Tarzan is about a boy who was adopted by apes after his parents were washed up on shore then killed by a leopard. As he grows up he realizes that he is different from everyone else, yet he loves and respects his ape family. When Tarzan is almost an adult he comes encounter with his first human Jane Porter, a curious young explorer. Once they came face-to-face with each other both of their worlds are transformed forever.
Tarzan- Dustin Chapman Jane- Taylor Hawes Kala – Mikayla Fowler Kerchak- Drake Harper Leopard- Summer Duncan Terk- Britni Stevens Porter- Alston Ray Clayton- Isaiah FippsSnipes- Eryn Patrick Mother- Morgan Fowler Father- Philip Taylor
Josh Strickland as Tarzan Jennifer Gambatese as Jane Shuler Hensley as Kerchak Merle Dandridge as Kala Chester Gregory II as Terk Tim Jerome as Professor Porter Donnie Keshawarz as Clayton Daniel Manche / Alex Rutherford as Young Tarzan
Best big musical -Won in 2008 Best female lead in a big musical, Chantal Janzen as Jane - Nominated Best supporting actor in a big musical, Clayton Peroti as Terk - Won in 2007 Best creative prestation, Sergio Trujillo - Nominated Best Performance Content, Martine Bijl - Nominated Best Performance Content, Phil Collins - Nominated Best designer, Pichón Baldinu - Nominated Best designer, Bob Crowley - Nominated Musical Award for upcoming talent, Ron Link as Tarzan - Won in 2007
Utah (2010) Indiana (2011) Massachusetts (2011) San Jose, California (December 2011) Arizona (2012) Stuttgart (2013) Spartanburg, South Carolina (2013)
Q: What are your feelings about the musical so far? A:” I really enjoy working on the musical, I love the movie and its great being part of the musical.”
Q: What is your favorite part of the musical? A: “When Jane and Tarzan first meet each other.”
Q: What is your favorite song in the musical? A: “ Trashin’ Camp”
Q: What is your favorite part of the musical? A: “Trashin’ Camp”
Q: What is your feeling on the musical so far? A:” I feel like we are doing a great job. We just need to get it together and work harder.”
Q: Who is your favorite character in the musical and why? A: “Kala, because she is loving and caring. She’s a wonderful mother.”
Philip Taylor Q: Who is your character in the musical? A: “Tarzans Father”
Q: Who’s your favorite character in the musical and why? A: “Porter, because he has a cool accent.”
Q: How fast do you think the musical is coming together? A: “I believe it’s coming together at a very normal rate, but much better than last year.”
Q: What character do you play in the musical? A:” Porter”
Q: What do you like about the musical? A: “I like how it is fun.”
Q: What is your favorite scene in the musical? A: “The scene where I am introduced into the musical.”
Rehearse, Rehearse, Rehearse!!!
Tarzan Press Release by Mikayla Fowler
Tarzan the musical is
based on the Disney Movie of the same name and story by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
The story starts out with a young couple and their baby. After becoming
shipwrecked and stranded off the coast of Africa, they make themselves a home
in the jungle but are attacked by the leopard. The baby is the only one who
survives. Kala, a gorilla has recently lost her son by the same leopard. She
hears the baby crying and takes him for herself. She names him Tarzan. The
leader of the gorillas, Kerchak, is very upset that she has brought a human
among them because he knows the danger that humans could bring to the Gorillas.
As Tarzan grows up, Kerchak still does not accept him. Kerchak leads him to a
waterhole and tells him he cannot return, but Kala decides to leave the rest of
the gorillas and stay with Tarzan, whose goal becomes to one day make Kerchak
proud. He soon grows into a man and ends up defeating the leopard. Kerchak lets
Tarzan stay with the group but makes it clear - Tarzan is no son of his. Not
long after that, explorers Professor and Jane Porter, and their guide Clayton
enters into the jungle in search of gorillas. Jane explores the jungle by
herself but soon gets into trouble. Tarzan saves her and is confused. She looks
the same as him, but she is still so different.
Time passes and Jane teaches
Tarzan all about the human world. They are obviously attracted to each other.
