Teaching the lesson between right and wrong may be challenging in a classroom, especially when children are soaking up so much when they’re not seated at a desk. If they see a dollar on the sidewalk and someone walking ahead, can they keep it, even though it probably belongs to that other person?
Theatre of Youth aims to compliment lessons that are taught in school and family life through their productions. Their shows teach kids important life lessons through relatable stories told by characters that look and experience things just like they do.
And this season’s production of “Junie B. Jones Is Not A Crook” is no different! This comical, lighthearted, and easy-to-understand show teaches a great lesson for the entire family. The play, written by Allison Gregory and produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc., will play for eight family-friendly performances from March 10-25.
Junie B. Jones sheds a light on something that school-aged children have to determine: even though it is unfair when something is taken from them, is it right to in turn keep something that doesn’t belong to them? As the saying goes, “Finders keepers, losers weepers!”
When her favorite new mittens are taken, Junie B. Jones is upset, but the feeling doesn’t last long, because she discovers a beautiful pen. Even though she knows it’s not hers, she keeps it, but questions if it’s actually the right thing to do.
Through a series of comical events, she learns the answer and an important lesson along the way. As their guided through the story, all those in the audience pick up on what Junie B. discovers, too. Your entire family will enjoy the takeaway message from this entertaining and relatable tale.
“Each play this season speaks to the child audience about growing up, learning about the world, and finding your place in it,” says TOY’s Artistic Director, Meg Quinn.
The best part, though, might just occur after the final curtain call, when parents and children can stick around and discuss the show directly with the actors. TOY’s traditional talk-back session allows everyone to find out more about the story and what goes into a theatre production.
Theatre of Youth is devoted to the growing and learning of children. “Junie B. Jones Is Not A Crook” is recommended for children ages six and up. Tickets to this production start at $15 and can be purchased online at Theatre of Youth’s website.
To find out more about the TOY visit, TheatreOfYouth.org or call (716)884-4400.