News Article
Jungle Book - A Roaring Success!
14th Feb 2014

Boys will be boys and girls will always monkey about, so when they are given the chance to be anthropoids, they all take it with gusto. I have seldom seen such a gang of escapees, truants and mischievous youngsters enjoying themselves so much.

Led by confident performances from the principals Mowgli, Bagheera, Baloo, Shanti and Shere Khan and solidly supported by the other leading parts, the performance rollicked along at an exhilarating pace. The jungle drums and evocative music from the excellent live jazz trio of grown-ups lent tropical realism to the wonderful set representing the Indian jungle.

Birds of a feather flock together as did the vultures (not always our favourite birds) with their squawking, flapping ways. Kaa, the snake, was beautifully choreographed as his four segments slid in sinister fashion across the boards. Colonel Hathi led his elephant platoon with smart military precision, having no truck with laggards. Their ponderous plodding was in marked contrast to the monkey troupe - half a dozen leaping and bounding springs of ceaseless energy that constantly brought smiles to the faces of the audience. Whether they were true and loyal servants of His Majesty King Louie I rather doubt!

The singing was of a high standard from the leading roles, not easy as the score is largely jungle cacophony provided by the trio, and the sound engineer did a fine job balancing the face microphones with the band. When it came to the two big numbers, ‘The Bare Necessities’ and ‘I Wanna Be Like You’, everyone pulled out the stops to great acclaim from a highly appreciative audience. Proud parents were hard-pressed to identify their offspring such was the genius of the make-up and costume department.

The overarching message I took from the performance is that here is a school where ten year olds enthusiastically combine with staff to create an adult show full of youthful vigour, displaying hints of great talent to come, beautifully conceived and directed. Well done all.