In May the Sheridan Arts Foundation Young People's Theater presents not one but two musical performances, both on the same night. Young Telluride thespians will swing through the jungle and dive to the bottom of the sea in this double bill of The Jungle Book and The Little Mermaid. In The Jungle Book, audience members will delight at the fast-paced musical adventures and antics of 24 local second and third graders. Mowgli, the human boy raised by wolves, is joined by a nearly all-animal cast including, Baloo, a fun-loving bear, and Louie, the king of the monkeys. The cast sings popular songs such as “The Bare Necessities” and “I Wanna Be Like You” and dances through one jungle romp after the next. But not all of the jungle is so light-hearted. Lurking in the shadows are the slithery snake Kaa and the menacing tiger Shere Khan, who are plotting young Mowgli’s demise. In the end, Mowgli is faced with the important choice of whether to remain in the jungle with his animal friends, or join his own kind in the village. Following the production of The Jungle Book, audiences will be plunged under the sea into the magical world of The Little Mermaid. This time, 24 local fourth and fifth graders make up the cast. Ariel, a young mermaid princess who longs to explore the world of humans, is befriended by Sebastian the crab and Flounder the fish. During a deadly ocean storm, Ariel rescues the handsome Prince Eric and falls in love. Convinced her place is truly on land instead of under the waves, Ariel strikes a deal with Ursula, the evil sea witch, and trades her angelic voice for a pair of legs. The musical score is filled with magical songs including “Under the Sea,” “Part of Your World” and “Kiss the Girl.” Nancy Parkinson directs The Jungle Book with Dr. David Lingle serving as Music Director. Jennifer Nyman-Julia directs The Little Mermaid, with music direction by Bob Callendale Israel. Set designers for both productions are Sarah Nyman and Karla Van Huysen. Showtimes are Friday, May 20 (6 p.m.), Saturday, May 21 (6 p.m.), and Sunday, May 22 (3 p.m.). Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under, lap children are free. Tickets may be purchased at the Sheridan Opera House or online at www.telluridetickets.com.