East meets West

Courtesy of CYT

Fri January 30, 2015 11:25am

The audience is invited to travel back to ancient China in “Disney’s Mulan Jr.,” the upcoming production by South County Christian Youth Theater. The action-packed stage adaptation of the Disney film “Mulan” is set for a February run at the Mater Dei Catholic High School performing arts theater.
There is a lot of dancing and ethnic culture imparted in the CYT show that is sure to please — and educate — western theatergoers.
Show dates are Feb. 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 14, 15, 21 and 22 at 2 p.m.
“Disney’s Mulan Jr.” is a heartwarming celebration of culture, honor and the fighting spirit.
Defying the village matchmaker and her own parents, Mulan, disguised as a boy, takes up arms in order to spare her father from having to serve in the army again. The Huns have invaded and it’s up to the misfit Mulan and her mischievous sidekick Mushu to save the emperor.
The production features well-known songs such as “Reflection” and “A Girl Worth Fighting For,” among others.
A generous cast of young performers is set to showcase their stage skills.
The South County CYT artistic team includes co-directors Cody Combes and Kat Sorenson, choreographer Brittany Vörös Hopkins and musical director Tony Powers.
The Music Theatre International Broadway Jr. collection is designed as 60-minute musicals for middle school students to capture the energies and attention spans of younger performers.
The production is based on the 1998 Disney film “Mulan” and the story “Fa Mulan” by Robert D. San Souci. It is based on a legendary Chinese figure who lives among the northern Wei people. The events take place about 1,500 years in the past.
The Disney film was well received by critics and the public, grossing $304 million. It earned Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations, and won several Annie Awards including Best Animated Feature.
The ensemble cast portrays many roles in the CYT production.
Main cast members include Mary Roe Gonzales as Mulan, Eddie Atienza as Mushu and John Albright as Shang.
Additional cast members include Isabella G. Discar, Leianna Weaver, Ivanna Quiceno, Joshua Powers, Kristen Acruz, Andrea Petka, Dennis Dizon, Marisa Matias, Christopher Stagner, Jackson Lawrence, Jacob Eddington, Kristian Acruz, Gabrielle Nathanson, Siena Robinson, Natalia Robinson, Shae-Lin Carr, Alanna Morgan, Natalia Escamilla-Huidor, Roman Cisneros, Ethan Murray, Juan Pablo Alvarez, Ethan Cruz and Shae-Lin Carr.
Rounding out the cast and crew are Ailia Javier, Alexa Cortina, Alexa Marmolejo, Allison Yetter, Alyssa Gonzalez, Austin Stroberg, Caityln Geisen, Dene Karabacak, Diego Webb, Eddie Atienza, Emiles Powers, Erick Marmolejo, Fantasia Rivera, Haley Martinez, Isabella Glover, Janessa Acuna, John Albright, Josette Candelaria, Kate Bell, Katelyn Biffle, Kathryn Weaver, Kayla Robinson, Mackenzie List, Madilyn Kelly, Madison Stella, Makena Summers, Malcolm Lange, Mary Rose Gonzales, Mikaela Gonzalez, Morgan Murphy, Sage Quisenberry, Savanna Weatherspoon, Savannah List, Siena Tappen, Sophia Hoffman, Taitum Eddington, Taylor Rei, Vanessa Orozco and Victoria Webb.
Tickets are now on sale and may be purchased through www.cytsandiego.org or by calling the box office at (619) 588-0206. Tickets are $15 online or $18 at the door.
Mater Dei Catholic High School is located at 1615 Mater Dei Drive, Chula Vista.
CYT is an after-school theater arts training program for students ages 4 to 18. The program is dedicated to developing character in children and adults through training in the arts and by producing wholesome family entertainment, all of which reflect Judeo-Christian values. Since its founding in 1981, CYT has grown to be the largest youth theater program in the nation with 24 affiliates across the country.