This week we sat down with Tim Wilson to find out more about his Jungle Book experience so far. Throughout the run of The Jungle Book, we’ll be getting to know the cast through a series of interviews with the people that make up this crazy talented ensemble. Check back weekly for new posts, and if you haven’t already, buy your tickets to The Jungle Book now, before it’s sold out!
Are you a fan of the film version of The Jungle Book? Did you have a favorite character or song? A childhood memory of the movie?
I am a huge fan of the film version of The Jungle Book; my favorite song from the film is “I Wanna Be Like You” and my favorite characters are King Louie and the monkeys—they are so much fun. I just remember being a child and jumping around the room with my two brothers singing and dancing to every song in the movie!
||Wilson in The Jungle Book
What about this role most terrifies you? What most delights you?
I really don’t know what terrifies me about my role—I try not to think about that and focus on making sure I’m always present. What delights me most about the show is being able to play various animals and bring something different and new to each of them.
What is it like working with director Mary Zimmerman?
Working with Mary Zimmerman is so refreshing. I admire how she puts emphasis on being present and in the moment. I love that!
What’s been your favorite part of the process so far?
My favorite part of the process so far has been waking up every morning and going to rehearsal. Being able to be around Christopher [Gattelli] and Lou [Castro] and learn so much from them and being able to share this experience with the cast is the most humbling experience a performer can ask for. I’m very grateful to be a part of this cast.
Favorite part about working at the Goodman and/or in Chicago?
First time in Chicago and I’m loving it so far…besides the random thunderstorms. I’m excited to explore more!
Favorite professional role/production you were in?
One of my favorite professional roles would have to be when I had a co-star role on Glee on the season three premiere episode “The Purple Piano Project.”
What should audiences expect when they come see The Jungle Book?
The audiences are going to expect the original songs, which we are giving, but they will also experience the Kipling side which is very interesting and it will keep people at the edge of their seats.