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It’s a jungle (book) at PS 174

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Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:43 am, Thu May 16, 2013.

The performing arts are alive at PS 174 in Rego Park, which is one of just five schools in the city selected this year to do a Disney Musicals In Schools production of “The Jungle Book.”

The community is invited to see the children put on the show, an adaptation geared toward young performers, on three dates this month. The students will also do a closed performance at the Minskoff Theatre in Manhattan.

Professionals from Disney have been sharing their expertise in music and dance, and the students have been giving their all during rehearsals, teacher Donna Messano says.

“The halls roar with activity as students are busy rehearsing not only as actors in the stage production of Rudyard Kipling's book, but as behind-the-scenes stage crew as well,” Messano said. “The sounds of songs such as ‘I Wan’na To Be Like You’ and ‘Bare Necessities’ echo throughout the hallways. Students can be seen practicing their choreography as elephants, snakes, bears and panthers in the jungle, as all the while members of the student stage crew keep their fellow classmates and teachers on task.”

The shows at PS 174, the William Sidney Mount School, will be performed at 3 p.m. May 21, 22 and 23, and at 6 p.m. May 22 only. For more information, call (718) 897-7006.

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