Classic tale comes to life

NATASHA THYNE
Last updated 07:09 04/04/2014
jungle fever
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JUNGLE FEVER: Lead actors, clockwise from left, Anna Tarver, James Kirby, Alex McCoid and Chicane Sandford, with the rest of the Jungle Book cast, channel their inner animals during rehearsal for the upcoming production.

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It may be monkey business on stage but the cast of the Jungle Book are hard at work rehearsing to bring the classic story to life.

The cast and crew have nine rehearsals left before opening night at the Theatre Royal.

Musical director Marlene Hanson said rehearsals are going well but are full on. "They're working really hard. It is a big commitment for the kids and family; mums and dads all have to be part of the team as well."

Among the cast of 57, there are several "newbies" to South Canterbury Junior Drama League shows, including lead actor Chicane Sandford.

The 13-year-old plays Mowgli, a young boy abandoned in the jungle and raised by wolves. Sandford said he didn't even know he could sing but auditioned for the part after a friend told him about the show.

He said being a part of the show is "pretty fun and stressful" and the singing and dancing is his favourite aspect.

Anna Tarver is performing in her fifth junior drama league show and landed the role of Bagheera, the black panther who helps mentor Mowgli.

She said being in the show is a great experience and helps gain confidence.

The show, directed by Aaron Segar, opens on April 24 and runs until April 26.

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- The Timaru Herald

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