Auditions for “The Jungle Book”

By Joseph Robinette. Based on the book by Rudyard Kipling.

Directed by Kenneth Henderson

WHO

All Catholic Homeschool students

WHEN

Monday, October 10, 2022 – 6:00pm – 9:00pm *Sign-up required*

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 – 6:00pm – 9:00pm *Sign-up required*

Callbacks Wednesday, October 12, 2022 – 6:00pm

 Sign up for your audition slot here! (Coming Soon)

You will only be kept for your audition time. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

 

WHAT TO BRING

 DOWNLOAD this Audition Packet. Please bring the completed audition form, include any conflicts on the calendar. (Coming Soon)

AUDITION PACKET (Coming Soon)

 

WHAT TO PREPARE

Please be familiar with the audition scenes that are in the Audition Packet (no need to memorize).

 

PRODUCTION DATES

FRI/SAT
February 3, 4, 10, 11 at 7:30PM
SAT/SUN Matinee
February 4, 5, 11, 12 at 2PM

BROKEN ARROW COMMUNITY PLAYHOUSE

1800 South Main Street
Broken Arrow, OK 74013

ABOUT THE SHOW

One of literature’s most enduring classics is brought vividly to the stage in this exciting adventure of Mowgli, the Indian boy, raised by caring wolves, befriended by Bagheera, the Panther, and Baloo, the Bear, and threatened by Shere Kahn, the evil tiger. Also present are an array of other jungle creatures who inhabit this action-filled play. Interspersed with the Mowgli tale is the equally intriguing story of a young Rudyard Kipling, who is sent from his home in Bombay to a British boarding school where he encounters his own “jungle,” including people—both good and otherwise—who parallel many of the animal characters he created. Filled with excitement and humor, the play highlights the struggle of good versus evil, the worth of friendship, and the importance of loyalty and other values required for surviving the “law of the jungle.” While the very young audiences will delight in the portrayal of the animals and the fast paced action, older children will be fascinated by the character relations and the story itself, as well as the unique introduction to the author.

THE TIME

1880

THE PLACE

A Prep School in England; A Jungle in India.

 

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

Male, Age 12-16
RUDYARD is a schoolboy in England, he is studious and likes to dream and write about adventures in India where he lived with his parents before being sent to school in England. He is liked by the school officials, but teased by the other boys.
MOWGLI was chased from his village by Shere Khan the tiger, he escapes and runs into a cave where a wolf family live. They treat him as their own and he is raised like a wolf cub. Wolf Mother names him Mowgli which means “Little Frog.” He is a happy-go-lucky boy who considers himself a wolf. He is brave and spunky as a young child and as he gets older his skills come to match his spunk. He is lithe and athletic, more animal in movement than human, and visually striking to look at. He is wily and smart and able to strategize well. Occasionally his imagination runs away with itself and he is brought back to reality by Bagheera or Baloo. He deeply loves his wolf family as his own. Mowgli is a good, strong leader who honors the Jungle Law and respects the jungle traditions. He is eager to fight and defend his pack whenever he feels they are threatened.
BOTH CHARACTERS are played by the same actor.
Male, Age 14+
FIELDING is a school boy in Rudyards class. He is a bully and often teases Rudyard.
SHERE KHAN is a tiger who has a pronounced limp due to once being shackled. He is aggressive and extremely predatory, disrespectful of the Jungle Laws regarding killing, and an innate troublemaker. He chased Mowgli from a village on the outskirts of the jungle and never stops trying to hunt and kill him. He is also very political, forging alliances against Mowgli and turning pack members against him. Shere Khan is more brawn than brains and eventually gets trapped by Mowgli.
BOTH CHARACTERS are played by the same actor.
Male, Age 12-16
HANLEY is a school boy in Rudyards class. He is a bully and often teases Rudyard.
TABAQUI is a jackal. He feeds on scraps from either Shere Khan or the wolf pack. He is unpopular with the wolves, due to his mock cordiality, and habit of sucking up to Shere Khan. He is Shere Khan’s spy and lakey.
BOTH CHARACTERS are played by the same actor.
Male, Age 16+
PRICE is the headmaster of the school.
AKELA is a gray lone wolf and the leader of the Pack. He is wise and fair, making decisions and keeping the Pack working and strong from the top of Council Rock. Akela is a source of great knowledge and inspires great respect from the rest of the Pack. (in the books, Akela and Father Wolf are two different characters, in the play they are combined.
BOTH CHARACTERS are played by the same actor.
Male, Age 16+
WILLIES is the school chaplain.
BAGHEERA is a black panther the color of ink, who most in the jungle are in awe of, and also a little afraid of. He joins the Council at Circle Rock whilst they are discussing Mowgli and trades his vote and a newly-killed buck for Mowgli’s acceptance into the pack. He is one of Mowgli’s main teachers, the other being Baloo, and is a great guide and example to him. He loves the man-cub dearly and the two spend much time together.
BOTH CHARACTERS are played by the same actor.
Male, Age 16+
CROFTS is Rudyard’s teacher.
BALOO is a large brown bear who is the only non-wolf to be allowed at Council Rock. He is Mowgli’s “sponsor” into the pack and also his primary teacher, teaching him the Law of the Jungle, greetings, and how to stay safe and protected. He is fairly lazy physically because of his substantial weight.
BOTH CHARACTERS are played by the same actor.
Female, Age 16+
MOTHER WOLF is very protective of Mowgli and raises him as her own. She attends the Council the night of the looking over of cubs, fully prepared to die in order to protect him. She is strong and brave and when angered the fiercest wolf in the Pack. She has no fear of Shere Khan even referring to herself as Raksha, “the demon” and threatens to kill Shere Khan if she ever sees him trying to kill Mowgli.
Two of Either Gender, Age 12 or less
Akela and Mother Wolf’s cubs.
Male, Age 4-6
YOUNG MOWGLI the first time we meet MOWGLI he is very young.
Either Gender, Any Age
KAA is a giant python blessed with beautiful, polished skin. Kaa saved Mowgli’s life when he was taken by monkeys. Although Kaa does not like to associate with the wolves, Kaa has great affection for their man cub.
KAA will be a combination of live actor and puppetry done by the actor.
Male, Age 16+
HATHI the elephant is King of the Jungle and a wise, inspiring leader. He is the voice of authority in the jungle. There is no force in the jungle as destructive as Hathi when injured or angry.
HATHI will be a two person near lifesize puppet/costume. One actor will be the voice of HATHI.
Either Gender, Any Age
RANN is a Kite, similar to a smaller eagle. RANN helps save Mowgli’s life by bringing a message to Baloo and Bagheera when Mowgli was kidnapped by the monkeys.
Female, Age 16+
MASSUA is a woman of the village who Mowgli meets and obtains the Red Flower (fire) from to fight Shere Khan. She is also Mowgli’s human mother.
Female, Age 10-14
DARI is a young girl from the village who is with Massua when they meet Mowgli.
Several of Either Gender and All Ages
There are several wolves of various ages and gender. Some are loyal and some turn on Akela and side with Shere Khan.
There are also many members of the Monkey-People. They are lawless and their language makes little sense. They kidnap Mowgli and what to make him a member of thier clan.

Contact

If you have questions, please contact Classical Catholic Drama Club director, Kenneth Henderson below.

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