By Derek Etter
Social Media and Marketing Editor
Most remember Steven Spielberg as the director of the critically-acclaimed E.T., or George Lucas for his work on Star Wars.
Perhaps even Sophia Coppola for her work on The Outsiders.
This year, students are now recognizing their new director for the school's spring musical, Dr. Cari Ayala.
The Leonid went behind the scenes of "The Music Man" to spotlight the students who put in work off stage. Set painters, pit musicians, hair and makeup artists, stage crew, and student directors all contribute to the musical behind the scenes.
By Eli Gregory
Marketing and Communications Editor
The classic Disney tale, Beauty and the Beast, is steadily coming to life as Red Lion’s musical cast begins learning the 2016 show.
“The students involved are working really hard to make this years show something to remember,” senior Callie Tomblin said, who plays the cart-wheeling rug.
Opening night for the show was March 4, at 7pm.
With the nature of how this musical is, theatre-goers can expect much dancing, tumbling, and even a fight scene.
The play is directed by Angie Wise, with Mr. Tom Wise as vocal director, Gabriella Marchi as dance coordinator, Mr. Curtis Crone as pit instructor, and seniors Caroline Smith and Christine Dellinger as student Directors.
Senior Mark Peters is playing as The Beast, the second time he has been star of the show.
“It’s a very fun experience becoming and developing another character again,” Mark said. “But this year is different because as a senior, not only do I have the responsibility of a lead, but I also have to take on the large responsibility of a senior and be a good example to the lower grades.”
Belle is played by senior Maddie Smith, who was part of the ensemble in last years play.
What’s unique about this year’s show is that the ensemble is split into townspeople and “inanimate objects.” These inanimate objects include things such a plates, rugs, cups, and even a wardrobe.
Be sure to come out and see this hardworking group perform the 2016 show Beauty and the Beast.
By Adrianna Clinton
“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.
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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