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Children's theater puts on 'Jungle Book'

Published: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 9:42 a.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 9:21 a.m. CST

The jungle will be jumping March 28 through 30 at Sycamore High School when Children’s Community Theatre presents Disney’s “The Jungle Book Kids.”

The is a stage adaptation of the Disney cartoon movie, which was based upon a Rudyard Kipling tale. It tells the story of a boy, Mowgli, who was raised in the jungle by wolves. When Shere Khan, a terrible tiger, returns to the jungle, Mowgli’s animal friends decide that he must be returned to the human world. Guiding him on that journey are the loveable, but careless Baloo the Bear, and the protective panther, Bagheera. The show features classic songs such as “The Bare Neccessities,” “I Wanna be Like You” and “That’s What Friends are For.”

Bringing the show to life will be a cast of nearly 50 children from across DeKalb County.

Mowgli, the jungle boy raised by wolves who is at the center of the story, will be played by Joey Gentile of DeKalb. His guides, leading him from the jungle to safety will be Kelsie Kruskol, who plays Bagheera, a protective panther, and Madison Bound, of Genoa, playing the fun-loving Baloo the Bear.

Trying to block their escape (and turn Mowgli into lunch) are Jacob Ihm of DeKalb, who will portray Shere Khan, a fearsome Bengal tiger, and Malerie Morey, of Cortland, playing the hungry snake, Kaa, with an assist from Molly Johnson, Penelope Giese, Lexi Lawrence and Elyana Pionto.

Also complicating their journey is the troublesome monkey, King Louie, played by Grant Vanlanduyt of Hinckley, who wants Mowgli to tell him the secret of fire. Providing counsel to King Louie is the Old Monkey, played by Giovanni Bianchi of Genoa.

Mowgli and friends also meet their share of friends along the way, including Colonel Hathi, played by Jacob Costliow of DeKalb, who leads a troop of elephants, including a precocious baby elephant, played by Jasmine Young of Sycamore.

There even is a kindly coconut tree played by Cadmium Bound of Genoa.

The jungle also includes buzzing bees, a couple of vultures, a pack of wolves and a jungle that literally comes to life to tell the story.

The show will be presented at 7 p.m., Friday, March 28 and Saturday, March 29, with 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday, March 29 and Sunday, March 30. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. They can be purchased in advance online at CCTOnstage.com, by phone at (815) 899-8160, Ext. 2173 or at the Sycamore High School Box Office between 4:30 and 7 p.m. on Monday’s and Thursdays. If tickets remain, they will also be sold at the door one hour prior to shows. Service charges apply to online and phone purchases.

For more information about "Jungle Book Kids," visit CCTOnstage.com

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