A few cast members: Andrew Irvine

Into the Jungle Book for youth choir

A musical based on classic book to be performed in Sooke

The Sooke Youth Show Choir is getting ready to roar with its rendition of Rudyard Kipling’s  classic, “The Jungle Book – the musical,” June 20 to 22 at EMCS.

Adapted by music director Sarah Wilson,  Mowgli begins his travels here, while rehearsing for choir in Sooke.  The jungle song dances him into crazy encounters with curious wolves, mischievous monkeys, tropical critters, feathered and frightening friends, conniving cats and one boisterous bear.

The SYSC is one of the few groups where singers as young as five perform together with seasoned 16 year olds. Singers and dancers from all five Sooke schools, home schoolers and Victorians have been rehearsing weekly since January.

Free tickets to the dress rehearsal will be awarded through the schools, in recognition of the incredible community sponsors and support that go beyond the “Bare Necessities” and prove that “That’s What Friends are for.”

“I think the show has amazing humour and the characters are really imaginative in this new jungle book,” says Mariah who plays Rann the Kite.”

It’s funny and mysterious!” Samantha, playing the elephant, adds.

But the show is more than just entertainment.

“I like developing my singing and acting. I enjoy working with the other kids – they are really awesome and funny,” explained Makayla who plays Rikki Tikki Tavi.

Wolf cub, Carina Strong, sums it up, “We love doing Jungle Book because it’s a fun opportunity with tons of dance moves and songs. Everyone really likes doing their roles a lot. The characters are hilarious. I know it’s going to be a really great show. Hope you watch it everyone!”

Opening night is Friday June 20 a 7 p.m, then Saturday 21 at 7 p.m. Sunday matinee on June 22.

All performances are at Edward Milne Community Theatre, a great send off for a summer of adventures.

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