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Forget About Your Worries & Your Strife.

Banished by the ferocious tiger, Shere Khan, a human boy named Mowgli and his panther friend, Bagheera, are on the run in the deepest parts of the jungle. On their journey, the two meet a sinister snake named Kaa, a herd of elephants and a giant bear named Baloo, who teaches them the swingin’ musical rhythms of the jungle. After surviving a dangerous encounter with a band of monkeys led by King Louie, Mowgli and Bagheera are forced to run for their lives. When Shere Khan returns, our heroes must rally their fellow animals into battle and restore peace throughout the jungle.

Opens: Friday, MAY 10, 2024
Closes: Saturday, MAY 11, 2024
Location: Marjorie Lyons Playhouse,
on the campus of Centenary College

Book Adaptation & Addt’l Lyrics | MARCY HEISLER
Music Adaptation & Arrangement | BRYAN LOUISELLE

Based on the screenplay by Larry Clemons
and on the novel “The Jungle Books” by Rudyard Kipling

FRIDAY | MAY 10 | 6:00 PM
SATURDAY | MAY 11 | 2:00 PM & 6:00 PM

Tickets: On Sale to the Public – April 22, 2024
All Tickets: $15.

Direction | LIESL CRUZ
Choreography | ANNE BROWN
Musical Direction | KATIE PHILLIPS
Scenic Design | SETH TAYLOR
Lighting Design | SAMUEL COPELAND
Costume Design | ANNE BYRD
Sound Design | BARRY BUTLER

Disney’s The Jungle Book is presented through special arrangement with
Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

Disney’s The Jungle Book (Kids Edition)

Enroll Now (open through March 1, or until we reach capacity)

Who: Any student currently in K-8th grade is invited to enroll, regardless of experience level. We encourage you to enroll early, as we are expecting to reach capacity quickly, and a wait-list will be implemented once all spots are filled. All students who are wait-listed will be given the opportunity to audition. NOTE: Students enrolled in our skills-based Triple Threat classes enjoy the perk of enrolling prior to the general public, so space could be extremely limited.

How: Starting Monday, February 19, Enroll HERE any time through Friday, March 1, 2024, or until we reach our maximum capacity, whichever happens first. Once we receive your online enrollment, you will receive an invoice for tuition via email. Upon payment, your enrollment will be considered complete, and you will receive an email confirmation with more details. NOTE: Audition information is only available to enrolled & waitlisted students. You will receive those details in your confirmation email once we receive your tuition payment.

Where: All rehearsals will take place at Stage Center Studios at Grace, 9400 Ellerbe Road, until we move to Marjorie Lyons Playhouse to perform.

Cost: For grades 3-8 – $300.00 tuition, For grades K-2 – $160.00 tuition due no later than March 1, 2024. Payment options & scholarships may be available – Contact us for more information. (One Official Show T-Shirt is included with tuition. There is a $75.00/pp costume fee. Each family will be responsible for buying or selling one program ad to celebrate and congratulate your child or business/event for $75.00. There will be digital and limited paper copies available.)

IMPORTANT NOTE ON SC’s SoPA CORE VALUES: Before enrolling in our production class, please consider the following…
**You are agreeing to commit your child to the class’s production and schedule. At Stage Center’s SoPA we believe that a good process begets a good product. Every enrolled student will be required to audition as a part of this process. The audition is for the instructors to assess each student’s skill-level and vocal/physical type so that they can be placed in the role that best serves the production and our educational goals. We do not cast based on seniority within the company, nor do we pre-cast any role on student productions. The cast list will be posted at the start of rehearsals. All students interested in our production classes are taught to show up with open minds and hearts, eager to have a life-enriching experience. We are not interested in working with students and families who are only seeking leading or featured roles. We teach that theater is about an ensemble coming together to tell a story, and every person involved has a vital role for it’s success. We allow each student to submit two absences during contract provided they are approved prior to the first class, and do not fall within two weeks of performances, OR the audition and cast meeting. We ask that you check below for dates and times before enrolling, so that the rehearsal schedule can be thoughtfully made with no last-minute hiccups/absences. If you are unsure about some conflicts with our schedule, please feel free to ask us so we can help you decide if it’s realistically something you have the time to make such a big commitment. NO REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED TO STUDENTS WHO WITHDRAW AFTER COMPLETING ENROLLMENT. A $30.00 late fee will be added to any invoice not paid by the due date.

