Director Jillian Petrie and JUNGALBOOK Streaming at The Growing Stage

BWW Interview:  Director Jillian Petrie and JUNGALBOOK Streaming at The Growing Stage

The Growing Stage (TGS), The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey, located in the Historic Palace Theatre on Route 183 in Netcong, New Jersey is proud to present their next Studio Series of the 38th season, Jungalbook virtually streaming on YouTube Live on Friday, July 17 at 7:30PM and Saturday, July 18th at 4:00PM. Written by Edward Mast, Jungalbook is a thrilling and fun-filled adaptation based on Rudyard Kipling‘s The Jungle Book, which moves the jungle to an inner-city playground as we follow Mowgli navigating his way through the wilds of childhood. This production is directed by Jillian Petrie, TGS’s Company Choreographer.

In Jungalbook, audiences are introduced to Mowgli, the human child, who grows up raised by wolves under the guidance of Baloo the bear. The tiger, Sherakhan, wants Mowgli but Bagheera, the lone panther, protects him. Mowgli grows up wild and unconcerned, believing he’s a wolf; but the tiger works long and hard to poison the wolf pack against him. With rope stolen from the human village, Mowgli meets and destroys Sherakhan, but its use has broken jungle law. Mowgli must choose whether to defy the law or leave the jungle forever.

Jungalbook is an all youth production featuring 13 young performers hailing from Morris, Sussex and Warren counties in New Jersey. This production is a part of The Growing Stage’s Studio Presentation Series. had the pleasure of interviewing director, Jillian Petrie.

Jillian is The Growing Stage’s Company Choreographer and continues to work freelance in her spare time. She choreographed/directed over 100 productions at regional theatres, universities, opera companies, and in venues off-broadway, NYC, London, and Vancouver. Theatre critic Peter Filichia, declared TGS’s production of Seussical, which Jillian co-directed and choreographed, “Better than Broadway”. A passionate educator, Jillian is a teaching artist at The Growing Stage and an adjunct professor at Centenary University. Her students have portrayed prominent roles on Broadway, national tours, and regional theatre. Jillian is an alumna of PSU, Director’s Lab West, SDCFBroadway, and Broadway Evolved. She is the founder of Athletes & Artists.

Jillian was happy to answer our questions about the upcoming streaming production.

How was Jungalbook chosen for the streaming presentation?

Jungalbook was originally cast and scheduled as a staged production. When the world shifted, we quickly adapted. This adaptation of Kipling’s The Jungle Book is actually perfectly suited for the streaming storytelling experience. So it was great that TGS, the cast, and the rights company all said “YES” and we were able to move forward with this production in a new and exciting way.

What are some of the challenges of directing Jungalbook?

To be honest, directing Jungalbook was an incredibly smooth process. That has everything to do with the cast and company involved in the process being so open to trying something new. Our…

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