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Youth staging The Jungle Book July 27-28
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Rylee Carlson as Mowgli meets up with the Indian python Kaa. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT

Some 31 students are involved in the Summer Musical Theater Camp at Cornerstone Community Church in Manteca.

Their hard work and effort will be showcased in Disney’s “The Jungle Book” scheduled July 27 (7 p.m.) and July 28 (2 o’clock matinee and 7 p.m.).

According to director Michealle Hoag, her group – Cornerstone Community Theater – purchased the exclusive rights from Disney via special arrangement with Musical Theatre International to use performance materials for the play based on the Rudyard Kipling book.

Included will be familiar Disney tunes such as “The Bare Necessities,” “Colonel Hathi’s March (The Elephant Song),” “Trust In Me (the Python’s song),” and “Baloo Blues.”

“(The Jungle Book) will be a culmination of these past few weeks,” she said during the Tuesday rehearsal at Cornerstone, 17900 Comconex Road.

Rylee Carlson stars as feral child Mowlgi.  He’s joined on stage by Tatiana Gutierrez as Shanti; Jessica Groen as the black panther, Bagheera; Justus Marson as the Baloo, the bear; Dawson Beechler as the Indian elephant Colonel Hathi; Jessica Lund as the Bengal tiger Shere Khan;  and Alexa McIntyre as King Louie, to name a few.

Chris Reif is in charge of the set designer while Susan Simi is handling the costumes.

“It was Michealle’s vision,” said Simi of the costume designs.

She added, “We borrowed from the Youth Entertainment Stage Company (of Modesto) and the Children’s Musical Theaterworks of Fresno, taking bits and pieces to put together the (35) costumes.”

The play can be enjoyed by children of all ages.

Cost is $5 for general admission and $10 for preferred seating. Tickets can be purchased at the Cornerstone Community Church office or at the door.

For more information, call 209-825-1220 or click on to Cornerstone Community Theater on Facebook.