One would think the timing is perfect for staging The Jungle Book, considering the new Disney movie that released today. However, Shweta Nanavati, the founder of the Glow Worm Club (GWC), explains that their musical is based on an original script and diligently follows the book, unlike the movie. “The story does have a happy ending as such, but it gives people something to think about—where does Mowgli belong, to the jungle or the village?” she shares.
Having staged plays like The Lion King in the past, the GWC, a children’s library and activity centre, is all set to recreate Kipling’s iconic book as their fourth annual play. The music has been composed by the students of Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music, while the play has been scripted by Sandhya Ruban, founder of Eloquens, and is being choreographed by Andrea Jacobs, the founder of Integrated Fitness.
The play will see a cast of 32 children—who went through an audition in September and, after the final selection, started training for the play—with four-year-old Mudit Chandak playing junior Mowgli, 14-year-old Kandiban as senior Mowgli and 13-year-old Jas Khubchandani donning the role of Shere Khan.
The costumes have been designed by the students of the National Institute of Fashion Technology, Chennai, and the sets by the
students of MIDAS, the architecture institute.
On April 14, from 6 pm.
At the Museum Theatre.