WHEATFIELD | "The show must go on," so this winter's harsh weather hasn't stopped Kankakee Valley high and middle school students from polishing the Spring production of "Disney's Mulan Jr.," even though there's no sight of Spring yet.
Numerous snow days this month have been a challenge, but Director Jill Steiner, Assistant Director/Vocal Coach Amy Stepanek and the cast have persevered.
"In addition to adding make-up rehearsals, we have continued to push the students to work hard at their preparation outside of rehearsals," said Stepanek. "They have responded well to this concentrated timeline and understand the additional daily demands required to be ready to give their best performances by the end of the month. We are all very excited for this show to open and for the cast and crew to be able to showcase their work."
There are three performances, 7 p.m. Feb. 28 and 2 and 7 p.m. March 2, in the Kankakee Valley High School Auditorium, 3923 W. Ind. 10.
Tickets are $6, and reservations are available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, visiting www.facebook.com/KVMulan or leaving a message for Steiner at (219) 554-9411.
"The strong and beautiful voices of Sarah Schaetzel as Mulan and Jordan Clark as Captain Shang ring throughout the show, with music at times influenced by traditional Chinese music and, at others, loaded with catchy musical theater gusto or big band swing," Stepanek said.
"For those that have seen productions at KVHS, you will be in for an exciting change that brings the action closer to the audience," she added.
The script follows the outline of the popular Disney animated feature film "Mulan," based on the legend of Fa Mulan, who enters the Chinese Army to serve in the place of her father. She feels it is the honorable thing to do, despite breaking tradition and going against tightly held notions of gender roles.
Integral to Mulan's success is the guidance of Fa family ancestors (Annelise Phillips, Alyssa Serviss, Liz Torbitt and Brooke Dills) and the support and friendship of Mushu, an energetic and spirited dragon (Kayla Gustafson).