If you were enrolled in elementary school any time after the 1960s, chances are you sang this song: "Jingle bells / Batman smells / Robin laid an egg / The Batmobile lost a wheel / and the Joker got away." That mildly subversive improvement on the Christmas classic has made its way onto the stage of Theatre of Youth, which opens its production of "Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells" to the public tonight and continues through Dec. 18.
The show, the latest in a series based on the popular books by Barbara Park and Denise Brunkus, features the title character ("everyone's favorite first-grader," as TOY puts it) getting into yet another pickle. This time, a conflict arises between Junie and her classmate Tattletale May, who is not exactly a paragon of good behavior. The Christmas-themed show, directed by Meg Quinn, stars Arin Lee Dandes as May and Julie Schillaci as Junie.
Tickets are $22 to $24. For more information, call 884-4400 or visit www.theatreofyouth.org.
-- Colin Dabkowski