Comical ‘Junie B. Jones, The Musical’ kicks off TMP Family Theater new year


It’s Junie B.’s first day of first grade, and a lot of things have changed. Her best friend, Lucille, doesn’t want to be her best friend anymore. So, on the bus, Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school. Junie finds she has trouble reading the blackboard and her teacher, Mr. Scary, thinks she may need glasses. Troubles mount with a friendly cafeteria lady, a kickball tournament, and a “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal.” First grade has never been more challenging. 

A genuinely hilarious musical that follows the misadventures of that brassy little diva, “Junie B. Jones,” and her introduction to first grade, this is a very special one-hour theater for young audiences that kids (and adult kids) of all ages can enjoy.  

“Junie B. Jones, The Musical” is based on the New York Times bestselling book series by Barbara Park (winner of seven Children’s Choice Awards and four Parents’ Choice Awards).

“Junie B. Jones, The Musical” plays Saturday, Feb. 22 and Feb. 29, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and Sundays, Feb. 23 and March 1, at 2 p.m.

Tickets: adults $15, senior/military/students $13, children (12 and under) $12, groups of 10 or more $10. All seating is reserved. Tickets can be purchased at TMP’s box office at 7116 Sixth Ave., by phone at (253) 565-6867, and online at The box office is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The cast includes Rese Knickerbocker as Junie B. Jones, Ally Atwood as Lucille/Bobby Jean Piper, Kekoa Dilay as Herb, Michelle Allard as May/Grace/Mother, Peter Knickerbocker as
Sheldon/Lennie, Madison Watkins as Camille, Allie Watkins as Chanille, Westley Hackler as Jose, Jarrod Phelps as Mr. Scary/Daddy, and Lark Moore as Mrs. Gutzman.

The play is staged by TMP’s creative team Linda Palacios, director; Daniel Wolfert, music director; Rico Lastrapes, choreographer; Deborah Christel, costumer; Emily Saletan, stage manager; and Dennis Kurtz, master carpenter. 

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