The Jungle Book Kids (Grades K–2) Westwood Charter (Payments)

$230.00 / month for 2 months

The jungle is jumpin’ with a jazzy beat in Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS. This program is designed to teach kids theatre skills, while working on the three elements of musical theatre; singing, dance, and acting. The program will culminate in multiple fully realized performances.

Dates: Tuesday’s from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm starting September 17th, 2019 through Sunday, March 1st, 2020 OR Thursday’s from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm starting September 19th, 2019 through Sunday, March 1st, 2020

Performances: Saturday, February 29th & Sunday, March 1st, 1:00 pm (Tuesday Cast)
Saturday, February 29th & Sunday, March 1st, 4:00 pm (Thursday Cast)

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Class placement will be ultimately be at teachers’ discretion.

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Description

The jungle is jumpin’ with a jazzy beat in Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS. Specially adapted from the classic Disney animated film, Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS features a host of colorful characters and your favorite songs from the movie.

Banished by the ferocious tiger, Shere Khan, a human boy named Mowgli and his panther friend, Bagheera, are on the run in the deepest parts of the jungle. On their journey, the two meet a sinister snake named Kaa, a herd of elephants and a giant bear named Baloo, who teaches them the swingin’ musical rhythms of the jungle. After surviving a dangerous encounter with a band of monkeys led by King Louie, Mowgli and Bagheera are forced to run for their lives. When Shere Khan returns, our heroes must rally their fellow animals into battle and restore peace throughout the jungle.

All students in Kindergarten – 2nd grade at Westwood Charter are welcome to join our after-school play production class on Tuesday’s or Thursday’s. The class introduces theatre vocabulary and technique through interactive theatre games and scene practice, as well as music and dance taught by professionals. The experience will include a fully realized final production with professionally designed sets, costumes, lights, sound and props. The teachers are highly qualified with many aggregate years experience in children’s theatre. Each child is encouraged to fully participate and is considered an integral part in our final production. Please check the production dates below, as we expect every child to be present for all performances.

Price includes a script, and downloads of the musical tracks to practice with at home. We provide costumes and props that will live at the theatre and be used in performances. Tickets are sold separately through a link provided by Upstage in the weeks prior to performances. DVD of the final Production is included in tuition. Some partial scholarships are available. Eligibility based on child’s free/reduced lunch status. Please email Julie Bank prior to the first day of class.

Note: Kindergarten students will be picked up from their classrooms on class day by an Upstage staff member

Class Day Preference: You can request Tuesday or Thursday class. However, final cast placement will be at teachers’ discretion.

Additional information

Class Location

Main Auditorium, Westwood Charter Elementary, 2050 Selby Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90025

Class Times

Tuesday's, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm OR Thursday's 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm — beginning September 17th OR September 19th

No Classes

November 26th, and November 28th (Thanksgiving Break), December 21st – January 12th (Winter Break)

Extra Classes

The following classes will be extended for an extra half hour (Class time will be 2:00–4:00 pm):
February 4th-February 20th

Dress Rehearsal dates: Tuesday Cast: February 25th, 2:00–5:00 pm 
Thursday Cast: February 27th, 2:00-5:00 pm

Performance Dates

Saturday, February 29th & Sunday, March 1st, 1:00 pm (Tuesday Cast)
Saturday, February 29th & Sunday, March 1st, 4:00 pm (Thursday Cast)

Performance Location

Main Auditorium, Westwood Charter Elementary, 2050 Selby Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90025

Payment Terms

Cancellations before the end of the second week will receive a refund (less $100 handling fee). No refunds after the second week, however, fees can be applied toward another program or camp subject to availability

2 part payments available over the span of 2 months. Please note your part payment will start when you register, and will continue for the following month

Program Location

How We Cast

Casting is based on ensemble approach with lead roles being split and chorus parts emphasized. Casting is based on challenging the student and at the same time allowing them to succeed

Production Team

Adrian Cohen : Artistic Director & Founder of Upstage Theatre Schools

Adrian Cohen

Artistic Director & Founder of Upstage Theatre Schools

Adrian has been a professional actor and drama teacher for over 25 years. He was born and educated in England completing a BA (honors) at Leeds University and a Drama Diploma at the Arts Educational Schools, London.

