A take on a classic fairytale that's fun for the whole family
Honolulu Theatre for Youth is proud to present A Korean Cinderella by playwright Alvin Chan, starting Friday, August 16! Last produced in 2013, the mega-hit is pefect for the whole family and is a musical play both kids and adults alike are sure to love, with singing, dancing, and exciting scenes.
A Korean Cinderella 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.
An Onstage Workshop for Youth is also being offered on August 24 at 2:30 p.m. This hour-long Saturday workshop is thematically connected to the production and will give kids the chance to peek backstage, try out a bit of performing, and directly interact with members of the Honolulu Theatre for Youth creative team.
Opening night for A Korean Cinderella is on Friday, August 16, at 7 p.m. at Tenney Theatre on the grounds of The Cathedral of St. Andrew. Additional show times include Sunday, August 18, at 2 p.m. and every Saturday from August 24 – September 14 at 4:30 p.m. Single tickets are $20 for adults (age 18-59), $15 for seniors (age 60+) and $10 for youth (age 2-17).