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Edward Mast’s “Jungalbook” Dramatizes Rudyard Kipling’s Mowgli Stories

"Jungalbook" opens Nov. 5th at Raleigh Little Theatre

"Jungalbook" opens Nov. 5th at Raleigh Little Theatre

Raleigh Little Theatre will present a youth-theater production of Jungalbook, adapted for the stage by Seattle playwright Edward Mast in 1982 from The Jungle Books (1893-95) by British novelist Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) and recommended for children aged 7 and up, on Nov. 5-7, 11-14, and 19-21 in its Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre. RLT youth theater and education director Linda O’Day Young will direct the show.

According to Raleigh Little Theatre:

“Set deep in a jungle of India, Jungalbook tells the classic story of Mowgli [Ben Mygatt], the human child who is raised by wolves [Stephanie Rinehart as pack leader Akela, Parker Perry as Grab, and Clayton Brown as Grey]. He is befriended by Baloo the bear [Faegan Young] and kept under the watchful eye of Bagheera [Clint Lienau], the lone panther.

Ben Mygatt as Mowgli the human boy and Andrieu Doyle as Kaa the python (photo by David Watts)

Ben Mygatt as Mowgli the human boy and Andrieu Doyle as Kaa the python (photo by David Watts)

“We follow Mowgli as he learns that he is not actually a wolf, but instead a human who must defend himself against Sherakhan [Mika Huvard], the fearsome tiger who killed his parents. When Mowgli finally meets Sherakhan face-to-face, he uses rope stolen from a nearby village to defend himself, which is against jungle law. He is forced to choose between defying jungle law, and facing the consequences, or leaving the jungle forever.

“As Edward Mast’s first play for young audiences, this adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Books, embodies the spirits of loyalty, adventure, and betrayal found in the original stories. Jungalbook won a Distinguished Play Award from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education in 1991.”

In addition to the actors named above, the Raleigh Little Theatre cast for Jungalbook includes Libby Rogers as Chil the vulture; Becca Easley as Haithi the elephant; Andrieu Doyle as Kaa the python; Aidan Wells as Perchy the monkey; Sam Hamashima as the Hyena; Madeline Cooke, Charlotte Hopson, Arianna Tysinger, and Alexandria Hanyok as the River; and Madeline Cooke and Arianna Tysinger as the Humans.

In addition to director Linda O’Day Young, the show’s creative team includes choreographer Alison Williams, technical director Jim Zervas, scenic designer Shannon Clark, lighting designer Andrew Parks, costume and makeup designer Vicki Olson, properties manager Ann Marie Crosmun, sound designer/engineer Becca Easley, and stage manager G. Paul Slovensky.

Raleigh Little Theatre presents JUNGALBOOK at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5, 1 and 5 p.m. Nov. 6 and 7, 10 a.m. Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12, 1 and 5 p.m. Nov. 13 and 14, 10 a.m. Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19, 1 and 5 p.m. Nov. 20, and 1 p.m. Nov. 21 in RLT‘s Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre, 301 Pogue St., Raleigh, North Carolina 27607.

TICKETS: $13 ($9 children).

BOX OFFICE: 919/821-3111 or





NOTE: All shows are wheelchair accessible, and assistive-listening devices are available for all shows.


Study Guide: (Central Washington University Department of Theatre Arts).

Teacher’s Guide: (University of Kansas Theatre for Young People).

The Jungle Books: (Wikipedia) and (e-text from Project Gutenberg).

Rudyard Kipling: (Wikipedia) and (The Kipling Society).


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4 Responses

  1. Andrieu Doyle is off the charts talented, actor, dancer, singer-triple threat.

  2. Absolutely loved the Bagheera the panther!

  3. The costumes are fabulous!


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