“Disney’s Mulan, Jr.” heads to the stage in two weeks at Upper Darby Summer Stage. With performances quickly approaching from August 3-5, public & community relations manager, Dan Luner (DL) took the time to talk with Mackenzie Lee (ML) of Bryn Mawr who holds the title role of Mulan. Below is an abbreviated transcript of their conversation.
DL: What were your initial reactions when you found out you were cast as Mulan?
ML: I’ve been here six years [since I was an apprentice] and there are so many talented people here so I was just very grateful I got the chance to play this part.
DL: What has the rehearsal process been going so far? Have there been any “standout” moments so far?
ML: It’s been pretty hectic, but everyone [the creative team] is staying aligned and keeping everything going. It’s been moving really quickly, but at the same time it’s been very efficient.
DL: How do you connect on a personal level to the character of Mulan?
ML: I think Mulan’s character is very independent and throughout the show she really discovers who she is. She steps out of society’s standards of a ‘stereotypical woman’ in Ancient China and she proves herself by not following the rules. That relates to me because I consider myself a girl with an independent personality.
DL: What do you think are important pieces of Mulan’s story that the audience should take note of?
ML: Mulan is all about being yourself and not changing for anyone so I’d say audiences should note that Mulan loves herself for who she is – and she’s not ashamed of that.
DL: Fill in the blank: my favorite part about portraying Mulan is: ______________.
ML: My favorite part about portraying Mulan is specifically with who I have to be. It’s cool because not many Disney princesses say the things I say or do the things I do. So for me to play this particular Disney princess is a lot of fun.
Tickets for “Disney’s Mulan, Jr.” are priced at $7-11 and can be purchased online at www.udpac.org or by calling the box office: 610.622.1189. The Upper Darby Performing Arts Center is located in Drexel Hill at 601 N. Lansdowne Avenue, minutes from the Main Line and Center City. The show is approximately 60 minutes, with no intermission. Parking is free and the show is ideal for ages four and up. Free babysitting is offered for siblings who may be too young to sit through the entire show.
For 41 seasons Upper Darby Summer Stage has been empowering young people and entertaining families throughout the Philadelphia region. A two-time consecutive winner of the Main Line Parent’s “Best Children Theatre” Love Award, the program is also a five-time consecutive MyFoxPhilly HotList winner in the “Best Theatre” category.