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Kids strut their stuff in a new show

An enthusiastic ensemble of pint-sized players will present “Jungle Safari Musical Review,” a show that blends tales from Aesop’s fables and songs from the films “The Jungle Book” and “The Lion King,” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Blue Heron.

The dozen elementary-school-aged performers in the show are all students of Marita Eriksen, who directs Vashon Allied Arts’ musical theatre program for kids. The show is the culmination of an after-school class the children have been taking for the past couple of months.

During “Jungle Safari,” the children will show off their ability to sing songs in Swahili, play maracas, claves, symbols, hand drums and other instruments, and dance to world rhythms.  Familiar characters, including Mowgli, Baloo, monkeys and elephants, will make appearances in the show.

McMurray Middle School student helper Maijha Sanson-Frey will narrate the musical, which has been choreographed by Pam Hotchkiss.

“This is a very talented group,” said Ericksen. “They like to move.”

Tickets to “Jungle Safari,” $5 and $8, are available at the door or in advance by calling 463-5131 or visiting

Ericksen and Hotchkiss are also in the midst of preparing for another Vashon Allied Arts kids’ show, “Music Man, Jr.”, to be performed by ‘tweens and teens in May at the Blue Heron. That show is an abbreviated version of the famous musical,  “The Music Man,” about a con man and a small-town librarian.


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