‘Jungle Book’ never has a dull moment
Written by Bill Schlichting, Pilot staff writer   
May 18, 2011 12:09 pm

 

The Brookings-Harbor Community Theater production of “Disney’s Jungle Book” is proof that there are talented children in the region.

The thespians, all between 8 and 16, have staged a play that never has a dull moment. The plot is simple: A boy, lost in the jungle, is befriended by animals that protect him from animals that are not so friendly.

 

Many songs are performed and are well done, thanks to the efforts of Director Dori Blodgett. Much precision could be seen in the dances. If there were any mistakes, they were hard to spot; it was apparent that the young actors were taught to keep the play moving and not show embarrassment when something goes wrong.

The boy, Mowgli – played by third-generation Brookings-Harbor thespian Tyler Walters – plays the lead. Walters is the son of Megan Walters, who has performed the lead in “Steel Magnolias,” and is the grandson of Karen McMahon, who recently performed in “Kitchen Witches” and “The Odd Couple – Female Version.” Watching Tyler perform on the stage, it is obvious that acting is in his blood.

Playing Mowgli’s closest animal buddies are Tyler Freeman as Baloo the Bear and Tristen Lawson as Baghera. Together they keep an eye on Mowgli, protecting him from Kaa the Snake (Emily Chirinian), Queen Louie (Jordan Grenert) and her pack of monkeys, and the dreaded Shere Kahn (Sara Ziemer). And then there is Colonel Hathi (Daniel Vondersheer) and his troop of elephants who also save the day.

More than 25 children play the parts of animals, too many to mention, but all worthy of praise.

Two weekends remain to see this fantastic presentation, which takes place at the Harbor Performing Arts Center in the Brookings-Harbor Shopping Center. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, May 20, 21, 27 and 28, and 2 p.m. Sundays, May 22 and 29.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and $7 for students. For reservations, call 541-469-4700.