Adrian has worked extensively in film and television with credits including “Ocean’s 13”, “Entourage”, “General Hospital”, “The King of Queens”, “Frasier”, “Bruce Almighty” and recurring roles in “24” and “iCarly” (as Mr Devlin).

Adrian started Upstage in 1999 with a simple principle at its core — to create an environment that would produce fully rounded young performers:

“I wanted the students to take part in all three disciplines (i.e. acting, singing and dance) so that when they perform on stage, they have what we call 'chops'-that's how actors are taught in England. And the skills learnt in the performing arts are so useful to young people whatever future career they choose.”

Julie Bank : Managing Director

Julie Bank

Managing Director

Julie has been part of the Upstage family for over a decade, starting in 2004 as a volunteer at Westwood Charter before joining the Upstage Production Team in 2014.

She has a Masters of Social Service Administration Degree from the University of Chicago and has been working with children and families for over to 25 years, first in foster care and more recently as an international adoption social worker.

Originally from Texas, her love of Musical Theatre started with a High School production of “Grease” and was revived when the oldest of her four children joined the Upstage Program.

Julie loves being a part of the Upstage Theatre Schools family and loves working with the amazing Upstage staff and students!

Jason Currie : Director

Jason Currie

Director

Jason attended The Juilliard School on a full vocal performance scholarship. After graduation he performed in regional and touring productions all over the US. He has also scored numerous indie short films and web series.

In July of 2009, his YouTube hit Girls In Pantyhose was released and to date has over 2.5 million views, while his work on My 2 Black Girlfriends won him the 2014 IAWTV Award for Best Original Music.

He is a founding member of comedy troupe Fred For Nothing and the award-winning comedy song troupe Stupid Songs. Jason also facilitated Opera Improv, a collaboration between the Groundlings and LA Opera. Jason joined the It Gets Better tour in 2012 where he travels the country speaking, performing and doing outreach for underserved and at-risk LGBTQ youth.

Meghann Lucas : Choreographer

Meghann Lucas

Choreographer

A Boston native who's been dancing since she was three, Meghann studied Dance and Theatre at both Hofstra and Jacksonville Universities. She has been teaching dance for the past 9 years in both the New England and Los Angeles areas. She has performed with local dance and theatre companies and most notably in the hybrid dance-theater company, Thrance.

Currently, she is a preschool dance teacher at Temple Isaiah Preschool in addition to owning her own dance company for the past six years, Kickstart Dance, located in West LA. She had her choreography debut with the Upstage Production of Peter Pan JR. this summer! She couldn't be happier teaching kids... and dancing!

Miranda Wynne : Director and Production Manager

Miranda Wynne

Director and Production Manager

Miranda Wynne graduated from UC, San Diego with a Bachelors in Theatre and a minor in communications. She performs in theatres all around Los Angeles and recently received a nomination for Best Lead Performance by the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle. Previously, Miranda has had the pleasure of being a teaching artist for La Jolla Playhouse’s Young Performers Workshop and as the Performing Arts Specialist at Fun Under the Sun Day Camp for a number of years. Miranda is also a substitute teacher for LAUSD during the year!

Gabriel Oliva : Musical Director

Gabriel Oliva

Musical Director

Not the average Spaniard, Gabriel grew up half in San Diego, and half in Seville, Spain. His first words were a "me gusta" followed shortly by "juice". After being confused for a short while (so he's told) he decided to stick to English primarily. He still speaks Spanish regularly to his family across the sea who still have a hard time believing "El Pollo Loco" is a restaurant.

Gabriel attended the USC School of Theatre and quickly transitioned into professional acting and singing after graduating with honors. Growing up with two opera-singing parents, he has an in-depth knowledge of singing technique. Gabriel’s music education continued and expanded through 10 years of performing in the barbershop group The Dapper Dans at Disneyland Resort.  His musical experience aided his transition into the world of voice-over. You can hear Gabriel’s voice in “Star Wars: Rogue One”, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” and several episodes of Disney Channel’s “Elena of Avalor”.

Cancellations before the end of the second week will receive a refund (less $100 handling fee). No refunds after the second week, however, fees can be applied toward another program or camp subject to availability.

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