By Helen Zeidman
I am not an expert on musicals, or even music for that matter, but I do know that Tarzan the Musical, performed by the cast and crew of Red Lion Area Senior High School, was amazing.
The show is being performed March 12 at 7 PM as a make up for the cancellation on March 5, there are also shows on March 13 and 14 at 7 PM and March 12 and 14 at 2 PM in the auditorium. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.
Everything from the vocals and pit music to the acting and dancing was performed with great emotion and passion.
Mark Peters, the junior who starred as Tarzan, was strong in his lead role. His vocals soared as high as the apes swung.
Allison Thomas, the junior who played Tarzan’s leading lady Jane, charmed the audience with her elegant British accent and stunning vocals.
Terk, Tarzan’s best ape friend, was played by Sarah Foess and Brittany Mancha, who both brought the humorous character to life on the stage.
Hannah Sattazhan excelled in her motherly role as Kala, Tarzan’s adoptive ape mother. She managed to portray the gentleness of a mother and the ferocity of a gorilla at the same time.
The entire cast of apes, including elementary school students, blazed on the stage and in the aisles of the auditorium with endless energy. Even when swinging from vines and tumbling on the stage, they kept smiles on their faces.
The musical is based on Disney’s movie, Tarzan. The show starts off with Tarzan’s parents surviving a shipwreck to be killed by a Leopard, played by Alex Schafer. Kala finds the human baby and becomes determined to raise him as her own.
On the other hand, Kerchak, played by Dante Zumbo, is not to keen on the idea of bringing the “enemy” into his family’s land.
As Tarzan grows up, he must learn to navigate the jungle and the dangerous game of deciding where he belongs.
His decision is complicated when an expedition crew, including Professor Porter and his daughter Jane, come to study gorillas.
Tarzan must choose between his adoptive family and the new-found love he discovered for the strangers like him.
The musical follows a journey of self-discovery, first love and family.
The set, designed by National Art Honor Society volunteers, tricked me into thinking that I was really in the jungle, as did the costumes.
The cast projected their emotions onto the audience so they could feel Tarzan’s struggle of being an outsider in your own family, Jane’s excitement for falling in love for the first time, and Terk’s enthusiasm for pranks and games.
Seeing the cast fly is worth going to the show. The actors gracefully soared through the air with impressive aerobatics.
I would recommend seeing this show to those who love Disney, musicals, or just need something to do on the weekend.
After all, there is no other way to experience the harmony and compassion of this year’s cast and crew.
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