For Immediate Release: January 13, 2017
FCC’s Mulan Invited to Kennedy Center Theatre Festival
Benefit Performances February 10 and 11 to help with costs.
The cast and crew of Mulan and the Battle on Black Mountain are packing their bags and taking their production on the road. They need your help and are planning two benefit performances.
The production, which includes 26 students, has been invited to perform at The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival at Mesa Community College in Arizona in February. Mulan and the Battle on Black Mountain is one of six theater productions to be invited to perform at Festival XLIX. In addition to performing the entire production, students will also participate in a number of programs that include design, stage management, playwriting, theatre journalism, performance, directing and more.
Mulan and the Battle on Black Mountain was first staged at Fresno City College in Spring 2016. It was written by FCC theatre instructor and playwright, Charles Erven and directed by longtime theatre instructor Debra Erven. The two instructors will also travel with the students to Mesa, Arizona for the festival.
“We’re excited and grateful for the opportunity to once again perform Mulan and the Battle on Black Mountain. Most of the original cast is back and we’re fortunate to have some key new cast members, as well. I’ve never seen a cast this tight-knit and supportive. They’ve believed in each other and the play from the beginning, and so it’s nice to see it pay-off for them,” said writer Charles Erven.
To raise funds to travel to the festival, the production will hold two benefit performances in the FCC Theatre on Friday, February 10 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, February 11 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 each for reserved seating.
Mulan and the Battle on Black Mountain is the untold (and absolutely true!) story of Chinese folk heroine Hua Mulan. In this version, Hua Mulan reaches the peak of fame only to be arrested and charged with treason. Told in flashback, Hua Mulan must not only prove her innocence, but her loyalty to the Emperor himself.
The play, suitable for young adults, includes original music, choreography, martial arts, original costumes and set design to create a colorful and magical experience for the audience.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.fresnocitycollege.edu/boxofficetickets. Call the FCC Theatre Box Office at (559) 442-8221 for more information.
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