Do not miss Tarzan: The Stage Musical when it swings into Milford this March. Tarzan is the tale of a man raised by gorillas who is both and yet neither; he does not fully belong in the world of humans or the world of animals. The musical is based on the 1999 Disney film and is set to an award-winning pop music score by Phil Collins. Filled with energetic animals and electrifying music, this is a heartwarming story of identity, the meaning of family and unconditional love that is sure to please the whole family.
Director Carissa Meiklejohn says, “The show has posed interesting challenges for us. The majority of the cast are playing gorillas, not humans. So we have had to spend a lot of time on mannerisms and movement unlike any show we’ve done before. It has been exciting to watch the cast create animal characters who feel very human emotions.”
Ethan Dehel will play the lead role of Tarzan. A senior at Milford High School, Dehel has been involved with the school’s Drama Club for over 5 years. He has been a part of almost every performance for five years including Music Man and Princess and the Pea. He states that Tarzan is a unique performance that has challenged the actors this year.
“It is different, the play is very active with a lot of movement from all of the actors,” said Dehel. “My character goes through a lot of changes as the play follows him from being a little kid through the rest of his life.”
Dehel hopes that audiences are entertained but also understand the theme that follows the play. “You start to see that although the characters are different there is a sense of belonging no matter where they come from.”
Jenn Rust plays the lead role of Jane. Rust has been with Milford Drama Club for three years and has been a part of several performances including Shrek, Music Man and Aladdin. She has enjoyed the many emotions her character experiences throughout the story. “She is very everywhere with emotions,” said Rust. “She is excited and fearful to be in the jungle and around Tarzan.”
This production has provided an unforgettable opportunity for the graduating seniors to mentor and pass on traditions to the next group of young performers, as the cast includes nine seniors and six middle school students. Student performers from Milford High School and Milford Central Academy include Ashby Amory, Tobias Biro, Amire Collins, Valeria Coverdale, Jessica Creigh, Emma Dehel, Millisen Dill, William Dorey, Lauren Edwards, Jacob Elliot, Mark Hollingsworth, Rebecca Hutchinson, Zoe Johnson, Mystery Parsons-Villa, Ethan Pheasant, Kieran Pheasant, Dylan Phillips, Christopher Proetzel, Madison Stalvey, Haley Thompson, Paige Thompson, Barbara Walker and Gabriel White.
Performances will be held in the MHS auditorium on Thursday, March 2; Friday, March 3; and Saturday, March 4. All three evening shows will begin at 7pm. There will also be an afternoon matinee on Saturday, March 4 at 1pm. Tickets will be available at the door. $5 for students age 18 or younger; $6 for seniors 60 or older; $8 for all others. A $1 discount will be given to those who bring a ticket stub from the Lions Club spaghetti dinner which will be held 4 to 7pm on Saturday, March 4 in the MHS cafeteria.
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