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.
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Featuring Eymard Cabling (Milo), Jamey Hood (Mom/Joanne/Samantha), Renée Brna (Jane), Derek Manson (Steve), Ella Saldana North (Kayla), and Erika Whalen Schindele (Pat/Kelly/Nicolette).
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