Fifteen exuberant children have been rehearsing for three performances of “Just So Stories,” written by the “Jungle Book” author Rudyard Kipling.
“The kids are working really hard on the play, even learning to speak with an English accent,” said Kathy Vollmar, director of the play.
The children whose ages range from four to 10 have been participating in the Rose Theatre’s “Summer Stars” workshop.
Performances will be Aug. 10-11 starting at 7 p.m. and Aug. 12 at 2 p.m.
Five of the “Just So Stories” have been adapted for the stage, including “How the Camel Got His Hump,” “How The Rhinoceros Got His Skin” and “How the Elephant Got His Truck.”
Vollmar said the performances will be lively and deliver a surprise ending.
“The tales are brought to life by Kipling’s young daughter, Elsie, and her friends,” she said. “While on a visit with her aunt, Elsie receives a newly published book from her father in the mail, and the children eagerly act out the series of animal adventures. The ending, which holds a surprise or two, is moving and uplifting as Elsie discovers something new about herself and her friends.”
For more information or to make reservations call the Visitor Center Tuesday through Friday at 281.0911.