San Diego Junior Theatre Presents “The Jungle Book”

| February 6, 2022 | 0 Comments

San Diego Junior Theatre, the nation’s longest-running youth theatre program, presents “The Jungle Book,” the third show of its 74th Season. Recommended for all ages, “The Jungle Book” will run from Friday, March 4 to Sunday, March 20, with an ASL-interpreted performance on Saturday, March 19 at 2 p.m..

Mowgli is rambunctious and curious, scrappy and silly. Sound like a kid you know? This new adaptation of the beloved Rudyard Kipling story will keep you perched on the edge of your seat as young Mowgli comes face-to-face with sneaky monkeys, noisy vultures and his mortal enemy, the tiger Shere Khan.

Growing up in the dangerous Indian Jungle, Mowgli learns to respect his environment and the wisdom of the animals.

The Jungle Book will be directed by Wilfred Paloma, who has worked with Junior Theatre as a teaching artist, director and choreographer. His most recent project with Junior Theatre was directing and choreographing “School of Rock.” In addition to his work with San Diego Junior Theatre, Wilfred is a professor of Theatre Arts at Grossmont College.

Junior Theatre is very excited to engage with tabla artist and percussionist Miles Shrewsbury III, who is composing original music for the production using Indian instruments. Shrewsbury, a disciple of Sri Abhiman Kaushal and Pandit Nandkumar Bhatlouande of Hyderabad, India, is trained in the Farukhabad Gharana of his teachers and is a respected performer of its rich, aesthetic repertoire through his years of dedicated study and practice. Shrewsbury has performed all over the world in prestigious venues such as the Symphony Space (New York City), Smithsonian Museum (Washington D.C.), Tokyo Museum of Modern Art (Tokyo, Japan), Royal Horticultural Hall (London, England) and St. Paul Cathedral (New York City).

Junior Theatre also runs a popular student matinee program with two weekday morning shows for “The Jungle Book at 10 a.m.,Wednesday, March 9 and Tuesday, March 15. Discounted tickets are available to San Diego area school groups as a way to introduce children to theatre and the importance of the arts. For more information on booking a student matinee, school administrators and teachers can email or call 619-239-8355.

Junior Theatre is currently requiring patrons (adults and children over 12) to provide proof of vaccination or negative PCR COVID test result, taken within 72 hours of the performance, in order to attend. Face coverings are required of all patrons while inside the Casa del Prado Theater. Patrons are asked to check for full details and any policy updates prior to attending a performance.

All Junior Theatre productions are performed in Balboa Park’s historic Casa del Prado Theatre, at the corner of Old Globe Way and Village Place. For tickets and more information, visit or call the box office at 619-239-8355.

Cast members from a previous production of “The Jungle Book” bring their characters to life.

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