The Legend of Mulan
Play for Kids to Perform!
Running Time: About 45-50 minutes
Flexible Cast of 32 (4 M, 6 F,
Easily adapted for larger or
Storytellers (M/F, 2 lines together)
BANG - (M/F,
LI - (M/F,
MEY - (M/F,
QUAN - (M/F,
TONG - (M/F,
ZEE - (M/F,
(Nightingale Puppeteer, M/F no lines)
SOLDIERS - (M/F, 12 lines together)
FANG - (M/F,
KONG - (M/F,
ZING - (M/F,
(M/F, 12 lines)
(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)
BROTHER - (M, 21 lines)
FATHER FA -
(M, 24 lines)
MOTHER FA -
(F, 5 lines)
FA - (M/F, 4 lines)
BU (Commander of Huns) - (M/F, 8 lines)
SUN WU -
(M/F, 7 lines)
YU FIE -
(M/F, 15 lines)
- (M/F, 5 lines)
- (M/F, 38 lines)
PIKA #1 -
(M/F, 20 lines)
PIKA #2 -
(M/F, 18 lines)
(Dragon) - (M/F, 25 lines)
IMOOGI #1 -
(M/F, 11 lines)
IMOOGI #2 -
(M/F, 14 lines)
(Captain of Imperial Soldiers) - (M, 40 lines)
CHENG #1 - (M, 22 lines)
CHENG #2 - (M, 18 lines)
Chinese Legend is Script for Youth & Schools!
IS THIS PLAY BEST FOR YOUR SCHOOL?
especially for young people to perform.
While you may find large cast
plays from other publishers, most of those were originally written
for adults or
professional actors to
perform. They often contain difficult dialogue, unfamiliar or
complex language, and speeches too long for young children to
memorize. They may even contain jokes, innuendos and subject matter
that may not be appropriate for children.
understand and memorize.
Dialogue is simple, fresh, quick
and humorous, keeping the action flowing without stops and starts
between scenes. This keeps young people and young audiences engaged
throughout the performance - no awkward pauses, no dead-time, no wiggles!
All children are involved
throughout the performance. This builds confidence, promotes team
spirit and eliminates rehearsal rowdiness. The audience is often
asked to join in the fun, and action often spills into the aisles!
All of our SCHOOL PLAYS give suggestions on how to divide up large
parts (such as Alice or Cinderella) among several performers so that
no one child is the "star".
stories with upbeat endings.
The story line stays as close as
possible to the familiar story the kids already know. While
some authors feel the need to "improve" the story, our
SCHOOL PLAYS stay as close to the familiar narrative as possible,
making it easier for children - and your audience - to understand.
to edit! Go ahead and tape it!
Most publishers insist that no
changes may be made to their scripts. We know that your
goal is to engage every child in the most meaningful way and that
your needs are unique. Cut, eliminate, re-assign lines, or add
as much as you like! Also, there are no restrictions on video
tapes. Parents want a tape or DVD to remember their child's big
moment. Go ahead and tape away!
Kathryn Schultz Miller
is one the most prolific and most produced playwrights for
children. Her script, A THOUSAND CRANES, won the National
Endowment for the Arts Playwright Award (and countless others) at a
time when plays for children were not considered serious works. Now,
many of her published scripts are considered classics for young
audiences. When teachers voiced their need for great plays that
kids can perform Ms. Miller responded with ArtReachs School
Plays: I never dreamed Id write for anyone other
than professionals. But writing for child performers has been
the most profound and rewarding experience of my life.
FROM THE PLAYWRIGHT
Legend of Mulan inspires us all
with a grand desire to be the best we can be: honest, tenacious and
brave. She leads us on an epic journey over mountains and
rivers -- through the hills and valleys of fear and courage and human
emotion. Mulan knows it doesn't matter if she is a boy or a
girl. She just wants to make her mark, prove her mettle, and
leave the world a better place.
call theatre daydreaming in motion.
To me, children's theatre is a magic place where we can step into a
character's body and soul and walk around in there, learning what it
feels like to be someone very different from ourselves. It's a
place where you let your mind go a little bit free and just lazily
consider what life is like in a very different world. The best
part is that all these people (cast and audience) show up and join
you in the fun!
theatre is really an organized daydream,
we need to free ourselves from constraints and worries. There
is no right or wrong to this play date. It is not important
that you put on a great show. What matters is the process and
the connection the kids in your cast make with each other and their
audience. All of these folks are your friends and they are there to
support you and be a part of this wonderful experience.
you'll embrace all the
opportunities that Mulan presents to us. I love her because she
proves herself to be a true hero. She had the courage to
attempt the impossible and win! I feel certain you will
enjoy a little bit of Mulan's triumph and exhilaration when your kids
are at the peak of this exciting adventure.
Mulan's hand and join her and the
dragon -- flying away on the Chinese winds, over the vast landscape
of possibilities! Have a wonderful journey!
Cues, sound effects, background
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
[ 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
5. DRUMS, ANCESTORS
6. NIGHTINGALE, GONG (0:39)
7. DRAGON, FIRE BREATHING,
GONG (0:57) [sample]
8. GONG, WINDS OF WAR,
9. WINDS OF WAR,
10. DRUMS, ARMY CAMP
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]
18. ANCESTORS, END
19. CURTAIN CALL MUSIC,
DRUMS (2:47) [sample]
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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(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
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
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
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!
LITTLE BROTHER: Yang!
(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
FATHER: Hey, hey! What is going
(MOTHER and GRANDMOTHER enter.)
MULAN: Ho-ho, father! I
beat him again!
FATHER: Mulan. You know better
(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
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
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].)
BANG: But the north winds were
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
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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