Children capture spirit of Disney musical

NANAIMO – Red Room Studio actors stage two productions for audiences

A modern Disney classic comes to life on stage with the help of some child actors.

Red Room Studio produces the story of Mulan, a young heroine who disguises herself as a man to take her aging father’s place in the army.

The production features Matthew Wilder and David Zippel’s songs from the film, plus music specially composed for the theatrical adaptation by Broadway composers Stephen Schwartz and Jeanine Tesori.

Follow the adventures of Mulan and her friends as she learns that to truly make a difference, you must be true first to who you are.

Mulan takes the stage at Malaspina Theatre Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m., and Dec. 7 at 2 p.m.

That same weekend Red Room’s teen actors will takle the popular musical Chicago – the same production that featured on Broadway for 17 years, garnering six Tony Awards and a Grammy.

In Roaring ’20s Chicago, Roxie Hart murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband Amos to take the rap – until he finds out he’s been duped and turns on Roxie.

Arrested and sent to prison, Roxie and another “Merry Murderess” Velma Kelly, vie for the spotlight and the headlines, ultimately joining forces in search of the American Dream – fame, fortune and acquittal.

This sharp-edged satire features a score that sparked legendary staging by Bob Fosse.

Chicago runs Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m., and Dec. 8 at 2 p.m., at Malaspina Theatre, located at Vancouver Island University. Enter off Fifth Street.

Tickets $10/advance at Harbour City Music or Headliners School of Performing Arts; $12/door. Reservations available by calling 250-585-1811.

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