‘Tarzan’ the musical opens at Liberty University this Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Alluvion Stage Company, the professional arm of Liberty University’s theater department, is opening its latest show this weekend.

“Tarzan,” the musical based on the 1999 Disney film and story by Edgar Rice Burroughs, will open at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Liberty’s Tower Theater.

“With our new Alluvion Company, one of the missions is to do premieres in central Virginia,” says Linda Nell Cooper, chair of Liberty’s theater department. “Another mission of Alluvion is that we do family-friendly shows. So we started with ‘Peter Pan’ last year. Next year, we’re doing ‘Les Mis’ and ‘Mary Poppins.’” As for “Tarzan,” Cooper credits the show’s energy and “beautiful Phil Collins music” for why she wanted to bring it to Lynchburg.

“The storyline, to me, is so appealing,” she adds. “The idea that you need to feel as if you belong to a part of a community and that it’s not always about the community you’re born into. It’s the community you choose. And that you take a responsibility for that community and not just responsibility of self. It’s really about Tarzan becoming very selfless.”

Much like with “Peter Pan,” the actors will be flying across the stage, thanks to a fly director they’ve brought in from Broadway.

“This is a completely different style of flying,” Cooper says. “[With] ‘Peter Pan,’ everything was on back harness, where you hook a wire to your back and you don’t have any control. This is all front harness flying, so the actor has a little more control with it. They’re flying from a vine, [and] they’re holding onto a vine.”

Other performances are set for 7:30 p.m. April 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27 and May 3, 4 and 11; 2 p.m. April 13 and 20 and May 4; and 3 p.m. April 14 and 28 and May 12. Tickets range in price from $5 to $20. Call (434) 582-SEAT or visit

Dance Theater coming to Sweet Briar

The Pearson Widrig Dance Theater will perform in Sweet Briar College’s Murchison Lane Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

One of the show’s pieces, “Oashisu,” has a connection to 2007 Sweet Briar grad Betty Skeen, who was present for its creation.

Pearson Widrig creative directors Sara Pearson and Patrik Widrig invited Skeen to the company’s annual June residency in Ithaca, N.Y., where the whole cast collaborated on the choreography. At the time, Skeen had just completed her master of fine arts at the University of Maryland, where she is now working as a guest choreographer.

She also collaborates with Pearson Widrig off and on, but wasn’t involved in the creation of the second performance on the Sweet Briar bill, a light-hearted spoken word piece called “Take Me With You.”

Tickets to the performance are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for students and free for children 12 and younger. Call (434) 381-6120 or visit www. for more information.

Liberty University holding fashion show

The Liberty University Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) department will hold its annual fashion show at 8 p.m. Saturday in the college’s Schilling Center.

Thirty-five models will walk the runway in designs created by LU students, many of whom come from the department.

The show will also raise money for Threads of Hope International, an organization that provides families in the Philippines with a steady and dependable income through their fair trade initiative.

Tickets are $5 in advance or $7 at the door. Call (434) 592-3682 or visit www.liberty. edu/tickets for more information.

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