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Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook at Adventure Theatre – Review


Junie B. Jones is Not A Crook is now showing at Adventure Theatre in Glen Echo Park. This is one that you should not miss this summer. It is so entertaining and hilarious! I’ve been taking my daughters to shows at Adventure Theatre for a few years and this is definitely our favorite yet. We are even planning to go see it a second time!

Junie-2The cast of Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook. Photo by Bruce Douglas.

The show is based on the popular book series by Barbara Park and is directed by Rick Hammerly. “When Junie B. Jones, with her two bestest friends in the world, loses her new furry mittens to some “stealers,” she has to investigate. But Junie B. might have something she forgot to return, too.” Is it “Finders Keepers”? The performance takes the audience along as Junie explores this question.

The show is recommended for all ages and runs about 80 minutes with no intermission. From beginning to end, the energy is high and my daughter and I were both laughing throughout. There are a couple of cute musical numbers when you just can’t help but start singing along!

junieb1Megan Gravies as Junie B in Junie B Jones is Not a Crook. Photo by Michael Horan.

We were “wowed” the moment we walked into the theatre and saw the bright and beautifully designed set. A few of the supporting cast members were out welcoming guests while swinging on the swings and hanging from the monkey bars.  There are lots of objects hidden in the rafters of the ceiling, so it was fun to play a game of “eye spy” before the show started. The costumes were equally impressive! And of course the acting was brilliant too!


Go see this show! (Buy tickets here.) It’s the perfect summer outing with your kids. Make a day of it and ride the Dentzel Carousel while you are at Glen Echo. There is also a little cafe where you can grab lunch or a snack and a playground too.



Pinkalicious the Musical – Adventure Theatre

Adventure Theatre
Glen Echo Park
7300 MacArthur Blvd
Glen Echo, MD 20812
(301) 634-2270

Clara and I enjoyed Pinkalicious so much that we saw it two times this summer! We went this past Sunday since it was the final day it was showing. The musical is based on the book Pinkalicious, which we are fans of reading at home.

Pinkalicious can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe – a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament.

The set immediately made us smile as we walked into the theater. It is so well done with bright colors, various textures, and pink accented lighting. Clara even said “Wow, look Momma” when we walked in through the doors. Polka dots & doilies are painted on the floor, fluffy white clouds adorn the walls, and glittery chandeliers hang from the ceiling. The costumes are just as impressive. When Pinkalicious wakes up pink, she is wearing a pink wig and frilly cupcake dress, just like in the book. The songs are very catchy and fun. I caught Clara trying to sing along a couple times. Overall, it is a great production that is sure to be a hit for any child who is a fan of the book series.

Before the show, we visited the dress up station in the lobby and Clara picked out a pink dress to wear.



After the show, we stopped by the Pinkalicious themed concession stand to get pink lemonade & pink cupcakes.

concessions      cupcake

The next production at Adventure Theater is Stuart Little, showing September 19 through October 26th. We will definitely be going to Stuart Little since we had such a good experience at Pinkalicious.

Good to Know:

•Buy tickets online ahead of time as the shows normally sell out.
•Tickets are $19. Everyone over age 1 is required to have a ticket.
•General admission seating.
•Doors open 15 minutes before showtime, so arrive early to get seats up front.
•The theater is small, so there really isn’t a bad seat. We sat in the back row at each show and could see and hear everything just fine.
•All of the Adventure Theater productions last about 1 hour.
•The show is advertised as appropriate for all ages but I personally wouldn’t take a child much younger than age 3 since they do have to sit still and be quiet for an hour.
•Bathrooms located in the lobby.
•Stroller parking in the lobby.
•Food and drink is not allowed in the theater.