Seren House Cottage School’s young drama production team performed The Jungle Book for its first-ever audience at Nederduits Hervormde Genentech Randburg Church on July 11.
The play tells the story of a boy whose father is killed while traveling in the jungle and raised by wolves. It mostly features animal characters and the villain is a tiger named Shere Khan who doesn’t like this “little boy” living in the jungle. The main characters are the ‘boy cub’ named Mowgli and Shere Khan.
A professional actor, writer and industrial theater specialist, Matthew Ribnick performed with elementary school production learners.
“We invited a few small schools and people from a retirement home [Silver Stream Village] come and watch the kids perform and also for the kids to feel what it’s like to have an audience because kids aren’t used to performing in front of an audience,” Ribnick said.
“They have to get used to the reaction of the audience when they are clapping or laughing.”
The audience loved the play and were left with smiles on their faces.
Silver Stream Village coordinator Nonhlahla Mabuza said the grannies enjoyed the play.
“It was a beautiful play and most of all, we had fun watching the kids play,” Mabuza said.
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