Middle schoolers perform musical, Junie B. Jones

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 19 November 2015 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – Abby Allen plays the lead role in Junie B. Jones, The Musical, which will be performed Friday and Saturday at the Albion Middle School Auditorium.

A cast of 20 seventh- and eighth-graders have been rehearsing since late September for the musicial, which is slightly over an hour long. The musical is based on the popular children’s book character.

Abby Allen is shown in the opening scene with her “top secret personal beeswax journal.”

Junie is joined on stage by, from left: May (Molly Wadhams), Sheldon (Zachary Kilner) and Herb (Emma Tower). They are singing at a scene in the lunchroom.

Skylar Lonnen plays Mrs. Gutzman, the lunch lady.

In this photo from back stage, students practice the scene from the lunch room in the final dress rehearsal before shows 7 p.m. Friday, and then noon and 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Emma Tower plays Herb, and performs in “Show and Tell.” Herb would become one of Junie’s friends as they transitioned from kindergarten to first grade.

The cast sings and dances in Junie B. Jones, The Musical. There are also 16 students in the stage crew.

Carrie Kozody is director of the musical, Kevin Feder is assistant director and Kate Kraus is the choreographer.