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

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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!

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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.

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The Puppet Co. – Tiny Tots Shows

Glen Echo Park
7300 MacArthur Blvd
Glen Echo, MD 20812
http://www.thepuppetco.org
 

The Puppet Co. takes classic children’s stories and brings them to life with hand-crafted marionette puppets. The Tiny Tots shows are perfect entertainment for toddlers and are geared towards children ages 0-4 years old. They are shown on select Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 10am. Tickets are just $5. The shows last about 30 minutes, the lights stay on, there are no loud noises, and the doors stay open to make it a comfortable experience for the littlest theater goers.

The puppeteer is also on stage and fully visible the entire show, which helps to minimize any fears of puppets for children. Bob Brown, the puppeteer for the Tiny Tots shows used to work on “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” and his experience is evident in his performances. He does a great job entertaining the kids with his silly characterizations of the puppets. Clara is usually giggling throughout the entire show.

The puppets are very well crafted, the stage set is nice, and accompanying music makes for an overall great production. And after the show, you can take your tots to the nearby playground and carousel that are part of the Glen Echo Park.

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Box Office

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The puppeteer brings out one of the puppets for the kids to touch & take photos with after the show

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Clara gave this guy a big hug!

Helpful tips:

• Order tickets online as the shows often sell out
• General Admission seating
• Doors open 15 minutes before showtime, so arrive 15-20 minutes before the start of the show if you want to get a seat in the front half of the theater
• Bathrooms are located just outside of the theater doors
• Strollers must be parked outside the playhouse under the overhang
• Infant car seats are allowed in the theater (in case you have a sleeping babe)
• Food or drink is not allowed in the theater with the exception of sippy cups, baby bottles, and water bottles with tight fitting lids
• Birthday party packages available