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A Non-Traditional Telling of a Classic Story

August 28, 2012

The story of a young boy raised by wolves in the jungle of India and befriended by a bear and panther comes to life on the stage at Pritchett Auditorium as the Averett theatre department performs "Jungalbook" at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13-14 and at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 15. "Jungalbook" is this year's Theatre for Young People Show and is recommended for ages six and up.

While this is not the Disney version, this adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Books" embodies the spirits of loyalty, adventure and betrayal found in the original stories. Written by Edward Mast, "Jungalbook" is set in the jungle of India and tells the classic story of Mowgli, the human child who is raised by wolves. Like in the Disney version, Mowgli is befriended by a bear named Baloo and Bagheera, the panther.

As the story unfolds, Mowgli learns he is not a wolf, but in fact a human who must defend against Sherakhan, the tiger who killed his parents. The two finally meet face-to-face and Mowgli uses rope he stole from a nearby village to defend himself, which is against jungle law. He is forced to choose between defying jungle law and facing the consequences or leaving the jungle forever.

"Jungalbook" won a Distinguished Play Award from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education in 1991.

Tickets for the production are $9 for adults and $7 for students/senior citizens. They may be purchased at the door on the night of the performance or in advance by calling 434-791-5712.