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Blinn – Brenham to present adaptation of old favorite with ‘Jungalbook’

‘Jungalbook’ is adapted from the same stories that inspired Disney’s ‘The Jungle Book’

September 28, 2016

Blinn College will present an exciting stage adaptation of a Disney classic with its production of “Jungalbook” at the Dr. W.W. O’Donnell Performing Arts Center.

The play is an adaptation of the 1967 Disney movie “The Jungle Book,” which was based on a collection of stories by British writer Rudyard Kipling.

Blinn Theatre-Brenham presents the JungalbookThe play marks the Blinn-Brenham Theatre Arts Program’s second performance of the season, which celebrates Blinn’s 50 years of theatre. “Jungalbook” was a fitting selection for the 2016-17 season, as Disney’s “The Jungle Book” was released the same year that the theatre program began at Blinn College.

“We hope to hook into the popularity of the Disney remake released earlier this year,” said Brad Nies, Blinn-Brenham theatre director. “‘Jungalbook’ follows Kipling’s short stories a little closer than the Disney film.”

Shows begin at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 13-15, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16, in the Dr. W.W. O’Donnell Performing Arts Center (map). Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students with ID. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.blinn.edu/boxoffice, by calling 979-830-4024 or by emailing BoxOffice@blinn.edu.

“Jungalbook” follows the story of Mowgli, who was raised by a family of wolves. Mowgli is forced to leave the only home he has ever known and explores the jungle, where he meets an array of jungle animals, including a slithery python and a smooth-talking ape. Along the way, Mowgli learns valuable life lessons as his epic journey of self-discovery leads to fun and adventure.

Technical Theatre Arts Director Kevin Patrick and costume, makeup, and hair designer Jennifer Patrick have both visited jungles in Belize to study the foliage and how different plants grow. They also took particular interest in the way that the canopy of the jungle filters sunlight. 

This performance will be the Blinn-Brenham campus Theatre Arts Program’s entry to the 2016 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF). The KCACTF is a national organization that celebrates the educational and creative process of university and college theatre. The organization honors achievements in diversity and excellence, and encourages experiences in all areas of theatre.

“Being a part of this prestigious organization allows us to have an adjudicator attend a live performance and provide a critique,” Nies said. “In addition, the show may be recognized for outstanding achievement in production, design, direction, and performance.”