Disney drama at its award-winning best will come to life on stage at Denison’s Eisenhower Auditorium when the curtain rises for the Denison High School Theatre Department’s long-awaited production of Mulan on Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. Subsequent performances of the Thelma Braun Fall Musical are slated for Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. followed by a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m.

Disney drama at its award-winning best will come to life on stage at Denison’s Eisenhower Auditorium when the curtain rises for the Denison High School Theatre Department’s long-awaited production of Mulan on Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. Subsequent performances of the Thelma Braun Fall Musical are slated for Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. followed by a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m.


Inspired by a Chinese folk tale, the classic Disney drama follows the adventures of a young Chinese woman, Mulan, in ancient China. While the merciless Shan-Yu leads invading Huns over the Great Wall, the emperor rules that a man from each Chinese family must join the Imperial Army. When Mulan’s elderly father volunteers, she objects, wanting to rebel against the traditional boy-girl roles and fight in his place.


"Against her father’s wishes, Mulan cuts her hair, dresses as a man, and joins a military camp…prompting concern from her ancestors, who send a little dragon named Mushu to help her," said Nikki Silva, who co-directs the production with Amy Jordan and Matthew Schielack. "With Mushu hidden from everyone’s sight but hers, she steps in to turn defeat into victory during an ambush by the Huns in a tight mountain pass. It’s definitely high drama."


Silva says that when officials discover that a girl has saved the day, centuries-old traditions are challenged and everyone is asked to see people for who they truly are, rather than the mold that society has created for them.


"It’s everything you could want in a musical: high drama, colorful costumes, incredible sets, action-packed scenes, beautiful music…brought to life by incredibly talented actors and actresses in roles that entertain us as well as make us think. Our award-winning theatre students and productions are recognized as some of the best in Texas and the nation. We hope our entire community will come out and enjoy the show."


Tickets to Mulan are $10 for adults, $5 for students.