My boys (their grandma) and I recently attended a performance of Junie B. Jones, Jingle Bells Batman Smells (P.S. So Does May), for night 2 of Chanukah. Of course, we knew the play would be wonderful because c’mon, it’s a Childsplay production! I have to admit though, being a Jewish family, we were a bit nervous (this time of year), with it being overly Christmas themed. We were pleasantly surprised!
Not only is the play NOT overtly Christmas themed, there are various “peoples” represented. Jose, the Hispanic student (who even speaks a bit of Spanish), and of course Sheldon (who is Jewish). We loved that Sheldon participated in the “secret santa” gift exchange, but says “Santa and I are not the same religion.” Also, those annoying people we all have to deal with everyday (richie Lucille, who simply can’t stop bragging, and tattle tale May who drives Junie B. nuts). As children and adults, we must learn to get along with all types of people. As I tell my students, you’re not going to like everyone you work with, but you do have to treat everyone with respect.
Besides highlighting cultural and religious differences, this show also deals with how to handle people you just don’t clique with, as well as following the golden rule. While May and Junie B. absolutely cannot stand each other, they both come to respect each other. This is a theme children as well as grown ups need to consider from time to time.
All in all, we knew we would enjoy the show, but my family didn’t know how much we would ADORE Junie B. Jones, Jingle Bells Batman Smells (P.S. So Does May). I recommend this to play to anyone with children ages 5-95. It is has timeless theme that is essential for this time of year. As my son kept saying throughout the performance “this is hillarious!” Thanks for a wonderful Chanukah Childsplay! You never cease to amaze us!!
– Jennifer Tellez-Carson (Childsplay mom blogger)