One of the greatest Chinese folktale is the story of Mulan. She’s made popular by the Disney adaptation starring the voice of Lea Salonga.
This time around Mulan’s story is presented on stage by the young actors and actresses of Kids Act Philippines. The cast features Mary Anne Plamenio, Agnes Sarreal, Ces Dela Cruz, Hyacinth Leonado, Angel Yu, Shanelle Comia, Zscharmaine Barretto, Derrick Gozos, Terence Guillermo, Jose Herrera, Noel Comia, Kendrick Ibasco, Rupert Alvarez, Michael Fernandez, Raul De Guzman, Dusty Suarez, VJ Parreno and Denzel Guiao and Gian Gloria as Mulan.
Directors Dusty Suarez & Luigi Nacario decided to go back to the roots of the story and based the play on how it was originally told. They wanted to be as close as possible with the folktale. It was crafted in a way that young audiences and the actors themselves would easily understand and portray. “We tried to stick to the original story, concentrating on Mulan’s love for her country, and of course , her family; which all of us especially the youth should adulate the bravery of Mulan.“
Don’t expect any songs from the Disney version because you won’t hear any. Some songs were composed by Musical Director, Eugene Belbis. “It’s quite a challenge balancing Chinese and Western music, not to mention making it appeal to our young students who are mostly Filipinos.“
I very much admired the amount of discipline these kids demonstrated. It was a reflection of their passion for the craft, their love for acting, singing and dancing. Memorizng the long lines, reaching the right tunes and not stepping at someone else’s foot while dancing. There were times when props and costumes fail, but these kids know that the show must go on.
Support the future Tony Award winners, catch them at St. Cecilia’s Hall, St. Scholastica’s College, Manila on November 21,22 and 23. Performances are at 10am and 2pm. Ticket price is only P400.