First Stage presents “Junie B. Jones is Not A Crook!” April 28-June 4

First Stage presents Junie B. Jones is Not A Crook!


April 28 – June 4, 2017

Todd Wehr Theater, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts

A play by Allison Gregory

Adapted from the books series by Barbara Park

Produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc.

Based on the books “Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook” and “Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren” by Barbara Park

Directed by James Fletcher


Suggested for families with young people ages 5-9+


Milwaukee, WI – The funniest girl in room nine returns as First Stage presents JUNIE B. JONES IS NOT A CROOK, April 28 – June 4, 2017. Performances take place at the Marcus Center’s Todd Wehr Theater, located at 929 N. Water Street, downtown Milwaukee. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Marcus Center box office at 929 N. Water Street, by phone at (414) 273-7206 or online at


Based on two books from the wildly popular series by Barbara Park, Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook and Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, the iconic and beloved Junie B. bursts onto the stage. After her favorite pair of black furry mittens goes missing, Junie B. assumes that the wonderful pen she finds on the floor should be “finders keepers.” Her kindergarten conundrums are further complicated when the new boy in school, who is the handsomest boy she has ever seen, thinks she is a nutball. Family audiences will follow Junie B. through it all as she learns that honesty is the best policy.

In a recent blog, Why I Love Junie B. Jones (and Writing Plays for Young Audiences), playwright Allison Gregory said, “What’s so engaging and joyful about these stories and Junie B. herself: her scrappy resourcefulness, her unbridled sense of right and wrong, her bull-in-a-china-shop zest and imagination. Barbara Park got Junie B. so right because, well, she was Junie B. And luckily, I get to keep telling her stories.”

James Fletcher (Director)
has been involved with First Stage for 17 years as a director, teacher, fight choreographer and actor. He was last seen on our stage as Little John in ROBIN HOOD. Fletcher is the founder and Artistic Director of The Bunny Gumbo Theatre Company, now in its

17th season, and wears many hats in the theatre world, making his way acting, teaching, designing fights, directing, producing and writing.

The professional actor cast of JUNIE B. JONES IS NOT A CROOK includes Kay Allmand* as Mom/Mrs.; Dan Katula* as Grandpa Frank/Principal; and Lachrisa Grandberry as Grouchy Typing Lady/Ensemble. Giana Blazquez will be the understudy for this production. *Member of Actor’s Equity Association.

Young performer roles are double cast. Young performers in the Lost Cast include Selma Rivera (as Junie), Erianna Ashmore-Purifoy (as Grace), Ryon Davis (as Warren), Christian Hughes (as Ricardo) and Nafia Johnson (as Pink Fluffy Girl) from Milwaukee; Tessa Benedict (as Lucille) from Franklin; and Zachary Church (as Meanie Jim) from West Bend.

Young performers in the Found Cast include Molly Domski (as Junie) from Glendale; Grace Fischer (as Lucille) from Menomonee Falls; Faith Austin (as Grace) and Carson Pressley (as Warren) from Milwaukee; Gabe Lorenzana (as Ricardo) and John Aebly (as Meanie Jim) from Germantown; and Lina Singh (as Pink Fluffy Girl) from Bayside.

The Artistic Staff for JUNIE B. JONES IS NOT A CROOK includes: Joe Klug (Scenic Designer); Nick Belley, USAA (Lighting Designer); Jaclyn Bjornson (Costume Designer); Erin Paige (Sound Designer); Melissa L. Wanke* (Stage Manager) and Lauren Gingold (Assistant Stage Manager).
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association


Friday, April 28, 2017
Following the opening night performance, First Stage invites all patrons to attend the Opening Night Reception at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, located one mile from the Marcus Center at 325 W. Walnut Street. Patrons can mix and mingle with the cast and crew of JUNIE B. JONES IS NOT A CROOK while enjoying refreshments, courtesy of First Stage.




Location:  Marcus Center’s Todd Wehr Theater, 929 N. Water Street, Milwaukee


Dates: April 28 – June 4, 2017

Dates:  April 28 – June 4, 2017


Description: Meet the funniest girl in Room Nine – Junie B. Jones! A terrible thing happened to Junie B. —someone took her new black furry mittens! And plus also they kept them! When Junie B. finds a wonderful pen on the floor, she should be allowed to keep it too, because “finders keepers.” There’s also a new boy in school, and he’s the handsomest boy Junie B. has ever seen. Unfortunately, Lucille and That Grace want him for a boyfriend too, and Handsome Warren just thinks Junie B. is a nutball.  Whatever is Junie B. to do? Find out how Junie B. perseveres through her kindergarten conundrums and learns that honesty is the best policy. Suggested for families with young people ages 5-9+


  • Friday, April 28 at 7:00 p.m. – OPENING NIGHT
  • Saturday, April 29 at 1:00, 3:30 & 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 30 at 1:00 & 3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 2 at 7:00 p.m.  – PAY WHAT YOU CHOOSE
  • Saturday, May 6 at 1:00, 3:30 & 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 7 at 1:00 & 3:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 13 at 1:00, 3:30 & 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 14 at 1:00 & 3:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 20 at 1:00, 3:30 & 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 21 at 1:00 & 3:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 3 at 1:00, 3:30 & 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 4 at 1:00 & 3:30 p.m.

Ticket and information:
Tickets start at $15. Call (414) 273-7206 or online at

ASL Interpreted Performance:
Sunday, June 4 at 3:30 p.m. – this performance will be sign language interpreted for patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing. Assistive listening devices are also available at the Todd Wehr Theater.


About First Stage
Celebrating its 30th anniversary in the 2016-2017 season, First Stage is one of the nation’s leading theaters for young audiences and families. First Stage touches hearts, engages minds, and transforms lives by creating extraordinary theater experiences for young people and families through professional theater productions that inspire, enlighten, and entertain. Its Theater Academy, the nation’s largest high-impact theater training program for young people, fosters life skills through stage skills and serves over 2,100 students each year. As Wisconsin’s leader in arts-integrated education in schools, First Stage’s dynamic Theater in Education programs use theater to promote active learning throughout the curriculum, serving over 20,000 students throughout southeastern Wisconsin each year.  In 2012, First Stage was selected to participate in the Partners in Education program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. First Stage is the recipient of the Milwaukee Business Journal’s Eureka Award in 2013 and 2015, recognizing creativity and innovation in business, education, and the arts. First Stage is a member of TYA/USA, the American Alliance for Theatre and Education, the Wisconsin Alliance for Arts Education, Theatre Wisconsin, and Milwaukee Arts Partners, and is a cornerstone member of the United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF).

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