Homestead Players slate open auditions for ‘JunGirl Book’

The Homestead Playhouse will kick off its 10th anniversary year with the debut of “The JunGirl Book,” a new adaptation that puts a female twist on Rudyard Kipling’s beloved tale of humans’ relationship to the natural world.

Although it’s been more than 120 years since he first published “The Jungle Book” stories, the timeless themes — courage, loyalty, persistence, belonging –continue to resonate for audiences young and old.

In “The JunGirl Book,” when a young girl is separated from her family in the jungle, the Free Creatures — a wolf family, a bear, and a black panther –come together to protect her and teach her to survive.

The girl’s adventures take her from the wolf pack to the land of monkeys, narrowly escaping the jaws of a powerful python and a vengeful tiger. The girl must learn to use her jungle skills as well as her human instincts to outsmart the tiger and discover her true place in the world.

The play will be presented April 28-May 2. Tickets are $10 for youth and $15 for adults and go on sale March 28.

Audition signups begin can be completed at

An optional audition workshop 5:30 p.m. Jan. 20 will help actors learn how to prepare for the audition process.

Open auditions will be held at The Homestead Community Center from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 26, and Thursday, Jan. 28. The Playhouse will offer an “Opening Act” performance for children who prefer a less time-intensive performance alternative or who are not cast in the play.

The Homestead Community Center is located in DC Ranch at 18600 N. 98th St., Scottsdale.

For more information, contact the Community Council at 480-538-3540.

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