Disney’s “Mulan, Jr.” Press Release

Press Release

For Immediate Release
Contact:  Lauren Stevenson Yacina, Upper Darby Summer Stage
610.506.1355 – Lauren.Stevenson@verizon.net

Disney’s “Mulan, Jr.” takes Upper Darby Summer Stage audiences on a journey to ancient China!
The second of six Children’s Theater musicals will be presented July 13, 14, 15 at Upper Darby Performing Arts Center

DREXEL HILL, PA (June 30, 2011)  – Upper Darby Summer Stage takes audience members on a journey to ancient China with “Mulan, Jr.,” the action-packed stage adaptation of Disney’s “Mulan.” Four performances take place at 10:30 am on July 13, 14, 15 and at 7:30 pm on July 14.  Tickets are $6 through $9 and may be purchased online at www.udpac.org or by calling the Box Office, 610.622.1189.

The shows are performed at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, 601 N. Lansdowne Avenue, Drexel Hill, PA. Each performance is approximately one hour in length and appropriate for children four and up. Free babysitting is offered for children who are too young to sit quietly through the show.

One of Disney’s most beloved animated movies, the stage adaptation “Mulan, Jr.” is a heartwarming celebration of culture, honor and a fighting spirit. The score includes favorites like “Reflection,” “Honor to Us All” and “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” as well as new songs.

“We want people to feel like they’ve gone on a trip, someplace very different, on a journey to China,” says director Dawn Morningstar of Bryn Mawr. “The audience will enjoy being swept away to an exotic land with a dragon parade, lots of great singing, a great story and beautiful dancing as the cast is learning tai chi to prepare for their journey!”

The Fa family ancestors take the audience back to ancient China where Mulan, played by Allie Yacina of Haverford Township, wrecks her betrothal ceremony, dishonoring the family. Mulan’s father Fa Zhou, played by Joshua Jenkins of Philadelphia, is unexpectedly called to the army having no son to join for him.  Against her feeble father’s command, Mulan runs away from home to go in his place. The Ancestors have no choice but to send the misfit dragon Mushu (Tristan Horan of Haverford Township) to stop Mulan.  Mulan endures Captain Shang’s (Jared Gross of Haverford Township) grueling training along with soldiers Yao, Ling and Qian-Po (Joe Paparo of Clifton Heights, Justin Russell of Drexel Hill, and Billy McKeown of Newtown Square).

Mulan, a young woman who breaks tradition and pretends to be a man, learns a valuable lesson against all odds while teaching her family the importance of determination and balance. It’s a show that features music and dancing that will captivate audience members with a message that will inspire children of all ages!

Director Dawn Morningstar of Bryn Mawr, a dance therapist, also choreographs the Asian dance moves featured throughout the performance, and is assisted with choreography by Angela Wertner of Brookhaven. Musical Director Allyson Mercer of Upper Darby works with the cast to perform the well-known Disney songs, plus new songs featured in the show.  The look and feel of ancient China is enhanced by the set design created by Amanda Knehans and the costumes created by costume designer K. Moriah Smith.

The mission of Upper Darby Summer Stage is to encourage young people to develop the magic of their talents, personality and energy and to share that magic with our audiences through outstanding theatrical performances for the entire family.

The Upper Darby Performing Arts Center and Upper Darby Summer Stage are jointly sponsored by Upper Darby Township Mayor and Council and the Upper Darby School District Board of School Directors through the Department of Recreation and Leisure Services.

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