Friday, December 9, 2016

junie b. jones the musical - a musicwrap





Unwrapping the delightful...







With songs by award-winning team of Zina Goodrich & Marcy Heisler...


"JUNIE B. JONES
THE MUSICAL 
CAST ALBUM"

TO BE RELEASED JANUARY 13, 2017
All ages- especially ages 3-9


"  A spirited entertainment... contributed enough rock, R&B, doo-wop satire and other humour to keep the adults entertained, too."
-The NYTs review of Junie B. Jones The Musical




Join the beloved Junie B. Jones and a quirky, wonderful cast of characters as they sing and dance their way through this original family musical! It’s a new school year, with a whole lot of adventure in store: New friends, new glasses, singing lunch ladies, bossy classmates, kickball tournaments, and juggling biscuits are just the beginning of the lessons learned —much more than what fits on the chalkboard or could fill a “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax” Journal.  Based on the popular Barbara Park book series and adapted by award winning songwriters Marcy Heisler (book/lyrics) and Zina Goldrich (music) for Theatreworks USA, it’s tuneful, first-grade fun for all ages. 




Unwrapping the synopsis...







Junie B. Jones, The Musical – a delightful adaptation of four of Barbara Park’s best-selling books, brought to life in a genuinely comical (and not strictly-for-kids) musical developed by TheatreworksUSA. Awaken a young person’s desire to read with the sassy little diva, Junie B. Jones, and her adventures in first grade.
It’s Junie B.’s first day of first grade, and a lot of things have changed for her: Junie’s friend, Lucille, doesn’t want to be her best pal anymore and, on the bus, Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school. Also, Junie has trouble reading the blackboard and her teacher, Mr. Scary, thinks she may need glasses. Throw in a friendly cafeteria lady, a kickball tournament and a “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal,” and first grade has never been more exciting.

Featuring a tremendously loveable character and fun-filled songs, Junie B. Jones will capture your audience members’ hearts just as the books captivated an entire generation of students. The small cast, minimal design needs and performance accompaniment CD make this an ideal show for theatres looking to tour schools or with strong education programs.





In her own words...


Explains Marcy Heisler, "Once Junie B. enters your heart she never leaves you.  No matter what age you are, Junie B. and her quirky, honest, heart-on-sleeve, whip smart take on things is something sure to resonate.  She reminds us we are all in first grade sometimes, even as adults, - maybe even especially as adults.  I think both adults and children appreciate how real Junie B's triumphs and struggles are, and there's nothing I enjoy more than hearing stories of families listening to this music together."





"Junie B. Jones The Musical Cast Album" - Track List
Running time: 30 minutes


Top Secret Personal Beeswax
Lucille, Camille, Chenille
You Can Be My Friend
Time To Make a Drawing
You Need Glasses
Show and Tell
Now I See
Lunch Box
Gladys Guzman, Queen Snacks
Kickball Tournament
Sheldon Potts' Halftime Show
When Life Give You Lemons
Kickball Tournament (Reprise)
When Life Give You Lemons (Reprise)
Writing Down the Story of My Life 




Listening Library's  Junie B. Jones First Ever Musical Edition!, available January 2017, includes the audio book Barbara Park's Junie B. Jones First Grader (at Last!), narrated by Lana Quintal, paired with the "Junie B. Jones The Musical Cast Album".

The album will be available at all digital retailers ( iTunes, Amazon, and more) and all streaming services such as Spotify Pandora, and more).


About the creators... (very impressive) 








MARCY HEISLER (Author/Lyricist) and ZINA GOLDRICH (Composer) have been collaborating together since 1993.
They were the first women ever honored with the Fred Ebb Award for Musical Theatre Songwriting, and Heisler was honored with the 2012 Kleban Prize for Outstanding Lyrics. Current projects include EVER AFTER, (Paper Mill Playhouse/NJ), Junie B’s Essential Survival Guide to School (Lucille Lortel, Off-Broadway), Hollywood Romance (Scott Sanders Productions) and a musical adaptation of a Universal Studios romantic classic (Universal Stage Productions). In 2012, Goodspeed Opera House premiered The Great American Mousical, based on the bestselling book by author/director Julie Andrews. In 2016, Goldrich and Heisler continued their collaboration with Andrews, contributing songs to her Netflix series Julie’s Green Room. They earned 2009 Drama Desk nominations for Outstanding Lyrics and Music for their musical Dear Edwina, a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Theatreworks USA’s JUNIE B. JONES (based on the popular children’s book) and a Helen Hayes Award nomination for their Kennedy Center production of SNOW WHITE ROSE RED (and FRED). They have provided original songs for The Disney Channel, Disney Interactive and Feature Animation projects, Disney Theatricals, PBS, Nickelodeon, and others. As performers, they have toured domestically and internationally with The Marcy and Zina Show. November 2009 marked the release of MARCY AND ZINA: The Album on Yellow Sound Label. They are both active members of The Dramatist Guild, and have served as contributing writers to Dramatist magazine.



Check out their website at www.goldrichandheisler.com

Synopsis of the show: MTI website: www.mtishows.com/fullsynopisis/561



"Junie B. Jones The Musical Cast Album" was recorded in Nashville under the direction of Grammy-winning, Academy Award-nominated producer Dan Rudin.  Music Theatre International licenses the musical for production worldwide. A 60-minute Broadway Junior musical adaptation perfect for performance by middle school students, will be released in Spring 2017.











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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Puppa-na-Wuppa Series - bookwraps









The delightful "Puppa-na-wuppana Series" is modelled after a real live adorable beagle.








