As we all await Ji Chang Wook’s release from his army service, there may possibly be a rare opportunity to see him again in more of a public setting this upcoming September!
The Republic of Korea military units have a tradition of routinely staging musical performances for the benefit of senior officers, government officials, family, friends and invited guests. News about one of their upcoming productions was unveiled by the military at a press conference held on 8 March at a military hall in Yongsan-gu, Seoul, which was attended by none other than Ji Chang Wook and fellow recruit Kang Ha Neul.
“Shinheung Military School” is a musical set in 1910 during the time when Korea was colonised by Japan. Based on historical events, the musical tells the tale of Lee Hoe Young, also known as “Woodang” (1867-1932), and his five brothers who sold off their fortune to fight against the Japanese imperialists for the country’s independence.
The 120-minute musical is being jointly produced by the Republic of Korea Army and musical production company Show Note (the same production group behind hit musicals “Hedwig” and “200-Pound Beauty”) in memory of the independence fighters who laid down their lives to fight for the country’s liberation about 100 years ago. Lee Hoe Young went on to recruit youths across the country and established the Shinheung Military School, overcame the threat of the Japanese army, and became a respectable independence fighter.
The musical production commemorates the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the modern-day Republic of Korea. The musical will be staged about 20 times at the Theatre Yong in Seoul’s National Museum of Korea starting from September this year.
In order to produce a musical that both soldiers and civilians can relate to, the military began collecting subject material from soldiers since February last year, did a strict evaluation of more than 300 entries, and eventually selected “Shinheung Military School”, which unites the patriotism and military spirit of the liberation and national army, as the subject for the musical.
The army also chose to base the musical on this due to the historical importance of Shinheung Military School in the independence movement, and the fact that this aspect of history had not been properly made known all this while.
The production team will be roping in rookie actors for the cast, and will also be holding auditions to give recruits the opportunity to star in the musical.
Note: As of press time, there is no official confirmation regarding the participation of either Ji Chang Wook nor Kang Ha Neul in the musical “Shinheung Military School.” We will update this post with more information as soon as it is available.
Source: Kookbang Ilbo