Burlington School dedicates show to alumna

From left to right: Will Stadler, Calvin Barefoot-Yeager and Nora Mansfield star in "Disney's Mulan Jr." / Ashley Strahm, Special to the Times-News

By Madison Strickland
Times-News correspondent

   “Disney’s Mulan Jr.” is a heart-warming celebration of culture, honor and a fighting spirit.
The show, which is about a girl showing strength and remaining optimistic in the toughest of times, struck a chord with The Burlington School family. The Burlington School’s spring musical will be dedicated to Ragan Riddle, a Burlington School alumna. Riddle has been fighting Hodgkin’s Lymphoma since October 2015 after she spent time in remission from her first battle with the disease in 2012.          Throughout her time with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma she has shown incredible faith and strength (much like Mulan). Riddle was part of the drama program back in her days at Burlington Day School, playing Miss Hannigan in the 2005 production of “Annie.”
Bethany Baker, who will be directing her 18th production at the school, said she remembers those days fondly, recalling that Ragan, “… was a leader even then.” Currently Ragan is a student at Elon Law School.
“Mulan Jr.” shows young audiences that following your heart can lead you on the path where you belong. The show also presents a message about being strong and standing up for your own rights as well as the rights of others. Amelia Acaro-Burbridge will be starring as Mulan.
” ‘Mulan Jr.’ is about discovering your potential and becoming who you really are, despite the disapproval of others,” Acaro-Burbridge said. “It teaches girls that they can be warriors too, and that they don’t always have to do what society tells them they have to do. It also teaches people to stick with their beliefs and ideas even after they’ve been rejected by others and to do what you think is right.”
The Burlington School will perform “Disney’s Mulan Jr.” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Paramount Theater, 128 E. Front St., Burlington.
Tickets are $8 and can be purchased between noon and 3 p.m. now through Saturday and one hour prior to show time. Credit card reservations can be made by calling 336-222-TIXS.

Madison Strickland is a senior at The Burlington School and a Teens & 20s writer.

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