All about animals: Teen to Teen Theatre’s latest show will collect donations for Humane Society

By Devarrick Turner
Times-News correspondent

The cast of Teen to Teen Theatre's "Just So Stories" rehearses recently / Sam Roberts, Times-News

   Have you ever wondered why elephants have long trunks or how camels got their humps?
   Burlington’s Teen to Teen Theatre will enlighten all with its production of Rudyard Kipling’s “Just So Stories,” directed by Christopher Countryman. Kipling is best known for “The Jungle Book,” but five of his “Just So Stories” have been adapted for the stage by Joseph Robinette.
   Teen to Teen’s show will open at the Thataways Youth Center at 7 p.m. Friday. Other show times include 7 p.m. shows Saturday and Sunday and a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday. Thataways is located at 1334 Overbrook Road in Burlington.
   The “Just So Stories” are a collection of short stories that were first published in 1902. They are fantasized tales that explain the origins of certain animals and why they are different from other animals. For instance, according to Kipling, elephants did not always have long trunks.
    In “An Elephant’s Child,” a curious elephant wants to know what crocodiles eat. He goes on a journey to find a crocodile and finds himself in a situation that will forever change the appearance of the elephant. A rhinoceros with bad manners learns his lesson in “How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin.”
   Teen to Teen’s stage adaptation depicts Kipling’s daughter, Elsie, and her friends bringing these stories to life during a visit to her aunt’s house. Teen to Teen director Carol Plew said, “(Just So Stories) is moving and uplifting as Elsie discovers something new about herself and her friends.”
   The cast of 11 child actors from the ages of six to 16 will portray each animal featured in the show. “The lively action and colorful characters are sure to delight an audience of all ages,” Plew added.
   Audience members will not only be entertained by animals. They also have the chance to help animals. Teen to Teen will be collecting pet food for the Humane Society of Alamance County.
   Admission to the show is $5. However, Saturday’s performance is also “Pajama Night.” Admission will be $2.50 for those who wear their PJs. For more details on the show, call (336) 570-6516.

Devarrick Turner is an Elon University graduate and a Teens & Twenties writer.


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