Kids and adults alike will enjoy the stage presentation “Junie B. Jones” March 16 at North Central College.
Two performances by Theatreworks USA will be presented at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, March 16, in North Central’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. Tickets are $10/adults and $5/children; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix. For an additional $4 per ticket, patrons may add an ice cream reception, taking place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the day of the performance.
Junie B. Jones, the main character of the comical series of books by author Barbara Park and illustrator Denise Brunkus, comes to life in the family-friendly musical production by New York-based Theatreworks USA.
She is finally graduating from kindergarten and is ready for first grade. But getting used to a whole new group of friends, a new teacher and new glasses is challenging, even for the irrepressible Junie B. The audience follows her adventures as she writes down the story of her life in her “top-secret personal beeswax” journal.
The show features lyrics by Marcy Heisler and music by Ziora Goldrich. Theatreworks USA is America’s largest and most prolific professional not-for-profit theatre for young and family audiences. Since 1961, Theatreworks USA has entertained more than 72 million audience members throughout the United States and Canada. It is the only children’s theatre to receive both a Drama Desk and a Lucille Lortel Award.
Theatreworks USA has a distinguished history of actors, writers, directors and designers, including four-time Tony-winning director Jerry Zaks, Robert Jess Roth of “Beauty and the Beast” and Michael Mayer of “Thoroughly Modern Millie”; writers Marta Kauffman and David Crane of TV’s “Friends”; and Tony-winning actors John Lloyd Young, Roger Bart, Chuck Cooper and John Glover. Performers F. Murray Abraham, Henry Winkler and Judy Kuhn also got their start with Theatreworks.
Navistar is underwriting sponsor of North Central College’s 2012-2013 Fine and Performing Arts Season. The season is partially supported by USG Corporation and a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and National Endowment of the Arts.