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Surrey Youth Theatre Company (SYTCO) presents
THE JUNGLE BOOK by GREG BANKS
Based on the stories by Rudyard Kipling
SURREY ARTS CENTER, STUDIO THEATRE
2:00 AND 6:00 PM
Celebrating SYTCO’s 26th year.
This is a story about Mowgli and his jungle-dwelling friends. Protected and guided by Baloo, Bagheera, and Mother and Father Wolf, Mowgli discovers challenges and dangers that test his strength and friendships. Yet he finds that when he is in peril, the ones who truly care for him are never that far behind.
It's up to Mowgli to figure out where it is he truly belongs.
“Mowgli is how all children are when they start off in the world,” says playwright Banks “Just curious, unafraid, energetic, excited about the world.”
“It has a contemporary interpretation of the animal characters that connects it to our own human experience in a more intentional way.” It is still a story about a young boy who is facing the challenges of growing up.
Rudyard Kipling first began writing stories in the late 19th century as he and his wife were awaiting the birth of their first child. Inspired to write something magical, Kipling drew from his own experiences of living in India (his birthplace and home for many years during his young adulthood). His fond memories served as inspiration for The Jungle Book.
Banks strips out the colonial overtones in Kipling’s The Jungle Book and plays on the nostalgia of Kipling’s tales; but this rendition is a modern retelling for the stage. Written for a cast of only five actors, SYTCO’s production utilizes 9 actors to fill numerous scripted roles in an adventurous production.
This new adaptation is perfect for children and families to enjoy together and recommended for ages 6 and up. (Please note, this is not the Disney version)
Directed by Susan Pendleton
Assistant Director - Marina Cyr
Assisted by Shulamite Mlobela
Hattie Watts as Young Mowgli
Ayrton Li as Older Mowgli
Carson Creech as Shere Khan
Jenna Vanstone as Bagheera
Sara Vandop as Mother Wolf, Monkey
Grady Bateman as Father Wolf, Monkey
Alli Ferguson as Vulture, Wolf, Monkey
Marina Cyr as Kaa
Shulamite Mlobela as Baloo
developing actors who communicate honest and compelling stories by
pursuing and celebrating the multiplicity of voices and walking in the shoes of others
WE have returned to live theatre !
Our earlier statement during the COVID closures:
The Virtue in Going Virtual: We are engaged in a new creation of art. Theatre educators and the professional world think some version of this new virtual theatre reality will stick around. Artists are exploring to see what we can build together.
"Despite the significant challenges and losses, a powerful movement of creativity, innovation, reflection, and change is emerging from TYA artists and organizations, guided by an unwavering commitment to serving young people."
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We pride ourselves on the growth of the young actor; to guide the young actor to meaningful interpretation and delivery of character.