LEMOORE — The Lemoore High School Players will take on the adaptation of “The Jungle Book” by Joseph Robinette from Rudyard Kipling’s “The Mowgli Stories” Oct. 2-4 in the LHS Auditorium.
Each show will begin at 7 p.m. with two other additional shows on Oct. 5 and 6 that will be during school hours to host elementary students. General admission costs $6; those attending with an ASB card $5; card holders of the LHS purple card will pay $3; and LHS gold card holders will get in for free.
The play itself is a student-run production with students directing and acting in it. Seniors Leilani Perkins and Victoria Scribner are first-time directors although they have participated and acted in various other productions throughout the years.
They began preparing for the show during the summer by thinking of a play that would be entertaining for young students and for the public.
“We read various scripts on so many children shows. We read this one and thought the animals in general would capture the audience's attention,” Scribner said.
The tale was originally created by Kipling and then adapted for the stage by Robinette. It tells the story of Mowgli, a young boy being raised by wolves in the jungle.
This play goes back and forth between Mowgli in the jungle and a young boy in boarding school trying to win a writing prize at his school and uses the school bullies as characters in his own story by turning them into wild animals
Kathy Palermo has been the teacher at Lemoore High School in charge of the student’s drama productions for many years and hopes to continue bringing in young talent to perform.
“We have kids 9 to 18 performing together, and this play will be one of our best adventures yet,” Palermo said.
Carlos Sanchez, 17, said Palermo does a good job of getting everybody motivated to get on stage and is excited to be playing the role of Mowgli.
“…what I like about him is that he’s so much fun. You see him at the beginning of the play, and he’s just a kid and lost in the jungle and doesn’t realize how important he really is,” Sanchez said. “He is the only human, and after you see him grow and embrace his human side that is what really drew me to this character.”
Playing the part of Bagheera, Keziah Willis, 17, says her favorite part about being in the production is the people she works with.
“I really enjoy working with Carlos and the directors. They make it fun to be able to come in at 6 a.m. in the morning to rehearse,” Willis said. "It’s a really good experience to play Bageera. I like working with everybody. They help me be my character. I love it.”
For both Sanchez and Willis, the hardest challenge is being loud enough to project their voices across the stage since they do not have microphones.
However, the cast and crew will be making the play more interactive by having many of the students sit right next to the stage.
“It’s going to be very entertaining for children, and after the show, they will get to meet the cast,” Scribner said.