The king of the apes and his lady love swing to the stage in this adaptation of the Disney film.  

Based on Disney's epic animated musical adventure and Edgar Rice Burrough's Tarzan of the ApesTarzan features heart-pumping music by rock legend, Phil Collins, and a book by Tony Award-winning playwright, David Henry Hwang. High-flying excitement and hits, like the Academy Award winning "You'll Be in My Heart," as well as "Son of Man" and "Two Worlds," make Tarzan an unforgettable theatrical experience.

Washed up on the shores of West Africa, an infant boy is taken in and raised by gorillas who name him Tarzan. Apart from striving for acceptance from his ape father, Tarzan's life is mostly 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.

Tarzan is a full-length production presented in two acts.  It is rated G for all audiences.

Rehearsal and Performance Schedule

Rehearsals will take place at Trinity United Methodist Church    Dress rehearsals and performances will be in the Gezon Auditorium at Calvin College.

  • July 22-26 9:00 am-4:00 pm Rehearsals TUMC

  • July 29,30 9:00 am-5:00 pm Rehearsals TUMC

  • July 31 9:00 am-5:00 pm Dress Rehearsal CGA

  • August 1 9:00 am-5:00 pm Dress Rehearsal CGA followed by 7:00 pm PERFORMANCE

  • August 2 9:30 am CALL TIME for 11:00 am, 3:00 pm, and 7:00 pm PERFORMANCES

Reserved seat tickets will be available for purchase online through stageGR.


Audition Information

Auditions will be open-house style at Trinity United Methodist Church between 3:00 and 6:00 PM, on May 29, 2019.    Callbacks will be the following afternoon at Trinity UMC between 3:30 and 5:30 PM.  The callback list will be posted on our web site and on our Facebook page soon after auditions are complete.

Remember, the purpose of auditioning for a stageGR production is not to determine whether you will be in the show, but to identify what role is best suited for your vocal and acting range.  No resume is required.

On audition day, please be prepared to sing 30-60 seconds of any musical theater song, a'capella.    At auditions, callbacks and rehearsals, wear comfortable, modest clothing that you can easily move and dance in.   Most of all, prepare to have fun.

Break a leg!


Trinity United Methodist Church  

1100 Lake Drive SE Grand Rapids MI


Open to all students who will be entering 6th through 9th grade in the 2019-2020 academic year.

Tarzan the Musical is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
- See more at the MTI web site.