By Helen Zeidman
The noise of dozens of students from the high school, junior high, and elementary schools filled the auditorium as dozens of monkeys filled the stage with the sound of enthusiastic howls. Rehearsal for Tarzan, this year’s musical, had started.
The months of February and March are crunch time for the musical. There are practices almost everyday until the first show in March. This year’s musical schedule is rigorous for the actors, with seven performances in total on March 5, 6, 7, 8, 13, and 14.
To many of the actors, the musical is more than just a show.
“I get the chance to experience having a lead role and get out of the shell I didn’t know that I had,” Allison Thomas said, the junior who plays Jane.
Thomas is also dedicated to making relationships with the rest of the cast.
“I try to have at least one bonding moment with everyone on the cast,” Thomas said. “I like to think of the musical cast as a mini family.”
Grace Nale, a senior, has been a part of this family for four years. For this production, she is a member of the ensemble. She has been proud to be part of the cast every year.
“It has become a staple of my life,” Nale said. “The musical is going to be pretty amazing. It will be something that the school and the whole county can enjoy.”
The cast has also found that the musical is a great way to create lasting friendships.
“I make so many new friends during the musical,” Nale said.
The bonding in the musical goes beyond age and grade.
“My favorite part of the musical is working with the kids,” Jackie Golden, a sophomore who plays an ape in the musical, said. “When I was in third grade, I was in the musical. The high school students were good to me, so I want to do the same for the kids now.”
Owen Smith, a fourth grader who works with Golden as a monkey, is excited that he gets to be in Tarzan.
“They don’t usually have kids in the musical,” Smith said. “This is a great opportunity.”
Smith’s favorite part of being in the musical, beside his relationships with the high school students, is his role as a little monkey.
“I like making monkey noises and acting like one too,” Smith said.
By Helen Zeidman
Disney fans at Red Lion have been waiting for this moment, Tarzan is swinging onto the auditorium stage.
For the first time, Red Lion is performing Tarzan the Musical. This production, which has never been performed by any school in York County, is based off of the Disney version of Tarzan.
“I am very enthusiastic for the musical,” said Ayres. “It is the first time the musical has been released to the public. So we are one of the first schools to perform it.”
After grueling auditions, which involved memorizing an entire dance routine and singing a solo in front of the producers, the cast has been chosen.
Mark Peters, a junior, is starring as Tarzan. Allison Thomas, also a junior, is playing Jane, Tarzan’s leading lady.
Brittany Mancha, a senior, is playing Terk, Tarzan’s gorilla friend. Hannah Sattazahn, a senior, is acting as Kala, Tarzan’s adoptive gorilla mother.
Dante Zumbo, a sophomore, is playing Kerchak, the leader of the gorilla tribe. Justin Danner, a second grader, and Duncan McQueen, a fifth grader, are both playing young Tarzan.
Sarah Foess, a seventh grader, is acting as young Terk. Quinn Waldrup, a sophomore, is performing as Father. Emily Sybert, a senior, is playing Mother.
The cast has already been working on to vocals and the physical aspects of the play.
“It is a very physical show,” said Ayres, the musical producer. “We have already started practicing because we need to get into shape.”
The stage crew plans to have several cast members flying from vines during the show. This is the first time students will be flying on the Red Lion stage. It will require a lot of practice for the cast members.
“The kids are excited for the flying,” said Ayres. “They get to go up into the air on stage.”
The cast is also excited to start working. Mark Peters, who is starring as Tarzan, is eager to work with the rest of the cast.
“I am looking forward to all of the fun we will have,” said Peters, “I like the closeness we [the musical cast] will have.”
The show includes the beloved Disney songs, dances, complex musical numbers, and, of course, gorillas flying across the stage.
The show will be performed on March 5, 6, and 7 at 7 p.m. The show will also be presented on March 8 starting at 2 p.m and March 13 at 7 p.m. The final day to see the show will be on March 14 at at 2 p.m. with an encore at 7 p.m.
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