This sweet guy is always having  new adventures and invites you to come along with him as he explores his world.  His tales are spun in both picture books and chapter books that kids will love. 




Praise for the books....


" Wonderful!" The students at Middletone Elementary loved hearing from the authors Cindy Koebele and Lori Weaver about the "magical" adventures of Puppa-na-wuppana.  Kids can relate to the joy of getting a new puppy and students couldn't wait to talk about their experiences with their own dogs.  The illustrations captured the story perfectly."
- Bay Shock, Middleton Media Specialist


"This book is so cute and amazing for little ones!  I would highly recommend it for children of all ages!  Teachers would love it too."
-Joseph Tran, Author





Let's unwrap the picture book first...

Both books are authored by Cindy Koebele and Lori Weaver
 Illustrations by Michael LaDuca






"The Beagle with the Magical Nose"

Ages 3-8 



Puppa-na-wuppana discovers he is special.  He discovers that he has a unique magical nose that helps him sniff out endless possibilities but also at times gets him into trouble.  He explains how he was adopted by a wonderful family who loves him dearly and he wants you to come along with him as he explores, plays and interacts with his beloved family members and his world.  In doing so he hopes you will feel that you are part of his family too.  




Unwrapping some extraordinary illustrations for you to enjoy...
















Unwrapping the chapter book...






"Living the Puppa-na-Life"

Ages 6-10

This early chapter book is sure to have your child coming back to read again and again.  The balance of text and amazing pictures is the perfect transition from picture to chapter book.   Puppa-na-wuppana, a lucky adoptee, finds a family that will love him, take care of him, and make him part of their clan.  He describes to people how he sometimes innocently gets into trouble but his forgiving family gently disciplines him and loves him unconditionally... after all he is just a sweet puppy and mistakes are made.  He shares his feelings about being placed in a brand new home away from his mother and siblings and how he makes new friends and has many fun adventures to tell you about.  Join Puppa-na-wuppana for lots of fun.  Who knows what he will be up to next? 



Ready? Here are the illustrations from the book ...



















About the authors...








The Puppa book series has been a long time vision of mine. Living with the "real-life" Puppa has provided my family with countless hours of entertainment, joy and exasperation. I wanted to share this with the world. I asked my best friend, Lori Weaver, to collaborate with me on this project and the exciting Puppa-na-wuppana series was launched. I also own and operate a successful title insurance company in the St. Paul/Minneapolis Twin Cities metro area and providing "over the top" service to my customers is a priority to me in everything I do. I live in the cute town of Mahtomedi, Minnesota with my loving and supportive husband Jon. I have two wonderful sons, Alec and Andre, two beautiful stepdaughters, Paige and Maggie and of course a lovable Beagle with a Magical Nose.









I am a self-employed title closer and share my home in Vadnais Heights, MN with three of my five wonderful children and our adorable rescue dogs, Nala, Marscaponie and Lola. Dog rescue is very near and dear to my heart and I volunteer for a wonderful local organization, SafeHands Rescue. Cindy Koebele and I have been best friends for over 15 years. She is "my person". I was honored when she asked me to collaborate with her in making her long time vision of "Puppa" into a reality. I hope everyone falls in love with Puppa as much as we have!






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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Stocking stuffers wrap your mind around








Just to help you choose some "educational" stuffers to mix in with the candy and games stuffers is my focus today on Storywraps.  Here are some for you to consider...


1. Wikki Stix







Wikki Stix are made of yarn coated with wax. They are the perfect medium for creating just about anything! Wikki Stix stick to most flat surfaces and can easily be removed. They are great for “circling” sight words in big books, forming letters or creating characters to retell a story. Wikki Stix are recommended for ages 3 and up.



2. Finger Puppets








Finger puppets invite children to tell stories. Of course a book to go along with your puppet theme is always a winner too.  Kids love puppet play and using their imagination to make their stories come alive. 


3.  Crayon Rocks






These fun rocks are actually writing utensils.  Little ones will happily create and colour with these winning fun crayons.  I love the whole concept of them.



4. 







How cool are these?  The players link the cubes together and create a story to either orally tell or write down.  Many possibilities are available as the cubes are flipped and lined up in a different sequence.  These would be wonderful in a classroom setting.



5.  







Every child loves new utensils to write with.  Whether it be brand new crayons, markers, pens, coloured pencils, even paint and paint brushes... all formats are winners come Christmas morning.  Kids will be excited.  Be sure to include pads of paper, sticky notes, or colouring books for them to use too.


6.  Magazines







There are so many great children’s magazines on the market. You can pick up individual copies at local bookstores. Favorites of mine include High Five, Kids Discover and Your Big Backyard.  You can also include a gift certificate and get a full years subscription to a wonderful magazine.  Kids love the fact they come to your mailbox with their name on it.  They look forward each month to stories, games, puzzles and educational information to enjoy.



7. Bookmark collection






Once children get reading and into books you can start them on a bookmark collection.  It's fun to find bookmarks that define them as a person, or books they love to read, or animals they adore, or just funny sayings and quotes.  They are great to purchase while you are travelling and once started on the collection the sky is the limit.  Bookmarks are reasonably priced and easy to store.  




8. Library Card








This is probably my most favorite stocking stuffer and it’s FREE {in most communities }. Get your child their very own library card. Check your local library for age requirement rules.  After Christmas please make a stop at your local library to allow your child to try out their awesome present.  The holiday season is the perfect time to read loads of books that are offered free from your library.  




I hope this helps out a bit with your Christmas gift giving.  Have a wonderful day everyone.




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