Written by Young Professional Guest Blogger Heidi Osaki

OCT’s Judy Moody and Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt lifted Judy Moody and her friends off the pages, bringing them to life. The show was a funny and exciting journey about teamwork and finding adventure in everything.

This show is particularly exciting as it is part of a rolling world premiere, shared with OCT and six other theater companies. Together the theaters have collaborated with playwright Allison Gregory to craft this show, staying true to book author Megan McDonald’s original stories. This is a reflection of OCT’s impressive ability to portray children’s books on stage, encouraging both reading and engagement in the arts. 

Photo by Owen Carey.

Photo by Owen Carey.

As a former Judy Moody reader, I was impressed by the strong connection between the play and the book. It was fun to recognize moments from the book, like Judy’s “I ate a shark” shirt and her passion for collecting things, and seeing them reflected on stage.

The show carried the same playful energy as the books, portrayed in the energy and charisma between actors on stage. This kept the young audience engaged, excited, and even a little scared during the spooky scene in the graveyard! 

Photo by Owen Carey.

Photo by Owen Carey.

It was exciting to see the show spark the imaginations of young audience members as they immersed themselves in Judy Moody’s world. They came out of the theater excited, many waving imaginary swords, the play still alive in their imaginations. 

This show brought back memories of the first OCT show I attended, and the sense of wonder and magic I got from it. It was wonderful to see that same sense of wonder in the eyes of Judy Moody’s audience.

About the Author
Heidi Osaki is a senior at Grant High School and a 5th year Young Professional at Oregon Children's Theatre. She is so excited to combine her interests in writing and theater through blogging for OCT.