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"Monica Flory's script is both scrupulously faithful to Rudyard Kipling and completely original in its approach. While Kipling's story is basically a grand adventure, this version takes its subtext -- a boy's quest for identity -- and makes it the heart of the piece. It includes all the book's action and even some of its dialogue, but increases the emotional resonance."
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"The strength of the collective imagination is most definitely on display in Tracey Power's theatrical edition of The Jungle Book...the message of the importance of friends and family emerges effortlessly in this lush, colourful introduction to the ways of the jungle." -SEE Edmonton
Darker than the Disney classic, this is a Jungle Book red in tooth and claw. Packed with great songs and a snappy script, this show knows exactly what the kids want. The story begins with a little boy lost in the jungle. The evil Shere Khan, the tiger, stalks him but before he can kill him, Akela the wolf, and king of the jungle, protects the young boy and takes him in as his own. We follow Mowgli, the boy, as he grows in the wild, learning from his wise teachers, Balu and Bagheera, playing with the monkeys and trying to hide from Shere Khan. As Mowgli grows, he begins to wonder of his life with the men and following a large argument returns to his village where he is faced with yet more alienation and struggle. This is a heart-warming story,that shows the importance of friendship and trust within diversity.
From his boyhood to his death in 1936, Kipling wrote thousands of poems, hundreds of short stories, four novels, travel books, essays, as well as countless articles, prefaces and speeches. While some of his manuscripts have disappeared, many of his notebooks, typescripts, fair copies, annotated books, corrected proofs, sketches and drawings, and copies of texts in the hands of people close to him, have survived.
At the end of the 1890s, Kipling, crowned with literary success and aware of the value of these documents, collected them into groups with the help of his wife Caroline and donated them to leading libraries and universities. The manuscript of The Jungle Book was later bequeathed to the British Library by Caroline Kipling on her death in 1940. For the first time in 120 years, it is made available in book form.
Bagheera: (narrating) Many strange legends are told of these jungles of India. But none so strange as the story of 2 small Girl Mices named Gadget and Lahwhinie. It all began when the silence of the jungle was broken by an unfamiliar sound. [Bagheera hears baby crying, stops and turns to look] It was a sound like one never heard before in this part of the jungle. [Bagheera looks into the basket with baby Gadget and Lahwhinie] It was a 2 Mouse man-cubs. Had I known how deeply I was to be involved, I would have obeyed my first impulse and walked away. [Baby Gadget and Lahwhinie stops crying and starts giggling and cooing. Bagheera turns back lies down on the branch and looks at her playfully] This 2 Mouse man-cubs would have to have nourishment, and soon. It was many days travel to the nearest man-village and without a mother's care, she would soon perish. Then it occurred to me. dissolve to five (in the book it was 4:) wolf cubs playing and their mother Raksha. Bagheera is looking at them from bushes A family of wolves I knew had been blessed with a litter of cubs [Bagheera with the basket watches from the bushes as the wolves walk into their lair and puts the basket right before the entrance.Raksha: Come Along Children Bedtime. Gadget and Lahwhinie lies silent and Bagheera pushes the basket to make Both Cries and hides fast. Wolves come out and look at Gadget and Lahwhinie Why, there'd be no problem with the mother, thanks to maternal instinct, but I wasn't so sure about Rama, the father. [Rama comes from forest, looks at the 2 Mouse man-cubs, sees smiling face of Raksha, looks at cute Gadget and Lahwhinie again and smiles too. The "My Own Home" theme starts in the background as they carry the basket with baby Gadget and Lahwhinie into the wolf lair.] (As So far Lahwhinie Moves out to Other Ways) dissolve to Bagheera on a branch looking at Gadget 10 times the rains have come and gone. And I often stopped by to see how Gadget, the Mouse man-cub, was getting along. She was a favourite with all young wolf cubs of the pack.
