Montgomery is invited to step into Korean culture through theater and food on Friday at the Davis Theater at the University of Troy.
At 6 p.m., A-KEEP (Alabama-Korea Education and Economic Partnership) will present “The Beloved Sims Daughter,” based on an 18th-century Korean folk tale. This is part of the Challenge America series to explore other cultures through the visual and performing arts.
“We started it last year, but unfortunately it was just an online performance due to the pandemic,” said Tiki Armstrong, operations and development manager for A-KEEP.
This year’s production was choreographed by SoJeong Kim, a recent graduate from Yong In University in Yongin-si, South Korea, where she earned a degree in Korean dance. This summer, Kim also participated in the STARTALK Catch the K-Wave summer program at Pike Road Jr. High School, where children learned traditional and modern dance, including K-POP.
“The Beloved Sims Daughter,” directed by Alabama screenwriter Angie Dickson, is the musical story of a girl devoted to her blind and widowed father.
“This is an annual program to bridge the cultural divide between Alabama and Korea,” said Meesoon Han, executive director of A-KEEP. “Our professional artist teaches Korean traditional dance and music; our Korean instructor often incorporates storytelling. Each year we choose a different theme.
Tickets for the play are $ 10 each and are available online at akeep.org and eventbrite.com.
For an additional $ 10, guests can enjoy a variety of Korean dishes at 7 p.m. after the play at Troy-Whitney Hall, 231 Montgomery Street. It will offer a mix of starters and desserts. Tickets for Taste of Korea are available online at akeep.org and via a separate link at eventbrite.com.
“Go out and enjoy traditional Korean food,” Armstong said.
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