Junie B. Jones The Musical JR.
Laugh yourself silly with Junie B. Jones in this hilarious Broadway Junior adaptation of Barbara Park's beloved series.
Show Essentials
25
Roles
+ Ensemble
G
Rated
1
Act

Full Synopsis

Junie B. Jones The Musical JR. opens with Junie B.introducing herself, Daddy, Mother, Tickle, and Baby Ollie, and excitedly discussing all the potential uses for her new journal ("Top Secret Personal Beeswax"). The first day of first grade begins, and Junie B. walks into the classroom full of School Kids to find her former best friend, Lucille, has abandoned her for two new best friends; Camille and Chenille ("Lucille, Camille, Chenille"). Junie B. is disappointed again after school when another best friend, Grace, chooses to sit next to Bobbi Jean Piper on the bus instead. However, Junie B.'s new friend, Herb, cheers her up by sitting next to her and making plans to get together later in the week ("You Can Be My Friend").

The next day at school, Mr. Scary writes words on the board and asks the class, including Lennie and José, to choose one of them and draw a picture of it, but Junie B. struggles ("Time To Make A Drawing"). After seeing her drawing and asking about what she sees on the board, Mr. Scary and the class decide that Junie B. needs glasses ("You Need Glasses"). Junie B. arrives at school the next day wearing her new glasses, but she hesitates to share them with the class, especially May ("Show And Tell"). To her surprise, the class loves her glasses, even calling her "cool."

The following morning, Junie B. is delighted when her parents surprise her with a new lunch box ("Lunch Box"), but at school, she finds most students in line to buy lunch. When she asks Herb to share his cafeteria cookie with her, Junie B. realizes he isn't familiar with much-loved lunch lady Mrs. Gutzman, so she, Shirley and the other School Kids enthusiastically tell him about her ("Gladys Gutzman"). Junie B. asks Mrs. Gutzman how she might get access to more cookies, and Mrs. Gutzman recruits Junie B. as her helper. Unfortunately, Junie B. is a less than successful helper, and most of her class ends up mad at her, but Mrs. Gutzman smoothes things over by bringing sugar cookies to the classroom and telling the students that Junie B. gave her the idea ("Beeswax Cookie - Reprise").

While at her house preparing for a kickball tournament on Friday ("Kickball Tournament"), Junie B. accidentally injures her toe, forcing her to wear a special shoe and preventing her from taking part in the tournament ("You Can't Fix It"). Though Junie B. is sulking over this situation, her classmate Sheldon is dreaming of the incredible halftime show he could create ("Sheldon Potts' Halftime Show"). Back at home, Junie B. pouts over the tournament, but her parents encourage her to see the brighter side of the situation ("When Life Gives You Lemons"). Junie B. decides to learn to juggle and perform in the halftime show.

The day of the tournament arrives, and the students are abuzz with excitement ("Kickball Tournament - Reprise"). Junie B. and Sheldon nervously wait to perform, but when the time comes, Sheldon gets so nervous he abandons Junie B., leaving her alone in front of a restless crowd. When the students begin throwing biscuits at her, she surprises them all by juggling on the spot. Everyone is impressed ("Superstar"). Junie B. comes to the last page of her journal and reflects on everything that has happened since she began writing ("Writing Down The Story Of My Life").

Casting

Casting

Cast Size: Large 21 And Up
Cast Type: Children
Dance Requirements: Standard

Character Breakdown

Junie B. Jones

Junie B. Jones is a spunky, intelligent girl who is starting the first grade as our show begins. Determined and a bit impulsive, Junie B. finds herself at the center of many classroom antics. Cast an experienced actor with a strong singing voice and excellent comedic timing. Your actor must be able to balance Junie B.'s charm and precociousness so the audience cheers for her right from the start.

Gender: female
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: Ab3
Daddy

Daddy is Junie B.’s encouraging father who always looks on the bright side. Look for an actor who can comfortably portray an adult figure in a world full of young school kids. Daddy sings a song with Junie B. and Mother, so find a performer with a nice voice who can portray Daddy’s kind heart.

Gender: male
Vocal range top: D4
Vocal range bottom: A2
Mother

Mother is Junie B.’s no-nonsense mom. She can be tough on Junie B., but it is all out of love. As with Daddy, find a performer who can play a more mature person. Mother is a perfect role for someone with a good voice who can portray a supportive parent.

Gender: female
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: A3
Lucille

Lucille is Junie B.’s former best friend who has moved on to new friendships. Poised, put together, and probably a bit spoiled, Lucille controls and plans everything she does – quite the opposite of Junie B.’s bold impulsiveness. Cast a strong singer and confident actor in this role.

Gender: female
Vocal range top: C#5
Vocal range bottom: F3
Camille and Chenille

Lucille’s new best friends, Camille and Chenille are twins. Just like Lucille, they are well dressed and very composed. These two roles are great for performers with bright energy who are also good singers. Remember, the actors playing Camille and Chenille don’t have to look exactly alike – so long as they are wearing matching costumes, the audience will get the idea.

Gender: female
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: Bb3
Grace

Grace is another one of Junie B.’s former best friends. She is not as calculated as Lucille, she has simply made new friends apart from Junie B. This is a perfect role for a young performer who can portray a kind and laid-back character and has a good voice.

Gender: female
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: C4
Mr. Woo

Mr. Woo is the supervisor on the school bus. This featured role is great for an actor with a commanding speaking voice as he is in charge of corralling the Kids on Bus.

Gender: male
Bobbi Jean Piper

Bobbi Jean Piper is Grace’s new friend. Bobbi Jean happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and unintentionally ends up on Junie B.’s bad side. This is a nice cameo role for a new performer.

