Junie B. returns to Theatre for Young America


By Bob Evans

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Better get tickets fast with Junie B. entertaining audiences on City Stage of Union Station at Theatre for Young America in the current show “Junie B. Is Not a Crook.”

For with most persons with younger elementary students, they know of the charming kindergartner, Junie B. Jones. What everyone might not know, Theatre for Young America uses adult, professional actors to bring her story to life in the most delightful, charming, funny, endearing, educational story of Junie B. learning an important life-lesson.

In this case, Junie B. learns a valuable lesson after her furry, fuzzy, soft mittens are lost. She knows she’s been taught “Finders keepers; losers weepers,” but it just doesn’t seem quite right to her after the loss of the mittens. As the story develops, Junie B. finds a special pen that scribbles in four colors and she wants to keep it. But, she’s troubled by the loss of the mittens.

Pack up the kids, grandkids, nephews, neices, friends and family and make reservations for this delightful show.  Young and old will absolutely love this.  It’s cute, charming, and endearing.

The focus of the TYA show entertains its younger audience in its hour-long format, but adults, too, will find entertainment watching the actors changing characters and presenting the story. “Junie B. Is Not a Crook” contains song and dance, along with bright costumes to keep the younger audience’s focus throughout the performance.

The story comes from children’s author Barbara Parks. Junie B. Jones (The B. is for Beatrice, but Junie does not like that name,), an almost six year old entering kindergarten, just seems to encounter new lessons to learn. According to TYA, Parks introduced the character in 1992 and eventually authored a series of 29 similarly titled and tremendously popular Books. Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook is the ninth in the series. Allison Gregory has adapted this story (with some additions from Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren) for the stage. The Theatre for Young America offers its regional premiere on February 13. The show runs through March 24 at City Stage in Union Station, directed by Artistic Director Valerie M. Mackey.

The cast: Junie B. (Kyra Weinberger), pint-sized destroyer of grammar and syntax, is a precocious kindergartner who hates her middle name. As we enter the story, she is proudly showing off the furry black mittens given her by Grandpa (Steven Eubank) to her friends Grace (Morgan Walker) and Lucille (Jackie Sass). Although Ricardo (R.H. Wilhoit) is her current boyfriend, Junie B. hopes the mittens will attract the attention of the new boy in school Warren (Thomas Eric Morris).

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Performances take place on the H&R Block City Stage, located on level B in Union Station. Union Station is located at 30 W. Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO.

Season, single, or group rate tickets may be reserved by calling Theatre for Young America at 816.460.2083. Group and single tickets may also be purchased from Union Station at 816.460.2020 or reserved online at the Union Station website. The single ticket price is $11. Groups of 15 or more are $5.50 per person with a reservation. For information about our season or other programming visit the Theatre for Young America website.

Theatre for Young America is a professional theater company, which primarily employs local actors, many of whom are members of Actors Equity Association.
TAGS: Theatre for Young America, Union Station, City Stage, Kansas City Theater, Kansas City Performing Arts, “Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook”, Kansas City Arts & Entertainment

Theatre for Young America, Inc., is a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) corporation. Gifts are tax deductible.



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