STAGE TUBE: Behind the Scenes with 3D Theatricals' SoCal Premiere of TARZAN

By: Jul. 14, 2015
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From the masters of family entertainment, who brought you The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast and Mary Poppins, 3D Theatricals (3DT) of Orange County is pleased to present the first, major, fully-produced Southern California regional premiere of the Tony nominated TARZAN The Stage Musical based on the Disney Film at both Fullerton's historic Plummer Auditorium, now through July 26, and the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, August 1 - 9, 2015. Click below to go behind the scenes with the cast & creative team!

Familiar to families over several generations, TARZAN tells the classic tale of a shipwreck that leaves an infant boy orphaned on the shores of West Africa. The child is taken in and raised by a tribe of gorillas; in particular, the mate of an ape who is grieving the loss of her baby. As the child grows and matures into manhood, he thrives in his primitive environment, even though he yearns for approval from his gorilla father; and to discover the reason for his own uniqueness. That is... until the arrival of a hunting expedition; his first sighting of humans, and the realization of the world beyond his jungle home.

Broadway's Rufus Bonds, Jr. has been set as Director with T.J. Dawson as Assistant Director. Musical Director/Conductor is Nick Petrillo. Choreography is by Linda Love Simmons. Ariel Choreography is by Paul Rubin. Founder and Director of Marketing Gretchen Dawson and Founder Daniel Dawson serve as Producers with Co-Founder and Co-Producer Jeanette Dawson.

A cast of 34 performers will be led by Devin Archer* as Tarzan, joined by Katie DeShan* as Jane Porter, Daebreon Poiema as Kala, Lawrence Cummings* as Terk, Mark Cedric Smith* as Kerchak, Joey D'Auria* as Professor Porter, Brian Abraham* as Clayton, and Jude Mason as Young Tarzan. (*Denotes members of Actors Equity Association.)

The Children's Ensemble includes Danielle Barron, Jeremy Barron, Jillian Dey, Jude Dawson, Kingson Higgins, and Mallory Barron.

The Women's Ensemble includes Arlondriah Lenyéa, Chelle Denton, Christiana Powell, Jeanette Dawson, Jenna Wright*, Kim Taylor, Natalie Iscovich, Rachel Farr, Taj Johnson, and Tiffany Reid. (*Denotes members of Actors Equity Association.)

The Men's Ensemble includes Brandon Burks, Bren Thor Johnson, Brian Whitehill, Dominique Alan Petit Frere, Du'ron Fisher, Evan Strand, Frankie Silver, Gary Brints*, Justin Matthew Segura, and Remmie Bourgeois. (*Denotes members of Actors Equity Association.)

Also on the creative team are: Set Design: Stephen Gifford. Lighting Design: Jean-Yves Tessler. Sound Design/Engineer: Julie Ferrin. Tehcnical Director: Jene Roach. Assistant Technical Director: Justen Asher. Projections Designer: Jon Infante. Musical Contractor: Los Angeles Musicians Collective. Production Stage Manager: Nicole Wessel*. Assistant Stage Manager/Company Manger: David Jordan Nestor*. Costumes: Sharell Martin. Wardrobe Supervisor: Yolanda Rowell. Make-up Designer: Denice Paxton. Wigs: Cliff Senior and Kat Senior. Box Office Manager is Jennifer Nelson. Martin Willis-Raymondo is Director of Development and Communications. Michael Sterling serves as Director of Publicity and Public Relations. (*Denotes members of Actors Equity Association.)

A Los Angeles Ovation Award-winning production company, 3D Theatricals was also the recipient of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre. For tickets and more information, visit


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