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Monday 19 August 2019

Mulan is a colourful hit

Grace Bates as Mulan
Grace Bates as Mulan
The show in progress
The Five Ancestors: Áine Maguire (Laozi), Ellen Stamp (Lin), Aoibh Bates (Zhang), Ava Walsh (Hong) and Zinzile Mtewa (Yun)

Brendan Keane

The National Opera House in Wexford provided the venue for a very special theatrical performance as the children of Kilmore National School presented their version of Disney's Mulan Junior in the prestigious venue.

The show was staged on Thursday and Friday last and it was a fantastic spectacle befitting the prestigious surroundings in which it was held.

From the vibrant, colourful costumes and subtle but exquisite stage set, to the carefully choreographed dance and song routines it was a show that had it all.

The costumes were deserving of particular praise as they greatly added to the overall spectacle of the show.

There were some fantastic moments throughout including a scene where five of the cast held up banners depicting the words honour; loyalty; strength; destiny and love - which were intrinsic to the overall story.

Mulan Junior was a celebration of culture and honour and somehow the children managed to bring the magic and mystique of the Orient to Wexford.

There were some stand-out performances from the cast who benefited from the direction of teacher, Máiread Moore, who was assisted by Órla Kelly, Dara Cullen and Liam Bates.

The principal cast members included: Grace Bates (Mulan); Keelin O'Reilly (Musha); David Kirwan (Fa Zhou); Áine Maguire (Laoizi), Ellen Stamp (Lin), Aoibh Bates (Zhang), Ava Walsh (Hong) and Zinile Mtewa (Yun) - the Five Ancestors; Niamh Fortune (Grandma Fa); Áine Fortune (Fa Li); Kayleigh Rankin (Matchmaker); Fern Doyle (Chi Fu); Aaron Dempsey (Shan-Yu); Ailbe Kitts (Captain Shang); John Phillips (Yao); Casper Cullen (Qian-Po); Ryan Furlong (Ling) and Stefan Bates (Emperor).

The success of Mulan Junior was a testimony to the talent of everyone involved; it was a night to remember because of a fantastic show.

Wexford People

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