The two plays that make up our Adventure Pack this year, James and the Giant Peach and The Jungle Book, make a wonderful pairing. These classic stories appeal to the explorers in us all and speak to us through their young heroes, James and Mowgli, who are asked to be brave in the face of great odds.
But what makes a story an adventure? Is it that it takes us someplace far away or shows us something like we’ve never seen before? Or is it the risks and uncertainty that come with stepping outside our comfort zone?
An adventure usually has a hero – or two or three or four – and sometimes it has a villain. But often the conflict at the centre of an adventure isn’t just about the villain, but rather about heroes finding their worlds turned upside down – sometimes feeling lost or uprooted – and making their way back to some kind of normal.
In both James and the Giant Peach and The Jungle Book, that normal reveals itself in home, family, and belonging. And the adventures that take James and Mowgli there are as much about finding trust, understanding, and independence as they are about villains and great escapes.
Share these adventures with the young people in your life and prepare to soar the skies, sail the high seas, and explore the deep jungle of new worlds!
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From the Directors
Our protagonist, James Henry Trotter is a remarkable boy. Brave, adventurous and plucky- he is a great problem-solver and a loyal and true friend. James goes on an incredible journey across the Atlantic Ocean and along the way discovers a caring, adopted family, something he has always longed for. Along the way, James finds his courage, discovers his compassion and creates wonderful friendships. He is tested, he is challenged and he perseveres. Through James we discover that we can take action and make our dreams come true. – Carole Higgins, CTYP Artistic Director
Since Rudyard Kipling wrote The Jungle Book in 1893, his story has been told over and over again in countless ways. Yes, it’s the magical journey of a boy who grows up with wolves in the Indian jungle, talks to animals, and confronts the fearsome tiger, Shere Khan. But what we all can connect with the most is Mowgli’s struggle to find where he belongs in the world. It is truly a coming of age tale. Tracey Power’s version of The Jungle Book at Carousel Theatre for Young People will be an imaginative and adventurous new take on that tale. – Kayla Dunbar, CTYP Artistic Associate