Wanneroo Times - - Let's Eat -

WAN­NEROO ac­tor Evan Bishop has the task of play­ing two po­lar­is­ing roles in an up­com­ing youth pro­duc­tion of Mu­lan Jr.

Based on the Dis­ney tale, it tells of Mu­lan who dis­guises her­self as a boy to spare her fa­ther from hav­ing to serve in the army.

When the Huns in­vade, it is up to the mis­fit Mu­lan and her mis­chievous side­kick Mushu to save the em­peror.

Bishop will play the evil Hun Chief­tain Shan-Yu, as well as Mu­lan’s fa­ther Fa Zhou.

“Shan-Yu is a new type of char­ac­ter for me as I have never played a vil­lain be­fore,” he said.

“But I’m en­joy­ing get­ting to play a more ag­gres­sive and omi­nous char­ac­ter.

“Fa Zhou is a much calmer char­ac­ter who cre­ates a se­vere con­trast be­tween my roles.

“He’s a new type of char­ac­ter for me too, be­ing quite cool, col­lected and for­mal.”

The Dun­craig Se­nior High School stu­dent said he chose to be a part of the show be­cause he knew it was go­ing to be fun.

“It’s a story of hon­our, of break­ing so­cial norms and ex­pec­ta­tions to do what you want to do and/or need to do,” he said.

Di­rec­tor Jayde Clark said Mu­lan was her favourite Dis­ney movie.

“I love the story about a woman em­pow­er­ing her­self to be equal to men in her life, even though she may go about it a dif­fer­ent way,” she said.

“And the mu­sic is fun and catchy.”

Mu­lan Jr is about one hour long and is ideal for ages four and up.

It plays at Phoenix The­atre in Hamil­ton Hill at 8pm on March 15-17, 22-24 and 2pm on March 24.

Tick­ets at www.phoenixthe­

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