To find out more about this year’s finale production, The Phuket Newssat down with KIS’ Head of Performing Arts Department and Music Teacher, Mr Davison.
“We were pleased to get the full licence from Music Theatre International in New York for the original production, based on the book by Rudyard Kipling. It will be very similar to the original Disney cartoon, but it’s been adapted for kids,” Mr Davison said.
Asked if the choice to put on The Jungle Bookhad anything to do with the release of the remake earlier this year, Mr Davison said, “To be honest, it was a bit of luck, none of us knew it [the remake] was coming out when we made the decision. We were deciding between The Lion Kingand The Jungle Book, and MTI were able to offer us the full licence for The Jungle Bookin Thailand.”
“It’s a well known tale, with lots of good songs. A lot of the kids were excited about the new movie coming out as they had already started to rehearse, so we played on that and said ‘of course we knew about it’,” he laughed.
Mr Davison confirmed that the performance will include adaptations of all of the classic, favourite tunes, including Trust in Me, Colonel Hathi’s March, The Bare Necessitiesand I Wan’na Be like You.
“There will be some strong and talented soloists showcased, while we also wanted to ensure participation from all the students,” he said, noting that everyone, from pre-nursery (2 years old), all the way up to year 10 (14 and 15 years old) will have a role, with as many as 190 students being on stage at a time.
Namely, the Year 6 students will play the troop of monkeys; Year 4 and 5 students the elephants; Year 2 and 3 the plants; and the youngest students will play rocks and bees.
“The students have worked real hard rehearsing the dances and songs, and they’ve also been designing their own masks and costumes in their respective art classes.
“Art teachers Miss Ledwick and Miss Snyder have done fantastic work. Wait till you see Kaa the snake, which will be played by three people, or King Louie the orangutan and Shere Khan tiger masks,” he enthused.
Mr Davison also took the opportunity to thank KIS’ new drama teacher, Mr Orme, who has been acting as Dramatic Director, organising the cast and choreography.
Mr Davison has previously worked with Mr Orme on a number of musicals and drama community projects in Newcastle, in the UK, and is confident that their proven history will make all the difference.
Anticipated guests should not hesitate to secure their tickets, which are selling like hot cakes.
“We are doing a lot of promotion and expect to sell out this year. There’s seating for about 500, and we have limited tickets still available,” said Mr Davison, who advised ticket holders to arrive by 9am on the day, when there will be refreshments and breakfast available.
“Some students, parents and teachers will entertain guests with live music in the foyer area, and we’ll start to seat the audience by about 9:30-9:45am.
The show will be about 45 minutes and there will be more music and refreshments after,” he added. Mr Davison also noted that on June 5, some of the lead performers will be performing some of the songs at the Lard Yai Walking Street Market, and the cast plan to perform at other places in Phuket as the show date approaches.
Tickets, which are B400 and includes breakfast, can be booked at the KIS office. All profits will be used to continue to support the rebuilding of Ban Koh Lone School, which was devastated by the 2004 tsunami. For the past three years, the KIS community has taken an active role to support the school, financially and through supplies donations and manual volunteering hours from staff, students and parents.