Al-Hamra Academy students to present ‘The Jungle Book’


Al-Hamra Academy students to present ‘The Jungle Book’
The Al-Hamra school stands just off Route 20 in Shrewsbury. (Photo/Dakota Antelman)

SHREWSBURY – Students from Al-Hamra Academy will perform “The Jungle Book” on Saturday, Jan. 28, at 2 p.m. at St. John’s High School, 378 Main St.

The opening act will be performed by Al-Hamra’s youngest students.

“Theater is such a great way for students to build confidence and develop public speaking skills, which is particularly important as we continue to navigate the social impact that the pandemic had on children,” said Sanam Zaer, the director of the elementary and middle school. “For many of these students, this is their first or second time participating in performing arts, and I know that this is an experience that they will carry with them for life.”

The story, written by Rudyard Kipling, is about a “man-cub” named Mowgli who embarks on a journey of self-discovery with help from a panther, Bagheera, and a bear named Baloo, after a threat from a tiger, Sher Khan, forces Mowgli to flee the jungle.

The play is directed by Joel Seger.

The performance is sponsored in part by the Shrewsbury Cultural Council.

Guests are required to reserve a seat, including children.

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Al-Hamra Academy is a full-time, accredited STEM school, based in Shrewsbury, serving the Islamic community. Classes range from Tiny Sprouts (infants to preschool) to middle school.