JUMP INTO THE JUNGLE BOOK
By: Kelly Cook
Experience the Jungle Book in a new way with Tracy Power’s refreshing, enthusiastic and ultimately powerful adaption of the Rudyard Kipling classic!
The Jungle Book is a fictional tale of a young boy, Mowgli, abandoned to the jungle, who must learn to find his place within the community of animals.
This play also presents several modern concepts which includes the use of poetry, environmental themes, the idea of belonging, and the absurdity of judging worth by appearance. The events are also closer to the original story and less closer to the Disney version.
Director and WCS Music Teacher Mr. Ian Gayford picked this play.
“I wanted to do something family friendly and something younger children would most likely come to,” said Mr. Gayford. “I also thought it is interesting to create and bring the animal characters life, since it is something very different than what we have never really tried to do before.”
The dialogue in children’s plays is written in a way that has more vocabulary targeted to kids. More audience participation is created by the tiger treating the audience like they are part of the wolf pack and breaks the 4th wall to get them more involved with the story.
Children’s theater is able to get a kid’s attention because, the story is told by animals and uses subject matter to get an important message across to the children.This play can be used to teach kids to be themselves and to not be afraid of being different.
This play’s characters include Mowgli, who grows from being an afraid child to a confident young man of the jungle. Bagheera, the jaguar acts as the head and uses logic to teach Mowgli about the laws of the jungle. Baloo the bear acts as the heart of the story and helps to teach Mowgli the laws of the jungle with more feeling.
Some other characters include Shere Khan who acts as the villain in the story, the monkeys that bring about a fun energy to the story and Kaa, the snake, is sneaky,threatening ,but sometimes helpful in bad situations.
The WCS junior student actress ,Trinity Fanaro plays the character Kaa the snake.
“I like the weirdness of my character.” said Fanaro.”It’s just a weird animal that I have to create and I have never played an animal before,” “I am also interested to see how my puppet is going to help me with the process of creating my character”.
This show is also more physical. The students move around a lot to create the personification of animals.
“It is also cool to see the personal interpretation the student brings to each character and to see something new and animated,” said Gayford.
Something different also created this year is that each main character has an understudy so, basically there is a whole other separate cast so younger kids can get a chance to learn a certain role. The younger kids will have more responsibilities and will be able to learn more and older kids will act as their role models.
The set will be created on different leveled planes and a series of platforms that the animals can use to climb on. There is also going to be green vines, a wolf den cave, and a monkey queen throne near the jungle platform, and Lights of greens and blues that will add pops of color to resemble an actual jungle.
The sounds of the jungle will be accomplished by using, live percussion, recorded jungle track sounds and more recorded live music. Overall the director's goal is to make the children feel like they are apart of of the Jungle.
People should come see this play with their families and friends starting Thursday November, 15th-17th. The play will last approximately an hour and 15 minutes with a brief intermission between acts.
In this cohesive and compelling story, students are doing well with making their characters animated and come to life on the stage and this play has a good message for kids of all ages.The community is welcome to come and support this play and the young people who worked hard to bring the Jungle Book to our own stage here at Warsaw Central school!