The long anticipated opening of the 48th season at the Treasure Village Family Playhouse arrived Tuesday with the fast-paced story "Jungle Book."
Adapted by Jan Lucas and Linnea Lambert, the famous story centers around various animals in the jungle — and which should be the leader when Akela the Great Wolf steps aside.
The audience enjoyed participating by making animal sounds in the first act and weather conditions in the second. The youngsters were so enthusiastic at the first show!
Lexi Duffy played the role of Akela extremely well. I also enjoyed Liam Knudtson as Baloo the Bear, Laura Clark as Mowgli the Man Cub, Maddison Lambert in the role of Bagheera the Panther and Carter Lambert as the bully Shere Khan the Tiger.
These young actors had to strut, dance and walk like animals all over the appropriately colorful jungle set. They were up and down, swinging from vines and pretty much engaging the audience with their enthusiasm.
It was a humid, warm day and I believe their antics on stage would be comparable to a weigh loss exercise program.
The staff had strategically situated fans for addition comfort not only for the actors but for the members of the audience as well.
The story's mission is to instill in youngsters and adults alike the premise that using your brains and common sense will be better in the long run than brute strength.
The chant "law of the jungle, jungle law" was repeated many times by the play's characters and echoed with enthusiasm by the opening day audience who departed with smiles on their faces.
The owners and staff at Treasure Village are to be commended for the many steps they took to insure the safety of everyone during this COVID-19 pandemic.
"Jungle Book" will run Tuesday through Saturday for three weeks, ending on July 18. "Sleeping Beauty," an original musical will begin a four-week run on July 21.