Congratulations to these talented students selected to participate in this production! The cast includes Darnarius Aaron, Rosalie Alatorre, Abigail Birmingham, Georgia Blackmon, Sidney Botner, Joy Cherry, Victoria Colley, Avery Davison, McCoy Davison, Tiffanie Duke, Clay Evers, Presley Givens, Emily Henderson, Ianna Hernandez, Aram Hurtado, Isai Hurtado, Madison Jacobs, Brylee Jobe, Madeline Kneeland, Ellis Lyles, Micah Lyons, Raylynn Massey, Laney McLelland, Grace McNabb, Maggie Meyer, Gideon Moncrief, Nyla Moore, Jack Pagan, Mary Claire Parker, Chloe Patterson, Madelyn Poss, Amy Raborn, Landry Seat, Layla Sharp, Natalee Speer, Blake Tanner, Maddy Todd, Hannia Valero, Addie Waggoner, Ava Williams, Lambert Williams, Kaden Wood and Abby Wyatt.

The Jungle Book was written by Rudyard Kipling for his first child in 1894. One of the wonderful themes of this story is acceptance and family. Mowgli, a man-cub, is not only taken in by the jungle animals, but he is raised and loved as family. “What a great message for our times,” said director Shelton Harden. “The actors cast for this show will bring to life the wonderful story of how Mowgli was cared for and loved by the entire jungle family – except, of course, for Shere Khan, the tiger. There must always be a bad guy and the tiger gets that job in this story.”

“Disney’s Jungle Book KIDS” will run March 31 and April 1. This production showcases a large cast of talented drama students from ages 7-16, and is being directed by Shelton Harden, children’s performing arts coordinator at SAAC. Harden, a well-known lifelong veteran of stage and music theater, teaches children’s drama classes at SAAC.

“Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS” is sponsored by El Dorado Kiwanis Club, with additional funding by Entergy. It is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International.