Clear Fork Middle School Drama presents Disney’s Jungle Book

By James Michalovich - For The Star

The Clear Fork Middle School will be performing a version of the Disney’s ‘Jungle Book’ at the end of the month for both the district’s elementary school students and other area residents.

The cast will be performing a version of the play that is written for younger performers.

Auditions were held in September, and the students have been working after school to learn music, dance, and the acting associated with their parts. All the main characters associated from the cartoon version of this Rudyard Kipling novel are in being performed by students from sixth through eighth grade. The technical aspects of the show are also run by middle school students.

The part of Mowgli is being played by sixth grade student Jeffery Moody.

Asked why he likes the part, Moody responded, “I get to play a wild kid who lives in a jungle.” He also added that the play teaches us “That friends are there when you need them.”

Other main characters are Sam Brandes as Baloo, Sadie Woodward-Page as Bagheera, Claire Stewart as Shere Khan, Claudia Stevens as Kaa 1, Ben Blubaugh as King Louie, Riley Peterson as Colonel Hathi, and Grace Wolfgang as Shanti. The show as includes a cast of jungle characters, Monkey Troop, and an Elephant herd. The show is very upbeat with many familiar songs and dance. The entire performance is about 40 minutes long this year so well suited for this age group of performers but also any audience including younger children.

There will be a total of five shows in three days. On Monday, Nov. 23, all students from the Bellville Elementary will come to see the show in the morning and at 7 p.m. that evening there will be one of two performances for parents and the public.

Tuesday Nov. 24, Butler Elementary students are coming morning for the morning performance and there will be second evening performance for the public and parents at 7 p.m.

Finally, on Wednesday morning the cast will perform show for all middle school students.

The show can be enjoyed by all ages, but is specifically geared toward younger students. There will be no charge for the students during the school day performances.

Cost for the evening performances are $2 for adults and free to school age children.

The cast will be having pre-show ticket sales in the Middle School office before school on Nov. 16 starting at 7 a.m. and continue through through Friday, Nov. 20.

All adults and children will need a ticket for the two evening performances. Seating will not be assigned, but once the house opens approximately 30 minutes before the show, seating will be first come first served.

Also, video recording will not be allowed, but the staff will make available video copies at the school following Thanksgiving break.

By James Michalovich

For The Star