'Gwangju,' The Musical Gala Concert | Playbill

'Gwangju,' The Musical Gala Concert

CATEGORY: Performer

WC Casting
Mineola, NY


Wayne Chang

Job Details


Non-Union 1 day showcase musical concert presentation of "Gwangju" an English adaptation of a Korean musical.
Rehearses 10 days between Oct. 4-19 in NYC; performs Oct. 20 at 787 Seventh Shubert Event Venue.
Seeking New York Local (or Willing to Work as Local).

Talent compensation as below:
Lead: $2,000 total (including 1 performance and commitment to 10 rehearsals days)
Principal: $1,300 Total (including 1 performance and commitment to 10 rehearsal days)
Ensemble: $1,000 total (including 1 performance and commitment to 'some' rehearsals days)
+ 10% Agent if applicable.

The story is based on the statement of a former CIA agent that a special operations unit, also known as the 'convenience unit', was deployed to Gwangju in 1980.
On May 16, 1961, President Park Chung-hee who seized power in a coup d'état, reigns as a dictator.About 20 years later, on October 26, 1979, Park Chung-hee was assassinated. The South Korean people believed that the dictatorship will end and democracy will come. However, another soldier, Chun Doo-hwan, led a coup d'état and seizes power. On May 15, 1980, protests from major cities in Korea demanded the resignation of Chun Doo-hwan, but they turned around from believing that the ‘Democratic Spring’ will come soon.
Only the southern city of South Korea, Gwangju, did not stop protesting. Gwangju was home to Chun Doo-hwan's strong rival, political leader Kim Dae-jung. Upon hearing about the rising protests in Gwangju, Chun Doo-hwan secretly dispatched a special operation unit. This was to fabricate the fact that Kim Dae-jung joined hands with North Korea and started a civil riot in Gwangju. On May 16, 1980, citizens of Gwangju, unaware of this fact, gathered in the city square with torches. It was meant to light the darkness of dictatorship with a torch and open up a splendid world of democracy. It was exactly 20 years since the military coup, Jeong-hee Park.


Lead: Asian Male and Female, age 18-40. To portray leading characters Han-Soo Park (plain-clothes soldier), E-Gun Yoon (Evening school teacher), and Hwa-In Jung (Owner of Hwang-Sa music). Han-Soo Park (male) is on a mission to spread false rumors to start a civil war, but later had a change of heart. E-Gun Yoon (female) and Hwa-In Jung (male) are amongst the citizens at the City Square, protesting for democracy, but later caught in crossfire. Tenor/Alto preferred; Musical Theatre background a plus. Talent must be able on 10/20 for the performance, as well as 10 rehearsals.

Principal: Asian Male and Female, age 21-50. Principal characters to portray Soo-Kyoung Moon (Evening school teacher), In-Goo Heo (special affairs team leader in Security forces), Ki-Baek Lee (Militia sniper), andStreet angel (Dancer, Philosopher). Actor maybe asked to 'double' two characters for the showcase. Musical Theatre experience preferred.

Ensemble: Asian Male and Female, age 18-60. Actors will be portraying multiple roles such as Chang-Suk Kim (representative of surrender in Militia), Yong-Soo Oh (Evening student, Chinese restaurant delivery), Sam-Nyeun Jang (Evening student, newspaper delivery), Militia / plain-clothes soldiers / Martial law army / Women ship members. Seeking Actors who sings, or singers who acts. Musical Theatre experience a plus, but not required. Talent will be required to learn a few songs.

Selected talents will be asked to submit self-tape w/ singing video/reel. To be considered, please send headshot and reusme to [email protected] - please do not submit if yo are not available on October 20, 2022.


Oct 4, 2022 - Oct 20, 2022





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