On August 25, 2017, over a hundred people came to see twelve young actors bring the Jungle Book story to life. The evening show began at the Grande Parlour Theatre with a peacock walking down the aisle. When he got to the stage, the narration began. Children as young as eight acted their hearts out as director Teresa Pettit controlled the sound effects and lighting.
This performance came at the end of a two week camp the children attended in the summer. Within that time frame, they memorized lines, created sets, and designed costumes. Pettit says working with the kids was phenomenal. “I am happy I am able to mentor kids who are the same age I was when I started acting.” It was obvious by their smiles, the children enjoyed the experience too.
Amelia Gurski said, “I had fun because we played games and acted,” and Jenna Henuset stated, “I had a lot of fun. I played the lazy, lying, funny bear.” Craig Konetchy, owner of Beantrees Café and co-founder of the Theatre, said this show was for parents and friends of the actors. The next workshop will be in January.