Take a walk on the wild side with Possum Point Players’ Juniors Friday through Sunday, July 18-20, as they perform the classic “The Jungle Book.” Friday and Saturday shows are at 7 p.m.; Sunday matinee is 2 p.m. All general admission tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the door or online at www.possumpointplayers.org. The jungle has taken root in Possum Hall, 441 Old Laurel Highway, Georgetown.
The Possum Juniors' production of “The Jungle Book,” adapted for the stage by Monica Flory, will immerse the audience in the jungle experience as young Mowgli grows up in his adoptive family of wolves. All of the favorite characters from the Rudyard Kipling classic are there on stage, either helping the boy-child or plotting against him.
Along with the wisdom from his wolf parents, Mowgli receives guidance from a certain bear, Baloo, and his intelligent panther friend, Bagheera. The jungle animals raise the boy to be one of their own. As he learns the Laws of the Jungle from Baloo, Mowgli learns to run with the wolf pack. Not every animal is friendly though. Shere Khan, a menacing, blood-thirsty tiger, and the ever slithering and sly python, Kaa have it out for Mowgli.
In this tale of self-discovery and true bravery, Mowgli is faced with many decisions. Will he stay with the pack of wolves he has grown up with, or return to the human world where he was born? Will his knowledge of the Laws of the Jungle help him defeat Shere Khan? Only a trip to Possum Hall will provide answers.
“The Jungle Book” is directed by Possums Junior President Kori Lewandowski. The cast includes James Riddle (Mowgli), Chris Jones (Baloo), Erin Gallagher (Shere Khan), Sambina Anthony (Bagheera), Dominic Anthony (Tabaque), Riley Finnegan (Mother Wolf), Sarah Bixler (Funky), Devon Lynch (Cheeky), Kerrine Walls (Trout), Lauren Thornberg (Kaa), Ally Ibach (Messua), Josh Fidderman (Father Wolf), Kelly Lindsay (Akela), Hadley O’Day (Cub), Juan Marquez (Wolf), Kyra Cutsail, Mia Moshier and Will Dorey (the Kites).