Follow Junie B. Jones to the HART stage
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 Parks 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 Bs 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, Parks 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 musicals 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.