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Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center Presents Jungle Books, December 4, 2010

On December 4, 2010, at 11 a.m., CityDance breathes new life into the man-child Mowgli, Baloo the Bear, Shere Khan, and the other inhabitants of the Seeonee Hills in this colorful adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale at Montgomery College. Jungle Books explores the relationship between humans and animals in this interactive program, where audience members are called upon to join the cast as colorful characters. The clever costumes transform dancers into the animals who make friends with Mowgli as he meets up with Kaa the Snake and Bagheera the Panther and while he tries to avoid the dangers of the jungle and his enemy Shere Khan.

Jungle Books features selections from the original concert score by Clifton Brockington and Matt Jones, which was funded by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. With characters leaping, prancing, and pouncing their way across the stage, this show for the young and the young at heart is a wild and wonderful ride for the imagination of children and adults.

Founded in 1996, CityDance Ensemble established itself as one of the preeminent dance companies in the region. CityDance Ensemble’s dancers teach and perform for thousands of children in the region, with a special commitment to underserved neighborhoods. In 2002, the company had an unprecedented trip to St. Petersburg, Russia, for a teaching residence and performance at the world-famous Mussorgsky Theater.

The performance is presented as a part of the Arts Alive Children’s Series at Montgomery College’s Cultural Arts Center in Silver Spring. Other upcoming performances include Harry the Dirty Dog on March 19, 2011, and the Flying Karamazov Brothers on April 23, 2011.

Tickets are $7 for general admission, $6 for Montgomery College students and employees, as well as all other students and seniors. Tickets are available at or by calling 240-567-5775. Montgomery College’s Cultural Arts Center is located at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, 7995 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Md.

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