February 21 – March 8, 2020 @ Knoxville Children's Theatre
KNOXVILLE. TN — Knoxville Children’s Theatre presents “Junie B. Jones The Musical Jr.,” a delightful musical adaption from four of the Junie B. Jones series of best-selling books by Barbara Park. This new version is witty and charming with lyrics by Marcy Heisler and music by Zina Goldrich. The live musical is performed Feb. 21 through March 8, Thursdays and Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m., with one Sunday evening show on Sunday, March 8 at 7 p.m.
It's Junie B.'s ?rst day of ?rst grade, where many changes are in store: Junie's best friend, Lucille, has found new best friends and Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school. Also, Junie has trouble reading the blackboard and her teacher, Mr. Scary, thinks she may need glasses. Throw in a friendly cafeteria lady, an intense kickball tournament and a “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal,” and ?rst grade has never been more exciting. “Junie B. Jones The Musical Jr.” is a heartwarming show which follows a tremendously loveable girl as she learns growing up is scary, but it’s also kind of fun.
The play is performed by 21 talented young actors, from ages 8 to 15. Cate Harper plays the title role of Junie B. Jones. Ethan Elder portrays Junie B. Jones’ new friend Herb. While Mr. Scary is played by Nico Ellerbusch, and Mrs. Gutzman is played by Sophia Elkins. Aedan Smith and Mateo Mejia portray Junie B.’s parents.
The rest of the cast features Vivienne Bullard, Elizabeth Burnett, Maggie Clower, Lily Segars, Miley Jenkins, Leeland Robbins, Lydia Burchett, Caroline Simmons, Macon Sloan, Hattie Perry, Harper Miller, Emma Barkow, Chloe Felosi, Tanner White, and Addison White.
The show is directed by Artistic Director Dennis E. Perkins, and musical direction is provided by Paul Jones of Auralation Studios and Deena Seals. Donya Walker is the choreographer. Ava Bradshaw provides the scenic design with Diego Almeida as scenic assistant. Quinton Rhodes provides the lighting design with Ally Summie as his assistant. KCT veteran Jaden Branson designs and builds the costumes with assistance from Ja’Shonna Bryant and Millie Lovett. The properties mistress for the production is Christine McFall, with assistance from Corbin Fram. The play’s stage manager is Sydney Allen with Marlee Jones as her assistant stage manager.