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Soundtrack Cues ............ Script Sample


Running Time: About 45-50 minutes
Flexible Cast of 32 (4 M, 6 F, 22 M/F)
Easily adapted for larger or smaller cast

ANCESTORS - Storytellers (M/F, 2 lines together)
BANG - (M/F, 11 lines)
LI - (M/F, 11 lines)
MEY - (M/F, 10 lines)
QUAN - (M/F, 12 lines)
TONG - (M/F, 12 lines)
ZEE - (M/F, 11 lines)

SONG - (Nightingale Puppeteer, M/F no lines)

IMPERIAL SOLDIERS - (M/F, 12 lines together)
FANG - (M/F, 2 lines)
KONG - (M/F, 3 lines)
ZING - (M/F, 3 lines)

EMPEROR - (M/F, 12 lines)

MOMO (Assistant to Emperor & Captain Cheng) - (M/F, 30 lines)
MOMO #1 - (M/F, 13 lines)
MOMO #2 - (M/F, 17 lines)

MULAN - (F, 89 lines total)
MULAN #1 - (F, 19 lines)
MULAN #2 - (F, 18 lines)
MULAN #3 - (F, 21 lines)
MULAN #4 - (F, 18 lines)
MULAN #5 - (F, 13 lines)

LITTLE BROTHER - (M, 21 lines)
FATHER FA - (M, 24 lines)
MOTHER FA - (F, 5 lines)
GRANDMOTHER FA - (M/F, 4 lines)

GENERAL LU BU (Commander of Huns) - (M/F, 8 lines)
SUN WU - (M/F, 7 lines)
YU FIE - (M/F, 15 lines)
WING (Hawk) - (M/F, 5 lines)

PIKA (Rabbit) - (M/F, 38 lines)
PIKA #1 - (M/F, 20 lines)
PIKA #2 - (M/F, 18 lines)

IMOOGI (Dragon) - (M/F, 25 lines)
IMOOGI #1 - (M/F, 11 lines)
IMOOGI #2 - (M/F, 14 lines)

CAPTAIN CHENG (Captain of Imperial Soldiers) - (M, 40 lines)
CAPTAIN CHENG #1 - (M, 22 lines)
CAPTAIN CHENG #2 - (M, 18 lines)


Chinese Legend is Script for Youth & Schools!
The Legend of Mulan Kids love Mulan!
ArtReach offers the popular story, simplified for young performers.

Cues, sound effects, background music (traditional-classical)

The CD Soundtrack contains special sound effects and background music (public domain traditional-classical) that may be used to greatly enhance the performance. It does not contain music and songs from the movie or stageplay, nor does it contain music for the performers to sing along with. Cues have 10 seconds of silence at the end - times shown include silence.
[ Click on [sample] to hear a short sample of the indicated cues. ]

 1. NIGHTINGALE, GOLDEN PALACE  (1:16) [sample]

 2. GONG, EMPEROR, GONG  (0:46) [sample]

 3. GONG, EMPEROR  (0:31)

 4. WINDS OF WAR  (0:36) [sample]

 5. DRUMS, ANCESTORS  (1:00) [sample]


 7. DRAGON, FIRE BREATHING, GONG  (0:57) [sample]



 10. DRUMS, ARMY CAMP  (0:51) [sample]

 11. WINDS OF WAR  (0:32)

 12. GONG, STORM, SOLDIERS  (0:35) [sample]

 13. STORM  (1:44)

 14. WINDS OF WAR  (0:35)

 15. NIGHTINGALE  (0:34)

 16. GONG, IMPERIAL MUSIC, GONG  (0:42) [sample]

 17. FLIGHT, GOLDEN PALACE  (0:55) [sample]


 19. CURTAIN CALL MUSIC, DRUMS  (2:47) [sample]

Note: Some teachers choose familiar songs, obtain sheet music and insert these songs into the play.  We recognize that each school has a wide variety of educational needs to fulfill and we invite you to be creative in your use of our scripts; including changes or additions that are appropriate for your students. As author/publisher of our own creative works, we do ask that you obtain proper copyright permission for any additions you might make - that responsibility is up to you.

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Ancestors (storytellers) introduce us to Mulan and the Fa family as
the winds of war begin to blow.
(Script pages 11-15)

    MEY:  To the east of the Palace ran a golden river...

    QUAN:  And just beyond the hills in a gentle green valley...

    TONG:  ...Lived the Fa family.  Father, mother, grandmother, big sister...

    (MULAN enters, running, waving a make-shift wooden play sword, triumphantly, calling over her shoulder.)

    MULAN:  Ha-ha.  You lose again!

    ZEE:  ...And Little Brother.

    (LITTLE BROTHER enters, dragging his sword.   His is shiny and metal.  ANCESTORS move out of the scene up to the pagoda.)

    LITTLE BROTHER:  That's only because your sword is lighter than mine!  I could win too if I didn't have to lug this big metal thing around.  Look!  I can hardly lift it.

