Musical Theatre of Anthem


Disney's Jungle Book KIDS

August 12-13, 2017
September 21-24, 2017
No-cut production for Ages 6-11

The jungle is jumpin' with a jazzy beat in Disney's The Jungle Book KIDS. Specially adapted from the classic Disney animated film, Disney's The Jungle Book KIDS features a host of colorful characters and your favorite songs from the movie. Banished by the ferocious tiger, Shere Khan, a human boy named Mowgli and his panther friend, Bagheera, are on the run in the deepest parts of the jungle. On their journey, the two meet a sinister snake named Kaa, a herd of elephants and a giant bear named Baloo, who teaches them the swingin' musical rhythms of the jungle. After surviving a dangerous encounter with a band of monkeys led by King Louie, Mowgli and Bagheera are forced to run for their lives. When Shere Khan returns, our heroes must rally their fellow animals into battle and restore peace throughout the jungle.

Character Descriptions

Mowgli is a boy who gets along with everyone and who is very likable. He has a joyful and curious nature, and a twinkle in his eye.
Vocal range top: D4 Vocal range bottom: C3

The role of Bagheera, the panther, is not gender-specific. Actor needs to easily portray the physical attributes of a feline. Bagheera should be physically agile and uninhibited with good command of his or her body. Bagheera should act like an older brother or sister to Mowgli.
Vocal range top: Bb3 Vocal range bottom: D3

Baloo, the bear, should be cast by someone who is exuberant with a great natural talent for singing and acting. Baloo provides much of the comedic relief in the story, so the actor must possess a natural sense of comedy. Actor should not be afraid to be wild and crazy and physically uninhibited. The actor should not be self-conscious and should enjoy the spotlight. Singer needs a strong sense of rhythm.
Vocal range top: D4 Vocal range bottom: C3

Kaa, the snake, supplies threat and danger to Mowgli's journey out of the jungle. Good vocal and movement skills to be the head of the snake and five others as the body. Each of the actors in the scene has solo lines that are spoken and sung. Performers with natural acting and singing ability who can also dance.
Vocal range top: B3 Vocal range bottom: D3

Shere Khan
Shere Khan, the tiger, is King of the Jungle. Physically threatening, either in size, attitude, or both. Stronger actor than a singer for this role. He is the villain and the story depends on a good villain.
Vocal range top: C4 Vocal range bottom: E3

Colonel Hathi
Colonel Hathi, the elephant, is in charge of the elephant brigade. but is also a little forgetful. He is good at giving commands but doesn't really understand what's going on around him. Actor who can sing well and act like a drill sergeant but also a bit forgetful.
Vocal range top: A3 Vocal range bottom: D3

Elephant Troupe
The Elephant Troupe can have as many or as few children as it should look like a brigade. They should be good movers/dancers so they can physicalize the behavior of elephants and march in and out of formation.
Vocal range top: C#4 Vocal range bottom: D3

Baby Elephant
The Baby Elephant has a solo line in the song as well as marching, so the child should have a sense of music and movement.
Vocal range top: A3 Vocal range bottom: E3

King Louie
King Louie is King of the Monkeys. Strong comedic timing and good singing ability and with a flair that isn't afraid to act like a monkey.
Vocal range top: C4 Vocal range bottom: C3

Old Monkey
Old Monkey is a strong actor who is not afraid to assume the physical traits of a monkey.

Monkeys should be strong dancers. "I Wan'na Be Like You" is a large musical number with strong vocals and choreography.
Vocal range top: D4 Vocal range bottom: C3

Jungle Chorus
Singer, actors and dancers. Each group of prickly pears, vultures, wolves, and more! Some of these roles require singing or acting solos.
Vocal range top: E4 Vocal range bottom: C3

Coconut Tree / Shanti
Shanti is the girl who takes Mowgli to the village at the end of the story. She is hiding in the jungle the entire time disguised as a Coconut Tree. She should exude sweetness and kindness and have a natural ability for acting and singing. She has a couple of solos as the Coconut Tree.
Vocal range top: C5 Vocal range bottom: C4

Shanti's Family
Shanti's Family is not seen, but represented by offstage voices. For fun, adults could say these lines from offstage or from the back of the performance space. These are the only "grown-up" voices in the show.

Disney's Jungle Book KIDS is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 Phone: (212) 541-4684 Fax: (212) 397-4684