You can always count on Moorhead High Theatre director Rebecca Meyer-Larson to push the envelope a bit when it comes to high school drama. This year’s show is no exception.
As MeLissa Kossick wrote a couple of weeks ago on Inforum, ten volunteer theatre dads are helping the cast fly in this production of Disney’s Tarzan.
Apparently, the “fly-guys” antics, along with great music, acting, singing, and scenery are helping catapult tickets sales.
I decided to see for myself what the hubbub was all about. I knew the actors were super-talented (having seem them in shows before). But I had heard the set was quite a spectacle to see as well, complete with trampolines, harnesses, and running water.
Once I got there, I wasn’t disappointed. The set looked great, but I didn’t have much time to look around after getting kidnapped by a couple of mischievous apes (Izzy Larson and Ariana Grollman) who insisted through grunts (oo-ooo, ee-eee) that I become an ape like them.
Watch our video to see how makeup artist Kelsie Anderson (a very nice human) magically transformed me with her skills and how after I was “ape-i-fied” this poor middle-aged woman took flight. Hint: No, I did not injury myself.
But I will tell you this, if you ever think theatre kids aren’t athletes, think again. I was breathless just riding a vine and trying to speak.
Then I watched Devon Solwold, who plays Tarzan do cartwheels and carry a tune. Puts this old mama ape to shame. The song Solwold and Sarah Schulz (Jane) sing on our video is both fun and lovely.
Tickets remain on sale for the show, but they’re going fast. Much faster than me flying on a vine.
If you go:
What: “Disney’s Tarzan the Musical”
When: 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Nov. 20-21 and 27-28. Also 2 p.m. Sunday (ASL performance) and Nov. 22.
Where: Moorhead High School Theater
Tickets: $7 students, $11 adults, (218) 284-2255 or moorheadtheater.com