Halifax County Little Theatre’s upcoming show “Junie B Jones the Musical Jr” features loads of students, just like any normal school.
Junie B has a whole lot of classmates. Some are her friends and some are not, like most children’s experiences.
There are several local students who are in elementary or middle school who also play Junie B’s first grade classmates. These real-life students are Jace Carter, Brooklyn Comer, Nathaniel Filler, Christopher Mosher, Dora Slagle and Rhylee Tuck.
One interesting point about these performers is that every one of them has been in several HCLT or other theatre’s shows previously, some quite a few. The theatre bug has clearly bit them. They have made friends with each other in previous shows, sometimes, and they are doing another show just so they can hang out with their friends.
Tuck is the youngest of this group at 10 years of age and is in the fourth grade at Cluster Springs Elementary. She got to know one of the Brogden sister directors, Elisabeth, when they were in a few shows together: “Seussical the Musical” with HCLT and “Once on This Island” with Clarksville Community Players. She was going to be in the earlier Prizery production of Junie B that was canceled back in 2020 due to the pandemic, so she is especially glad to get to complete the show now.
Another younger classmate is Carter, 11, who is in the sixth grade at Bluestone Middle School. He plays Jose, a Spanish boy in first grade, and Jace has also done several shows with the Clarksville Players. He wanted to do this show with his friend, Callum White.
Filler, grade three, likes acting, music, singing and dancing, so being a part of the show was natural for him. He has previously been in “Seussical,” “Frozen, Jr.” and “Ruby Bridges” with HCLT, and he said, “I like everything about being in the show, but especially singing and the exercise I get with dancing.”
Comer is a seventh grade homeschooled student who has also been in several shows previously, including “Elf Jr,” “Lion King, Jr” and “Frozen, Jr.” She also takes piano lessons and enjoys making new friends and learning the choreography in the show. She plays one of the “bus kids” Junie B meets named Bobbi Jean Piper.
The final two classmates are both eighth grade students at Halifax County Middle School: Mosher and Slagle. Both have also been in loads of shows with HCLT and other local theatre groups. Mosher plays Herb, a lonely kid in school who Junie B befriends.
“It is truly a great experience, and I can’t wait to perform in it,” Mosher said.
Slagle is pleased that The Prizery is open again, a place she said she’s spent time in since she was little. She plays Lucille, a preppy popular girl that used to be friends with Junie B. Dora really enjoys the music, and takes both piano and voice lessons also.
“Bring back at The Prizery and seeing the old faces and getting to know the new ones is a great experience to be a part of,” she said.
She has been in at least 11 shows at The Prizery in the past.
These young people enjoy performing on stage, and one of the best parts of that is getting the positive feedback from the audiences, the comments, the laughter, and the applause. “Junie B Jones the Musical Jr” should bring all those positive feelings their way again.
Makes plans to support these young people when the show runs for two weekends: March 18-20 and 25-27, with evening shows on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 3 p.m.
Call 434-572-8339 for tickets at The Prizery or go online at prizery.org and purchase them online.