Mulan: the story of a strong young Chinese woman


By LOUISE SWARTZWALDER - lswartzwalder@aimmediamidwest.com



Sixth grader Casey Swank, in his costume, complete with hair top knot. Louise Swartzwalder |Bellville Star The character Mulan, played by Addy Haring. Louise Swartzwalder | Bellville Star


CLEAR FORK VALLEY — A story about a strong young girl is being presented to area folks in the play Mulan, now being presented at the Clear Fork schools auditorium.

Enthusiastic groups of youngsters have been going through rehearsals, and perfecting costumes and lighting for the production.

Mulan is the story of a young woman who fears what will happen to her father in the Chinese military. Even though that military is in a patriarchal society, she takes his spot.

Mulan was a movie released in 1998.

Kids got help from parents and various teachers in rehearsing for the show, which has singing, dancing and special effects.

Joey Pritchard, one of the performers, said it is fun to be involved because the kids get to dance and “sing our hearts out.”

The costuming for the production is elaborate, and requires some young men to wear top knot hair pieces. Some of the performers wear white, but others are in multicolored costumes.

Eighth grader Alex Pore plays Captain Shang, one of the main characters.

Pore said he tried out for the spot, by reading lines.

James Michalovich is in charge of the production.

Toni Clark, a volunteer, was helping girls get in costume and apply make-up. Her granddaughter Maddie Clark is in the production.

Some kids were applying white face before donning costumes at rehearsals.

Michalovich was giving kids instructions, about what they could eat and drink while in costume.

“Do not eat” when you’re in costume, Michalovich said. And, drink only water.

Many of the performers used elaborate microphone devices, which were there to enhance sound when they were singing.

The songs in the show include “Honor to us,” “Keep em guessing,” “Man out of you.”

The back of the stage contains five white and black Chinese letters. They stand for important human aspects, like honor and loyalty.

The production included use of fog machines in certain scenes.

The show was presented to Butler and Bellville elementary students Thursday morning.

Shows will be open to the public Nov. 18 and 19.

Sixth grader Casey Swank, in his costume, complete with hair top knot. Louise Swartzwalder |Bellville Star The character Mulan, played by Addy Haring. Louise Swartzwalder | Bellville Star
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By LOUISE SWARTZWALDER

lswartzwalder@aimmediamidwest.com