Smart bets: The Jungle Book

Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre and The New Studio of Dance will use puppetry, vibrant sets, masks and costumes to transform Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book into a dance-theater performance. The adventurous tale follows lead character Mowgli (played by aerialist Gillian Maurer), who was raised from infancy by the pack of wolves that discovered her in the Indian jungle. With mentors like Baloo the bear, Bagheera the black panther and Kaa the python, assimilation is easy. But eventually, Mowgli must consider a return to the human sphere. Showings are at The BeBe Theatre on Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., from May 20 to 29. $16/$18 (student/senior discounts available). acdt.org. Photo by Sandee Johnson

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About Kat McReynolds
Kat studied entrepreneurship and music business at the University of Miami and earned her MBA at Appalachian State University. Follow me @katmAVL

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