My journey to shoot for the moon.

David as Mowgli

On Monday, David auditioned for the Missoula Children’s Theater Production of Jungle Book. David has been in nearly 3 Missoula productions each year for the past 4 years (we missed a one or two).

The kids audition on Monday. Auditions last from 4-6 pm and the directors will cast kids by 6 pm. David has auditioned with as few as 70 kids and as many as 160 kids. The kids range in age from 5-18. And usually between 55-65 kids are cast for the production. The directors make the auditions fun and in my opinion, just auditioning for a Missoula production is a worthwhile experience.

David got the part of Mowgli. This was his first lead in a play. He was so excited (and nervous). The kids rehearse all week and perform the show twice on Saturday. David needed to be at rehearsal on Monday from 6:30-8:30 pm and then Tuesday-Friday from 4:00-8:30 pm. On Saturday, the kids arrive at 10 am and rehearse. The first performance is at 2 pm and the second at 6 pm. It makes for a very crazy week.

Most of the time (depending on our schedules), I will attend both performances. I take pictures and am there to run David around (they are dismissed for about an hour between performances). Yesterday was no exception. I watched the performance twice and took over 200 pictures.

David and Baloo (played by one of the directors)

 

David did an amazing job! I am so proud of him. He had a solo song and a large number of lines. He was on stage for most of the production. And if he made a mistake, I don’t know what it was. He did a great job of covering his mistakes and I don’t think anyone outside of the production noticed. His second performance was much better than the first, although the first wasn’t bad. And I suspect that if he had the opportunity to perform another time or two, those performances would be even better.

David and Akela

 

David and one of the Monkeys

David’s “Uncle” Mike brought Sammy (who is almost 5) and my soon-to-be coworker came with her mom. David’s Drama Teacher from Middle School also came (thanks Mrs. Anderson – David tried to find you after photo call, but you had already left).

Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil Monkeys

We’ve ordered the DVD and it should arrive by Christmas.

My Favorite Picture of David

David and Bagheera

Part of the Cast

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Comments on: "David as Mowgli" (5)

  1. I love the one of him hamming it up with the tiger and the bear(?). They’re all having a terrific time.

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  2. Laura Lewis said:

    Those are GREAT pictures! Thank you for sharing. David looks like he is certainly enjoying himself on stage.

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  3. […] Missoula Children’s Theater production and I’ve written about these productions before (David as Mowgli).  These productions are a whirl-wind.  The kids audition on Monday and perform on Saturday.David […]

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