Captain Louie illustration

The Children’s Theatre Academy’s production of “Captain Louie Jr.” continues this weekend in the former Armitage Academy building, 6032 Eighth Ave.

Performances are 7 p.m. Friday and 2 and 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (May 10-12).

Based on the children’s book “The Trip” by Ezra Jack Keats — and featuring a score by Grammy Award-winning composer Stephen Schwartz — “Captain Louie Jr.” is a story about friendship: The ability to make new friends and the importance of old ones.

In the story, Louie has just moved to a new town and is nervous about making new friends. Alone in his room, he takes flight in his imagination, back to his old neighborhood, where he spends Halloween with his colorful crew of chums.

Over the course of trick-or-treating and being introduced to the new kid in that neighborhood, Louie discovers he should not be afraid of making new friends.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for senior citizens and are available online at or at the door.

For more information, search “Children’s Theatre Academy” on

‘Jungle Book Jr.’

The musical “Jungle Book Jr.” opens May 17 at St. Joseph Catholic Academy, 2401 69th St.

This “Little Lancer Theater” show involves 80 students, in kindergarten through eighth grade, from St. Joseph’s lower campus and the junior high.

“This is the ‘kids’ version of ‘Jungle Book’ the Broadway show, said Director Julie Seidl.

To help create the “Jungle Book” world, she said, “The lead characters’ costumes — plush and Disney-looking — were designed and created by my aunt, Carole Bausano, and the ensemble headpieces were designed and created by myself.”

The show runs 30 minutes. Performances are 6 p.m. May 17-18 and 2 p.m. May 19.

The show runs 30 minutes, she said, “with dialogue and songs moving the story of Mowgli and his friends through the jungle. It’s short but just right for the very young children to participate in — as well as come to watch.”

Performances are 6 p.m. May 17-18 and 2 p.m. May 19.