Roxy Regional School of the Arts Opens Disney’s TARZAN This Friday at 6:00pm

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on May 16, 2014

Tarzan, for me, has always been Olympic Gold Medalist swimmer Johnny Weissmuller.  I grew up with him as the King of the Jungle, either from television or at the second-run movie houses.

I know there have been many other Tarzans since, a little like the Supermans and the James Bonds — but only the penultimate George Reeves and Sean Connery come to mind.  I suppose I’m showing my age.

Julio Iguina-Pascual, who is of Cuban and Puerto Rican descent, is our adult Tarzan in this Disney adaptation of the Edgar Rice Burroughs classic.  Julio and his family are new to Clarksville.  His father came to work at Fort Campbell; but before the family actually made the move here, Julio’s father came by to check out the Roxy and see if this could be a proper fit for his son’s extraordinary talent.

Our Young Tarzan is Riley Jenkins, who joined this cry of players last summer.  He began his early performing career as an Elvis impersonator.  Elvis was surely his thing; he is good at it.  (I remember my parents telling me, as a child, I did a mean Johnny Ray impression.)  But Riley was willing to let the Elvis moves go in favor of character, and he is one good boy with a wealth of talent.  You may remember him from Les Miserables as Gavroche.

As for Truman Jepson, who is playing Professor Porter in Tarzan, I’m not sure if he discovered the Roxy or the Roxy discovered him.  Either way it was a perfect match.  He started in Parks and Rec — as they say in The Sound of Music, “a very good place to start” — just as we were trying to double-cast the coterie of Von Trapp children, but short one boy.  Even though new to all this theatre business, Truman took to it like a fish to water.  Garnering his parents’ permission, he became one of the children.  Then it was on to 13: The Musical, Disney’s 101 Dalmatians Jr., Peter Pan and, when school permitted, Les Miserables.

All children have talents in one expertise or other, but supportive parents are the key.  I don’t mean the Mama Rose stage mothers, but parents like those of our Saturday School of the Arts students.  Like their parents, these children also have jobs: doing well in school and maintaining excellent behavior at home.  Grades and behavior take first and second priority.  The theatre is third, and no lower.

If your child has any interest, then let them attend our students’ spring showcase, Disney’s Tarzan, which opens tonight at 6pm for a $10 ticket.  Performances continue through the end of the month on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 6pm and Saturdays at 2pm and 6pm.

Saturday, May 24 and May 31, are our “Me Tarzan, You Jane” parties at 1:00pm, featuring lunch at Edward’s (chicken nuggets, macaroni and cheese, fries, beverage and dessert), jungle crafts and photos with Tarzan, followed by the 2:00pm performance.  Tickets are $25.

See you at the theatre!

[John McDonald]

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