WOODSTOCK— Downtown Woodstock is going to be jumping with jazz as the Disney classic “Jungle Book” roars onto the Elm Street Theatre stage at City Center Auditorium.
The popular story based on the tale by Rudyard Kipling opens Wednesday and continues through June 26.
“It’s wonderful to see parents and grandparents bring their children and grandchildren to introduce them to the story and songs they enjoyed on film when they were children,” said Elm Street Theatre Artistic Director G. Lora Grooms.“And it’s always a treat for everyone to meet the characters after the performance, take pictures and get autographs.”
The kid-length musical includes such favorite Disney tunes as “The Bare Necessities,” and “I Wan’na Be Like You.”
With colorful characters and toe-tapping jungle rhythm, it’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser for audiences of all ages, Grooms said.
In the play, Mowgli (Jessica Thomas of Woodstock), Baloo (Narciso Correa of Atlanta), Bagheera (Samantha Marie Kuzian) and King Louie (Ben Tankersley) swing their way through adventures and thwart the ferocious tiger, Shere Khan (Tyler Webster of Canton) and Kaa the Snake (Kristina Welch of Woodstock).
The iThink Improv Troupe, led by Siobhan Brumbelow, will also provide some audience entertainment and creative storytelling at the beginning of each act, Grooms said.
Music and lyrics are produced by the vintage Disney team of Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman and Terry Gilkyson.
The screenplay was adapted and additional lyrics are by Marcy Heisler with music adapted and arranged by Bryan Louiselle.
The stage musical is based on the original screenplay by Larry Clemmons, which was adapted from the Kipling novel.
Directed and choreographed by Taryn Chidebelu-Eze with Music Director Amy Noel Welch, the large ensemble cast brings this great adventure to life with enthusiasm and energy, Grooms said.
Sets, properties and costumes are by Shannon & Julie Sokol, Brad Leak, Jim and Cindy Flanders assisted by Katelyn Chupp.
Stage Manager Allie Hendrix is assisted by Matthew Luce. Specialty makeup for the many jungle creatures has been designed by L. Harmony Reid with Shawn McLeod and Beth Leak assisting.
The cast includes Anna Wadsworth, Arionna Lewis, Beth Leak, Brendan Lesak, Gavin Cunningham, Grace Johnson, Hailey Elswick, Haven Newbold, Julie Wilson, Katelyn Chupp, Kenna Weber, Kristin Kimberly, Madeline Hamby, Marie Filby, Mary Seney, Mia Abbott, Mitch Abbott, Olivia Adams, Serenity Safford-Rice, Sophie Abbott, Sydney Wakeford and Celine Mondesir.
Performances are June 12, 15, 16, 19, 22, 23, 26. The play is presented Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. All seats are $10 in advance online or $12 at the door.
City Center Auditorium is at 8534 Main St. in Woodstock.
For information go to www.elmstreetarts.org or call (678) 494-4251.
Those in attendance who bring a can of chunky soup, stew, chili or peanut butter to donate to Papa’s Pantry will receive a free beverage at intermission.