can Be My Friend”, “Top Secret Personal Beeswax”, “Kickball Tournament”, “When Life Gives You Lemons”, and more! 

JUNIE B. JONES THE MUSICAL is under the direction of Matthew Brennan and the cast will include Cami Glauser as Junie B. along with Chris Bryant, Lem Jackson, Marina Hart, Katelyn Webb, Joey Banigan, Mitch Donahue, and Tamara Dearing.    

All public performances of JUNIE B. JONES THE MUSICAL are on Saturdays with Breakfast at 9:00 a.m. and Lunch at 12:00 p.m. An evening performance has also been added on Monday – October 26 (Doors Open 5:45pm). All performances feature a kid friendly menu and are one hour in length. This production is most suitable for ages 3 - 12. 

Public performances run October 3, 17, 24, 26, 31, November 7, 2015. For ticket information please call 812-288-8281 or visit www.derbydinner.com

School performances of JUNIE B. JONES THE MUSICAL are scheduled on weekdays in October. Study Guides are made available that include pre and post production activities that extend the experience for the student and correlate to Common Core State Standards as well as Kentucky and Indiana Academic Standards.                                                                  


A season ticket includes JUNIE B. JONES, JACK FROST SAVES CHRISTMAS, CHARLOTTE’S WEB, and PINKALICIOUS THE MUSICAL. Kid’s price as low as $7 each when you see all 4 shows!