Cast size: Medium, 11 plus
Music by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman and Terry Gilkyson Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman and Terry Gilkyson Additional lyrics by Marcy Heisler Book adapted by Marcy Heisler Music adapted by Bryan Louiselle Music arranged by Bryan Louiselle

Marcy Heisler | kids MUSICAL | medium 11 plus

  • About the Show

    MTI's KIDS Collection shows are thirty-minute musicals PERFECT for Junior Primary! Offering resources that make the process of putting on a musical manageable and straightforward, the result will look professional even if you've never put on a musical before!

    The jungle is jumpin' with jazz is this exciting Disney classic! Join Mowgli, Baloo, King Louie and the gang as they swing their way through madcap adventures and thwart the ferocious tiger, Shere Khan. Specially adapted from the beloved film, this musical includes all your favorite Disney tunes, like The Bare Necessities, and I Wan'na Be Like You. With colorful characters and that toe-tapping jungle rhythm, The Jungle Book KIDS is sure to be a crowd-pleaser for audiences of all ages.

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    Synopsis

    Our tale begins deep in the heart of the Jungle. A baby boy, lost and abandoned, is raised by wolves. He is called "Mowgli" ("Jungle Prologue").

    Shere Kahn, the tiger, decides that Mowgli is no longer welcome in the Jungle. To keep him out of danger, Bagheera, the panther, plans to guide Mowgli to the safety of the man village, but Mowgli doesn't want to leave his home. The two settle down for the night under a coconut tree, but their peaceful night is interrupted by Kaa, the Snake ("Kaa the Snake"). Bagheera doesn't notice as Kaa, the snake lulls Mowgli into a deep sleep ("Trust in Me"). Bagheera wakes up to find Kaa coiled around Mowgli, and chases the snake away ("Night into Day").

    As they continue their journey, they encounter a herd of elephants, led by the dotty Colonel Hathi ("Colonel Hathi's March"). As the elephants march off, Bagheera commands Mowgli to follow him without any more argument. Mowgli sits and pouts on a large boulder only to discover that it is the giant bear, Baloo ("Baloo the Bear").

    Baloo offers Mowgli his philosophy on life, which is quite different from what Bagheera has been teaching ("The Bare Necessities"). While Baloo is lost in that swingin' jungle rhythm, a group of shifty-looking monkeys tiptoes in and kidnaps Mowgli. Caught off guard, Baloo calls to Bagheera for help, while the monkeys carry Mowgli deep into the jungle, laughing all the way ("Monkey Business").

    The monkeys take Mowgli to the ancient ruins, where their leader, the wiley King Louie, is holding court. King Louie tells Mowgli that he wants to learn how to be a man, while Baloo and Bagheera sneak on and devise a rescue plan. Baloo, disguised as a very big monkey, will join in the fun to distract King Louie, while Bagheera spirits Mowgli away ("I Wan'na Be Like You").

    Baloo can't get enough of that jumpin' jazz, and insists on an encore. He continues to swing until his disguise falls off, blowing their cover, and forcing them to run ("I Wan'na Be Like You Reprise"). The monkeys frantically follow in pursuit, but are stopped dead in their tracks when Shere Khan appears. He sharpens his claws and the monkeys scatter in terror ("Shere Khan the Tiger").

    After their monkey attack, Baloo now realizes the Jungle is too dangerous for Mowgli, and together with Bagheera, they agree to get him out of the jungle. Mowgli overhears, and not wanting to leave his home, defiantly runs away. Baloo and Bagheera rush off to find him, hoping that Shere Khan doesn't find him first ("Mowgli Runs").

    Away from the safety of Baloo and Baghera, Mowgli finds friendship in the other jungle creatures, who promise to protect him if Shere Khan should come around ("That's What Friends Are For").

    Shere Khan arrives, and prepares to attack Mowgli. But before he can pounce, Baloo appears, rallying the other jungle creatures into battle ("The Battle"). The battles ends with the jungle creatures victorious, and Shere Khan cowering in the distance, humiliated and defeated. Once again, the jungle is safe.

    Shanti, a beautiful young girl who has been hiding in the jungle the whole time, finally reveals herself. She offers to take Mowgli to her village to meet other people just like him. Mowgli decides to explore the "man village" with Shanti, but reminds his friends he will return, for he will always consider the Jungle his home ("The Bare Necessities Reprise - Finale").

    As the curtain falls, the jungle inhabitants return once more to celebrate that swingin' jungle beat ("I Wan'na Be Like You Reprise - Bows").

    Casting Information

    Cast size: Medium (11-20), Flexible
    Cast Type: Children in Cast
    Dance requirement: None/minimal
    Casting notes: May be cast from a small classroom, or include the entire student body
    Character Breakdown
    BABY ELEPHANT E3 - A3
    BAGHEERA the panther D3 - Bb3
    BALOO the bear C3 - D4
    COCONUT TREE / SHANTI C3 - C4
    COLONEL HATHI leader of the elephants D3 - A3
    ELEPHANT TROOPS D3 - C#4
    JUNGLE CHORUS Sun, Moon, Wolves, Rocks, Flowers, Plants, Bushes, Trees, Bees, Prickly Pears, Vultures, etc. C3 - E4
    KAA the snake (played by six actors) D3 - B3
    KING LOUIE King of the monkeys C3 - C4
    MONKEYS C3 - D4
    MOWGLI the man cub C3 - D4
    OLD MONKEY
    SHERE KHAN the tiger E3 - C4
    Voices of SHANTI'S FAMILY

    Musical Numbers

    Jungle Prologue
    Trust In Me
    Colonel Hathi's March
    The Bare Necessities
    I Wan'na Be Like You
    I Wan'na Be Like You (Reprise)
    Shere Kahn the Tiger
    Mowgli Runs
    That's What Friends Are For
    The Battle
    The Bare Necessities (Reprise - Finale)
    I Wan'na Be Like You (Reprise - Bows)

    Rehearsal Set

    The Showkit contains:
    1 X ACCOMPANIMENT AND GUIDE VOCAL CD
    1 X CHOREOGRAPHIC DVD
    1 X DIRECTOR'S GUIDE
    1 X PIANO VOCAL SCORE
    20 X STUDENT BOOKS

    Orchestration

    An Accompaniment CD is provided as part of the Showkit
    No Orchestral Parts are available.

    Resources

    Logo Pack
    Video Licence

Partners & Associates

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