An Epic Musical Journey

Music and Lyrics by Phil Collins

Book by David Henry Hwang


April 2018








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Friday, April 13th at 7:30pm

Saturday, April 14th at 1:00pm

Saturday, April 14th at 7:30pm

Thursday, April 19th at 7:30pm

Friday, April 20th at 7:30pm

Saturday, April 21st at 1:00pm

Saturday, April 21st at 7:30pm


Based on Disney's animated musical and Edgar Rice Burrough's Tarzan of the Apes, this classic comes to life! Washed up on the shores of West Africa, an infant boy is taken in and raised by gorillas. He struggles with his animal upbringing clashing with his human instincts. The FRT is proud to present Tarzan as a part of their "green season" of re-purposed costumes. Audiences can also enjoy a dramaturgical lobby display on the rainforest of Tarzan produced in partnership with NMU Zoology and Environmental Science students. 


Tickets are $15 for general public, $10 for students, and $5 for NMU Students.

Located in the Forest Roberts Theatre.



"Two Worlds" – Tarzan, Mother, Father, Kala, Kerchak, and Ensemble

"You'll Be In My Heart" – Kala and Ensemble

"Jungle Funk" – Ensemble

"Who Better Than Me?" – Young Tarzan and Terk

"No Other Way" – Kerchak

"I Need to Know" – Young Tarzan

"Son of Man" – Terk, Kala, Tarzan, and Ensemble

"Son of Man (Reprise)" – Terk and Ensemble

"Sure As Sun Turns to Moon" – Kala and Kerchak

"Waiting for This Moment" – Jane and Ensemble

"Different (Part 1 & 2)" – Tarzan and Jane



"Trashin' the Camp" – Terk and Ensemble

"Like No Man I've Ever Seen" – Jane and Professor Porter

"Strangers Like Me" – Tarzan, Jane, and Ensemble

"For the First Time" – Jane and Tarzan

"Who Better Than Me? (Reprise)" – Terk and Tarzan

"Everything That I Am" – Young Tarzan, Tarzan, Kala, and Ensemble

"You'll Be In My Heart (Reprise)" – Tarzan and Kala

"Sure As Sun Turns to Moon (Reprise)" – Kala and Tarzan

"Two Worlds (Finale)" – Tarzan, Jane, and Ensemble


Cast List

Tarzan's Father Nathaniel Langlie
Tarzan's Mother Katie Spengler
Kala Audree Stephens
Kerchak Devin Murphy
Young Tarzan Canyon Medina
Terk Hanna Numinen
Tarzan Ethan Bott
Jane Emily Burbey
Porter Jacob Laitinen
Clayton Justin Van't Hof
Snipes Max Stevens

Brooke Baneck, Jill Vermeulen, Charlie Edwards, Erin Culp, Riley Fields, Kyle Flickinger, Nathaniel Langlie, Gracie Fries, Megan Ludwig, Kortney Manchip, Nathan Morgan, Abby Persoon, Maddie Rayner, Nick Salin, Katie Spengler, AJ Stephens, Max Stevens, Roenak Ghiardi


*Indicates work done in partial fulfillment of senior capstone project.

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honors Fraternity.



Creative Team

Director Shelley Russell
Musical Director Erin Colwitz
Choreographer Jill Grundstrom
Lighting Designer David Pierce
Assistant Lighting Designer Hannah Cormier
Scenic Designer Victor G. Holliday
Costume Designer Shelley Russell
Sound Designer Bill Digneit
Properties Master Hannah Carey
Technical Director David Pierce
Production Stage Manager Lily Howder
† indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honors Fraternity.


Additional Artistic Staff

Assistant Stage Managers Emily Baker, Lilith Kontos
Light Board Operator   
Sound Board Operator  
Costume Mistress  
Run Crew  
† indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honors Fraternity.




Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Costume Shop Crew

Helen Boburka, Hannah Danforth, Regan McKay, Erin Perry, Sabrina Nelson, Taylor Ehle, Esther Teng

Scene Shop Foreman Steve McClain
Carpenters, Electricians and Painters

Hannah Cormier, Emily Baker, Helen Boburka, Audree Stephens, Marissa Bekkering, Jacob Stipe, Justin Van't Hof, Nathaniel Langlie, Taylor Wilcox, Emmett Long, Keegan Downey

Lighting and Sound Supervisor Dan Zini
Box Office Manager Bill Digneit
Assistant Box Office Managers Lily Howder†, Lilith Kontos
Box Office Staff Sam Cole, AJ Stephens, Amber Urban, Regan McKay, Jordan Coutcher, Jordan Howell, Heidy Paz, Emily Kendall, Nathan Zaremba
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† indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.


Cast Bios


Creative Team Bios