Clever ‘Jungle Book’ teaches important lessons
The Nevada County Performing Arts Guild of Penn Valley is performing a summer play, starting tonight at Grass Valley’s The Center for the Arts. It’s “The Jungle Book,” which has been written by Mila Johansen from Rudyard Kipling’s famous story and is directed by Paulette Rudolph.
Performed by 26 talented young thespians, this jungle adventure depicts the little boy Mowgli, who is lost in the jungle and meets up with Baloo, the bear and Bageera, the black panther. They take a liking to him and teach him the law of the jungle, giving him the rules that could some day save his life. Bageera calls him Little Frog because he has no fur. Mowgli has a lot to learn. He thinks he is bigger than he really is, and he thinks he knows everything. Mowgli’s adventures continue as he meets up with Kaa, the snake, other jungle animals and most of all – the Monkeys.
The author has carefully woven the story as a way to teach some important lessons about prejudice in a very clever way, while delightful original music brings all the jungle characters to life. “The Jungle Book” is light-hearted entertainment for audiences of all ages.
WHAT: “The Jungle Book,” a play
WHEN: The last weekend of July and the first weekend of August. Tonight at 7 p.m. (special preview performance with all tickets $5); Friday, July 27, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, July 28, at 2 p.m.; Sunday, July 29, at 2 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 3, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 4, at 2 p.m.; Sunday, Aug. 4, at 2 p.m.
WHERE: The Center for the Arts, 314 West Main St., Grass Valley
ADMISSION: Ticket prices are adults, $9 in advance, $11 at the door; children 12 and under, $4 in advance, $5 at the door; students and seniors $7 in advance, $8 at the door. Purchase tickets at Harmony Books in Nevada City and The Book Seller, The Record Connection and BriarPatch Market in Grass Valley.
INFORMATION: Contact Paulette Rudolph at 273-4254 or 277-7100 (cell and voice mail); e-mail her at ptrudolph@sbcglob
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