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.