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Director: Paula Sutter

Assistant Director: Sharla Ronchetto

the jungle book ~ ArtReach’s new script is an adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic, The Jungle Book, which contains stories and poems set in the jungle of India. It has been the basis for countless popular films, plays and books and has become a beloved story for young people worldwide. ArtReach’s School Play Script simplifies and shortens the material to create a play that is fun and easy for a large group of kids to perform. It also includes lots of audience participation to give everyone a taste of jungle life.

THE JUNGLE BOOK CAST LIST

All those cast in THE JUNGLE BOOK are required to become a KVTA member at some level (minimum $28) by a certain date during the rehearsal process. One parent being a member of KVTA does cover the membership requirement for all family members 17 and under. Memberships or Subscriptions paid during the 2022-2023 season will also fulfill this requirement.

PLEASE NOTE: Should any updated Health Department or CDC recommendations arise anytime during the course of this production, the KVTA Board of Directors reserves the right to modify KVTA's COVID-19 policy including, but not limited to, mask usage. 

JUNGLE BOOK CAST
Birchi........................... Melaina Hall
Mao............................. Ella Nitschke
Ferao.......................... Jackson Day
Mang.......................... Cole Pilbeam
Tabaqui..................... Kylie Veit
Mysa........................... Kaitlyn Kenney
Rudyard Kipling.... Margot Mau-Bridges
Man-Father/Chil.. Harper Case
Man-Mother............ Naimah Mans
Mowgli........................ Liam Johnson
Bagheera................. Emma Day
Shere Khan............. Lily James
Baloo.......................... Kiera Jones
Ikki................................ Haley O’Keefe
Chikoo........................ Zoey Christensen
Akela........................... Andrew Bush
Raksha...................... Adrianna Udstuen
Gray Brother.......... Austin Lyle
Scout......................... Noah Parpart
Hunter....................... Adelynn Udstuen
Luna........................... Hope Brammer
Bala............................ Audrey McPhail
Hathi.......................... Evelin Torres
Babar ....................... Hadley Kirkland

Ella ............................. Margie Hess

Ada ........................... Penelope Bentley

Janu ......................... Kirby Veit

Zolie .......................... Kylie Kothe

Golden Queen...... Lillian Longtin
Jago........................... Sophie Powell
Oriel............................ Bailey Veit
Carr............................ Kara Settle
Kiki.............................. Eleanor Guastalli
Milo............................. Ashton Lamont
Lolo............................. Margot Guastalli
Kaa............................. Tatum Kirkland
Nangir 1 and 2...... Emily Lyle / Mary Kunz
Darzow 1 and 2.... Aubrey Wosz / Quinlin Kirkland

TO THE PARENTS:

Come and join us in the jungle! Kankakee Valley Theatre Association is excited to bring this classic book to life. Please note that this adaptation is not the Disney version and is not a musical. 

October rehearsals will be 3 to 4 times per week (there will be a mandatory cast/parent meeting at 6:30 pm on September 27, 2022). November rehearsals might be every night, depending on how well the cast is doing at that time. Rehearsal dates are subject to change. We want to have the entire cast at ALL of our final tech rehearsals, so please be open and honest when completing your auditioner’s conflict calendar. These dates are November 11, 14, 15, and 16. Please be sure to fill out all of the conflicts for your child from the audition date through the final performance date. If you have any questions about the information provided here, please ask ahead of time by emailing the Director, Paula Sutter, at kvtajunglebook22@gmail.com.

PARENTS: The characters in this play may possibly be on stage and/or visible throughout most of the show. It is important that your child is able to stay focused and quiet for long periods of time.

Additional information you need if your child is cast in this production:

  1. At least one parent must become a general member (minimum $28).

  2. Parents are required to complete 10 hours of volunteer time for each child cast.

  3. Cast members must miss two days of school to perform for our school performances.

  4. There will be a parent/cast meeting on Tuesday, September 27, 2022 at 6:30 pm at KVTA. At least one parent must attend.