A detailed schedule/call sheet will be issued no later than Thursday, March 7.
Two conflicts are allowed during contract only if submitted by the deadline of Saturday, March 2.
NO CONFLICTS are allowed for the audition (March 2), cast meeting (March 7), or within two weeks of performances (this includes May 2 & May 4 thru May 11.)

Enrollment & Timeline information

OPEN ENROLLMENT** | Monday, February 19 – Friday, March 1, 2024 (or until we reach capacity)
**Enrollment will be capped once we reach our threshold, so sign up early! NOTE: Students enrolled in our skills-based Triple Threat classes are given priority access to enroll in our production classes. All students who are wait-listed will be given the opportunity to audition.

SAT, March 2 – Audition workshop for enrolled & wait-listed students/Conflicts Due ~ 3:00-4:00 (grades K-2nd) | 4:00 (grades 3-8th) – NO CONFLICTS

THU, March 7 – 5:00-6:00 (Cast Meeting/Read-through), 6:00-6:30 (Mandatory New Parent Orientation/Addt’l T-shirt orders/Costume Fee due) – NO CONFLICTS

SAT, March 16 – 3:00-5:00

THU, March 21 – 5:00pm-7:00pm
SAT, March 23 – 3:00pm-5:00pm

THU, March 28 – 5:00pm-7:00pm
SAT, March 30 – 3:00pm-5:00pm

THU, April 4 – 5:00pm-7:00pm
SAT, April 6 – 3:00pm-5:00pm

THU, April 11 – 5:00-7:00pm
SAT, April 13 – 3:00pm-5:00pm

THU, April 18 – 5:00pm-7:00pm
SAT, April 20– 3:00pm-5:00pm

THU, April 25 – 5:00pm-7:00pm
SAT, April 27 – 3:00pm-5:00pm (Program Ads/Payment Due)

THU, May 2 – 5:00pm-7:00pm (No Conflicts)
SAT, May 4 – 3:00pm-5:00pm (No Conflicts)

WEEK TEN (Production Week – No Conflicts Allowed)
SUN, May 5 – 3:00pm-5:00pm (Spacing – No Conflicts), + VENUE ORIENTATION at 2:00pm
MON, May 6 | 4:00pm-6:00pm (Tech I – No Conflicts)
TUE, May 7 | 4:00pm-6:00pm (Tech II/Partial Dress – No Conflicts)
WED, May 8 | 5:00pm Call, 6:00 Go (Dress I – No Conflicts)
THU, May 9 | 5:00pm Call, 6:00 Go (Final Dress/SCOOPS Sneak Peek)
FRI, May 10 | 5:00 Call, 6:00 Go (Perf. #1- No Conflicts)
SAT, May 11 | 1:00 Call, 2:00 Go (Perf. #2) | 5:00 Call, 6:00 Go (Perf. #3- No Conflicts) +SOFT STRIKE/LOAD-OUT (Mandatory for all cast/crew members, and volunteer help is requested. Everyone should plan to stay an extra 30 minutes to clean out spaces/return any props)

“…remains a high-spirited romp that will delight children—and parents…”  – Los Angeles Times

“…the result is thoroughly delightful…it is the happiest possible way to remember Walt Disney.” – Time

“With fun characters, and catchy songs, The Jungle Book endures as a crowd-pleasing Disney classic.” – Rotten Tomatoes

“One of Disney’s liveliest and funniest.” – Entertainment Weekly


Auditions are held only for students enrolled in our Spring Production Class.
Click Here to Enroll Now

Mowgli is a boy who gets along with everyone and who is very likable. He has a joyful and curious nature, and a twinkle in his eye. The child you cast should have a spark that can captivate the audience and should be a bit feisty. Choose a boy with a natural talent for acting and singing.
Gender: Male | Vocal range top: D4, Vocal range bottom: C3

The role of Bagheera, the panther, is not gender-specific. You might consider casting a female to play this role to help balance the male-to-female ratio of the leading characters. Consider casting a child who might easily portray the physical attributes of a feline. Your Bagheera should be physically agile and uninhibited with good command of his or her body. The actor should also possess a natural talent for acting, singing and leading a story. Bagheera should act like an older brother or sister to Mowgli.
Gender: Any | Vocal range top: Bb3, Vocal range bottom: D3

