A Korean Cinderella
Friday, Nov. 15, 2019
Door: 6:00 pm | Show: 7:00 pm.
67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela
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Honolulu Theatre for Youth’s A Korean Cinderella mixes modern K-pop with traditional Korean drumming, dance and costumes, and will return to the Kahilu Theatre on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019 at 7 p.m. Ticket info below.
Written by Alvin Chan, A Korean Cinderella is a musical play that takes Korea’s traditional version of the classic Cinderella tale, “Konji and Patji,” and transforms it into a modern tale through a mixture of culturally specific theatre techniques and modern aesthetics popular in the host culture. “We’ve interwoven the colorful, flashy world of K-pop with traditional Korean costumes, musical instruments and dance. Audiences are in for a wild ride,” says Eric Johnson, the play’s director.
In writing the play, Chan says he took the Korean version of the folktale and mixed in a more Western mindset to put a contemporary spin on the story. He explains that it’s important for the Cinderella character to be a strong individual in her own regard and not get rescued by a prince character. Both the Korean story and the play itself teach values like generosity, the importance of family and resilience.
For this production of A Korean Cinderella, HTY collaborated with the renowned Halla Huhm Dance Studio to create the traditional Korean movement and dance, while Honolulu deejay Max Louie and street dance artist Jonathan Sypert crafted the K-pop inspired aspects. Performed by HTY company actors Kristy Li-Strand, Maki’ilei Ishihara, Sean-Joseph Choo and Junior Tesoro. Director is Eric Johnson; lyrics and music are by Alvin Chan; sound design and music production are by Max Louie; costume design by Iris Kim; puppet design by Sue McLaughlin, lighting design by Brian Shevelenko, traditional Korean choreography and music are by Mary Jo Freshley; K-pop choreography is by Jonathan Sypert.
If You Go… Have A Good Show!
The HTY company will perform A Korean Cinderella at the Kahilu Theatre on Friday, November 15, 2019 at 7 pm. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children 16 and under and can be purchased at kahilutheatre.org, (808) 885-6868 or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office located at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Waimea.