It's a 'Jungle' out there
Colfax High School drama students have spent endless hours, including all of spring break, rehearsing for tonight’s opening of “The Jungle Book.”
Under the direction of Drama instructor John Deaderick, the spring production features music written by Colfax High School senior Shayne Plunkett and an original script by Joseph Applebaum.
Sarah Ely, a professional dancer and choreographer, has been working with the students, teaching them the steps to seven dances.
“The high school kids are great,” she said. “They’re all willing to try anything.”
While the majority of the costumes were put together by a member of the cast, students in the art department have also pitched in, said Anna Schmidt, who portrays Bagherra.
The art students created papier-mache animal masks for each of the actors, she added.
“Our set is actually a jungle gym that we ordered (and the tech team put up),” Schmidt said.
Curtain will go up at 7 p.m. tonight. Performances will continue on Friday and Saturday and again on April 22, 23 and 24 in the Performing Arts Theater on the high school campus.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.
Among the performers are Grant Gutierrez as Mowgli; Mickey Burton as Baloo; Chase Coney as Shere Khan; Aaron Young as Tabaqui and Kaa’s voice and Ally Rondoni as Akela.
Other members of the cast are Holly Springer as Grey Brother, Arraine Siefert as Mother Wolf, Curtis Hilgenberg as Father Wolf and Kaa’s body, Kelsie Sparks as Messua and a monkey, Bonnie Carlson as Mowgli’s Brother and bat, Danny Cassilagio as lead monkey and wolf, Drew Diederich as Buldeo, a wolf and a monkey.
Cast members also include Elizabeth Fitzgerald, Noelle Gauldin, Megan Hannah, Brannon Lackey, April Littlejohn and Selena Luceti.
Other members of the chorus are Liana Mackey-Hall Jennifer Miller, Jessica Monroe, Stephanie Munkres, Talia Panelli, Spencer Perry, Tom Roberts, Katie Sanders, Miles Sanford, Chris Schmidt, Kevin Westphalen, Addie Whittet and Tyler Yeagly.
Know and Go:
What: “The Jungle Book”
When: 7 p.m. on April 15,16,17, 22, 23 and 24.
Where: Performing Arts Theater, Colfax High School
Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for students