Disney’s Jungle Book Kids
The jungle is jumpin’ with jazz is this exciting Disney classic! Join Mowgli, Baloo, King Louie and the gang as they swing their way through madcap adventures and thwart the ferocious tiger, Shere Khan. Specially adapted from the beloved film, this musical includes all of your favorite Disney tunes, like “The Bare Necessities,” and “I Wan’na Be Like You.” With colorful characters and that toe-tapping jungle rhythm, The Jungle Book KIDS is sure to be a crowd-pleaser for audiences of all ages.
When: (Need only attend one time slot)
Saturday, January 11, 12:00pm (at Studio, 415 4th Street)
Sunday, January 12, 3pm (at Studio, 415 4th Street)
Callbacks (if needed): Monday, January 13, 5pm (at the theatre, 340 2nd Street)
What to Bring: Sheet music in your key to a prepared song (16 to 32 bars only.) Dress to dance and move.
Director/Choreographer: Emily Jo Seminoff
January 19 – March 28: Sundays: Between 1:00 – 4:30 (as needed)
February 17 – March 20: Monday – Thursday: 7:00 – 8:45 (as needed)
March 24 – March 28: Monday – Thursday, 7:00 – 9:00
Tech: (No conflicts. Attendance Required)
Monday, March 29 – Thursday, April 3: 5:00 - 9:00
Performances: (No conflicts. Attendance Required)
April 4 – 19, Fridays at 7:30, Saturday & Sundays at 2:00.
School Outreach performances: Thursday, April 10, 9:30 & 1:00
Cast Size: 18 - 25
Age Range: 7 - 18
MOWGLI: Male/Female, Age Range 8-12, Vocal Range C3 - D4, Strong Actor and Singer. The man cub: He is youthful, playful and spunky. Has a joyful, curious nature and gets along with everyone.
BAGHEERA: Male/female, Age Range 12+, Vocal Range D3 - Bb3, Strong Actor.
The panther: responsible, proper. Is like a caring older sibling who guides Mowgli through the dangers that lurk in the jungle.
BALOO: Male/female, Age Range 12+, Vocal Range C3 - D4, Comedic timing a plus. The bear: He is a fun-loving, big personality. Baloo is the jazzy bear pal of Mowgli who also adds some fun in the journey through the jungle.
KING LOUIE: Male/female, Age Range 9+, Vocal Range C3 - C4, Gymnastic skills a plus. King of the monkeys and he really wants to be a man just like Mowgli. King Louie is cool, comedic and a bit nutty.
SHERE KHAN: Male/female, Age Range 12+, Vocal Range E3 - C4, Commanding stage presence. The tiger who rules the jungle and instantly dislikes Mowgli the man cub. Shere Kahn is devious and mean and wants to kill Mowgli. The villain of the story.
COLONEL HATHI: Male, Age Range 12+, Vocal Range D3 - A3 Leader of the elephants, self-important, and clumsily bossy. He is in charge of the elephant brigade, but is also a bit forgetful. He is good at giving commands but doesn't really understand what's going on around him.
KAA: Male/female, Age Range 10+, Vocal Range D3 - B3, Strong Vocal Skills. The snake who tries to hypnotize and lure Mowgli away from his jungle pals.
ELEPHANT TROUPE: Males/females, Age Range 7+, Vocal Range D3 - C#4 The marching troupe of Colonel Hathi’s brigade.
BABY ELEPHANT: Male/female, Age Range 7-10, Vocal Range E3 - A3 The Colonel's child - wide-eyed, spunky and cute.
MONKEYS: Male/female, Age Range 7+, Vocal Range C3 - D4, Strong Dance Skills King Louie’s wily court of pranksters.
SHANTI/COCONUT TREE: Female, Age Range 8-12, Vocal Range C3 - C4 The village girl. She exudes sweetness and kindness. She also hides as a coconut tree.
COCONUT TREES: Females, Age Range 7+, Vocal Range C3 - C4 The trees that provide shelter.
VULTURES: Males/females, Age Range 7+, Vocal Range C3 - E4 These are the jokesters of the show. English accents and sing in harmony.
JUNGLE CHORUS: Males/females, Age Range 7+, Vocal Range C3 - E4 They are Mowgli's friends and take care of him.
Our tale begins deep in the heart of the Jungle. A baby boy, lost and abandoned, is raised by wolves. He is called Mowgli" ("Jungle Prologue").
Shere Kahn, the tiger, decides that Mowgli is no longer welcome in the Jungle. To keep him out of danger, Bagheera, the panther, plans to guide Mowgli to the safety of the man village, but Mowgli doesn’t want to leave his home. The two settle down for the night under a coconut tree, but their peaceful night is interrupted by Kaa, the Snake ("Kaa the Snake"). Bagheera doesn’t notice as Kaa, the snake lulls Mowgli into a deep sleep ("Trust in Me"). Bagheera wakes up to find Kaa coiled around Mowgli, and chases the snake away (“Night into Day").
As they continue their journey, they encounter a herd of elephants, led by the dotty Colonel Hathi ("Colonel Hathi's March"). As the elephants march off, Bagheera commands Mowgli to follow him without any more argument. Mowgli sits and pouts on a large boulder only to discover that it is the giant bear, Baloo ("Baloo the Bear").
Baloo offers Mowgli his philosophy on life, which is quite different from what Bagheera has been teaching ("The Bare Necessities"). While Baloo is lost in that swingin’ jungle rhythm, a group of shifty-looking monkeys tiptoes in and kidnaps Mowgli. Caught off guard, Baloo calls to Bagheera for help, while the monkeys carry Mowgli deep into the jungle, laughing all the way ("Monkey Business”).
The monkeys take Mowgli to the ancient ruins, where their leader, the wiley King Louie, is holding court. King Louie tells Mowgli that he wants to learn how to be a man, while Baloo and Bagheera sneak on and devise a rescue plan. Baloo, disguised as a very big monkey, will join in the fun to distract King Louie, while Bagheera spirits Mowgli away ("I Wan'na Be Like You").
Baloo can’t get enough of that jumpin’ jazz, and insists on an encore. He continues to swing until his disguise falls off, blowing their cover, and forcing them to run ("I Wan'na Be Like You Reprise”). The monkeys frantically follow in pursuit, but are stopped dead in their tracks when Shere Khan appears. He sharpens his claws and the monkeys scatter in terror ("Shere Khan the Tiger").
After their monkey attack, Baloo now realizes the Jungle is too dangerous for Mowgli, and together with Bagheera, they agree to get him out of the jungle. Mowgli overhears, and not wanting to leave his home, defiantly runs away. Baloo and Bagheera rush off to find him, hoping that Shere Khan doesn't find him first ("Mowgli Runs").
Away from the safety of Baloo and Baghera, Mowgli finds friendship in the other jungle creatures, who promise to protect him if Shere Khan should come around ("That's What Friends Are For").
Shere Khan arrives, and prepares to attack Mowgli. But before he can pounce, Baloo appears, rallying the other jungle creatures into battle ("The Battle"). The battles ends with the jungle creatures victorious, and Shere Khan cowering in the distance, humiliated and defeated. Once again, the jungle is safe.
Shanti, a beautiful young girl who has been hiding in the jungle the whole time, finally reveals herself. She offers to take Mowgli to her village to meet other people just like him. Mowgli decides to explore the "man village" with Shanti, but reminds his friends he will return, for he will always consider the Jungle his home ("The Bare Necessities Reprise – Finale”).
As the curtain falls, the jungle inhabitants return once more to celebrate that swingin' jungle beat ("I Wan'na Be Like You Reprise - Bows").