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Centertown students ready for theatrics
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Centertown Elementary School’s Theater Club is presenting the story of “Mulan” this Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5.
“It’s a wonderful play,” said Brooke Grissom, who plays Mulan. “Mulan enlists in the army disguised as a man named Ping to take her father’s place. She’s very brave.”
“Mulan” is a 1998 American animated musical action-comedy-drama film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan.
Mulan is the only child of her honored family. When the Huns invade China, one man from every family is called to arms. Mulan’s father, who has an old wound and cannot walk properly, decides to fight for his country and the honor of his family though it is clear he will not survive an enemy encounter.
Cast members include: Loazi by Alicia Hendricks, Yun by Abigail Hodge, Lin by Chloe Rush, Hong by Hollie Mullins, Zhang by Allison Parton, Fa Zhou by Autumn Parton, Fa Li by Jera Ringemann, Grandmother Fa by Kayla Ballard, Chi Fu by Bridgette Kern, Young Xiao by Raymond Morton, Shan-Yu by Britney Brannam.
Mulan, who got rejected by the matchmaker in contemplation of marriage, decides to prove she is worth something and steals away to fill her father’s place in the Chinese army. The matchmaker is played by Jaylie Shehane.
Mulan prays to her family’s ancestors for protection and luck before leaving as a man in her father’s armor with her family’s horse. The ancestors awake and decide to send Mushu, a little dishonored dragon, to aid Mulan in her quest. Mushu is played by Chasity Sain.
Rounding out the cast: Younger Yi by Dixie Rich, Magyar by Ciara Rush, Subar-Tu by Makayla Johnson, Chen by Zoie Conner, Liu by Kara Best, Capt. Shang by Danielle Davis, Yao by Michelle Esparza, Qian-Po by Rayven Scales, Ling by Chloe Moore, and Emperor by Kayla Myers, Cheongsam Salesperson by Carrington Bumbalough.
Weeks later, Mulan and the other troopers have survived the training camp and are on the way north to stop the huns. After being spotted and pursued by the enemies, an impass situation in the mountains forces Mulan to come up with an idea. But then, her real gender will no longer be a secret. She decides to risk everything in order to save China.
Sound technician is Kamrin Mclaughlin, dressmaker is Kirsten McClure, hairdresser is Kaitlen Jones, and ensemble is by Jaiden Vaughn.
Proceeds go to a good cause, that being to benefit Centertown School’s Theater Club and future productions.