Debut of Vietnamese-Korean Musical for Children in August

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Korea and Vietnam, Korean and Vietnamese artists have joined forces to offer a meaningful gift - a special musical performance - to Vietnamese children.

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The musical “A Kid of Goblins” is a collaborative production between the Vietnamese Youth Theater and the SangsangMaru Theater of South Korea. It is set to premiere in early August.

The musical is a gift from Korean and Vietnamese artists for Vietnamese children. Photo courtesy of Youth Theatre

This project is part of the “Vietnam-Korea Cultural Exchange Program 2022” which aims to celebrate the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Korea (1992-2022).

According to Si Tien, an outstanding Vietnamese artist and Director of the Youth Theater, the musical has been developed over the past two years (2022-2023) by Korean theater experts, directors, musicians, choreographers, actors, and artists from both theaters.

“The play follows the musical standards that are highly popular in Korea and around the world. Exciting songs, composed by Korean musicians, will be performed with Vietnamese lyrics by renowned Vietnamese singers, promising a vibrant musical experience for children,” said Si Tien.

The musical will premiere at 8 pm on August 4 and 5 at the Youth Theater in Hanoi. In addition to the performance, there will also be educational exhibitions, souvenir photos, and play-related gifts for children and young audiences.

The musical would be a part of music and colors for children. Photo: Youth Theatre

Based on the short story by Swedish writer Selma Lagerlöf (1858-1940), the first woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, “The Child of Goblins” tells the story of Leah, a missing child in the forests of the Troll elves.

The story revolves around the deep enmity between trolls and humans, which prevents them from coexisting. The unexpected arrival of a human child sparks controversy between the trolls and humans. Despite conflicts and differences, Leah eventually becomes a member of the goblin family with the help of the trolls’ unconditional love.

The musical aims to celebrate motherly love and the sacred bond within families. It also delivers a meaningful message to young audiences: “By embracing our differences and opening our hearts, we can all create a warm and loving family.”