    MULAN:  Yours is father's best!  I'll be happy to switch with you if you like.

    LITTLE BROTHER:  Ha-ha.  That's a funny joke.

    MULAN:  Why not?  I'm much better at sword fighting than you are.  Why shouldn't I have the best sword?  

    LITTLE BROTHER:  Because you are just a girl.  Swords are for men.

    MULAN:  Seems to me swords are for the ones who know how to use them. 

    LITTLE BROTHER:  Well even if I wanted to switch swords with you, no one would let me.  I have to grow up to be a soldier.  And you... you...

    MULAN:  I know.  I have to grow up and be a wife. (She slumps down on a bench.)  Little Brother, do you ever think the gods got it all wrong?  

    LITTLE BROTHER:  Of course not.  The gods are always right.  The gods are in...

    MULAN & LITTLE BROTHER:  ...Harmony with nature. 

    MULAN:  I know, I know.  But did you ever think maybe nature could use a little "mixing it up"?

    LITTLE BROTHER:  Mixing it up?

    MULAN:  What if things were different?  What if the sky was green and the grass was blue?  What if fish flew and birds swam?

    LITTLE BROTHER:  Yeah, yeah.  And maybe the cow will jump over the moon.

    MULAN:  (Dreamy.)  What if girls could grow up to be anything they want?

    LITTLE BROTHER:  The world would explode that's what.  You know what father says.  Everything has a yin and a yang.

    MULAN:  You mean like this?  (Jumps up with sword, posing for a fight.)  Yin!

    LITTLE BROTHER:  (Crossing swords with her.)  Yang!

    MULAN:  Yin!


    (They bang swords against each other calling out "yin" and "yang" as they hit until MULAN has him on the ground on his back, playfully holding her sword high over LITTLE BROTHER when FATHER enters.  We can see that he has difficulty walking.)

    FATHER:  Hey, hey!  What is going on here?

    (MOTHER and GRANDMOTHER enter.)

    MULAN:   Ho-ho, father!  I beat him again!

    FATHER:  Mulan.  You know better than that.

    (MULAN helping LITTLE BROTHER up.)

    MULAN:  Father, I am teaching him.  He needs to know how to protect himself.

    FATHER:  (Not harsh.)  And you need to learn your place in the world, Mulan. You must act like a lady.

    MULAN:  Oh, that.  I tried to act like a lady today when I went to see the matchmaker.  She told me I was hopeless.

    FATHER:  And whose fault is that?

    MULAN:  Father, I'm very good at some things!  Like sword fighting and horseback riding...

    FATHER:  I see. 

    (FATHER exchanges meaningful look to MOTHER and GRANDMOTHER who bow their heads in agreement.)

    MULAN:  And I can shoot an arrow better than any boy in the village!

    FATHER:  And modesty?  How are you doing in that department?

    (MULAN sees MOTHER and GRANDMOTHER with heads bowed.)

    MULAN:  (Lowering her eyes.)  I shall learn to be modest in all things, father.

    FATHER:  That's better.  Now it is time to prepare tea.  Run along and help your mother and grandmother.  

    LITTLE BROTHER:  Yes, Mulan.  Run along and make tea.

    (FATHER gives him a reproachful look.)

    I mean.  Thank you for teaching me today, Mulan.  I shall do better tomorrow.

    (LITTLE BROTHER exits.  MOTHER and GRANDMOTHER exit.  FATHER sees how sad MULAN is.  He lifts her chin.)

    FATHER:  Mulan.  The butterfly must creep as a caterpillar before unfurling its wings. 

    MULAN:  But then it gets to fly, father!  How will I ever fly?

    (FATHER picks up MULAN by the waist - or holds her by the waist as if lifting her - and "flies" her around the stage in playful fun.)

    FATHER:  You will fly, you will fly!  (Laughing, he puts her down. He touches his back since the exercise has given him pain.)  You will be what you want to be, Mulan. 

    MULAN:  Will I, father?  Will I?

    FATHER:  I promise.

    (FATHER puts his arm around MULAN as they exit.

    SOUND CUE #4:  Drums, winds of war, ominous WING music.  [Fade volume during dialogue].) [sample]

    BANG:  But the north winds were growing colder.

    LI:  Black storms clashed in the sky!

    MEY:  And even the Emperor did not know that war was soon upon them.

    (WING enters from behind the audience.  ANCESTORS raise their arms about their faces as if in defense.)

    WING:  Wah-Raack!  Wah-Raack!

    (Wings outstretched, WING flies down the aisle, fluttering long black wings over the audience's head and landing on stage.  WING flutters, pulsing in place as GENERAL LU BU enters, also from the aisle, with Huns SUN WU and YU FIE following.  SOUND CUE ENDS.)

    GENERAL LU BU:  Now we are in place, men.  Our enemy trembles just beyond the ridge.  Here we will rest until the moment is right.

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