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Cast members touch palms during a rehearsal of “Tarzan.” (Photo courtesy of Meagan Green)

Cast members touch palms during a rehearsal of “Tarzan.” (Photo courtesy of Meagan Green)

CTC’s production of ‘Tarzan’ opens Feb. 21

Last Modified: Monday, February 17, 2014 10:48 AM

By Lance Traweek / American Press

Rehearsals for Disney’s Tarzan continued Sunday at Central School Arts and Humanities Center as the nearly 30-person cast prepares for the start of the Children’s Theatre Company’s 28th season.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21-22, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, at Central School, 809 Kirby St.

The story, based on Edgar Rice Burrough’s “Tarzan of the Apes,” depicts the life of an infant shipwrecked and orphaned on the West African coast. The baby is taken in by gorillas. When Tarzan sees his first human, young explorer Jane Porter, the world as he knows it is never the same.

John Paul Primeaux, who plays Tarzan, said a lot of work goes into the production.

“Being half gorilla/half man I’ve had to capture both but I’ve had a lot of help from directors,” said Primeaux of Hayes. “People can expect a lot of good music, a great cast and lots of gorilla noises.”

The production features music by Phil Collins, including the Grammy and Oscar winning song, “You’ll Be in My Heart.”

Fifteen-year-old Jillian Engel, who plays Kala, said the cast has had extensive music training with a lot of physical choreography.

“There are lots of gorillas in the show, so we have to capture that,” Engel said, adding that the cast has been given knee pads and gloves to help.

Abigail Guillory, who plays Jane, said the show is unlike any play they’ve done in the past.

“We always do junior versions, so this is big for us,” said Guillory of Moss Bluff.

Taylor Simon, associate director, said the pop-rock music will give the play a “concert feel.”

“I’ve never learned more about myself as an actor than through trying to teach someone else how to do it,” Simon said. “I’m constantly learning with them. It’s also very rewarding seeing these kids succeed.”

The play is also presented by Kerry A. Onxley, artistic director and Joseph Boyette, vocal director.

Tickets cost $15 for adults and $13 for students and may be purchased at  or by calling 433-7323.

The cast includes: Kane Todd as Father; Brynlee Daigle as Mother; Jillian Engel as Kala; Antonio Simpson as Kerchak; Tommie Logan as Leopard; Leslie Isreal as Young Tarzan; Lauren Anderson as Young Terk; Magan McBroom as Adult Terk; John Paul Primeaux as Tarzan; Abigail Guillory as Jane; Noelie Puckett as Porter; Kane Todd as Clayton; and Alyssa Cargill as Snipes.

Adult gorillas are played by Sierra Courville, Hailey Ducoete, Toree Fontenot, Brooke Haegele, Hope McDaniel, Faith McLean, Zoe LeBeau, Tommie Logan, Darian Seago and Presleigh Ruiz.

Young gorillas are played by Clay Corley, Joseph Gallien, Hope McDaniel, Julia Miller and Jaylin Williams.

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