Photo by Carol Rosegg.

Multiple area locations
January 10 — 17
Various times

In Pittsburgh, contemporary theater is not just for adults anymore. The perfect way to get back into the school spirit after the holidays is at the latest production presented by the Citizens Bank Children’s Theater Series.

Photo by Carol Rosegg.
Photo by Carol Rosegg.

Children will meet the charismatic Junie B. Jones, who has been attending elementary school for more than one-and-a-half years now. Who better to rewrite the book on everything you need to know about school than our young protagonist? From Band-Aids to bus rides, cookies to carpools and much more, Junie B. and her friends share the last word, and song, on “surviving and thriving in style.”

Packed with plenty of helpful tips, secret tricks and even some real-life blunders, Junie B.’s relatable and refreshing insights include her hard-won expertise and personal words of wisdom.

Photo by Joan Marcus.
Photo by Joan Marcus.

Kids of all ages will also discover that—as we all know—school can sometimes be a bit scary, is often tons of fun—and in this show—is always something to sing out loud about.

Produced by Theatreworks USA, the brand new musical adventure is based on Barbara Park’s popular, fictional children’s book series which is illustrated by Denise Brunkus and published by Random House. Directed by Peter Flynn, the musical features a book and lyrics by Marcy Heisler, music by Zina Goldrich and choreography by Devanand Janki.

Junie B.’s Essential Survival Guide To School runs from January 10th through January 17th at several area theaters. Show locations are: The Byham Theater, Penn Hills High School, Marshall Middle School, Hopewell High School, Mt. Lebanon High School and Seneca Valley Intermediate High School.

The musical is 60 minutes long and is recommended for children ages 3 to 11. Tickets are $10.50 in advance and $12 on the day of the show (while available).

New for the local series this year is an expansion from five to six shows, with the final production, Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny, taking place during the EQT Children’s Theater Festival in May 2016.

Looking for more events? Read our 10 Pittsburgh events not to miss in January feature.

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.