Gadget: Grrr. Baloo: Ha-ha-ha, ya, you're getting it, Babe. Bagheera: (dismayed) Oh, no! It's Baloo! That shiftless, stupid jungle bum. [Baloo and Gadget dance around again] Baloo: Weave about, now look for an opening. Keep movin', keep- [Gadget takes some swings at Baloo's nose but misses] Ha-ha! Ya, you're getting it Babe, ha-ha. Come on, that's it. Ha-ha-ha! She's a baby! [Baloo playfully slaps Gadget and Screams which sends her rolling around and leaves knocked out on the ground] Bagheera: Heh-heh. Fine teacher you are, old Iron Paws. Baloo: Oh thanks, Bagheera. Bagheera: Yeah, tell me, tell me after you know your pupil senseless, how do you expect her to remember the lesson? [Gadget at this time already came to and sits on the ground, shaking head] Baloo: Well, I, I didn't mean to lay it on her so hard. [Gadget walks to Baloo, though kinda unsteadily] Gadget: I'm not hurt. I'm all right. I'm a lot tougher than some people think. Baloo: You better believe it! Now let's go once more. Now you keep ciclin' or I'm gonna knock your roof in again, you better keep movin' -- [Gadget hits Baloo into lower jaw] Ooph! [Baloo playfully falls down] Hey! Right on the button!
Craig Francis and Rick Miller Kidoons was formed to entertain, educate, enlighten and empower young people. Kidoons tells new and classic stories using multimedia and different technologies. Kidoons partners with WYRD Productions to create touring theatre productions. It also partners with educational and not-for-profit organizations and museums to help tell stories of real people and places. Mowgli was the face of Earth Day Canada in 2018 to promote playing outdoors! Visit junglebook.ca/series to watch!
Tommy Jamerson is no stranger to putting his spin on beloved children's stories. From Alice in Wonderland to Pinocchio to Hercules, he's captured well-known stories that make us remember why we fell in love with them. Now, he's done the same magic with Rudyard Kipling's famous story in his latest play, THE JUNGLE BOOK.THE JUNGLE BOOK's first production was recently performed in Hammond, LA, at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, where Jamerson was named their resident playwright. The story tells the familiar tale of Mowgli, whose parents were killed at the claws of Shere Khan. Raised by wolves, Mowgli befriends several animals who live in the jungle, but when Shere Khan returns, he has to decide whether to return to the man village or save his friends.BroadwayWorld.com sat down with Jamerson to discuss the script, his writing process, and a surprising breakout character.BroadwayWorld.com: What were the first inklings you knew you wanted to write THE JUNGLE BOOK?
Jamerson: As much as I love and respect the live-action and animated classic, I wanted to steer away from that and make it my own. The language in the Kipling books is so beautiful. And the poetry, you can't extract that from the story. It's tethered to it. And we wanted to musicalize and dramatically present those poems in a way that helped tell the tale of Mowgli and respect the origins of these characters. I read both The Jungle Book and the second Jungle Book a million times and was able to pick and choose the Mowgli stories that I wanted to incorporate. It was great getting to do something a little unexpected, and the main compliment we got was that when people went to see THE JUNGLE BOOK, they were expecting one thing and got something completely different yet familiar. They loved being surprised. It wasn't a paint-by-numbers retelling.BWW: One of my favorite things about your JUNGLE BOOK is that it's a similar ending but a different conclusion from the Disney film. Jungle Book is very near and dear to my heart, but I was always unsatisfied with him going off to live in the village and leaving the jungle behind as I found it almost problematic by saying that you have to be with your own kind.
Jamerson: It is. And the fact that the whole reason that he had to go was danger. Well, Shere Khan was then vanquished, so why does he need to go now? The tiger's gone. And he's been raised in the jungle, he loves it there. While reading Kipling, I loved the stories of him in the village and thought, 'this could be a whole play or movie by itself.' This character acclimating to these surroundings was so fascinating. I fell in love with the village in the text and wanted to figure out a way to incorporate it into the play and make it positive. He is a child of two worlds, and it should be honored.BWW: We've all heard the phrase, 'home is where the heart is,' and that rang especially true in this script.Jamerson: Thank you.BWW: Another high point for me was Kaa's development, who had a meatier role in this story.
Jamerson: I'm not a fan of snakes. They serve their purpose and can be beautiful; I don't want them near me; it's just a phobia. Reading the books, Kaa saves Mowgli's life so many times. Kaa is pretty cool, and there's a lot of amazing stuff with him. There are expectations that the python has to be scary, it's not the cuddliest, but at the same time, he's not a villain. He's hungry, but he's not without reason, so it was fun to play with that character's expectations and sort of work through my fears of snakes and make this creature more of an anti-hero.BWW: What's coming up next, specifically regarding being the resident playwright of the Columbia?Jamerson: I will be at the Columbia during the summertime. They're doing two weeks with camps for young performers, and I'm going to be there for the second week, and I'm going to write something small for the actors to perform.