QUINCY — Quincy Community Theatre invites audiences to experience the jungle like never before as it opens the box office Tuesday for the legendary musical “Tarzan.”
This production, based on the Disney film, tells the story of a small child orphaned by a shipwreck in a dangerous new world. Tarzan is found and raised by the kind gorilla Kala and learns to lead the life of an ape. Yet, when the young explorer Jane enters the jungle and Tarzan discovers strangers like himself, love and family conflict as the two worlds collide.
QCT’s interpretation emphasizes themes of oneness and communication by utilizing an adapted script and members of the Quincy University’s Interpreter Studies Program to integrate American Sign Language into the dialogue, choreography and the songs featured in the show.
Featuring 38 local performers, “Tarzan” was cast so that every character has a double to provide either voice or ASL interpretation during the production — ensuring every audience member will enjoy the production.
“To me, “Tarzan” is a story about communication,” said Director of Student Theatre Kelsey Celek. “The way we interact and share information with each other can differ drastically, but there are some things — love, trust, family — that have the same value to us all. As Phil Collins says in song, ‘Although we’re different, deep inside us we’re not that different at all.’ This collaboration with Quincy University will allow us to explore many facets of communication and how, even in different languages, we can still come together.”
“Tarzan” is under the direction of Celek with music direction by Jessi Sparks; choreography by Drew Quintero and Holly Schell; scenic design by Joseph Harris; and lighting design by James Davis. The production team also includes Jane Meirose as the ASL interpreter lead, Ashley Kenady as the stage manager and Cindy Crist as the assistant stage manager.
Tickets are $14 for performances from Feb. 9 to 12. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. from Thursday to Saturday with 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday. For tickets, to volunteer backstage or to serve as an usher, visit 1qct.org or call the QCT Box Office, located in the Oakley-Lindsay Center, at 217-222-3209.
“Tarzan” is sponsored by Hansen-Spear Funeral Home, WGEM and the Herald-Whig. QCT’s 2017 season is sponsored by Gardner Denver. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.