The Jungle Book opening soon at GC

By Halle Wynn and Collin Wood/Staff Writers

Photo Caption: Dominic Lanham, 9, and the cast of The Jungle Book go over lines early in the rehearsal schedule. 

Lights, camera, action!  GC Troupe 2961 has been on their A-game this year.  Their children’s play “The Jungle Book” is coming up soon.

 Tanner Hord, 12,  says, “This show will be a delight for the kids.”

“The Jungle Book” features a young boy named Mowgli (Dominic Lanham, 9) who is raised by animals in the wild.  A frightening tiger named Shere Khan (Tanner Hord) is Mowgli’s arch enemy. Shere Khan attempts to make Mowgli and his peers’ life as dreadful as possible.  Baloo (Jules McGuire, 10) and Bagheera (Jackson Smith, 11) save Mowgli and sends him to the city to keep him away from Shere Khan.   

This year seems to be flowing along and the sound crew is trying new things. So far, many of the actors and actresses have their lines memorized. Alex Johnson, 12, said, “This play is doing really really well, other than supply, from a tech perspective, everything has been amazing, the set is fabulous, we are going to be more than ready for this show, at least on my end.”  

In addition, Dharma Tilley, 12,  talked about costuming and GC’s costuming resources. “We’re lucky enough to be allowed to borrow some costumes from the Indianapolis Children’s Museum’s Lilly Theatre,” Tilley said. “The rest of the costumes are coming from our loft or we are making them ourselves.”  

Being in theatre takes “devotion, patience, and a funny bone,” Hord said. Jarrod Harris, 12, joined theatre because he needed something to do after school. Harris has made many friends due to being involved in theatre.  

Tilley stated, “My mom is the choreographer for Hancock’s Children’s Theatre program which I was in from 4th to 8th grade. So, once I got to high school, I knew that I would want to continue with theatre”.  Some people inherited the talent of acting, whereas some joined simply because they wanted to. Johnson got involved in theatre because of his brother who has been in 27 shows throughout his theatre career.

For many reasons, GC can support and watch GC’s portrayal of “The Jungle Book”  coming up Sept. 29-30 at 7:00 pm and Oct. 1 at 2:00 pm.