Baloo, the bear, should be cast by someone who is exuberant with a great natural talent for singing and acting. Baloo provides much of the comedic relief in the story, so the actor must possess a natural sense of comedy. Consider casting a child who might easily have the physical traits of a big bear and who is not afraid to be wild and crazy and physically uninhibited. The actor should not be self-conscious and should enjoy the spotlight. Baloo’s part in “I Wan’na Be Like You” demands a singer with a strong sense of rhythm.
Gender: Male | Vocal range top: D4, Vocal range bottom: C3

Kaa, the snake, supplies threat and danger to Mowgli’s journey out of the jungle. Cast someone with flair and good vocal and movement skills to be the lead Kaa (the head of the snake). Cast five others as the body. Each of the actors in the scene has solo lines that are spoken and sung, so you will want to cast children with some natural acting and singing ability who can also dance.
Gender: Any | Vocal range top: B3, Vocal range bottom: D3

Shere Khan
Shere Khan, the tiger, is King of the Jungle. Consider casting someone who could be physically threatening, either in size, attitude, or both. It’s better to cast a stronger actor than a singer for this role. He is the villain and the story depends on a good villain.
Gender: Male | Vocal range top: C4, Vocal range bottom: E3

Colonel Hathi
Colonel Hathi, the elephant, is in charge of the elephant brigade. but is also a little forgetful. He is good at giving commands but doesn’t really understand what’s going on around him. Cast someone who can sing well and act like a drill sergeant but also be a bit forgetful. This is a good role to feature someone who has talent but may not be ready for the leading role just yet.
Gender: Male | Vocal range top: A3, Vocal range bottom: D3

Elephant Troupe
The Elephant Troupe can have as many or as few children as you like, but cast enough to make it look like a brigade – at least eight. They don’t need to be strong singers, but should be good movers/dancers so they can physicalize the behavior of elephants and march in and out of formation.
Gender: Any | Vocal range top: C#4, Vocal range bottom: D3

Baby Elephant
The Baby Elephant can be cast with the smallest or youngest child. There is a solo line in the song as well as marching, so the child should have a sense of music and movement.
Gender: Any | Vocal range top: A3, Vocal range bottom: E3

King Louie
King Louie is King of the Monkeys. Cast an actor with strong comedic timing and good singing ability. Choose a child with flair that isn’t afraid to act like a monkey.
Gender: Male | Vocal range top: C4, Vocal range bottom: C3

Old Monkey
Cast the Old Monkey with a strong actor over a singer. He or she should not be afraid to assume the physical traits of a monkey.
Gender: Any

Monkeys should be strong dancers. “I Wan’na Be Like You” offers the chance to do great musical choreography. Consult your choreographer, if available, when casting your monkey troupe so that you have at least eight dancers. If necessary, cast additional monkeys so that the vocal performance is solid as well.
Gender: Any | Vocal range top: D4, Vocal range bottom: C3

Jungle Chorus
The Jungle Chorus is your ensemble of singers, actors and dancers. These roles offer great opportunities to use your students’ varied skills. Make sure each group of prickly pears, vultures, wolves, etc., has a few natural leaders the other actors will follow. Read through the script a few times to learn which of these roles require singing or acting solos so you can cast according to your students’ strengths. The great thing about the Jungle ensemble is its flexibility: you can make is as large as necessary to include everyone. Do not feel pressure to cast the solo parts during auditions. Have a few rehearsals first to get a clearer sense of your company before you decide.
Gender: Any | Vocal range top: E4, Vocal range bottom: C3

Coconut Tree / Shanti
Shanti is the girl who takes Mowgli to the village at the end of the story. She is hiding in the jungle the entire time disguised as a Coconut Tree. She should exude sweetness and kindness and have a natural ability for acting and singing. She has a couple of solos as the Coconut Tree.
Vocal range top: C5, Vocal range bottom: C4

Shanti’s Family
Shanti’s Family is not seen, but represented by offstage voices. For fun, you might want to have a couple favorite teachers or the principal say these lines from offstage or from the back of the performance space. These should be the only “grown-up” voices in the show.
Gender: Any