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Follow Junie B. Jones to the HART stage

COURTESY PHOTO: FRANK HUNT - The cast of Junie B. Jones The Musical will take the stage at HART Theatre for the productions first show at 7 p.m. on April 15.STAGES Performing Arts Youth Academy will premiere a production of “Junie B. Jones The Musical” at 7 p.m. Friday, April 15, at HART Theatre, 185 S.E. Washington St. in Hillsboro.

The musical, an adaptation of four of Barbara Park’s best-selling books, will introduce audiences to a sassy and very funny little girl named Junie B. Jones and her adventures in first grade.

“There are characters from several of the different books, and Junie B’s adventures take her through the heartache of losing friends, the joy of finding new ones, the agony of new glasses and learning how to persevere and not letting a smashed piggy toe keep her from being a star,” said director Jessica Reed.

According to the book series’ official website, Park’s “New York Times” bestselling chapter book series is a classroom favorite and has been keeping kids laughing and reading for more than 20 years.

Grace Malloy, a 13-year-old Forest Grove resident and a student at Neil Armstrong Middle School, was selected to play the part of the musical’s titular character.

The play runs until May 1, with Friday showings at 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday performances at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for seniors and students, and can be purchased online at stagesyouth.org.