Nashville Children’s Theatre (NCT) continues its 85th season with Junie B. Jones Is Not A Crook, beginning Oct. 27 and running through Dec. 4. A regional premiere, this colorful, funny, fast-paced production about the precocious and loveable Junie B. is being produced for the first time in Nashville, and only the second time ever.
NCT has brought the beloved characters from the Junie B. Jones book series to life numerous times in the past—often breaking box office records for the company. Now Junie B. is back and this time a terrible thing has happened to Junie B.! And it’s called—someone took her new furry mittens! A stealer stoled them! So when Junie B. finds a wonderful pen on the floor, one of those wowie-wow-wow pens that writes four different colors, she should be allowed to keep it, right? That’s fair. Because Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers. And guess what? There is a new boy in kindergarten and he is the handsomest. So why does he think Junie B. is a nutball?! With the help of her friends and a whole lot of laughter, Junie B. learns important lessons about being yourself and doing the right thing.
Junie B. Jones has been entertaining young readers since 1992, when she was first introduced by author Barbara Park. The sassy, spunky kindergartner was a hit, and dozens more books and innumerable awards followed.
Well-known local actor Shawn Knight, who previously directed the popular A Year With Frog and Toad at NCT, directs this Junie B. production. “This new adaptation, combining the books Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook and Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, promises to bring back all of the elements that make families fall in love with Junie B. Jones,” said Knight. “Junie B’s enduring appeal comes from her humanity. She is imperfect and often creates her own problems, but at the end of the day, what she learns always makes her a better, more empathetic human being for her struggles.”
A special opening night performance is available Thursday, Oct. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at a discounted rate of $7 per child and $15 per adult.
School performances are weekdays at 10 and 11:45 a.m. At this moment, all school performances are sold out. Weekend performances are open to the public, scheduled at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays Oct. 29 through Dec. 4. Reservations are recommended. There is no Sunday performance on Oct. 30. Individual weekend ticket prices are $15 per child (ages 2 to 17), $20 per adult; group, senior, educator, and military discounts are also available. A homeschool performance is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Nov. 9, and a sign-interpreted performance is scheduled for Nov. 20 at 2 p.m.
For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.NashvilleCT.org or call (615) 252-4675, Tuesday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.