FOSTER Primary School students are rehearsing their roars, songs and their cool dance moves as they enter into the final week before presenting their whole-school production of Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS.
The senior half of the cast, namely Grades Four, Five and Six, were on stage and off again in the Foster War Memorial Arts Centre in Main Street on Thursday morning August 31, 2023 under the direction of music and arts teacher Nicholas Carver.
There were jazzy hands, rhythmic feet, and dramatic entrances, exits and reappearances as the young players practised their roles during one of the final lead-ups to opening night on Tuesday September 12, with curtain-up at 6 pm.
Two more performances of Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS will follow on Wednesday September 13, with a matinee beginning at 1.30 pm, and the last show of the season scheduled to start at 6 pm.
Matinee tickets are priced at $6 each, while evening tickets cost $12 each. They are available online via Trybooking at https://www.trybooking.com/CJXZY
Mr Carver said every student in the school, from Prep to Grade Six has a part to play in Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS, with the older students playing the leading parts and creating the jungle, and the rest of the school forming the chorus.
“This wonderful musical for children is adapted from the classic Disney animated film, Walt Disney’s The Jungle Book, which in turn was based on The Jungle Book by English author and poet Rudyard Kipling,” he said.
“The Preps have been cast as bees, with Grades One and Two as elephants, and Grades Three and Four as bears, vultures and monkeys.
“Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS has been developed especially for young performers and features the story’s well-known characters like Mowgli, Baloo, Bagheera, Kaa, King Louie, and Shere Khan.
“There’s also many of those favourite tunes that everyone knows from the original Disney cartoon, such as The Bare Necessities and I Wanna Be Like You.
“The whole school really is abuzz with excitement now that the three performances are so close,” Mr Carver said.
“The show itself was chosen earlier this year, ahead of Shrek and Seussical, because it was easier for the whole school to be in it, and we’ve been rehearsing ever since March.
“The students have been involved in the whole production of Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS and have been helping to make all the sets, the props and the costumes, as well as learning their songs, lines, dance-steps, and cues,” he said.
“The students, staff and parents are working around the clock as they prepare for Foster Primary’s musical comedy extravaganza, and the anticipation is building, with the school jumping to a jazzy jungle beat!”
Mr Carver said tickets for Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS are selling fast, and he recommended that potential members of the audience not delay any longer in securing their seats “just in case you miss the hottest show in town!”
Buy tickets for Foster Primary School’s production of Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS online via Trybooking at https://www.trybooking.com/CJXZY