Young actors to perform a modern adaptation of 'The Jungle Book'

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The Growing Stage, The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey will present the Studio Series Presentation of JungalBook from March 8 through 17 with performances Friday evenings at 7:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday matinees at 4 p.m.

JungalBook, a modern presentation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic story “The Jungle Book”, was adapted by Edward Mast. Danny Campos, Audience Development Director and lead Teaching Artist of The Growing Stage is the director for this production.

JungalBook places the jungle of India on a children’s playground. The dialog and action refer to the jungle, but the play draws color and style from a child’s intense world of playfulness, loyalty, adventure and betrayal. Mowgli, the human child grows up in the jungle, raised by wolves under the guidance of Baloo the bear.

The tiger Sherakhan killed his parents and wants the boy’s flesh, but Bagheera, the lone panther, protects him. Mowgli grows up wild and unconcerned, believing he’s a wolf; but the tiger works long and hard to poison the wolf pack against him. With rope stolen from the human village, Mowgli meets and destroys Sherakhan; but his use of “manthing” has broken jungle law. Mowgli must choose whether to defy the law or leave the jungle forever.

JungalBook received the Distinguished Play Award from the American Alliance for Theatre & Education. JungalBook is an all youth production featuring 27 young performers. This production is a part of our Studio Presentation Series.

Targeted for specific-aged audiences rather than the wide-reaching family fare of the Main Stage, the series provides community artists with an opportunity to participate in the creative process of new, more experimental works under the direction of our professional artists. This program allows the company to both cultivate new talent and challenge audiences.

Tickets for JungalBook are $12 general admission, with group rates available. Tickets can be purchased by calling the TGS box office at 973-347-4946 or visiting growingstage.com.

The Growing Stage is located on Route 183 in Netcong.

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