Once upon a time, I went to a show and it was called Junie B. Jones. It is about this girl who is in first grade and has to be a secret Santa to the person that she doesn't like because she never says her B. And her teacher Mr. Scary (Anderson Lawfer) pairs Junie B. Jones (Amber Robinson) up with May (Samantha Perry), which is the person that she doesn't like at all, so they can learn to like each other. It is a really fun show. I really thought the plot was a good plot to have because sometimes little girls in first grade don't really get along with people as well as older kids. A first grader could come to the show and could find out how to get along with a kid they didn't like in their school. There is some mystery to the plot because you didn't know what the ending was going to be.
I liked this a lot because there weren't a lot of songs. They didn't just keep breaking into song. Lots of the kids' shows at Emerald City are musicals. I suspect it is because it makes a short story longer. Junie B. Jones is a chapter book, so it is already pretty long. Too many songs can kind of get boring, and it is completely weird to just put them in and not be going anywhere. When songs are hilarious or a song actually tells you something, that's when you can put them in. In this show the song had to do something with the plot. The song is "Jingle Bells" and she sings instead "Jingle Bells, Batman smells, Robin laid an egg!" It is important to the plot because she is getting herself in trouble, and Junie B. Jones is always getting herself in trouble.
I really liked how some parts of it didn't seem like really real because it really brings out Junie B. Jones' imagination. When the big stuffed Elephant (Ricky Harris) comes to life, that is in her imagination--of course! It was so cool because imagination helps with a story. It helps with the story if it is a real story and you want it to have some magic in it--then you can just put it in the main character's imagination.
One of my favorite characters was Sheldon (Ricky Harris). He says that someone he is related to can burp the "Star Spangled Banner." And that is amazing if you can burp the "Star Spangled Banner" because that is one of the hardest songs in the whole world to burp. His family was like the coolest thing in the world. He speaks very calmly when he says things that are so funny and amazing and that makes it (even though he is saying it so shortly and not expressively) the funniest thing in the world.
When Junie B. Jones kept cutting off from what was really happening and going into the diary, and then she was going back to her desk, and then she turned right around and wrote more in her diary, I thought it was really funny. There is a really funny part where Mr. Toot (Michael Leon), just you heard his voice saying "Hello, I am Mr. Toot." Then all the children and Mr. Scary said, "We know who you are! You are the music teacher!" They were kind of yelling because he was pretty far away. It is funny because everybody knows who the music teacher is, so it is funny that he thought that all the children forgot who he was.
In the scene where Junie B. Jones asks for money from her Grandpa (Aaron Lawson) and she gets it, I don't think the Grandpa should have given in because it is not okay with her parents. It kind of made you think that if you just go off in a huff, somebody will give something to you. It is not really true because I have had experience with that.
I think Lucille (Kaitlyn Griggs) is kind of rude to the other kids by saying how much amazing stuff she has, which none of the other kids have. But it didn't make her exactly unlikable because of that. She was likable because of how obsessed she was with twirling because that is just hilarious and kind of weird and cute.
In the scene where May's sweater gets stretched by Junie B. Jones, May is really angry and calls Mr. Scary even though it is just stretched and her mother can make it smaller so it fits her again. Mr. Scary comes in and he is really a angry at Junie B. Jones. I remember that his angry face looked like cross-eyed but a very sad but angry looking face. He looked like he was going to jump up and down with anger, and I thought that was hilarious. I think his name, instead of Mr. Scary, should have been Mr. Funny. The scene is important because if you didn't know how much Junie B. Jones didn't like May, then nobody would know why she was so angry with her all the time. I liked this scene because it was really cool how the sweater stretched the length of the stage which is a really long stage and it went all the way up to the top of the stairs in the audience. And that is a loooong way for a sweater to go.
I think this show should be for ages 4 and up. I'll tell you why I said that: because there was a three-year-old boy kicking me in the back the whole show. People that like first graders, suspense, funny elf costumes, and Christmas would like this play. If you are the Grinch out there, do not see this play because it is too happy. If you are not the Grinch, come and see it immediately!