SUMMERSIDE - Parkside Elementary School students will be taking to the stage later this week for a two-night production of the Disney classic, “The Jungle Book.”
“We have over 80 cast members, over 30 students worked on the set and props along with 15 to 20 teachers and other volunteers to make costumes,” said Parkside teacher Alexandra Gallant.
“We’ve been working since January,” she said. “The kids stay after school. We do lunch time practices. They have been very dedicated. It’s very difficult to miss recess sometimes for a practice but they have all been extremely happy to do so. They’re really proud of the work that they have done so far and are really excited to present our show.”
The show will be presented on Thursday, May 15, and Friday, May 16, at 6:30 p.m. at Parkside Elementary School. Tickets are $5 a person or $20 for a family and the proceeds go to the school’s music and drama programs
Gallant said the students provided some of the basic materials to make the costumes for the play.
“Then we had some wonderful volunteers come and make all the additions and accessories and things like that,” she said.
Stage productions are not an annual event at Parkside. Gallant said the students put on a play every second year.
“Every year is a bit much. It’s an awful lot of work, especially for the students, but every second year is just about right.”
The Jungle Book story is a good fit for a school production because it can include all levels of participation.
“We decided on Jungle Book because the characters can be played by either boys or girls and it opens up a lot of opportunities for people to be involved,” Gallant said. “There are small parts and big parts and anyone who wanted to be involved was able to do so. We were able to involve over 100 kids in our show.”