Kang Ha-neul has expressed his thoughts about his participation at the encore run of musical Shinheung Military Academy.
At the musical's press showcase at Kwanglim Arts Center BBCH Hall on March 5, Kang Ha-neul said, "This is such a good project. I feel honored to continue [to perform at the musical]. The original production was single cast and I had good rapport with Ji Chang-wook. This time, with the addition of Go Eun-sung and Onew, there is an opportunity to create new synergies. The encore run is just as enjoyable and pleasant as the original production".
The newly promoted sergeant added, "I haven't studied history since high school. I didn't know much about Shinheung Military Academy until I read the script. I've learned a lot this time. During the original run, the audience learned many things about Shinheung Military Academy. With the new cast, it would be great if you could come again".
Sponsored by the Republic of Korea Army Headquarters and produced by Shownote company, Shinheung Military Academy commemorates the 100th anniversary of the March 1 independence movement and the establishment of the provisional government of the Republic of Korea.
Set in 1907 to 1920, the original Korean musical depicts the lives of nameless, ordinary young people who were at the forefront in the fight for the nation's independence when Korea was under Japanese colonial rule.
Shinheung Military Academy premiered at Theater YONG, Seoul in September 2018. The initial two-week run was followed in October by a successful national tour in 12 cities (including Seoul) that culminated in Daejeon in January 6, 2019.
Due to its popularity, significance and relevance to historic events, the musical will extend its run until April this year. The encore production is upgraded in terms of choreography, set design, lighting, props and costumes. In addition, the battle scenes, particularly the final act of the clash in Cheongsanri are more dynamic and dramatic.
The double cast production features Ji Chang-wook and Go Eun-sung as Dong Kyu; Kang Ha-neul and 2AM's Jo Kwon as Pal Do; and Infinite's Kim Sung-kyu and SHINEE's Onew as real-life figure General Ji Cheong-cheon.
Shinheung Military Academy started its run in February 27 and will continue until April 21 at KwangLim Arts Center BBCH Hall in Gangnam, Seoul. Tickets can be purchased online in Interpark and Yes24.
View excerpts of the press showcase below:
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