Sunday, April 19, 2015

The Jungle Book

Mowgli  with  Mother & Father Wolf
The Arden Theatre, located at 40 N 2nd Street in Olde City is presenting Greg Bank’s play version of The Jungle Book on its Arcadia Stage through June 21. This world premiere production is nothing short of incredible for kids and adults alike.  Imagine yourself in Rudyard Kipling’s jungle with Shere Kahn the Tiger, Bagheera the Panther and Mowgli the man-cub climbing all around you. Listen to the hissing of Kaa the python, and the caws of the vultures.  Laugh at the foolishness of the monkeys. Witness the protective nature of the Mother and Father wolf.  The show is not amazing merely for the set, which truly places the audience right in the middle of the jungle and all the action. And it is not the only show which has portrayed animals with clever costuming.  Nor is it remarkable simply because each of the cast members plays the role of four different animals in the jungle with the exception of Thaddeus Fitzpatrick who is visible almost the entire time as he portrays Mowgli, the man-cub. Taysha Canales, Charlie DelMarcelle, Sean Lally and Nikki E. Walker change their costumes faster than you can blink and become new persona, swinging from trees, climbing vines, or slithering through the jungle. All are agile and fleet of foot and leap through the jungle before your very eyes. The sound system is extraordinary and the jungle sound effects must be heard to be believed. The most memorable parts of this delightful production, however, are the frequent sounds of young voices laughing. While adults may chuckle, youngsters are hysterical and this is a production of Arden’s Children’s Theatre, after all. This is definitely a show to be enjoyed by everyone, but if you have young children in your life, be sure to take them to see this production.  You’ll certainly enjoy their reactions.  For more information or tickets, call 215-922-1122 or visit online at 

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