Drama. Adapted by Edward Mast. Based on the Mowgli stories of Rudyard Kipling.
Cast: 2m., 6 either gender with doubling, or up to 15 (2m., 13 either gender). This dramatization places the jungle of India on a children's playground. The dialogue and action refer to the jungle, but the play draws color and style from a child's intense world of playfulness, loyalty, adventure and betrayal. Mowgli, the human child, grows up in the jungle, raised by wolves under the guidance of Baloo the bear. The tiger, Sherakhan, killed his parents and wants the boy's flesh, but Bagheera, the lone panther, protects him. Mowgli grows up wild and unconcerned, believing he's a wolf; but the tiger works long and hard to poison the wolf pack against him. With rope stolen from the human village, Mowgli meets and destroys Sherakhan; but his use of "manthing" has broken jungle law. Mowgli must choose whether to defy the law or leave the jungle forever. Unit set of a jungle gym. Animal and jungle themed costumes, with suggested costume details available in the script. Approximate running time: 75 minutes.