Jungle Animals and Jazz at the Historic Sugar Land Auditorium in May

Bagheera (Ashley Janak), Shanti (Jaleena Cate) and Mowgli (Luca Marino) in Inspiration Stage’s Jungle Book KIDS. Photo by photo: Mandy Seymore-Sensat

Inspiration Stage presents two exciting musicals in May – Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS features young actors, ages six to 12, while Chicago: High School Edition features teen actors.

The jungle will be jumpin’ with a jazzy beat in Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS. Specially adapted from the classic Disney animated film, the musical features a host of colorful characters and your favorite songs from the movie.

Luca Marino, eight-years-old and a second grader at Cornerstone Elementary in Telfair, is excited to play Mowgli. “I am so excited for this great opportunity to be Mowgli in The Jungle Book KIDS,”  he said. “This is my fifth iStage show, and I love it because it’s so much fun to sing, and dance and act, and all the other kids and directors are so talented!”

Banished by the ferocious tiger Shere Khan, a human boy named Mowgli and his panther friend, Bagheera, are on the run in the deepest parts of the jungle. On their journey, the two meet a sinister snake named Kaa, a herd of elephants and a giant bear named Baloo, who teaches them the swingin’ musical rhythms of the jungle. After surviving a dangerous encounter with a band of monkeys led by King Louie, Mowgli and Bagheera are forced to run for their lives. When Shere Khan returns, our heroes must rally their fellow animals into battle and restore peace throughout the jungle.

Tickets are available for advance purchase at inspirationstage.com or at the door before showtime for the following shows:

• Friday, May 3rd, 7:30 pm
• Saturday, May 4th, 7:30 pm
• Sunday, May 5th, 3:30 pm

Velma Kelly (Maura Dooley), Billy Flynn (Jonathan Bynum) and Roxie Hart (Emily Adams) razzle dazzle ‘em in Inspiration Stage’s Chicago: High School Edition. Photo by Sarah Patterson.

In Chicago during the Roaring 20s, Roxie Hart murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband, Amos, to take the rap until he finds out he’s been duped and turns on Roxie. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie and another “Merry Murderess,” Velma Kelly, vie for the spotlight and the headlines, ultimately joining forces in search of the American dream of fame, fortune and acquittal.

Playing one of the Merry Murderesses, Ashley Johnson, age 15, a Greatwood resident and freshman at George Ranch High School, said, “I am excited to be part of such a talented cast and to challenge myself as a performer with this award-winning show.  Inspiration Stage has helped me pursue my passion of musical theatre, and I am so thankful!”

Chicago: High School Edition is content-appropriate and has been adapted to remove overtly sexual references and adult language. The production is recommended for audiences ages 12 and up.

Tickets are available for advance purchase at inspirationstage.com or at the door before showtime for the following shows:

• Friday, May 17th, 7:30 pm
• Saturday, May 18th, 3:30 pm and 7:30 pm
• Sunday, May 19th, 3:30 pm

Inspiration Stage is a national award-winning performance arts studio located in the historic Sugar Land Auditorium at 226 Lakeview Dr. The 2018/2019 season includes youth and adult productions, as well as acting and production classes. Inspiration Stage recently announced its summer schedule with 24 summer camps for ages four through 19. Tuition assistance is available to qualifying participants. For tickets and information, visit www.inspirationstage.com.