Stages Theatre in Hopkins is bringing another children's book to life on stage. You can experience the life of the sassy, but lovable "Junie B. Jones" through Oct. 18.
The polished productions you see onstage at Stages Theatre take many weeks of preparation and rehearsals. Eleven-year-old Jack Hanna of Plymouth may be relatively new to theater, but has a strong voice and experience with the Minnesota Boychoir.
"The story of Junie B. Jones is about this rambunctious little first grader even though we're all past first grade, obviously, who has these three wonderful adventures. She gets glasses for the first time, and there's tons of songs," described Hanna.
Ninth-grader Boo Halverson of New Hope has been doing theater three years and is another one of the strong voices in the cast.
"There's three separate lessons that Junie B. Jones learns so there's one story and then there's a transition and then there's another story and then there's a transition and then there's another, but they're all like connected," said Halverson.
Ellie Turk plays Junie B., who reveals her life story through her diary, the "Top Secret Personal Beeswax Journal."
"Junie B. Jones is really sassy like she likes to do things her way; she's really loud too. She's a very exciting person," said Turk.
It’s a musical that seems to keep the adults in the room as entertained as the kids.
Turk warned, "Be ready cause she's gonna have a lot. She's sassy, but she can do the music."
Junie B. Jones runs now through Oct. 18. For more information, you can visit the Stages Theatre website.
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