Talented children ready for wild show

The talented youngsters from the Alnwick Playhouse Youth Theatre will be getting in touch with their really wild side when they perform the musical Just So.

Staying close to Rudyard Kipling’s original tales but with thought-provoking lessons for the children of today, this show, with catchy simple tunes, has something for all ages.

Written by James Rose and the Youth Theatre’s Peter Brown, this latest production, which is based on the classic Just So stories, has served up something different for the Junior members of the organisation.

As Judy Tribe from the Youth Theatre explains: “This show offers a change of pace for the Junior group – a simple production with the children creating jungle, ocean and desert scenes brimming with animals.

“With this show, they have been encouraged to use their imagination to create different worlds with minimal props and colourful animal heads to wear.

“The dialogue has been tricky for some but all have really responded well and we have seen some wonderfully energetic performances.

“It will be lit in a dramatic, magical way and as usual, the children have picked up the songs remarkably quickly and singing with emotion and gusto.

“It is great to ring the changes, try something new and perform a show with no ‘jazz hands’.

“Rehearsals have flown by in eight very short weeks, and most of the scenes involve all the children.”

In what promises to be an entertaining show, the audience will be transported to the High and Far Off Times, when the world was not as we now know it.

In fact, it was quite the opposite. But don’t panic.

The Eldest Magician will show you how it has changed, why the kangaroo hops, what are armadillos and who gave elephant his trunk, as well as many other enchanting stories.

The group will be performing the production at Alnwick Playhouse on November 14 and 15.

Both shows will start at 7.30pm.

Tickets are priced £7, £6 concessions and £5 for children and students.

They are available by calling 01665 510785, visiting www.alnwickplayhouse.co.uk or by popping into the venue itself.

The youth theatre’s Just So show puts a twist on Kipling’s classic tales. But what exactly are the Just So stories?

Written by the British author, and first published at the start of the 20th century, they are highly fantasised origin tales.

They are among Kipling’s best-known works.

The Just So stories have a typical theme of a particular animal being modified from an original form to its current form by the acts of man, or some magical being.

The full list of Just So stories includes How the Camel Got His Hump, How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin, How the Leopard Got His Spots and The Elephant’s Child.

The original editions of the Just So stories were illustrated by Kipling himself.