“Tarzan”, better known as Mark Peters, shows his determination and drive to make this year’s musical successful.
While most students are either asleep or starting to get ready for school, junior Mark Peters is already awake and in the weight room working out, but not for a sport--for musical.
This March, Red Lion Theatre will become the first high school musical group in York County to perform Disney’s “Tarzan,” and its star has been long preparing for the physical demands of playing Tarzan. Even before auditions began, Peters has been hitting the weight room, first on his own to build a foundation for what exercises were to come, then partnering with Mr. Keenan Schaeffer for half hour workouts four days a week in the morning at approximately 6:30 AM.
On Mondays and Thursdays, Schaeffer and Peters focus mostly on bench presses, and Tuesdays and Fridays are dedicated to power cleans, all in an effort to give Peters the strength to lift junior Alex Shaffer in the musical, and to look the role.
His uniform will consist of compression shorts and a loin cloth, requiring Peters to get in the best shape of his life, though he is not worried about how he will look as Tarzan. In the three months or so that Peters has been working out to “fulfill his role as Tarzan,” he has lost thirty pounds and can tell that he is getting stronger.
“My endurance is getting better...I feel confident,” Peters said. In addition to workouts, Peters has changed his eating diets as well.
Schaeffer, his trainer, said Mark has made good progress. “It has been going very well. He has dedicated a lot of effort to get where he needs to be, and he has come a long way.”
He went on to say that this will help Peters beyond his role as Tarzan as he improves his lifestyle choices.