“The Boy Who Loved Monsters & The Girl Who Loved Peas” – Reviewed by Nate

Do you like monsters? Do you like peas? Do you like a crazy play full of imagination and color and fun? Well then, I have the perfect play for you! Come and see the The Boy Who Loved Monsters & The Girl Who Loved Peas! It’s an exciting play! This is why I think that.

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First, when you walk into the theater, you see a house of colors and imagination. The wallpaper has fun and exciting monsters and the doors and windows are crooked and bended, and that makes it fun and really cool. Also another detail is everything is full of bright colors and the lights keep changing colors, too. Many things in your imagination may be weird and crazy, but not as crazy as Evan’s imagination!

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Speaking of Evan, I might as well get into the characters. The characters were Tyler Eglen as Evan, Michelle Cunneen as his sister Sue, Debra K. Stevens as Mommy, Mel Reid Glotfelty as Daddy and Katie McFadzen as the Monster. But not a scary monster. A really cool monster!

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In the beginning, the family is eating dinner. Little sister Sue loves peas. EVAN DOES NOT! But he needs to eat his dinner and that last pea. Mom and Dad are too busy playing with their smart phones and iPad. And Evan wishes that he can have a monster to come play with him, and eat his peas for him, and eat his parents because they never play with him!

As Evan’s imagination grows bigger, the pea grows bigger and bigger and bigger on his plate…and then turns into the monster he’s always wished for.

When I went backstage, I even got to pretend my head was the pea on Evan’s plate!

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The monster (named Pea!) becomes Evan’s friend and helps Sue and Evan use their imaginations to have fun and play games. One cool part of the play is when Pea uses the tablecloth to show them different games like using it as Dracula’s costume, or wearing it like a ghost, or making it into a fort, or using it for a bull fighter’s cape!

Also, there is a giant trunk of toys and Evan and Sue arrange them in a circle to go back to Pea’s home in monster land. But they come back!

In the end, Pea and the kids show their parents that it’s more important to have fun and play with the family than to be addicted to technology and always watching YouTube videos, playing Mario or sending emails all the time.

Come a little early, there are fun activities to do before the show. My favorite activity was using your own hand to make a monster hand out of foam and colorful shapes. It was very fun!

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I loved this play and I hope you do too. It is everything you need to step into the world of monsters and let your imagination go crazy.

Drawing by Nate Fox

Nate
Kid Reporter

Nate reviews “Junie B. Jones”

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Hi, I’m Nate Fox, Kid Reporter for Childsplay! I just saw the play Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! I thought it was really funny because all the actors were super old but they had to act like first graders. But they used high school desks for them so that they could fit. It was also funny because Junie B. kept saying words wrong like first graders do a lot!

The play was mainly set in an elementary school classroom and was about Junie B. Jones (Kate Haas) and how she had to deal with another girl, May (Kaleena Newman), who was her arch-enemy and the worst tattletale in first grade! Worst of all, Junie B. had picked May’s name for the Secret Santa Party. Oh, no!

The funniest prop of all was the Squeeze-a-Burp. It was made from a piece of plastic that the actors pretended to squeeze to make the noise. But actually the noise was made by the sound guy who recorded a bunch of giant burps and used a button to make it come over the speakers whenever the actors squeezed it!

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There were lots of characters in the play including Classroom One teacher, Mr. Scary (Dwayne Hartford) and the music teacher (Jon Gentry) whose name was really funny because he was called Mr. Toot!become a kid reporter

There was a cool part of the play that they added which was a flashback to another Junie B. Jones book called Shipwrecked. In that part, we learned how Junie B. and May had argued and fought over whose ship was the fastest and this was the beginning of how they grew to not like each other very much.

So, why should you go see this play? Well, first of all, the play happens around Christmas, the season of giving. There’s lots of laughter and fun and cool characters and sets and in the end Junie B. learns some valuable lessons about how it’s better to give than receive and not be mean.

When I went backstage, I got to see how they made all the sets drop in and fly out. There were 2 ropes on each section. And if you pulled the front rope it dropped things. If you pulled the back rope it pulled stuff up to make it disappear. Also, did you know that the toys at the holiday gift shop are actually real toys!!

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One special character in the play is Junie B.’s favorite stuffed elephant named Philip Johnny Bob (voice by Tyler Eglen) who talks to her about the holiday presents and makes her think about the decisions she’s about to make.

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Also, all the activities in the lobby were fun to do while we were waiting for the show, because you got to make your own Junie B. Jones glasses. And you could make your own jingle bells song. It was so much fun.

Here’s mine!!!  jingle bells

Transcription: Junie B. Jinglizer! Created by the Fox Family.  Rolling through the snow in a 6 horse open sleigh. Over the desert we go, blubbering all the way! Door and cowbells ring, making spirits shine! What fun it is to joke and sing a silly song tonight!

Nate
Kid Reporter