Naumann Elementary School students will perform “The Jungle Book” on Thursday, Nov. 17. The cast and crew began rehearsing for the play in September. Participants auditioned for their roles, and in order to participate, students were required to exhibit good behavior and passing grades.
The play will feature acting, singing and dancing, as well as the talents of the art club, who have been working on the props and sets, as well as the behind-the-scenes work of the sound crew.
“My favorite part about the musical is getting to work together with everybody,” said fifth-grader Noah Luttrell, who plays Mowgli in the production. “We all get to work together, and we get along really well.”
Fifth-grader Rylan Stedman, who plays a character called Kernel Hathe, as well as two different animals in the “Jungle Chorus,” agreed that although he enjoys acting, working together as a team with his peers has been the most rewarding experience in the production.
“I think it’s also working on problem solving,” he said. “Because sometimes things don’t go right, and we have to find a way to persevere as a team.”
From art, to sound, to acting, singing and dancing, the production offers something for every participant and audience member alike. The students will kick off the day with a performance for the school at 10 a.m., followed by a community performance at 6 p.m. that evening at Naumann ES.