There is a moment in Shanghai Disney Resort’s live Tarzan show where the audience holds its collective breath. Tarzan and Jane dangle from a large hoop suspended high above the Storyhouse Stage, their bodies intertwined. Then Jane lets go and stretches out her arms as if to fly through the air, while Tarzan, still grasping the hoop, catches her between his knees. She dives gracefully again and this time ends up vertical, her arms hooked over Tarzan’s feet. The only thing between her and gravity is his toes.
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Western Carolina University’s original production of a radio re-creation of “Tarzan of the Apes” has been recognized with one of the top awards in the Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts. The show, which was presented Feb. 26, 2013, in WCU’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center, is the winner of the best of competition award in the long-form faculty audio production category.
Judges said in their comments that the piece was entertaining and engaging, and created “grand suspense” through the use of “spirited narration, musical crescendos and decrescendos, effectively placed sound effects, and engaging dialogue.”
“The judges were impressed with the overall audio quality featured on the production as well as the staging of the production,” said John McGuire, chair of the festival’s faculty audio category. “These types of audio plays are rarely heard on the radio today.”
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