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'Jungle Book' continues
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A jungle of excitement awaits this weekend at Warren Arts as the theatrical organization holds three more performances of Disney’s “Jungle Book Kids.”

Shows are scheduled for 7 p.m. this Friday and Saturday and for 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets can be purchased at warrenartstn.com, or through a link on the Warren Arts Facebook page. Warren Arts is located at 5482 Manchester Highway.

“Jungle Book Kids” features a fresh cast of characters who began rehearsals at Warren Arts in January thanks to an after-school theater workshop made possible by the Smith Trust Fund. Students who participated in the workshop were able to audition for parts in “Jungle Book Kids.”

“It is definitely a very cute show,” said director Allie Morton. “There’s a cast of over 30 and they perform some really great songs.”

Some of the stars include Caleb Moore as Mowgli, Zeke Perkins as Baloo, and Grady Collier as Bagheera.

Memorable songs include “The Bare Necessities,” and “I Wanna Be Like You” also known as “The Monkey Song.”

Morton is a seasoned stage performer at Warren Arts who is in her first role as director. She said she’s a little more comfortable on stage, but is finding it rewarding to be the director. Morton said the favorite character she’s played so far has been Mary Ann from “Gilligan’s Island” and she’s glad to help a new group of children unlock their theater talents.

“The after-school workshop was open to K-8 students and it went for six weeks,” said Morton. “We taught them about reading their lines, about choreography, and how to be in a show. We made the ‘Jungle Book’ cast from students in the after school workshop.