Disney's Tarzan


Saturday April 19, 2014 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Monday April 21, 2014 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Callbacks Tuesday April 22, 2014 @ 7:00 pm



Directed by Dennis Canright
Based on the Disney Film
Music and Lyrics by Phil Collins
Book by David Henry Hwang
Adapted from the story “Tarzan of the Apes” by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Originally Produced on Broadway by Disney Theatrical Productions
Musical Direction – Richard Gwozdz
Choreography – Nathan Blaser and Dennis Canright




Saturday April 19, 2014 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Monday April 21, 2014 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Callbacks Tuesday April 22, 2014 @ 7:00 pm



  • Schedule an audition by calling 817-284-1200 or email boxoffice@artisanct.com with your name, phone number, the date and time you wish to audition and the character you want to audition for. Check in time will start thirty minutes prior to auditions.
  • Preliminary auditions will consist of a vocal audition but be prepared to read if asked. Callbacks will consist of readings, vocal, dance and movement as needed.
  • Bring your headshot, resume, and filled-out forms (found below).
  • Bring list of all conflict dates (May 17, 2014 – August 23, 2014).
  • Auditions will be held at 404 East Pipeline Road (Former Belaire Theater lobby), Hurst, Texas.
  • Rehearsals will begin Saturday, May 17, 2014.
  • Please do not email the director, as all of the information is here in this notice. If you are unable to make a scheduled audition please email your headshot and resume to the attention of Dennis Canright – TARZAN AUDITIONS at boxoffice@artisanct.com or drop off at the Artisan Box Office and mark to the attention of Dennis Canright.





Please prepare 16 bars of music from Tarzan the Musical, something by Phil Collins or something that reflects the vocal stylings of the character you are auditioning for. Please be familiar with all of the music from this show in case you are asked to sing something else from the production. PLEASE CHOOSE A SONG THAT REFLECTS THE VOCAL STYLE OF THE CHARACTER YOU ARE AUDITIONING FOR. If you are only auditioning for ensemble please choose something that shows off your vocal abilities and range.



Friday July 11 – Saturday August 23, 2014, with shows on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm, and Saturdays also at 3pm.

Principle Parts Available (may be double cast):

  • Kerchak – The gruff leader of the gorillas and Kala’s mate. Male 40′s to 50′s Vocal Range Ab2 – Gb4.
  • Kala – A gentle mother ape; Kerchak’s mate and Tarzan’s protector. Female 30′s to 40′s Vocal Range E3 – Eb5.
  • Young Tarzan – An innocent young boy full of wonder and need for acceptance. Male 8 to 12 Vocal Range C3 – E4.
  • Young Terk – A sarcastic adolescent ape; Tarzan’s best friend. Male 8 to 12 Vocal Range G3 – B4.
  • Tarzan – A vulnerable but fearless young man raised by apes. Male 20 to 30 Vocal Range B2 to Bb4 (special note – Tarzan MUST be athletically built and have some gymnastic and weight lifting ability. Also it is requested that all men auditioning for Tarzan prepare 16 bars of one of Tarzan’s ballads or a song by Phil Collins).
  • Terk – A Sarcastic ape and Tarzan’s best friend. Male 20 to 30 Vocal Range Eb3 to B4 (Terk must have dance and gymnastic abilities).
  • Jane – An adventurous, strong willed young English botanist; she falls in love with Tarzan. Female 20 to 30 Vocal Range F#3 to F5.
  • Porter – A bumbling English professor of botany and Jane’s father. 50 to 60 Vocal Range B2 to C4.
  • Clayton – A brutish, greedy hunter and guide for Jane and Porter. Male 30 to 45. NON SINGING ROLE.

Ensemble Parts Available (roles will be double cast):

  • Snipes – Expedition Crewman, Partner to Clayton. Male 20 to 30′s.
  • Leopard – A fierce carnivore that threatens both the gorillas and humans. Dance role and must have gymnastic experience.
  • Apes and Ensemble – various male and female ape roles comprised of vocalists, gymnasts, dancers and specialty dancers.
  • Ship’s crew – combination of singing and non-singing roles and will handle most of the tech crew work on the production as well as act as other characters in the show.
  • Tarzan’s Mother and Father will also be a part of the ensemble.



Based on Edgar Rice Burrough’s Tarzan of the Apes and the 1999 Disney animated smash-hit film with a powerful musical score by Phil Collins, TARZAN tells the story of an infant boy orphaned on the shores of West Africa. Taken in and raised by a tribe of gorillas, the young boy strives for acceptance by his ape father while grappling with his uniqueness. When a human expedition enters their territory, Tarzan – now a man – encounters strangers like himself for the first time. This is a heartwarming tale of parental love, a child’s need for acceptance, and his search for his place in his family and the world.



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Artisan Center Theater is a non-profit, non-equity community theater-in-the-round located at 420 East Pipeline Road in Hurst, Texas. Artisan produces 9 main stage and 9 children’s shows a year and has an eleven year track record of high quality, entertaining, award winning, family-friendly musicals, comedies, and dramas. It is one of the highest-attended community theaters in the country.