PHS to present musical ’Tarzan’


By Aimee Hancock - Miami Valley Today



Kari Marion, playing Kala, left, and Alex Rossman, playing Kerchak, perform during a dress rehearsal of the Piqua High School Music Department’s production of “Tarzan.”

Kari Marion, playing Kala, left, and Alex Rossman, playing Kerchak, perform during a dress rehearsal of the Piqua High School Music Department’s production of “Tarzan.”


Audrey Jacomet in a scene during Monday’s dress rehearsal of the Piqua High School Music Department’s production of “Tarzan.”


Cast for Tarzan

Keri Marion

Alex Rossman

Braylon Shawler

Zac Edwards

Zoe Leasure

Josh Crusey

Decker Jackson

Audrey Jacomet

Karl Garpiel

Noah Baker

Gavin Meek

Ensemble

Ana Adams

Lillian Kirk

Conner Brown

Gavin Meek

Lukas Comolli

Lexi Perkins

Savannah Cox

Isabella Reyes

Kendall Darner

Zach Shedd

Gaven Davis

Jordan Slife

Kiaya DeBrosse

Cianni Small

Alba Badiola Garcia

Danielle Widney

Lexi Gastelu

Crew

Justin Fry

Tom Fry

Ann Toon

Sarah Deavours

Roger Toon

Becky Doak

Susan DeBrosse

Laura Jackson

Jeff Jackson

Alex Stewart

Karen Potts

David Potts

Alyssa Keeler

Hailey Bollinger

Seth Staley

Haley Krogman

Elaina Lear

Nichole Delacruz

Zach Sale

Seth Fashner

Augustin Cobzariu

PIQUA — The Piqua High School Music Department will present “Tarzan” the musical, beginning Wednesday, March 11, at 7 p.m. Additional show times include Thursday, at 7 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, at 8 p.m.

Tickets are available online, at www.piqua.org.

“It’s a show we’ve never done here at Piqua High School, and I feel like we have the right number of people and the right group of people to make it happen,” said head choral director Tom Westfall.

According to Westfall, the production will include a cast of about 30 students, around a dozen crew members, and several parent and staff volunteers.

The cast consists of students from grade nine through 12, including a foreign exchange student, as well as an even younger actor.

“A young boy from Piqua Junior High School will be playing young Tarzan,” Westfall said.

A graduate of PHS himself, Westfall said he participated in all four musicals throughout his high school career, the first being in 1988 while he was a freshman. While in college at Ohio State University, Westfall would return to PHS choreograph shows.

“I think there were two musicals after I graduated high school that I did not choreograph, and in 1994, I started choreographing on the production of ‘Annie Get Your Gun,’ and I have worked on every musical since then,” he said.

In 2001, Westfall directed and produced the production of “The King and I,” and in 2002, he was hired as head choral director, where he has remained ever since.

Westfall said he is looking forward to presenting “Tarzan,” which brings with it a unique set.

“I had an idea of how I wanted it to look and how I wanted it to feel and I just tried to make that happen,” he said. “My goal for the production is that if you are an audience member that you feel as though you are in the show, that you are in the jungle and are a part of the story.”

Auditions for the musical were held before Christmas break, with rehearsals beginning upon return to school in January. Students are currently rehearsing about four times per week now up until opening day.

“It’s been so fun; the set and things are really different — it’s in a jungle — and we rehearsed for basically two and a half months with me kind of describing what the set was going to look like,” Westfall said. “Now that the set is here and (the students) can see it, I think they have just gotten super excited about getting to play on the jungle and swing from the vines and do all the things that one does when one thinks of Tarzan.”

Kari Marion, playing Kala, left, and Alex Rossman, playing Kerchak, perform during a dress rehearsal of the Piqua High School Music Department’s production of “Tarzan.”
https://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2020/03/web1_030920mju_phs_tarzan2.jpgKari Marion, playing Kala, left, and Alex Rossman, playing Kerchak, perform during a dress rehearsal of the Piqua High School Music Department’s production of “Tarzan.”

Audrey Jacomet in a scene during Monday’s dress rehearsal of the Piqua High School Music Department’s production of “Tarzan.”
https://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2020/03/web1_030920mju_phs_tarzan1.jpgAudrey Jacomet in a scene during Monday’s dress rehearsal of the Piqua High School Music Department’s production of “Tarzan.”

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By Aimee Hancock

Miami Valley Today

Cast for Tarzan

Keri Marion

Alex Rossman

Braylon Shawler

Zac Edwards

Zoe Leasure

Josh Crusey

Decker Jackson

Audrey Jacomet

Karl Garpiel

Noah Baker

Gavin Meek

Ensemble

Ana Adams

Lillian Kirk

Conner Brown

Gavin Meek

Lukas Comolli

Lexi Perkins

Savannah Cox

Isabella Reyes

Kendall Darner

Zach Shedd

Gaven Davis

Jordan Slife

Kiaya DeBrosse

Cianni Small

Alba Badiola Garcia

Danielle Widney

Lexi Gastelu

Crew

Justin Fry

Tom Fry

Ann Toon

Sarah Deavours

Roger Toon

Becky Doak

Susan DeBrosse

Laura Jackson

Jeff Jackson

Alex Stewart

Karen Potts

David Potts

Alyssa Keeler

Hailey Bollinger

Seth Staley

Haley Krogman

Elaina Lear

Nichole Delacruz

Zach Sale

Seth Fashner

Augustin Cobzariu

Reach the writer at ahancock@aimmediamidwest.com. © 2020 Miami Valley Today, all rights reserved.

Reach the writer at ahancock@aimmediamidwest.com. © 2020 Miami Valley Today, all rights reserved.