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Summer arts camp to perform ‘Junie B. Jones'

Krystle Wagner • Jul 11, 2019 at 11:00 AM

Local children will take to the stage in an upcoming production.

Children in the Northwest Ottawa Recreation Authority’s performing arts camp will be staging “Junie B. Jones: The Musical Jr.” at 7 p.m. July 19 and 2 p.m. July 20 at the White Pines Intermediate School auditorium.

Tickets are $3 for students and senior citizens, and $5 for adults. Tickets will be sold at the door.

Co-directors and Spring Lake High School students Katie Glasgow and Kyle Coon started planning the show in January. Glasgow, a junior, said she listened to the show’s music in her search, and passed it along for Coon to listen to because she thought it would be a good fit.

In previous years, the summer camp has performed “Mary Poppins Jr.” and “Willy Wonka Jr.”

Since mid-June, the cast has dedicated a few hours five days a week to learn the show's music and choreography.

Glasgow said she loves teaching students and seeing their excitement when they get a dance move right.

Stepping into the role of a first-grader provides a bit of nostalgia and humor, said Nora Jacobson, who plays lead character Junie B. Jones. The Lakeshore Middle School eighth-grader said she likes that they play games and that the directors and assistant director Cambelle Cleveland are "nice and friendly." Jacobson said she also likes that everyone involved in the camp has the same interests, which she said helps them to get to know each other better.

Abbie Kirchner plays Chenille, a best friend of Lucille, who used to be best friends with Junie B. Jones. The White Pines Intermediate School fifth-grader said she's been having fun making the sets, which was a first for her, though she’s been involved in other musical productions. Kirchner said she also likes that they play games, and her favorite is karaoke on Fridays, which they do when they have the time.

Jacobson said she hopes the audience will see the show’s humor.

“I hope they laugh a lot,” she said.

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