‘Tarzan’ makes magic in Harvard

HARVARD — As Tarzan swings onto stage, he is surrounded by dozens of apes in a gymnasium filled with vines and tree houses that immerse audience members in a jungle.

Directors of Harvard’s spring musical, “Tarzan,” said the set impresses everyone who sees it. Shows will be 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, with a free-will donation accepted for admission at the door.

“Elementary kids walk through here to their P.E. class in the other gym,” artistic director Deb Polacek said. “They’re always entranced and thrilled, and they’re very excited when they see the set and wonder what’s going to happen.”

There’s even an inflatable monkey perched on one of the tree houses.

“People just say that it’s authentic and as close to the jungle as you’re going to get in Harvard,” music director and choreographer Blake Thompson added.

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