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"Just So" is Just Magical

Musical Production Turns the Stage Into a Jungle

Allentown, PA (October 16, 2003)- Rudyard Kipling's timeless jungle stories "Just So" are reinvented and re-imagined into a lively and exhilarating musical for the whole family. The show is presented by the Cedar Crest Stage Company and runs November 8-9, and November 15-16 at 1:00 p.m. in the Samuels Theatre in the Tompkins College Center.

"Just So" is a musical that re-tells the story of the evolution of the animal kingdom. The show provides entertaining answers to such questions as: Why does the leopard have spots and how did the elephant get its trunk?

The show is a voyage led by the curiosity of a baby elephant to find his true identity. Along his journey, he introduces the audience to an ensemble of other characters from the jungle and to one villainous crab. Throughout the show, a distinct personality emerges from each animal. "The characters are witty and deep enough for adults, but also fun and lively enough for the younger audience," says Roy Hine, director. "Each encounter on their journey serves to teach a lesson and to show the characteristic traits of that particular animal. The theme of the story centers on the discovery of a personal niche. All animals are bland and resemble one another in the beginning of the tale, but towards the end each is a completely diverse individual pursuing a personal calling in nature." Using the charm of the characters, the musical teaches a lesson on the importance of determination.

The musical was originally produced by Cameron Makintosh, the name associated with such Broadway hits as "Les Miserable" and "Miss Saigon." "The show was so overwhelmingly big and elaborate," said Hine. "I decided to trim it to produce it all on the college stage but still preserve the integrity of the show and incorporate all of the musical pieces."

Hine hopes the audience feels like they have taken a journey with the jungle characters. "Any good play should take the audience somewhere with the characters. Just like in "The Wizard of Oz," when you feel as if you went to Oz along with Dorothy." Hine is also paying close attention to ensure that the show is challenging to children. "Kids don't want to be treated like kids. They understand a lot and I want to be sure this show opens their eyes and captures their attention."

The cast of "Just So" includes Angela Romano '06 (Norristown, PA), Jennifer Harris '07 (Wynantskill, NY), Keena Lawrence '06 (Cheltenham, MD), Karen Cook '05 (Shamokin, PA), Heather Timberman '06 (Hampton, CT), Ana-Kay Rhoden '07 (Yeadon, PA), Angela Vialotti '07 (New Milford, CT).

"Just So" runs November 8-9 and 15-16 in the Samuels Theatre in the Tompkins College Center. Admission is $10, $8 and $5 in advance; $12, $10 and $6 at the door. For more information, please contact the Cedar Crest College Box Office at 610-606-4608.


Abigail Fota
College Relations Associate - Media


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