Review for "Judy Moody and Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt," Sherman Community Players

Judy Moody and Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt

Book by Megan McDonald
Play Adaptation by Allison Gregory
Produced by Theatricks by Sherman Community Players

Ahoy, there! There be good times a-brewing at Theatricks by Sherman Community Players! Judy Moody and Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt stirs up comedy and laughter as Judy Moody and her brother Stink team up to search for treasure on their family vacation.

Judy Moody and her brother come from the pages of the beloved children’s book series by Megan McDonald. This tale, adapted from a book of the same title by Allison Gregory, packs many twists and turns for our passionate heroine and sidekick on their quest.

Kannyn Ramer brings Judy Moody to life with passion and wit. She captures the quintessential directness and honesty of Judy Moody that drives her effectively toward her goals. Cameron Pierces plays silly Stink with humor and charm. Together, their entertaining sibling banter causes many a laugh throughout the show. Mom/Cap’n Mom (played by Samantha Masucci) and Dad/Pegleg Dad (played by Brennan Burton) round out the rest of the Moody clan. Ms. Masucci’s optimistic Mom dotes gleefully on her children and keeps us in stitches about the grown-up adventures of destination shopping. Mr. Burton’s caring Dad serves up many pun-filled jokes with ease. 

On their journey, we meet a gang of other characters: Rocky, Judy’s best friend in third grade (played by Thaddeus Sumrall with supportive spunk), Parrot (played by Charlotte Flood with convincing avian-accuracy and fun), and Judy and Stinks’ rivals in their treasure hunt, Tall Boy (played by Matthew Flood with sly aloof) and Smart Girl (played by Sassy Evans with attitude to spare). Mr. Flood and Ms. Evans make a great nemesis team, and their encounters with Judy Moody and Stink prove hilarious. Finally, there is Ian Flood (playing Scurvy Sam, Mr. Todd, Gramma Lou, Pet Shop Boy, Park Ranger, Tour Guide, Docent, and Crab’s Server) in his side-splitting turn as the multi-character comedy factory who pops in and out throughout the show in different costumes, voices, and accents. His nuanced approach between each character and excellent comic delivery sent off uproarious laughter through the audience. The entire cast is a lively bunch. Their group scenes are engaging and fun to watch.

Darrah Dunn (Managing Artistic Director) and Eric Vest (Director) have assembled a treasure trove of entertainment — amusement the entire family can enjoy. The set boasts a boardwalk scaffold along a white sandy beach, adorned to transport us to the many locations Judy visits with a few well-placed signs and set decorations (Set Construction by Steven Mildward, Maxwell Norris, Darrah Dunn, Jay Hacker, and Eric Vest). The set palette accentuates the bright colors of the costumes and props (Costume Coordination by Donna Nesbitt, Props by Ben Fuhr). The sound and light design work well (Tech Director Maxwell Norris, Tech Assistant Steven Mildward, Sound/Lights Operator Jay Hacker). Each elevates the story and, occasionally, causes an action on stage to be even more humorous. 

Don’t be a land lubber! There is still time to see this enjoyable night of entertainment. Judy Moody and Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt plays Friday, March 3 - Sunday, March 12. Get your tickets today at

Run Time: 1 hour, no intermission

Audience Rating: G

Accessible Seating: Available 

Hearing Devices: Not available

Sensory Friendly Performance: Not Available

Production Sound Level: Comfortable volume level 

Noises or Visuals to Prepare For: No unusual noises or visuals

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Grant Palmore