By CLYNISHA STEVENS
Welcome to the jungle, theatergoers.
Pima Community College’s theater department promises nonstop action, colorful scenery and plenty of energetic animals during its upcoming performance of “The Jungle Book.”
The play will run from Sept. 26 to Oct. 7 at the West Campus Center for the Arts Proscenium Theatre.
Directed by Mickey Nugent, the family-oriented production is based on the book by British writer Rudyard Kipling.
“I wanted to do another big, epic novel with animals and adventure and jungles,” Nugent said.
Kipling based the story on his childhood experience of moving from his home in India to a British boarding school. Kipling was bullied because he was different, and kind teachers encouraged him to write.
His tale centers around Mowgli, a boy raised by wolves in the jungles of India. Mowgli’s adventures with Bagheera the panther, Baloo the bear and Shere Khan the tiger parallel Kipling’s struggles at school.
Mowgli learns the same lessons Kipling did about the value of friendship and the importance of loyalty.
Nugent wants families to attend with their children, laugh and have fun.
“I want them to enjoy it,” Nugent said. “I want the message to be: The world is family and everybody needs to be accepting of different people.”
Tickets cost $6. Performances will be on Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. American Sign Language interpreters will be available Oct. 5.
The theater department will also host “Jungle Jamboree,” a free community event for families featuring activities, treats and scenes from the play.
“Jungle Jamboree” will take place on Sept. 22 from 9-11 a.m. in the West Campus Black Box Theatre.
For further information, call 206-6986 or visit pima.edu/cfa.
‘The Jungle Book’
When: Sept. 26-Oct. 7
Where: West Campus Proscenium Theatre
Box office: 206-6986
When: Sept 22, 9-11 a.m.
Where: West Campus Black Box Theatre