Pacific Cascade performers evoke ancient China in ‘Mulan Jr.’
May 12, 2011
By Laura Geggel
NEW — 8 a.m. May 12, 2011
Issaquah students are featuring the popular Disney animated movie “Mulan” on stage Friday for the Pacific Cascade Middle School theater production, “Mulan Jr.”
The play takes the audience to ancient China with the action-packed story of a Chinese girl and her sidekick dragon, Mushu, who both work to save the emperor from the invading Huns.
The heartwarming tale is a celebration of culture, honor and the fighting spirit.
Pacific Cascade musical director and teacher Kelli Jaeger said she and several volunteers have worked with 28 actors and eight crewmembers for the past nine weeks, helping students memorize their lines and learn how to do the lighting, music, sound, costumes and props for the show.
“Students run the show from beginning to end and have learned an enormous amount quickly,” Jaeger said.
Both the play and its musical numbers speak to middle school students, she said.
“At a time in which they want to be independent of their parent’s wishes they still struggle to do right by them,” Jaeger said. “Mulan strives to overcome her destiny that is already ‘Written in Stone,’ but still bring ‘Honor to Us All.’”
“Mulan Jr.” plays at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and again at 7 p.m. May 20-21 at Pacific Cascade, 24635 S.E. Issaquah Fall City Road. Tickets cost $5 for general admission, or $4 for Pacific Cascade students with an ASB card.