Can one girl steal her father’s armor, run away from home, impersonate a soldier, dishonor the army, destroy a palace and save the Chinese Empire?
Of course she can, if that girl is Mulan. Weaver Performing Arts is scheduled to present its production of “Disney’s Mulan Jr.” at the Merced Theatre on March 3-7, according to a press release.
The production is the stage version of the popular Disney movie that features the songs “Reflection” and “I’ll Make a Man.”
In ancient China, it’s important for Mulan to uphold the traditions of honor, loyalty, strength, destiny, and love, according to the press release. After a failed meeting with the village matchmaker, Mulan knows that she has brought dishonor to her family. She makes things worse when she tries to save her father by taking his place in the Chinese army. With very little hope left to save the family name, Mulan’s ancestors send the disgraced dragon, Mushu, to bring Mulan home safely. Through their journey, Mulan and Mushu show everyone that sometimes traditions need to change.
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The 1 p.m. March 7 show will be a special “Princess Matinee,” where four Disney princesses will be in the theater lobby before the start of the show. The princesses will be available to sign autographs and take photos. Young girls are encouraged to wear their own princess dresses, according to the release. Cinderella, Belle, Ariel and Jasmine are scheduled to appear. Mulan, Mushu and the rest of the “Mulan” cast will also be available for autographs and photos after the show.
Weaver Performing Arts has been performing musicals with fourth- through eighth-grade students since 2003. Last year Weaver Performing Arts production of “Disney’s Aladdin Jr.” was performed before more than 5,000 audience members.
“Disney’s Mulan Jr.” will feature a cast of more than 65 students from all three schools in the Weaver Union School District.
Weaver Performing Arts’ production of Disney’s Mulan Jr.
When: School shows March 3-6 (morning start times)
Public shows at 7 p.m. March 6, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. March 7.
Where: Merced Theatre, 301 W. Main St. in Merced
Admission: School shows - $3, public shows - $8. Tickets sold at Pioneer Elementary, Weaver Middle School, Farmdale Elementary and the Merced Theatre box office. The Merced Theatre can be reached at (209) 381-0500.