Children's Theatre of Annapolis (CTA) has kicked off its 61st season with “Tarzan,” based on Disney's epic animated musical adventure, and featuring music by Phil Collins.
The production opened November 1 and runs through November 17 at CTA's theater, located at 1661 Bay Head Road in Annapolis.
Washed up on the shores of West Africa, an infant boy is taken in and raised by gorillas, who name him Tarzan. While striving for acceptance from his ape father, Tarzan enjoys a life mostly full of monkey business until a human expedition treks into his tribe's territory, and he encounters creatures like himself for the first time. Tarzan struggles to navigate a jungle, thick with emotion, as he discovers his animal upbringing clashing with his human instincts.
CTA's production features 28 local teenagers, who attend various middle and high schools, including Bates Middle, Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High, Magothy Middle, Severn River Middle, Severna Park Middle, Annapolis Area Christian, Annapolis High, Broadneck High, Kent Island High, Key School, North County High, Severna Park High, and South River High, as well as home-schooled students.
The production is directed by Gerrad Alex Taylor, who also oversees all programing in The Studio at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company and teaches at University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He's joined by music director/conductor Emily L. Sergo, a CTA alumna who's also worked with Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre and Colonial Players of Annapolis, and choreographer Jason Kimmell, who also serves at CTA's theater operations manager/education director. The trio last teamed up as the artistic staff for CTA's production of “Shrek” during the 2013-2014 season.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors, military and kids 12 and under, and can be purchased at www.cta.ticketleap.com.