Heights Youth Theatre presents 'Disney's Jungle Book'
Dig that crazy beat, man! The elephants are marching and the jungle is jumping with jazz. Raised by wolves, Mowgli must decide between the jungle he has always known and the village just beyond. To be totally wild or civilized—that is the question! This zany adventure, directed by Treva Offutt, with music directed by Joanna Li, goes way beyond “The Bare Necessities,” to bring this crowd-pleasing musical to life for audiences of all ages.
"Disney’s Jungle Book" features a talented cast of 90 local students in grades 1 through 12, about 50 of whom are Cleveland Heights and University Heights residents. Professional musicians will play the familiar score.
Cast members include: David Bays and Brandon Augustine (Baloo), Jack Novak (Mowgli), Lucia Pabon (Shere Khan), Mia Hart (Baby Elephant), Courtney Foerg (Bagheera), Corey Gruber (Colonel Hathi), James Berner (King Louis), Atticus Orbach (Old Monkey) and Madison Wayt (Shanti). The high-energy ensemble will play narrators, snakes, wolves, vultures, monkeys, elephants, bees, plants, trees, prickly pears and flowers.
Show dates are Friday, March 1, 8 and 15, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 2, 9 and 16, at 2 p.m.; and Sunday, March 10, at 2 p.m. All performances will be at Wiley Middle School Auditorium, 2181 Miramar Blvd. in University Heights. Tickets are $10 for general admission, and $9 for seniors and children younger than six; cash or check only. The box office opens 45 minutes prior to each performance. Call Ellen at 216-780-2235 for tickets or group seating information. For more details, visit www.heightsyouththeatre.org.
Mary Patton of University Heights is a PR consultant and Heights Youth Theatre Advisory Board member.