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Theater for Young America presents Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business

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Theater for Young America in Kansas City’s historic Union Station announces their next show, a musical adaptation of the popular book Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business, by Barbara Park with script, music, and lyrics by Joan Cushing, to open March 4 on City Stage.

Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business runs through April 12, sometimes with two performances on certain days, including one evening performance. The musical play is recommended for kindergarten and up. Like all TYA shows, the upbeat plays feature lots of colorful costumes, lively actors, and most fit within an hour to help the young audience focus. Afterward, questions and answers help the audience meet the real actors and gain insight into plays, characters, costumes and other aspects of live theater.

“Junie hears her parents have a surprise for her and thinks it's a present,” Amy Hurrelbrink said. “She eventually understands that her mom is going to have a baby. During the show she refers to the baby as the P U (as in smelly) baby.”

Junie B. Jones’ mother and father say that they are getting a present for the kindergartner, but instead on the type of present she expects, it is a new baby brother, a spokesman for TYA said. When she hears her grandparents say, “He’s the cutest little monkey,” she brags to her friends that they can see this monkey if they bring her lunch tickets and other gifts. The principal (Boss of the School) explains figures of speech to Junie B. This hilarious musical ends with her deciding that she’s a “lucky duck” to have such a cute little monkey brother.

As an assist for curriculum standards and theories, TYA offers curriculum connentions for the production–live musical theatre. dramatization of contemporary literature, figures of speech, family relationships, peer to peer relationships, humor.

The title role of Junie B is played by Mia Hedgepeth-Guerra. Others in the cast are Amy Hurrelbrink, Mike Ott, Eric Johanson, Damron Armstrong, and Alexandria Washington.

Single tickets and group reservations may be reserved online at or by calling Union Station at 816.460.2020, or Theatre for Young America at 816.460.2083. The single ticket price is $9. Groups of 15 or more are $5.50 per person with a reservation. Season tickets are available or by calling 816.460.2083.

Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business run mostly during days with performance times to fit the audience’s schedules. Many shows are planned at 10a.m., noon, and 2 p.m. Check website for specific times and dates.