Knoxville Children’s Theatre (KCT) will hold auditions on Thursday, August 3 for the upcoming stage production of “Junie B. Jones Is Not A Crook,” a comic play based on the 1997 book by Barbara Park.

Something terrible happened to Junie B. Jones at school today! Someone stole her new furry mittens! So, when Junie B. finds a wonderful pen of many colors, she should be allowed to keep it, right? Because finders’ keepers, losers’ weepers. And guess what? There’s a new boy in kindergarten, and he is the handsomest. The only thing is… both Grace and Lucille want him to be their boyfriend. Maybe he will like Junie B. when he sees her wonderful pen! It’s okay to keep it, right? Junie B. Jones is not a crook . . . or is she?

The audition will take place from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM at KCT at 109 E. Churchwell Avenue.

Auditions are by appointment only. Auditioners may choose from the following appointment times: 4:30 PM, 5:00 PM, 5:30 PM, 6:00 PM, 6:30 PM, 7:00 PM, and 7:30 PM. Six auditioners will be seen at each appointment time; a maximum of 42 auditioners will be seen.

There are around 10 available roles.  Roles are available for both males and females, from ages 8 to 16.

There is at least one role for an actor making his/her KCT debut.

Auditioners should prepare a SHORT one-minute monologue from a play or novel. The monologue should express comic timing and a theatrical level of volume and expression.

The play’s genre is modern comedy.

Choose an appropriate monologue with large theatrical ranges, preferably from a published play. No songs or poems. Monologues will be evaluated on volume, clearness of diction, depth of emotional expression, and comic timing.  Ability of physical transformation is a major plus.

Auditioners should bring their calendars. All actors will be asked to list all conflicts with the rehearsal schedule. The director will make every attempt to work around conflicts, whenever possible.

Rehearsals will begin on or around Sunday, August 13, continuing through Thursday, September 21.  Rehearsals are held Sunday through Thursday evenings.  Actors should expect to attend most, but not all, rehearsals; conflicts may be listed at audition.  Tech rehearsals, September 17 through 21, are mandatory.

Actors must also be available for all 14 regular performances: September 22 through October 8, Thursdays through Sundays.

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KCT Producing Director, Zack Allen, will direct the production.