Elementary school teachers Lindsay Reynolds and Mindy Coon present The Jungle Book Kids, a third, fourth and fifth-grade student musical production.
The jungle was alive with a jazzy beat May 18 and 19 in the multi-purpose room! Under the direction of Lindsay Reynolds and Mindy Coon with support from elementary school teachers Beth Puma and Amy Welbourn as well as middle school teacher Andrea Johnston, the cast of 51 third, fourth and fifth-grade students learned to personify their animal characterS through dance, song and spoken word. The performance went off without a hitch thanks in part to a crew of 22 students who worked backstage creating the jungle set and props from their own designs.
This year’s tale told of a man-cub named Mowgli, played by Miki Hirasawa (grade 5) and Lilia Inukai (grade 4), who set out on an adventure through the jungle led by his friends Bagheera the Panther, played by fifth-graders Hannah Kagimoto and Sydney Fulcher and Baloo the Bear, played by fifth-graders Arnab Karmokar and Lila Kikuchi. Along the way he encountered a den of wolves, one sneaky snake, an orderly herd of elephants and a naughty group of monkeys all while eluding the dastardly tiger Shere Khan, played by Isabel Tsuchida (grade 4) and Jackson Rolls (grade 3).
It was a journey of learning for all. Jane Lennon (grade 5), who played King Louie, commented, “I liked working with other people and seeing how the show came together. It was fun seeing how the parts merged together in the end.” Similarly Hannah Kagimoto observed, “When we would make mistakes it wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing. We could learn from it. It was important to pay attention to all the little details and be present and focused.”
The biggest reward in the end was seeing our shared vision come to life. There was a cohesiveness amongst the directors that made it something we looked forward to every Monday and Wednesday for three months.
If you missed The Jungle Book Kids or would like to revisit the show, you can view the performance on ASIJ TV.