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FAC celebrates Youth Arts Month

To present Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids and 'You Gotta Have Art' Exhibit

Posted: March 9, 2017 11:41 a.m.
Updated: March 10, 2017 1:00 a.m.

March is Youth Arts Month and the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC,) along with the Camden Community Theatre (CCT) are pleased to present Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids as the 2017 Youth Production. Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids, a musical, will be held March 16-19 in the Wood Auditorium at the FAC. Performances are at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are on sale now and are $10 for adults and $8 for students, seniors and military. Tickets are available by phone at 803-425-7676, at the FAC box office at 810 Lyttleton Street, Camden, or online at www.fineartscenter.org. Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids is sponsored by Modern Turf and Powers Funeral Home. It is produced through special arrangements with MTI International, New York. 

Youth Arts Month is also a time when the FAC’s Bassett Gallery is host to some of the most talented young artists in the Kershaw County School District (KCSD). Students will have their work on exhibition for the annual “You Gotta Have Art” -- Youth Arts Month Exhibition. Art teachers from around the district have submitted “the best of the best” to exhibit in the gallery from grades K-12. The artwork is judged by local artists who will choose first through third place winners, along with honorable mentions. Awards will be presented during the opening exhibition which takes place from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Thursday, March 16 in the Bassett Gallery just prior to the opening night of Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids. The exhibition runs through March 28. All winning pieces (with the exception of any 3D pieces) will travel throughout the county as the 2017 Traveling Art Exhibition. The Traveling Art Exhibition will conclude after a stop at the State House in Columbia. The exhibition is sponsored by Target Distribution Center and is an annual partnership project with the KCSD.

About Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids

This “jazzy” musical performed by children was adapted from the classic Disney animated film, and Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale, The Jungle Book. This musical features a host of colorful characters, along with the best loved songs from the movie and all of your favorite Jungle Book characters.

Banished by the ferocious tiger, Shere Khan, a human boy named Mowgli and his panther friend, Bagheera, are on the run in the deepest parts of the jungle. On their journey, the two meet a sinister snake named Kaa, a herd of elephants and a giant bear named Baloo, who teaches them the swingin’ musical rhythms of the jungle. After surviving a dangerous encounter with a band of monkeys led by King Louie, Mowgli and Bagheera are forced to run for their lives. When Shere Khan returns, our heroes must rally their fellow animals into battle and restore peace throughout the jungle.

This year, more than 100 children will take the stage for Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids. With this many participants, director Jami Steele has divided the group into two casts. Each cast will have the opportunity to perform twice during the run. The casts range in age from 1st to 8th grades and the backstage staff is made up of parents and teens who are past participants in CCT productions and include Amanda Britt (Music Director,) Zac Willoughby (Stage Manager,) Emma Strobel, Mason Frieberg, Megan Santoro, Bryce Lail, Courtleigh Cobb, Bailee Gurly, Jesse Morgan, and Abby Tarte.

“It fills my heart that so many young people are finding a home here in the theatre. They bring a tremendous amount of talent and are of great assistance,” said director Steele. “We couldn’t do it without them.”

The casts are: Baloo Cast: Marisol Aguilar, Autumn Barkley, Kaitlynn Brannen, Donovan Brown, Kalen Brown, Zaire Brown, Riley Grace Burch, Katie Grainger Chivers, Priscilla Brice Chivers, Cody Cochran, Zoey Cochran, Alan Cubberley, Kayla Dixon, Mary Elise Drakeford, Olivia Drakeford, DeSaussure Dubose, McKinley Dutcher, Layla Farmer, Matthias Fox, Harris Fuller, Montana Fuller, Blair Gunter, Keaton Heitger, Ashley Hofer, Madeline Jeffers, Ashlynn Joe, Ava Maria Jones, Roman Lawing, Sam Lawing, Leo Linnekin, Maggie Long, Mary Elizabeth Long, Brianna Lloyd, Vanessa Lopez, Alex Matthews, Connor Moss, Myles Moss, Diego Navarro, Rebecca Prichard, Rembert Prichard, Breasha Robinson, Maddie Rhodes, Elissa Stockman, Deonna Stokes, Baker Swaney, Hank Tarte, Carly Trapp, Olivia Trapp, Allison Wert, Amilia Wilhelm, Lucas Wilhelm, Sofia Wilhelm, Olesia Williams, Carson Wood, and Harris Younghans.

The Bagheera Cast includes Hailey Barnes, Rebecca Branham, Lave Brown, Rickel Butler, Emily Cantey, Crickette Chmiel, Lillian Chmiel, Cailin Cokley, Jenna Copher, Hailey Dallas, Olivia Diller, Addi English, Brianna Follmer, Tyler Follmer, Trista Ham, Brooke Harrell , Georgia Harrell, Madison Harrell, Laila Houser, Lucy Houser, Craig Jeffers, Aiden Ketchum, Alex Ketchum, Camden Kimpton, Maci Kimpton, Sam Lawing, D'Andrea Mason, Jamarian Mason, Gabrielle Mason, Lisa Mayo, Chloe Morgan, Faith Robbins-Murphy, Alex Outen, JoeAnna Parnell, Alexia Ramey, James Ramey, Ashlynn Reynolds, Sophia Roberts, Emma Richburg, Kaleb Riley, Emilia Robinson, Riley Mae Sanner, Carmen Scott, Hailey Scott, Lily Ann Sharpe, Mary Baxley Shuler, Corey Thomas, Peyton Thompson, Johanna Tosh, TC Truesdell, Tyler Truesdell, Matthew VonBonin, Camden-Wesley Wooldridge, Aryana Wilkes, Avery Williams, Hadley Williams, Izabell Wiseman, Zalee Wright and Remi Yelenic.

The artwork for this year’s youth production was designed by Amelia Erwin. Amelia is a senior at Lugoff-Elgin High School. She is a graphic design student at ATEC under the guidance of Walker Canada, graphic design teacher. 

For more information or to purchase tickets call 803-425-7676, extension 300 or visit the FAC website at www.fineartscenter.org. The FAC is at 810 Lyttleton St., Camden. Office hours are Monday through Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. and Thursday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

The Fine Arts Center is funded in part by the Frederick S. Upton Foundation and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding is provided by the city of Camden, Kershaw County, and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina along with donations from businesses and individuals.

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