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March 18, 1999
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IU Northwest Brings Kipling Classic & Theatre Workshops to Local Children

Indiana University Northwest students will perform Rudyard Kipling’s, The Jungle Book to local schools, as well as the community during the month of April. Public performances for the children’s classic will be Saturday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 11 at 2:30 p.m. at Theatre Northwest on campus. Four-year-old, Nicole Calomino of Hammond will make her acting debut in the production as well.

First published in 1894 when Kipling was only 28-years-old, this exciting tale of good vs. evil will be brought vividly to the Theatre Northwest stage 17 times for local schools, besides the public performances. The tale centers on the escapades of Mowgli, an Indian boy raised by wolves who is befriended by Bagheera, the panther and Balboo, the bear, as well as threatened by Shere Kahn, the evil tiger.

Following the Sunday matinee, a series of three workshops will be offered to children at no additional charge. The workshops run approximately for one hour and include: The Magic of Stage Makeup, a mini-workshop in fantasy and three-dimensional makeup; All The World’s a Stage, a mini-workshop in creative dramatics and improvisational acting; and The Illusion of Scenic Art, a mini-workshop in scenery painting techniques.

Because he feels children’s theatre should be as much of a learning experience as possible, Jerry Taylor, chairperson for IU Northwest’s Division of Performing Arts and associate professor in the theatre program, says the workshops help “stimulate the children toward creativity.” He also adds that he expects over 10,000 children in the area to see the upcoming production either with their school or during public performances.

“I feel our children’s theatre is a significant contribution to the community,” says Taylor who has directed every annual campus children’s production since 1982. “Over 300,000 children have had their first theatre experience at IU Northwest.”

Tickets for The Jungle Book are $6 with a discount available for groups. Reservations or additional information for the play and workshops are at 219-980-6810.

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