The University of South Dakota Department of Theatre presents the ancient Korean folktale Mirror Princess Pyung-gang by Euni Choi, with music and lyrics by Sun-Lak Noh, March 20-24 in the Arena Theatre of the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts. Mirror Princess Pyung-gang is a non-traditional musical in that it is sung a cappella. Actors also use their voices and bodies in imaginative ways that lead to distinctive storytelling.
Yeony (Shannon Billie, Omaha, NE) is a young maid who dreams of becoming the beautiful Princess Pyung-gang. In her dream, Yeony steals the Princess’ mirror and escapes into the forest where she creates a fantasy life. While in the woods she meets a Boy (Zach Hebert, Flyods Knods, IN) who has lived with the animals in the forest and does not speak. Upon their meeting, Yeony transforms him into the General Ondal, Pyung-gang’s husband, and begins to teach him her language. In time, she falls in love with him only to be confronted by two soldiers who mistake Yeony and the Boy as Princess Pyung-gang and Ondal, whom they have orders to capture. In this family friendly musical, audiences will discover whether Yeony finds freedom and learns what it means to be a Princess and whether she learns the importance of being true to herself.
Anoo (Emily Dorsett, Sioux City, IA), the Storyteller, guides the ensemble of scene changers who speak through song and create sound effects and the environment. The scene changers include Reid Determan (Mitchell), Darius Rahmlow (Lincoln, NE), Brianna Adams (Lincoln, NE), Emily Grode (Mitchell), and Nathaniel Vogel (Phoenix, AZ). Directed by Jaehoon Kim, a graduate student from Seoul, South Korea, Mirror Princess Pung-gang has musical direction and stage makeup by undergraduate students Brady Allen (Osmond, NE) and Brooke Richmond (Redfield, SD), respectively, while scenic, costume, and lighting designs are by theatre professors Tim Case, Linda Scribner, and Anthony Pellecchia.
Mirror Princess Pyung-Gang performs March 20-23 at 7:30 pm and March 24 at 2 p.m. in the Arena Theatre on the USD campus. Tickets ($15 Adults, $12 Senior Citizen (62+), $10 K-12 & non-USD students with ID, and $5 USD students with ID) can be purchased weekdays in the afternoons (noon-5 p.m.) by calling the box office at (605) 677-5400 or online at www.usd.edu/theatre.