Fifteen students from Hope Secondary School performed Edward Mast’s Jungalbook Nov. 17 to 19.
An audience packed the school’s theatre on Friday, ending the show with a rousing applause for play director Dave Dunster.
Jungalbook explores the difficult journey to understand a person’s place in the world. The script captures the themes of belonging, betrayal and excitement that generations of fans have come to expect from the original Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling.
“This adaptation … is closer to the original novel than either of Disney’s versions,” wrote Dunster in his director’s note. I picked this script a long time ago because people know the general story and understand the characters quickly.
Dunster added that he kept the script as simple as possible to minimize distractions from the main plot.
Dunster and his cast will head to the Fraser Valley Theatre Zone Festival in Abbotsford to compete on Dec. 6 to 8.