Mulan - Mysterious as the Dark Side of the Moon

Catherine Chiuco

The ISL Qatar production of Mulan was a triumph of music, splendour and comic humour. Lavish costumes and a skillfully designed set transported the audience back to Ancient China in an instance.

The ISL Qatar production of Mulan was a triumph of music, splendour and comic humour. Lavish costumes and a skillfully designed set transported the audience back to Ancient China in an instance. In the opening scene, we meet the ‘Ancestors’, a wise yet opinionated quintet played by students ranging in age from 11 to 18. Even younger students appeared in later scenes, some as fearsome soldiers out to defeat the ‘Mighty Hun Army!’ With the Junior Choir contributing

a particularly youthful chorus, this was indeed a whole school production. The vast age range appeared to energise the cast, resulting in a stunning final performance that captured the full range of human emotion.

As star of the show, Ezgi Dora, lead the cast through the encore with another rendition of ‘Reflection’, the realisation that this was the final show for a number of our G12 students finally hit home and the tears flowed. No doubt, Ezgi, Harry, Laith and Arkan will find another stage on which to share their talents. 

As we departed, there was indeed a sense of sadness but also one of admiration for our talented students and, indeed, gratitude for the wonderful work carried out by our Performing Arts department, so ably lead by Claire Daniels.