Kanata Kourier-Standard, May 21, 2011

Kanata Theatre youth present
Mulan Jr.

Posted 21 May 2011 by Kanata Theatre

The youth of Kanata Theatre are traveling back to the legendary story-telling days of ancient China to bring an action-packed version of Disney's Mulan to the stage June 3 and 4.

Based on the 1998 animated film, Mulan Jr. is set in ancient China during the Hun invasion. The musical tells the tale of the tomboy Mulan who disguises herself as a soldier to save her aged father from fighting in the war.

The Ancestors send the mischievous dragon Mushu to protect Mulan and help her on her journey. Together with Captain Shang and his ragtag army, they must try to save the Emperor.

Packed with humour and such favourite songs as "Reflection" and "I'll Make a Man Out of You," Mulan Jr. will warm your heart and have you cheering.

KT-Kids began as a 10-week experiment six years ago when a handful of the children of Kanata Theatre members were invited to attended weekly seminars on various aspects of stage production. Under the helm of Andrew Williams who is also directing this play, the group has flourished into a troupe of 35 talented youth and now includes members from Carp and Stittsville.

Kanata's Jackie Kormylo, 13, appears in the title role of Mulan. A three year veteran of KT Kids, she has performed in Honk Jr. and last year's Dear Edwina as well as Kanata Theatre's Christmas production of Seussical. Mulan's sidekick Mushu is being brought to life by 11-year-old Abbey Flockton, also of Kanata.

Shows are Friday June 3 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, June 4 at 2 p.m. at Ron Maslin Playhouse. All tickets are $5. To order call the box office at 613-831-4435 (leave a message, all calls will be returned).

Submitted Photo
Mulan (Jackie Kormylo) contemplates her future as the village maidens look on.
(Claire Bosnich, Emma Clarke, Kaleigh Bourk, Ella Schmidtlein)