Theatre Mirror Reviews - "The Jungle Book"

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"The Jungle Book"

Reviewed by Tony Annicone

The Kickemuit Masquers latest show is Rudyard Kipling's, "The Jungle Book". These middle school students not only entertain but educate their audiences. The song, "Jungle Law" explains how everyone must learn to live side by side, a wonderful message for everyone in this wartorn world we live in. Written in the early 1900's this message rings true today and the 43 children in this show are proof of it and they set a shining example in their acting, singing and dancing.

The story is of the boy, Mowgli, who is raised by wolves after he is almost killed by the evil tiger, Shere Khan. The animals of the jungle unite to ward off his evil presence and realize the strongest person is the wisest one of all. The directors, Bob Evans and Kathleen Podraza are assisted by student director, Eddie John Barber and the choreographer, Michelle Way DaSiva is assisted by student choreographer, Amanda Pion. They all do a wonderful job with the characterizations of each animal and person in the play and the dance steps fit the story like a glove, too. The chorus sits in front of the stage and they help sell the songs to the crowd while the main dancers come in and out of the story to execute the difficult dance steps. The outstanding animal costumes are made by Marlene Medeiros, Margaret Fales and Melissa Lannan. The makeup and the costumes blend together to present a great look for the jungle creatures.

Leading the cast is Allie Teixeira as Mowgli. (Jill Parker also plays this role) She is very energetic and captures your attention quickly. The evil, Shere Khan is played by Andrew Arcello who captures the sinister character. His sidekick, Tabaqui, the jackal is played with gusto by Elizabeth Jernigan. The funniest character in the show is Rikki-Tikki, the mongoose played by Ana Ramos(Rebecca Copeland also plays the role). Her comical line delivery leaves the children laughing at her every entrance. Lauren Wells plays the very old woman, Taoomai very well. She uses a cane and a limp to display the age of her character. Mowgli's teachers are played by Adam Cavalieri as Baloo, the bear, Genny Ramos as Bagherra, the panther and Katie Cavaliere as Kaa, the snake. They rescue the boy and teach him how to behave in the jungle.The other roles in the show are played by Laura Martinville,(Nyra) Many McElroy,(Chitra) Julie Frazier, (Father Wolf) Sarah Costa, (Mother Wolf) Erin Micheleti, (Mang)(Tes Parker also plays the role) Jamie Calenda, (Mor) Chelsea Shinigoi, Shana Costa and Heather Vieira as the 3 wolves, Jenny Wells as the wild and crazy King Monkey, Justin Molloy as the other wild monkey,Samantha Brilhanic as Messua, Mowgli's human mother, Alyssa Avarez as the cobra and Brittany Duffy as the giraffe. A lot of hard work is put into this show by everyone and due to limited space all the names can't be included but know you all make this show a success to your appreciative audiences.

"The Jungle Book" (till 6 April)
THE KICKEMUIT MASQUERS
Kickemuit Middle School, 525 Child Street, WARREN, RHODE ISLAND
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