The Day I Turned Into An Ape

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.

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Bringing out my wild side in ape makeup and swinging on a vine during Moorhead High School’s production of Tarzan. (Photo: Trevor Peterson/The Forum)

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.

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Devon Solwold, Tarzan and Sarah Schulz, Jane sing “Different” from the Moorhead High School production of “Tarzan.” (Photo: Trevor Peterson/The Forum).

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