  5. You will need to sign your child up for a costume fitting as soon as the cast list is posted. A link to sign up will be sent to you after casting.

  6. Cast members are required to provide the following personal items: shoes, socks, stage makeup. Also, they may be asked to supply additional items such as leotards, tights, etc. Optional expenses are the purchase of a show DVD, a picture CD, apparel items, cast party, etc. 

We will be looking for kids who are animated, creative with characterization and comfortable acting as an animal. There will be audience interaction with this play so we will also be looking for actors who aren’t afraid to improvise and “play” with the audience. We will be adding two of the Jungle Book songs at the end of the show but they are not part of the play. We are also adding a character (Rudyard Kipling) at the beginning to open the show.

CAST OF CHARACTERS

The storytellers are listed as Jungle People in the script

Birchi – Camel – storyteller/jungle people

Mao – Peacock - storyteller/jungle people

Ferao – Woodpecker - storyteller/jungle people

Mang – Bat - storyteller/jungle people

Tabaqui – Jackal - storyteller/jungle people

Mysa – Buffalo - storyteller/jungle people

Rudyard Kipling - Human

Man-father – Human

Man-mother – Human

Mowgli – Human / Man-cub

Bagheera – Panther who raises Mowgli

Shere khan – Tiger who only thinks of himself

Baloo – Funny bear who becomes friends with Mowgli

Ikki – Porcupine – interacts several times with the audience

Akela – Wolf-father who accepts Mowgli into their pack

Raksha – Wolf-mother

Gray brother – Wolf-cub

Scout – Wolf-cub

Hunter – Wolf-cub

Luna – Wolf-cub

Hathi – Elephant – King of the water truce

Hathi-calf – Young elephant

Chil – Vulture

Golden Queen of the Bandar-log (Queen of the Monkey-People)

Jago - Monkey

Oriel - Monkey

Carr - Monkey

Kiki – Monkey

Nangir – Represents Antelope-People, Bees, Villagers, etc.

Darzow - Represents Snake-People, Villagers, etc.

Kaa – Rock Python

PERFORMANCE DATES & LOCATION:
KVTA Studios' Black Box Theatre 1 Stuart Dr Kankakee IL 60901
There will be six (6) mandatory performances of this production.
School Performances: Thursday, November 17 & Friday, November 18 (there will be 2 school show performances each day)

Public Performances: Saturday, November 19* at 2 pm and 7 pm & Sunday, November 20* at 2 pm

*Please leave November 19 and 20 completely open as we may add additional public performance times. Our Black Box Theatre only holds 200 seats, and we anticipate these performances to sell out quickly!
 

Every young person cast in this production will be required to miss two days of school for the school performances. Every cast member will be required to have a permission slip signed by his/her teachers and principal during the first week of rehearsal. Failure to return this slip by the deadline given may result in the cast member being dropped from the cast. 

Your child must be 6 years of age and no older than 17 years of age by November 17, 2022. Proof of age may be requested.

KVTA Policies: PDF

KVTA Policies Acknowledgement Form to be signed: PDF

All participants, on-stage or off-stage, will be required to sign KVTA's Social Media, Sexual Harassment, and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Policies. If said participant is under the age of 18, a parent or guardian will sign for the participant. Any parent or guardian signing for their auditioner agrees to instruct and provide information to their auditioner regarding KVTA's policies. An Emergency Card and Waiver of Liability must also be completed and signed in order to participate. These forms will be distributed when you first volunteer with KVTA. If you have any questions please email: kvta@kvta.org

Further questions regarding auditions, callbacks, or casting may be emailed to the Director at: kvtajunglebook22@gmail.com

Break a leg!

Sincerely,

The Jungle Book Staff

SHOWTIMES

Saturday, November 19, 2022 | 2:00 PM

Saturday, November 19, 2022 | 7:00 PM

Sunday, November 20, 2022 | 2:00 PM