Gender: female
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: B3
Herb

Herb is Junie B.’s new best friend. An endlessly kind and charming little boy, Herb easily balances out Junie B.’s more demanding side. Find a performer who has great chemistry with Junie B. Herb should be one of your stronger singers and a veœry likeable actor.

Gender: male
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: A3
May

May is the teacher’s pet. Eager to prove her brilliance, May does not prioritize making friends with any of her classmates, and they do not mind. Cast a performer who can tap into the humor and confidence of this vibrant role.

Gender: female
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: C4
Lennie and José

Lennie and José are classmates and friends of Junie B. and Herb. These two roles are good features for actors with good energy and nice voices.

Gender: male
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: A3
Mr. Scary

Mr. Scary is the Room One teacher. Unlike his name suggests, Mr. Scary is a supportive and encouraging teacher. This is a perfect role to showcase a mature and energetic actor. Though he has a few short singing lines, they could easily be spoken if the actor isn’t a strong singer.

Gender: male
Vocal range top: Bb3
Vocal range bottom: Bb2
Sheldon

SHELDON is definitely not the most popular kid in class. Plagued by a myriad of allergies and a general clumsiness, Sheldon’s good intentions often end in disaster. Cast a great singer who can bring out the nerdy charm in this endearing role.

Gender: male
Vocal range top: E4
Vocal range bottom: B2
Shirley

Shirley is a featured soloist in a few of the School Kids’ songs. This is perfect introductory role for a great singer who is new to acting.

Gender: female
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: B2
Mrs. Gutzman

Mrs. Gutzman is the sweet old lunch lady, revered by all of the School Kids. Cast a mature performer who can capture her warm, grandmotherly nature. Mrs. Gutzman does not have to sing, so this is a great opportunity for a strong actor.

Gender: female
Ensemble

The Ensemble consists of Tickle the dog, the School Kids, Lunch Student 1, Kids on Bus, Student 1, Student 2, Student 3, Student 4, Student 5, Lunch Server and Cheerleaders. These are great roles for anyone who wants to be involved in the production!

Gender: both
Full Song List
Junie B. Jones The Musical JR. : Top Secret Personal Beeswax
Junie B. Jones The Musical JR. : Lucille, Camille, Chenille
Junie B. Jones The Musical JR. : Post Lucille Shoobee Doo Bop
Junie B. Jones The Musical JR. : You Can Be My Friend
Junie B. Jones The Musical JR. : Time To Make a Drawing
Junie B. Jones The Musical JR. : You Need Glasses
Junie B. Jones The Musical JR. : Show And Tell
Junie B. Jones The Musical JR. : Post Show And Tell Shoobee Doo Bop
Junie B. Jones The Musical JR. : Lunch Box
Junie B. Jones The Musical JR. : Gladys Gutzman
Junie B. Jones The Musical JR. : Lunch Box (Underscore)
Junie B. Jones The Musical JR. : Beeswax Cookie (Reprise)
Junie B. Jones The Musical JR. : Kickball Tournament
Junie B. Jones The Musical JR. : You Can't Fix It
Junie B. Jones The Musical JR. : Sheldon Potts' Halftime Show
Junie B. Jones The Musical JR. : Sheldon's Playoff
Junie B. Jones The Musical JR. : When Life Gives You Lemons
Junie B. Jones The Musical JR. : Kickball Tournament (Reprise)
Junie B. Jones The Musical JR. : Sheldon Runs Off (Part 1)
Junie B. Jones The Musical JR. : Sheldon Runs Off (Part 2)
Junie B. Jones The Musical JR. : Sheldon Runs Off (Part 3)
Junie B. Jones The Musical JR. : Superstar
Junie B. Jones The Musical JR. : Writing Down The Story Of My Life

Curriculum Connection

  • Drawing
  • Converting Measurements
  • Healthy Foods
  • Inventing
  • Writing
  • Spanish Language

Billing

Adapted from the JUNIE B. JONES Series of books by Barbara Park

Requirements

You must give the authors/creators billing credits, as specified in the Production Contract, in a conspicuous manner on the first page of credits in all programs and on houseboards, displays and in all other advertising announcements of any kind.
Percentages listed indicate required type size in relation to title size.
In accordance with the Dramatic Performing Rights License, all advertising, such as posters and program covers, must include the show logo as provided in the ShowKit® Director’s Guide and all of the following author billing. It is a violation of your contract if you crop or edit this logo in any way.
[name of school]
Production of
Book and lyrics by Marcy Heisler Music by Zina Goldrich
 
Adapted from the JUNIE B. JONES Series of books by Barbara Park
 
The credit line for Barbara Park shall be no less than 50% of the size of the title of the Play and no other billing shall be larger than the billing Park receives.
The following credits shall appear on the title page of any program:
Adapted from the books JUNIE B. JONES IS A GRADUATION GIRL, JUNIE B. JONES
FIRST GRADER AT LAST!, JUNIE B. FIRST GRADER BOSS OF LUNCH, JUNIE B. FIRST GRADER TOOTHLESS WONDER and TOP SECRET PERSONAL BEESWAX,
A JOURNAL BY JUNIE B. (AND ME) by Barbara Park. Copyright © 2001, 2001, 2002, 2002, 2003 by Barbara Park.”
For more about the Junie B. Jones books,
visit www.juniebjones.com or a bookstore near you!
Originally produced by Theatreworks/USA
The videotaping or other video or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited

Included Materials

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Production Resources

Resource
ACTOR'S BOOK TENPACK
CUSTOMIZABLE SHOW POSTERS
FAMILY MATTERS
FAMILY MATTERS (PACK OF 10)
STUDENT REHEARSAL CD