Meridian Star


April 6, 2014

'Tarzan' musical opens Thursday at MCC McCain Theater

MERIDIAN —     The McCain Theater on the Meridian Community College campus will turn into a jungle of sorts when the College’s Arts & Letters presents the musical, "Tarzan."

     This MCC Fine Arts Department production gets under way on Thursday, with curtain at 7 p.m. Other performances are set for Friday and April 12, also at 7 p.m., and an April 13 matinee at 2 p.m.

     Based on Edgar Rice Burrough's "Tarzan of the Apes" and the smash-hit 1999 Disney animated film, "Tarzan" tells the story of an infant boy orphaned on the shores of West Africa. Taken in and raised by a tribe of gorillas, the young boy strives for acceptance by his ape father while grappling with his uniqueness.

     When a human expedition enters their territory, Tarzan – now a man – encounters strangers like himself for the first time. "Tarzan" features music and lyrics by Phil Collins, including the Grammy and Oscar winning song, "You'll Be in My Heart," and book by Tony Award-winning playwright, David Henry Hwang.

     Led by producer and director Dr. Todd Brand, this musical is family friendly. Tickets are $10, adults; $5, students, and are available by contacting Leia Hill at the Arts & Letters Series office at (601) 484-8696.

     The production staff includes Tammy Miles, vocal director; Carey Smith, musical director; Carol Merrill, choreographer; Laura Reinstatler and Tiffany McDonald, costumers; Richard Pogue, fly crew supervisor; Andy Rainey, technical director; Jennie House and Michelle O’Hehir, stage managers; Jim Corey, Luther Ellis, Tanner Felton, Ross McDonald and Steve Nabors, fly crew.

     Cast members include Seth Reed, Father; Maggie Craze, Mother; Courtney McDonald, Kala; George Barnett, Kerchak; Eli Brand, Leopard; Asher Brand, Baby Tarzan; Noah Brand, Young Tarzan; Tony Padilla, Terk; Zachary Gibson, Tarzan; Caroline Kennard, Jane Porter; Steve Nabors, Professor Porter; Ian Garner, Clayton; Tanner Felton, Snipes; Ross McDonald and Luther Ellis, Expedition Crew; Caroline Calhoun, Brandon Davidson, Timeiya Harris, Samantha Haywood, Gage Leifried, Ryder Leifried, Jamie Murray, Joseph Robinson and Connor Williams, Apes; Chloe Garner and Lauren Garner, Butterflies and Madison Bradley, featured dancer.

     In the roles of young apes are Taylor Clark, Olivia Craze, Ashlynn Decker, Maggie Freeman, Jessica Garner, Noah Garner, Piper Gonzalez, Zella Hamilton, Laighton Higginbotham, Max Hodgins, Annalyssa King, Hailey McCarter, Alexis McMillan, Katie Moulds, Loryn-Kinsley Rainer, Erica Smith, Sophie Smith, Chloe Stewart, Maddie, Stewart, Sydney Stokes, Camryn Walker, Jasmine Walker and Ethan Wright. In the roles of flowers are Brianna Anthony, Kaitlyn Anthony, Mary Love Bruan, Mary Jordan Clodfelter, Hannah Dover, Anne-Leigh Freeman, Lawson Alysse Freeman, Kary Grice, Kennedy Grice, Katie Lank, Macy Claire Mann, Danyel Marsh, Annie Martin, Rain Murphy, Willow Murphy, Ja’lyssiah Ott, Ava Partridge, Kaity Quinn, Katie Rush, Ava Temple, Ella Temple, Copelan Tillery, Laken Thornton, Allie Claire Tomerlin, Lilly Grace Williams and Reagan Winstead.

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