Christ the King Catholic School is taking a leap into the world of drama by presenting its first play, Disney's Mulan.
"Adding a drama department to our school is an attempt to keep up with trends in education," said Janice McIntyre, teacher and director of the play.
McIntyre wants to make sure her students are well prepared for future productions.
"As students progress to our local high schools, they will have opportunities to be a part of some amazing and well-staffed theater departments," she said. "Students who participate in our productions will be exposed to all aspects of putting a play together, not just earning a part and wearing a costume."
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There are 74 cast and crew members, with teacher Sheila Gephart acting as music director. Though the school includes K-8 classes, only middle school-age students will perform.
The lead, Mulan, will be portrayed by Abby Harlow, with Brian Murphy as Shang, and Samuel Lewis as Mushu.
Supporting cast includes Eric Powers, Tim Zilar, Kelly Smith, Pierce Fleming and Ben Eiden. About 50 students will act as brides, townspeople, Huns and members of the Chinese army.
The musical opens March 11 in the school auditorium, 1080 Long Ave., Richland.
Admission to the show is $5 for adults, $3 for students and senior citizens. Tickets are available at the door.
*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; firstname.lastname@example.org