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Hi, my name is Isabella. I am in second grade. I am 7 years old. My favorite book is “Junie B. Jones, Batman Smells, P.S. So does May.” My favorite movie is “Just Add Water.” My favorite TV shows are “iCarly” and “Victorious.” My favorite thing to do is gymnastics.

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Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 5:30 pm

‘Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!” was totally awesome! I loved it so much.

The play was about a girl named Junie B. Jones who was in first grade. She didn’t get along well with a girl named May in her class. If they kept on fighting, they would have to go to the principal’s office. In the class, they picked names for their Secret Santa gifts, and they each had a certain amount of money to buy a couple things. Junie B. did not think she had enough money.

The play was so good, I had tears in my eyes at the end — all just because it was so good! By the way, it was also hilarious! By hilarious, I mean it was so awesomely funny!

After the play, I went backstage for a tour. I learned that on stage is called “center stage.” Behind the stage is called “back stage.” The right of the stage is called “right stage” and the left of the stage is called “left stage.”

In my interviews, Katie McFadzen, who played Junie B., told me how she would describe the Junie B. character. Her answer was sassy, sarcastic, similar to her and funny.

Debra K. Stevens, who played May, also told me how she would describe her character. She said misunderstood, lonely and she also worked hard to get a friend.

Dwayne Hartford, who played Mr. Scary, told me how he would describe his character. He said patient, kind, and he likes kids. He also told me that Mr. Scary thinks kids are really active.

Kate Haas, who played Lucille and Elf Ellen, told me Lucille was fancy and proud.

Michael Peck played Sheldon and Philip Johnny Bob. (Philip Jonny Bob is actually a stuffed animal. There was a microphone back stage so he could talk into it.) My interviews were great!

I think all of you reading this should go see the play!

If you go

What: When Junie draws tattletale May’s name for the classroom Secret Santa giveaway, she hatches a stinky plan in “Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!” a play based on Barbara Park’s bestselling children’s books. It’s best for kids age 5 and older.

When: 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 23

Where: Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway

Cost: $15-$25

Information: (480) 350-2822 or Childsplayaz.org

• This article was originally published by Childsplay, a theater company specializing in productions for young audiences and families.It is part of Childsplay’s Kid Reporter program, in which four local youngsters ages 7-12 write reviews of performances of the 2012-13 season. The reporters also get an exclusive backstage tour and interview with cast members. For more information, visit Childsplayaz.org.

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Hi, my name is Isabella. I am in second grade. I am 7 years old. My favorite book is “Junie B. Jones, Batman Smells, P.S. So does May.” My favorite movie is “Just Add Water.” My favorite TV shows are “iCarly” and “Victorious.” My favorite thing to do is gymnastics.

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