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Beloved characters come to life on stage at the River Run Centre

GUELPH, ON December 18, 2019 – Experience Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book like never before during an acclaimed new theatrical adaptation of the classic story at River Run Centre Sunday, January 5, at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. The Main Stage performance is presented as part of the Park Grocery Family Series.

Featuring a rich soundscape and immersive multimedia elements, Jungle Book delves deep into the themes of Kipling’s original work. Beloved characters Mowgli, Bagheera, Akela and Baloo come to life as part of a joyous family production including eye-popping video, shadow-play and original music.

“Like stepping inside a beautifully illustrated children’s storybook,” The Observer says of Jungle Book. ”A magical experience!”

Jungle Book re-imagines Kipling’s classic story through modern eyes. Celebrating his 25th birthday as an architect in New York City, Mowgli is taken back to memories of his childhood in the jungles of India. He begins to flip through the pages of his journal – his “jungle book“ – re-living the stories of his youth.

As a toddler, Mowgli is lost in the jungle after a vicious tiger, Shere Khan, attacks his family. The young Mowgli is rescued and adopted by two wolves, Akela and Raksha, who raise him in their pack. He learns “The Law of the Jungle” from a bear, Baloo, and a panther, Bagheera.

The new theatrical production of Jungle Book sees Mowgli reconnect with his human mother and sister, beginning a journey that requires the help of both his animal and human families. In the end, the older Mowgli comes to understand the need to “let in the jungle” and connect the human and natural worlds to achieve balance.

“Joyous!” says the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. “A new version of the familiar story that should delight children and the adults lucky enough to join them.”

Tickets to see Jungle Book cost $35 for adults, $33 for seniors, $25 for those under 30, and $20 for those 14 and under, including infants. Tickets can be purchased at River Run Centre box office, 35 Woolwich St. in Guelph, by calling 519-763-3000, or online at

Jungle Book is presented by River Run Centre as part of the Park Grocery Family Series. River Run Centre is funded in part by the Government of Canada and gratefully acknowledges 2019-2020 season sponsor Richardson GMP.

Nicole Neufeld | Program Manager, Development and Marketing
City of Guelph
519-837-5662 ext. 2589
[email protected]

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