The Jungle Book
Word on the street is that the Wolf Pack has something that Shere Khan wants. Seeonee the she-wolf has rescued a man cub and refuses to give him up. Now it is up to the Wolf Pack to keep him safe. Watch out baby, it's a jungle out there.
April 6th-14th, 2018
Times: Thursday, Friday and Saturday 7pm
North 4th Theatre, 4904 4th St NW
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Chloe Rickerman as the City Girl
The elite Company: Kira Akmajian, McKenna Beck, Natalya Conde, Alyssa Costales, Paul Costales, Tianna Garcia, Isaac Garcia, Kariana Gonzalez, Melee Hardy, Alexa Johnson, Esther Michnovicz, Nikki Morrison, Theo Morrison, Jordan McMillan, Tim Nguyen, Megan Othling, Chloe Rickerman, Carissa Richey, Coryn Richey, Grace Salazar, Rachel Salazar, Drew Sowers, Cara Sowers, Audrey Swanson, Mia Swanson, Isabel Tomingas, Tanner Tomingas, Vanessa Trujillo, Gabriel Zubiate
Scene One - The Little Cub
Scene Two - The Wolf Pack
Scene Three - Shere Khan and the Jackals
Scene Four - Baloo and Bagheera
Scene Five - The Master Words
Scene Six - Enemies
Scene Seven - Monkey Business & More Monkey Business
Scene Eight - Kidnapped
Scene Nine - The Hunt
Scene Ten - The Trail
Scene Eleven - KAA
Scene One - Whispers
Scene Two - Chakma
Scene Three - Goodbyes
Scene Four - The City
Scene Five - Mowgli of the City
Scene Six - Full Moons
Scene Seven - Where the City and the Jungle Meet
Scene Eight - The Challenge
Scene Nine - A Very Good End to our Tale
Written by Cheri Costales (Adapted from the original story by Rudyard Kipling)
Directed by Cheri Costales
Dramatic Direction and Actor's Coaching by Steve Corona and Cara Sowers
Choreography and Rehearsal Coaching by Esther Michnovicz, Kira Akmajian, Cheri Costales, Alyssa Costales, Vanessa Trujillo, Tim Nguyen
Fight Scene Choreography and Rehearsal coaching by Noah Hardy
Costumes by Cheri Costales, Linda Downum and Judy Brewster
Make Up Design by Alyssa Costales and Tianna Garcia
Lighting Design by Ben Costales
Sound Design by Matt Ramsey
Production Management by Stephanie Rickerman and Robyn Hardy
Stage Management by Cathy Costales
Backstage Management by Tina Mesa
Box Office by Michelle Brett
Lobby and Reception by Lillian Garcia and Erin Morrison
Ushers by Frank and Mary-Alice Salazar
Photography by Two Brunos Photography (Brandi Bruno and Sara Bruno)
Promotions by Tim Nguyen, Cheri Costales
Videography by Timi Nguyen, William Ernst, Nick Bennet
We would like to thank our amazing partners...
from the Director
I have the funnest, most rewarding job ever....
My first and most important job is taking care of my family....yep, I've got the most awesome "blood" family ever. But then I have an incredible "studio" family too. It is my job to take care of them as well. From doing the glamorous things, like writing and producing shows, to directing, dancing and teaching, to the more mundane aspects of running a business, managing people, and even cleaning floors and toilets...I love it all because I love my family.
People have a deep need for relationships and to "belong". It is part of being human. Those needs are met starting with the family we are born into, but then extends outward to those around us that we make part of our family. Our need for belonging drives us to form relationships with all kinds of people and groups. Even loaners find each other eventually.
One of the major themes in The Jungle Book is family. Mowgli has lost his family and is rescued by the Wolf Pack. The pack is "home" to many wayward souls, including Seeonee. In Mowgli, she finds a purpose that she hadn't had before. Mowgli finds rescue and acceptance in the Wolf Pack and forms relationships that go beyond culture, race, religion and politics. Bagheera and Baloo are other wayward souls that find purpose and belonging with the Wolf Pack as well. The Wolf Pack has it's moments of strife, disagreements and divisions, but when push comes to shove, they rally and defend each other.
Isn't that what families do? We are all misfits looking for acceptance. We find purpose and belonging when we love and serve each other. Real families go beyond culture, race, religion and politics and when push comes to shove, we protect each other. We protect the pack.
When I sit in the back of the theatre to watch The Jungle Book these next two weekends, I'm going to remind myself to cherish and relish and be grateful for the "pack" that God has given me. I hope you will do the same...
Cheri Costales has been writing scripts and directing shows for the elite Company for over fifteen years. Her writing mostly consists of derivative work, adapting stories to work for dance theatre (The Picture of Dorian Gray, A Christmas Carol, Dracula, Peter Pan, The Scarlet Letter, Cinderella, The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast). Her most recent work has included original scripts: Days of the Dead, The Shoe Room, and elite Kids Theatre Projects: The Problem With Fairies, Benny & the Supersquad, and How The West Was Really Won.