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King of the jungle comes to the stage: "Tarzan" comes to Tusculum

Contributed • Nov 8, 2018 at 8:16 AM

What: A Stage production of Disney’s Tarzan 

Where:  Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Theater, Tusculum College, Greeneville 

When: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. on Sunday 

Tickets: $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 60 and older, and $5 for children 12 and younger

Information: Tickets available at the box office 90 minutes before the show, by calling 798-1620 or by emailing [email protected] 

Theatre-at-Tusculum will present an entertaining and energetic stage production of Disney’s “Tarzan” for seven performances in November.

The musical is based on the 1999 animated film of the same name, which featured music and lyrics by legendary musician Phil Collins, and the book by Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang. Performances will take place at the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Theater on the Tusculum University campus. 

The musical is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International and is being directed by Tusculum’s artist-in-residence, Marilyn duBrisk. The production team includes familiar and new faces with Brian Ricker as assistant director, Kasie Shelnutt as musical director and Elizabeth Sparks as choreographer.

The production features local theater veterans and many new faces to the Tusculum stage. Tusculum students Carter DelSorbo, Trevor Kahland and Colton Grindstaff will lead the cast of more than 70 as adult Tarzan, Kerchak the silver-back gorilla and the human villain Clayton, respectively.

The cast includes other Tusculum students and several members from the East Tennessee region. DelSorbo’s real life mother, Chirsta DelSorbo, will portray Tarzan’s ape mother, Kala. Local favorite Parker Bunch will play adult Tarzan’s ape friend, Terk, and Craig Robertson, a newcomer to the Tusculum stage, will portray Young Terk.

In addition to the jungle menagerie, human characters in the production include the lead roles of Jane, portrayed by Sarah Sanders, and Porter, Jane’s father, played by Josh Beddingfield. Snipes, Clayton’s second in command, is portrayed by Simon Johnson, who leads an expedition crew of Theatre-at-Tusculum veterans – River Donnelly, Michael Fillers, and Michael Willis.

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