After five weeks of rehearsals and classes, 60 young actors aged 6 to 17 are ready to bring “The Jungle Book” to life on the OCP stage.

Each summer the Orange Community Players holds a Young People’s Theater. In the workshops, youngsters learn about make-up, costuming, choreography and stage combat. After a week of classes, each child goes through the process of auditioning for parts in the production that is performed at the end of the workshop.

Every child participates in the musical.

Parents got into the act, building the set.

The event also gives the Junior Board of the OCP experience on the other end of the spectrum, choreographing and directing along with technical aspects and producing.

Young veteran to the OCP stage Dee Dee Howell directs the youngsters as they sing and dance their way through the tale of Mowgli, the man-cub, played by Dylan Gray.

The other main characters are Baghere and Baloo, played by junior board members Bridget Patillo and Ariel Killian, as well as Joshua Scales, playing Shere Kahn, the tiger. King Louie is played by Bre Norton.

The vultures are played by triplets, Lizzi, Lilli and Lexxi Fair.

There are a host of other characters and a jungle full of animals in the delightful tale filled with song and dance.

The play has a run time of 35-40 minutes, with no intermission. If you love the theater, but can’t sit as long as most shows, here is your chance to enjoy a production, once again.

The musical will run this week, Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. A matinee is offered Sunday at 2:30. Tickets are $5. There will be no “comp” tickets for this show. Reservations are encouraged by calling 882-9137. The theater is at 701 W. Division Ave. in Orange.

OCP thanks all the parents for their help and dedication, with special thanks to Camille Franklin, Jo Harris, Charlotte Burton and Jim Brown.

About Penny LeLeux

Penny has worked at The Record Newspapers since 2006. A member of the editorial staff, she has "done everything but print it." Most frequently she writes entertainment reviews and human interest stories, with a little paranormal thrown in from time to time.She has been a lifelong member of the Orangefield community.