As students in Springfield High School Theater prepare to transform their school’s stage into a landscape of dense trees and thick greenery for their production of “The Jungle Book,” they are reminded by the words of two of their beloved characters of what is needed to get the job done.
“This will take brains, not brawn,” Bagheera, the panther, says.
“You better believe it, and I’m loaded with both,” replies Baloo, the bear.
As the students enter the final days of preparation for the production, they are rehearsing lines and lyrics, refining stage positions and choreographed movements and painting, hammering, and gluing a variety of props to create a magical, animated jungle home for their audiences.
“It’s exciting to see how the story and its characters are taking on life each day with our students,” said Joe Simmons, the drama teacher at Springfield High School. “Our audiences can expect outstanding performances of acting and stage direction in this year’s production of ‘The Jungle Book.’ ”
The play is based on Rudyard Kipling’s book about Mowgli, an abandoned child raised by wolves, who has his peaceful existence threatened by a man-eating tiger, Shere Khan. To survive, Mowgli must overcome his reluctance to leave his wolf family and return to the “man village.” He is aided in his quest by a panther named Bagheera and a carefree bear named Baloo.
The students will present performances of “The Jungle Book” on April 11-15 with a Youth Night on April 6 and the SHS Theatre Talent Show on April 8.
To top this year’s production, the students will host their annual Dinner Theater Night at 7 p.m. on April 15.
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