Book & Lyrics by Karen Zacarías
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma
Jane is an ordinary suburban girl, complete with a really nice mom and a bratty little brother. But Jane is on the verge of some big changes. Middle school is looming, and that’s both exciting and a little scary. And yet nothing compares with the jolt she gets when she wakes up one morning to discover she has acquired spots, furry ears and a tail! Not only that, but her neighborhood seems to be turning into a jungle! This delightfully inventive new musical takes a wild and wonderful approach to everything kids have to go through before they’re truly “grown up.”
Jane of the Jungle was commissioned and premiered at South Coast Repertory Theatre, Costa Mesa, CA in 2012 under the director of Juliette Carrillo. It received its youth cast premiere in 2013 at Palos Verdes Intermediate School in Palos Verdes, California, produced by Chauntelle O’Loughlin.
Jane of the Jungle is published by the Dramatic Publishing Company.
1. THE ENVELOPE OPENING – Jane, Kayla, Mom, Milo, Steve
2. CALL OF THE WILD – All
3. LOOK AT ME – Kayla, Jane, Mom, Milo
4. SAFETY IN NUMBERS – Joanne, Pat
5. CALL OF THE WILD II – Joanne, Pat, Jane
6. PHYSICAL FLOW – Steve, Jane, Milo, Kayla
7. CALL OF THE WILD III – Steve, Jane
8. MY SISTER IS A BEAST – Milo
9. THE PARTY – Kelly, Samantha, Kayla, Jane
10. MY SISTER IS A BEAST REPRISE – Milo, Jane
11. I FEEL… – Nicolette, Jane
12. CALL OF THE WILD FINALE – All
Cast: 4 women, 2 men
(Youth Cast version expandable up to 8 women, 3 men and Chorus)
JANE – A girl about to start middle school (Alto)
KAYLA – JANE’s best friend. (Mezzo with Belt)
MOM – JANE’s Mother. Also plays JOANNE and SAMANTHA (Alto)
PAT- Also plays KELLY and NICOLETTE MILLER, the most popular girl (Mezzo)
MILO – JANE’s younger brother (Tenor)
STEVE COLLINS – The cute boy. Also plays KAYLA’S DAD (Bari-Tenor)
Music: Pop musical theatre score with “world music” influences. Accompaniment tracks available.
Musical Difficulty: Moderate
Technical Requirements: Minimal Set, some special “jungle” effects suggested
Suggested Audience: Upper Elementary School/Families
KAREN ZACARIAS (Book & Lyrics) world premiere adult plays include Mariela in the Desert (Repertorio Espanol), How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents (Round House Theatre), and Legacy Of Light and The Book Club Play (Arena Stage) directed by Molly Smith.
Karen is the winner of the 2006 Francesca Primus Award for her play, Mariela in the Desert (World Premiere at The Goodman Theatre in Chicago). Mariela is also the winner the 2005 TCG/AT&T First Stages Award, the 2004 National Latino Playwrights’ Competition, finalist for the 2004 Susan Smith Blackburn prize. Her play The Book Club Play was part of the O’Neill Playwrights Conference in 2007. Her play, The Sins of Sor Juana won Outstanding New Play at the 2000 Helen Hayes Awards and has been produced throughout the country. Karen is a core member of the Playwrights’ Center.
Her musical plays for young people with composer Deborah Wicks La Puma have enjoyed productions at The Goodman Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, The Coterie, Chicago PlayWorks, Nashville Children’s Theater, The Alliance Theatre, Imagination Stage, Arden Theater, Cleveland Playhouse, Oregon Children’s Theatre, Honolulu Theater for Youth, St. Louis Rep and more.
Karen Zacarías is the founding artistic director of Young Playwrights’ Theater, an award-winning non-profit dedicated to enhancing literacy, arts empowerment and conflict resolution through playwriting in Washington, DC area schools. She lives in DC with her husband Rett, and children Nico, Kati, and Maia.
DEBORAH WICKS LA PUMA (Music) – see her bio page