Thomasville Times Enterprise

April 11, 2014

TOSAC prepping for ‘The Jungalbook’

Rev. Arthur L. Jones III
CNHI

THOMASVILLE — Thomasville on Stage and Company (TOSAC) is  hard at work preparing to bring its next production to the stage in living color.

Beginning Saturday, April 26, TOSAC will perform “The Jungalbook.”

In “The Jungalbook,” an orphaned baby is rescued from a ferocious tiger and raised by the wolfpack. The manbaby, named Mowgli by the leader of the pack, learns jungle law from the bear, and his experiences provide delight for all play-goers.

The play is based on the 1894 collection of stories by the English author, Rudyard Kipling. His original stories were first published in magazines in 1893 and 1894.

Marc Cramer — director of “The Jungalbook” — said the stage production will be full of wonder and surprises.

Said Cramer, “This production will be very, very faithful to the stories as Kipling wrote them. It’s quite a departure from the Disney movie. It’s much more in keeping with nature and the laws of the jungle. Our production is really about how the animals live in the human world and conversely, how humans relate to animals. Whenever you see humans in the play, they do not speak, and their faces are obscured with masks. The animals will convey the story to the audience. They are the stars.”

“The Jungalbook” is the third stage production of TOSAC’s 2013-14 season. It follows TOSAC’s highly successful and well-received productions of Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None” and Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun.”

After “The Jungalbook,” TOSAC will next bring to the stage Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” this summer.

Thomasville On Stage And Company Inc. was established in 1979, with an initial gathering of about 30 people who met at the Thomas College chapel to share ideas and to dream. TOSAC thrives 35 years later — evoking tears, laughs and hearty applause from audiences.

Roles are still available in “Jungalbook.”

“I know this community is brimming with artistic talent. If you’d like to be a part of our wonderful production, please contact me directly ASAP. I’d love to work with you,” Cramer said.

Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 26; 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 27; 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 1, Friday, May 2, and Saturday, May 3; and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 4.

Thomasville On Stage And Company’s Community Theater is at 117 S. Broad St.

Anyone who needs additional information about the event, is interested in auditioning for a role or wants to volunteer backstage/behind the scenes can call 229-226- 0863 or visit TOSAC’s website: http://www.tosac.com.