Junie B. Jones will be brought to life on the Camden Opera House stage Saturday, March 13 at 3 p.m. by the renowned Actors’ Equity theater group Theatreworks USA. The show was nominated in 2006 for the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical and Choreography. It is recommended for those age 5 and older.

“Junie B. Jones” is a musical based on the books by Barbara Park that feature outspoken, precocious, lovable Junie B. Jones in a funny and fast-paced tale about new friends, new glasses, the annual kickball tournament and other various other angst-ridden first grade situations. Audiences follow her adventures as she writes down the story of her life in her Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal.

This musical is based on four volumes in Park’s Junie B. Jones series of books, illustrated by Denise Brunkus and published by Random House: “Junie B, First Grader (at Last!)”; “Junie B., Boss of Lunch”; “Junie B, One-Man Band”; and “Top Secret Personal Beeswax: A Journal by Junie B (and Me).”

The musical, written by Broadway writers Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich, is directed by Peter Flynn and choreographed by Off-Broadway choreographer Devanand Janki. After a brief New York City-area tour in spring 2004, “Junie B. Jones” premiered Off-Broadway at the Lucille Lortel Theatre and is now one of Theatreworks USA’s most popular productions, touring nationally each year.

Theatreworks USA has a distinguished history of providing young audiences with their first taste of the performing arts and also giving young actors, writers, directors and designers an early opportunity to work in this field. A list of Theatreworks USA alumni reads like a veritable who’s who of theater with Tony Award winning directors, actors and directors. Esteemed performers F. Murray Abraham, Henry Winkler and Judy Kuhn got their start with Theatreworks. Theatreworks USA has enlightened and entertained more than 72 million people in 49 states and Canada since 1961 and is the only children’s theater to receive both a Drama Desk and a Lucille Lortel Award, among many others.

General admission tickets are $12 in advance for ages; they will be $12 for children younger than 11 and $14 for all older the day of the show at the opera house, Elm Street/Route 1. Advance tickets are available at the Camden Town Offices weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.; online at camdenoperahouse.com; or by phone at 470-7066.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.