By Kristina Smith, Producer - Your Carolina - email
Flat Rock Playhouse and YouTheatre presents the popular Disney musical, Mulan Jr., from November 15 -24 at the Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown presented by Todd Webb, CPA and Ken Adams/Edward Jones.
The music and lyrics are by Matthew Wilder, David Zippel, Stephen Schwartz, Jeanine Tesori and Alexa Junge. The music is adapted and arranged and additional music and Lyrics by Bryan Louiselle. Book adaptation and additional lyrics are by Patricia Cotter.
Join YouTheatre students as they present a heartwarming celebration of culture, honor and a fighting spirit. Based on the hit Disney movie and set in ancient China, this story of adventure, courage and bravery is one for all ages. The story begins as Mulan's big day with the village Matchmaker is wrecked by her nervousness, thereby dishonoring her family. When her Father, Fa Zhou, is unexpectedly called to the army, Mulan's adventure begins. Accompanied by a misfit dragon named Mushu, Mulan must fit into the army, save the Emperor and restore her family's honor.
"I love the history behind Disney's Mulan Jr.," said YouTheare Artistic Director Dave Hart who is also directing the show. "The legend of Fa Mulan is a story that has through different variations been a part of the Chinese culture for over sixteen hundred years. The investigation into another culture is always fascinating to me. When did they bow and how? How did economic status play a role in their society? What were the different roles for men versus women?"
Hart hopes these lessons reach the students involved in this production as well.
"As I have worked with the cast of our production, I am hoping that they take the message of Fa Mulan and continue to think about the importance of finding their own voice and their own part of the history of their family. As a director I would love the audience to feel as if they have traveled to another world, experiencing part of a fun magical journey of love for family and self-discovery. "