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  • Welcome to the jungle

  • What could be more fitting for a Pittsburg State University Theatre production than a story set in a jungle? Granted, “The Jungle Book” doesn’t have any gorillas in it, but it’s got just about everything else.

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  • What could be more fitting for a Pittsburg State University Theatre production than a story set in a jungle? Granted, “The Jungle Book” doesn’t have any gorillas in it, but it’s got just about everything else.
    The show, an original adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic, will be presented at 8 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday in Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium.
    Directed by Dr. Cynthia Allan, it is a feast for the eyes. Lisa Quinteros, veteran local costume designer, has managed to outdo herself in her creation of the animal costumes. There’s the hulking bear, the wolves, a black panther, a deadly tiger and a marvelous python. Michelle Rhoades does a fine job with costumes for the monkey people.
    Doug Bennett also does an outstanding job with the sets.
    The show has depth, thought and heart as well as visual appeal. As adapted by Cynthia Allen, Linden Little and Megan Westhoff, the story tells of a baby lost in the jungle who is adopted by a wolf pack. But, in a larger sense, it also tells a universal story of the transition a child must make to become an adult and find a place in the world.
    Morgan Beach plays Mowgli, the human child raised in the jungle, with Robert Wilson and Aryonne Davis as his wolf parents and Samuel Hardy, Lacey Daniels, Michael Holleron and Kiera O’Boyle as other wolf pack members. Ethan Caldwell is Tabaqui, a hyena, with Nicholas Born as the striped killer cat Shere Khan, Jonathan Eastman as the wise old bear Baloo, Angella Curran as the loyal panther Bagheera and Amy Rowland as the most articulate rock python of all time.
    Members of the monkey people are Jenna Garretson, Summer Layden, Jordan Luton, Megan McCoy, Morgan Prather and Hanna Wade. Human villagers are Vicki Engledow, Brett Baker, Patrick Poe and David Sowards.
    Original music was composed by Jim Clanton, with Stella Hastings as musical director. Musicians are Daniel Warlop, Andy Slater and Katherine King.
    Kaye Lewis of the Midwest Regional Ballet did the choreography. Drew Porter is lighting designer, with Jason Huffman and Deidre Galloway as sound designers. Megan Westhoff is property designer. Stage manager is Susie Lundy.
    “The Jungle Book” is suitable for all ages and children will love the animal costumes, but the show also offers much to grown-ups in the audience.
    Tickets are $9 for the general public and $5 for persons under 17 or over 65. PSU students, faculty and staff with a valid PSU photo ID will be admitted free. Tickets are available in advance through the University Ticket Office, 235-4796, or at the door approximately 30 minutes prior to curtain time. Reservations are encouraged.
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