The Fine Arts department at USJ is known for its show stopping productions given by our Middle and Upper School students. Several Upper School musicals have been nominated for the Orpheum’s High School Musical Theatre Awards, which is part of the National High School Musical Theatre Awards program including 30 programs from across the United States. Aside from performance opportunities, students are also able to take on the responsibilities of set design, choreography, and other activities required for a production. Upper School students are also heavily involved in assisting our Middle School students with their productions. Whether its choreography or backstage supervision, Upper School students gain knowledge of the working parts of a musical aside from performance. Through this, Middle School students are given the opportunity to connect with and learn from those older than them. When involved in a USJ musical, each student experiences firsthand the process of putting on a show from beginning to end.
Students from 6th to 9th grade will put on the middle school production of Disney's Mulan Jr. This is a heartwarming celebration of culture, honor and the fighting spirit. With hit songs and a story packed with action, humor and heart, Disney's Mulan JR.brings ancient China to life with a modern sensibility.
The Huns have invaded, and it is up to the misfit Mulan and her mischievous dragon sidekick, Mushu, to save the Emperor! Mulan takes up arms and disguises herself as a boy in order to spare her father from having to serve in the army. As the great battle with the Huns approaches, Mulan must choose between revealing her true identity as a girl or saving all of China with her clever plan.
The show is being directed by Dr. Tammy Grant, and will open on Friday, May 3 at 9 a.m. You will have two other opportunities to catch this family-friendly show, May 4 at 7 p.m. and May 5 at 2 p.m. The performances will take place in the Blankenship Theater, and you can purchase your tickets online or at the door. Cost of admission is $12 for adults and $8 for seniors and non-USJ students. All USJ faculty, administration and students get in free!
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