BY: PAMELA STERN
Third, fourth and fifth graders at PS. 346 put on five sold out performances of Disney’s “Jungle Book.” The Jungle Book is an animated film produced by Walt Disney Productions, and inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s book which has the same name.
The premise for The Jungle Book, is Mowgli, a child is raised in the jungle by wolves. Mowgli’s friends Bagheera the panther and Baloo the bear try to convince him to leave the jungle before the evil tiger, Shere Khan arrives.
The Jungle Book was selected by Principal Caifa for the students to perform as part of a grant (Disney Musicals in Schools) that three of the performing arts teachers applied for. PS 346 was selected as one of ten schools out of 100 schools which applied for this grant. This is a three year grant from Disney, which allows a professional development day for the teachers involved in the performances to attend, the performance rights to the school, the scripts, director’s guides and cd’s free of charge. One stipulation that the school must adhere to is that the school is not allowed to change the script and cannot alter the music in anyway.
The costumes for this production were purchased by PS 346 from Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Youth Arts Academy. Students’ parents sacrificed their own time to help out with this production. Some of the parents helped make alterations on the costumes.
Students were very engaged in their performances and look forward to next year’s production which at this time has not been decided.
Photos By: Pamela Stern