Maricopa children perform ‘Mulan’ (GALLERY)

Maricopa Community Youth Theatre's Mulan Jr. Photo by Michelle Chance
The Maricopa Community Youth Theatre transported its audience to ancient China Friday evening during their performance of Disney’s “Mulan Jr.”

Directed by Matthew Ortega, the entire cast donned colorful costumes while performing songs made popular by the Disney original animated film.

Grace Blakely played lead as the tradition-forsaking “Mulan,” who dresses as a man to fight in the Chinese Army in her father’s place.

Ashlee Adams delighted as Mulan’s fiery sidekick “Mushu” the dragon, and Isaiah Evans played strong Chinese Army Capt. Shang.

Mulan: Grace Blakely
Shang: Isaiah Evans
Mushu: Ashlee Adams
Shan Yu: Yazzmine Regalado
Fa Li: Diamond Morgan
Fa Zhou: Joe Rice
Grandmother Fa: Karah Richardson
Laozi: Sicayda Shattuck
Yun: Jasmine Yubeta
Zhang: Brenna Fitzpatrick
Lin: Christina Surber
Hong: Trinity Kenny
Quian Po: Kekoa Kaltved
Lin/Young Yi: Spencer Mattox
Yao/Young Xiao: Moshe Evans
Chi Fu: Aubrey Maas
Chen: Natalie Denboer
Liu: Dierdre Browne
Magyar: Alli Rice
Subar-Tu/Matchmaker: Sara Bailin
Emperor: Justin Maas
Cheongsam Salesperson: Liliani Mejia
Maidens: Sophia Regalado, Siya Tuscher, Meeya Cornwell, Juliette Mattox
Director: Paul Matthew Ortega
Music Director: Carrie Vargas
Assistant Directors: Kaytlin Rain Bovey, Rachele Maas
Choreographers: Auna Littlejohn, Paul Matthew Ortega, Sam Sawade
Stage Manager: Mario Bandin
Producer: Carrie Vargas
Props: Rachele Maas
Fight Consultants and Choreographers: Terry and Cherish Forbes
Fight Captain: Grace Blakely
Sound and Lighting Operator: David Vargas
Costumes: Parents of cast and crew