Students from throughout Warren County will present the magical "Mulan Junior" at the Library Theatre this weekend.
The All County Junior Musical is an extra curricular activity that acquaints students with all aspects of the theater. Students in grades five to eight are involved in set design, house management, sound, lighting, back stage responsibilities and the production itself. It is a true learning experience. The All County Junior Musical is in its fourth year, having had successful productions with School House Rocks, Horton Hears a Who and most recently, in 2010, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
This year our students are set to produce and perform through a partnership with Music Theatre International Disney's Mulan Jr. at the Struthers Library Theatre Feb. 2, 3 and 4 with shows at 7 p.m. and a matinee at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4.
Practicing with the fans
Students paint part of the set
Students strike a pose
The story is one of self-reflection and triumph. Since the dawn of recorded history, in every clan, in every culture from ancient Greece to China, Egypt, the Americas and Polynesia heroes have embarked on life altering journeys. One of the most renowned and beloved of these "wondering heroes" is a young woman named Mulan. In Asia, the story of Mulan is as familiar as the story of Cinderella is in western cultures. The story of this brave Chinese woman has been told for nearly 2,000 years, and many believe that Mulan was a real person. In a tradition established by the creators of The Rescuers Down Under, the creative team for Disney's Mulan journeyed to China in the summer of 1994 to get a feeling for the grand historical settings and physical topography that would become fundamental to their film. Although there is no proof that Mulan actually existed, almost everyone they met in China felt that she did. Tickets will be available at the door.