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Review is In: Junie B's a Smash

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December 2015


"There are so many things right about St. Ambrose University's annual Christmas presentations," begins a River Cities' Reader review of this year's children's play, Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells.

The RCR's Dee Canfield attended one of five matinee shows performed for the benefit of some 7,000 area school children Dec. 2-4. She saw what folks at St. Ambrose have known since this tremendous holiday tradition of SAU students entertaining local school kids began more than a quarter of a century ago.

"In these days of cuts in arts programs," Canfield continued in her rave review, "what a great opportunity for the university kids: to give the gift of laughter to elementary-school students in the audience, inspiring, perhaps, the dreams of some future performers-to-be. Junie B.'s auditorium full of children was (mostly) quiet when appropriate, sometimes interactive (mostly when it was appropriate), and, from all appearances, happy, involved, and entertained. Keep it up, St. Ambrose!"

Read the entire review here.

Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells is an adaptation of a story from the timeless Junie B. Jones series of best-selling children's books penned by Barbara Parks. There will be two performances for the public at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, and Sunday, Dec. 6. 

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