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Skippyjon Jones comes alive at Auburn Ave on Saturday

Skippyjon Jones is a children
Skippyjon Jones is a children's picture book by Judith Schachner, published in 2003 by Dutton Juvenile. It is the first book in a series of the same name.
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Kid's favorite Skippyjon Jones jumps off the page and onto the stage at the Auburn Avenue Theater at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Book-It Repertory Theatre's production makes a one-performance stop in Auburn to bring the beloved children's book alive. Judith Byron Schachner is the author.

Skippyjon Jones is the story of a tiny Siamese kitten with a giant imagination. When he is sent to his room for being un-cat like, Skippyjon escapes into his imagination. In Skippyjon Jones' world of make believe, toilet paper becomes mummy bandages, the hallway is the Nile, and the living room is filled with Los Dinosaurios. When you "think Chihuahua" anything is possible.

Book-It Rep and Book-It All Over use their patented Book-It Style, creating world-premiere adaptations of classic and contemporary literature for the stage, preserving the narrative text as it is spoken, not by a single "narrator" but as dialogue by the characters in the production.

Performing books instead of plays allows the Book-It theatre experience to spark the audience's interest in reading and to challenge the audience to participate by using their imaginations. More than 60 world-premiere adaptations of literature have been produced.


Auburn Ave Kids presents Skippyjon Jones

• When: 2 p.m., Saturday, March 9

• Where: Auburn Avenue Theater, 10 Auburn Ave.

• Tickets: $6. Call 253-931-3043, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or online through Brown Paper Tickets at

• More information on Book-It Repertory Theatre:

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