Kids catch jungle fever

PUBLISHED: 13:39 24 January 2007 | UPDATED: 10:30 24 May 2010

MORE than 150 children from across North Somerset attended auditions for the Bruce James production of The Jungle Book at The Winter Gardens on Sunday

MORE than 150 children from across North Somerset attended auditions for the Bruce James production of The Jungle Book at The Winter Gardens on Sunday.During the informal fun-filled sessions, youngsters aged between eight and 16 were split into groups before completing a series of tasks including singing and dancing.After more than three hours, the final selection was made with 14 youngsters selected to perform alongside Mowgli the man cub, Baloo the Bear, Bagheera the panther and all the other well known jungle characters on stage and four chosen as reserves. Professional producer Bruce James said: "The auditions went very well with around 150 children auditioning for the roles on offer. The standard was very, very high, as usual in Weston, and it made the final selection extremely difficult. "However, I hope the children enjoyed themselves, even if they didn't get a part, as they all performed well and should be proud of themselves."The musical adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's famous story will appear at The Playhouse, Weston, from February 22-24.Performances will take place at 3pm on February 22, 11am and 3pm on February 23 and 3pm and 7pm on February 24.Tickets, priced £8 for adults, £7 for children and £25 for families, are available from the box office on 01934 645544.

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