Excited pupils swing into a Jungle Book performance

An all-singing and all-dancing play by the talented pupils of Drumlish PS will mark the conclusion of the Dromore school’s memorable 60th anniversary celebrations.

The colourful production, entitled ‘The Tale of Mowgli’, will take place at the Strule Arts Centre on April 11 and 12, beginning at 7.30pm.

Directed by Patricia McEnhill, the school’s unique adaptation brings Rudyard Kipling’s familiar tale of ‘The Jungle Book’ to life.
The story follows the energetic man cub called Mowgli, who, after straying from his village, ends up being taken in by a pack of wolves and spends his life living among the creatures of the jungle.


Along the way, Mowgli learns valuable life lessons of self-discovery with Baloo the bear and Bagheera the panther… But what will happen when he comes face-to-face with mischievous monkeys, noisy vultures and his mortal enemy: the tiger, Shere Khan?

With approximately 63 pupils on the stage – from primary one to primary seven – the prestigious role of Mowgli will be shared by actresses Aine Gartland and Mollie Ann Gallagher, while the beloved Baloo will be played by Tara McQuaid.

Ellen Corry plays the mysterious Bagheera and Ellen McFarland takes on the role of King Louis, while Brígh O’Kane plays the controversial Shere Khan.

“The show promises to be a delightful production by the wonderfully talented children from Drumlish Primary School,”  said school principal, Louise McKnight, who is from Tattyreagh.

“It will also be a memorable end to our school’s 60th anniversary celebrations, and it gives our whole school community the perfect opportunity to come together.

“This year and last, there has been so much emphasis on looking back into the school’s past and history, so the play it also lets our current pupils leave their own special legacy and mark on Drumlish PS without having to look back.


“The play features lots of singing, music and much dancing and we’re all so excited for it,” Louise added. “The costumes are also beautiful, and the children can’t wait to wear them.”

The staff of Drumlish PS have expressed their sincere thanks to St John’s Dromore  – and particularly school principal, Christine Doherty – for all of their ongoing support and use of their premises over the last few weeks. Without the use of their local post-primary school to practice their large-scale production, next week’s performances of ‘The Tale of Mowgli’ would not have been possible.

• Tickets are £6 per adult, and £4 for concession.


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