In return of her help, Tarzan introduces her to his mother, Kala. Professor
Porter and Clayton still haven't seen gorillas. They realize that they must
call off the expedition soon. Clayton tells Tarzan that if they do not see
gorillas, Jane will leave him. With the help of his best friend Terk, Tarzan
invites his new friends into the nest without the knowledge of Kerchak. Jane
and Porter are in awe. Kerchak appears and angrily chases them away. He throws
Tarzan out for good.
Kala ends up telling Tarzan
about where he came from, and after discovering this, Tarzan decides to dress
human and return to England with Jane. Knowing now where the gorilla nest is,
Clayton sets out to capture the gorillas. He catches Kerchak. Returning to say
goodbye to Kala, Tarzan rescues the gorillas from Clayton, but it is too late
for Kerchak. As he dies, he asks Tarzan, as his son, to look after the family.
Tarzan realizes he must stay. They tell each other a sad goodbye, but Jane has
a change of heart at the last second and decides to stay behind with Tarzan.
The musical began previews on Broadway on March 24, 2006, and
officially opened at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on May 10th making
it the only Disney Theatrical production without an out-of-town tryout. Bob
Crowley designed the sets and costumes and directed the original Broadway
production; choreography was by Meryl Tankard and lighting by Natasha Katz.
Danton Burroughs, grandson of Edgar Rice Burroughs, attended the opening night
party, as did Phil Collins. The production was nominated for a Tony award for
Best Lighting Design of a Musical (Natasha Katz). Due to poor ticket sales, the
show closed on July 8, 2007 after 35 previews and 486 performances
The Original Broadway cast included:
· Josh Strickland as Tarzan
· Jennifer Gambatese as Jane
· Shuler Hensley as Kerchak
· Merle Dandridge as Kala
· Chester Gregory II as Terk
· Tim Jerome as Professor Porter
· Donnie Keshawarz as Clayton
· Daniel Manche / Alex Rutherford as Young Tarzan
Southstage Company’s Thoughts About the Production
SCHS cast members are very excited about the upcoming
production. Dustin Chapman (Tarzan) says “This
musical has been SO much fun. I love the music, and I love working on different
acts every day. Being a part of this musical has definitely got me out of my
comfort zone…but I’m happy that I’m able to take part because I’ve already
learned so much and made so many new friends!” Another cast member, Morgan
Fowler, who is not only a part of the advanced dancers, but the Victorian
mother as well says, “I never would have
thought being in a musical could be so much fun! It is a lot of hard work, but
I know it will pay off when May 16 & 18 comes!” Ensemble members Corbin
Clemons and Monica Tutt say that they think this show will be “the best show SCHS has had yet.”
I have also had a wonderful time working on this musical. This
is my first time taking a part in a musical at SCHS. I never knew it could be
so much fun! Playing the role of a gentle ape mother has its challenges, but I
love playing the part of Kala. I cannot wait to start working with props and
start piecing everything together. I know it’s going to be great!!
“The entertainment industry during World War II underwent changes to help aid the cause of the war. The entertainment industry during this time was often controlled by a country's government. Since the governments believed that a supportive home front was crucial to their countries' victory, they generally sought to keep the civilian spirits high and to depict the war in a positive light. With this motive in mind, governments engaged in the regulation and censorship of the forms of media, as well as the introduction of new methods of informing citizens through these media outlets.” ~ Wikepedia
Read the passage above. After reflecting on what you have read, consider why social dance may have served an important role during World War Two.
- Write about it!
- Dance about it!
Rosie The Riveter
The Jitterbug makes for a lot of fun in group work/problem solving!
Martha Graham was inspired by a sentence in Emily Dickinson’s letters to a friend, “Thanks so much for the gifts of light you have sent me today.” Graham’s interpretation of Dickinson’s words communicates appreciation of the simple things in life. She wanted to celebrate the beauty, vitality and youth of a young dancer’s body.
The music used for the piece is Neilson’s Helios Overture. The inspiration of this musical composition also reflects the composer’s fascination with light and the symbolism it holds.
Graham also credited reference and inspiration to the bible for Acts of Light.
Genisis 1:3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.