Theatre of Youth (TOY), Buffalo’s only professional theatre dedicated specifically to child audiences and their families, presents the second production of its 45th season: Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells, a mischievous and endearing holiday story written by Allison Gregory and based on beloved author Barbara Park’s series. The seven public performances begin Saturday, Dec. 3 and run through Sunday, Dec. 18. The show is geared toward ages six and older.
It’s THE worstest day EVER in Room One for everybody’s favorite first grader, Junie B. Jones. Tattletale May keeps picking on Junie B. and it’s not fair. Things get worse when Junie B. draws May’s name for the Secret Santa gift exchange and concocts a plan to give May a lump of coal, while getting an awesome Squeeze-a-Burp for herself. Will Junie B. have a last-minute change of heart and demonstrate her true holiday spirit? This show has lots of laughs, lessons and energy to spare! Themes in the play include sharing, empathy, responsibility, patience and getting along with others.
Professional Talent and Production Team:
Directed by TOY Artistic Director, Meg Quinn, Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells features a strong cast of actors, including Renee Landrigan as Junie B., Arin Lee Dandes as May, Dan Torres as Jose and Mr. Toot, Danica Riddick as Lucille and Elf Ellen, Kevin Craig as Sheldon and Philip J. Bob, Dan Urtz as Herb and Grandpa Miller and Larry Smith as Mr. Scary.
After each performance, TOY is pleased to present The Wegmans Talkback. The audience is invited to stay seated as the actors lead a fun and interactive 15-minute conversation that gives children the fullest understanding of the play and a more meaningful and lasting theatre experience.
For more information, please visit www.theatreofyouth.org.