Mount Union Alum Makes Career in Las Vegas

October 04, 2012

ALLIANCE, Ohio — More than two years into his entertainment career in Nevada, Tarion Young  ’07 is living the life as he works in costuming for the Cirque du Soleil show "Zarkana." The show features acrobatic performance, acting, dance and art forms from around the world.

In addition to costuming performers for the famed show, Young also acts as a singer at the luxurious Venetian Hotel and Resort in Las Vegas.

While at Mount Union, Young was involved in concert choir, the music fraternity Mu Phi Epsilon, the Black Student Union and the Gay Straight Alliance. As a frequent performer for the theatre department, Young was also a member of the theatre fraternity on campus.

“The extracurriculars I was involved in definitely enhanced the education I gained while at Mount Union,” Young said.

Graduating with a double major in music and theatre, Young felt more than prepared for a career working with the stage.

“Majors usually only prepare you for one thing in your department, but Mount’s academics sealed my fate,” said Young. “The ability to spend some years on stage and some years behind the scenes, as well as the education I received in the classroom, really made me multifaceted. Not a lot of schools can produce such well-rounded students.”

In addition to giving recitals, Young also starred in Mount productions such as A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Forum, Much Ado About Nothing, Pirates of Penzance and directed a small, one-act play. He also designed costumes for Wonderful World his senior year.

“My education at Mount Union has a lot to do with where I am today,” said Young. “The fine arts professors there are the best in the program and have so much to offer students.”

Young added that it was Mount Union’s strong arts program that has made his dream a reality.

“Because the school is so small, it seems like the art programs can get swallowed up,” Young said, “but I am living proof that the arts at Mount are very much alive and that the professors there can do amazing things.”

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