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USD Theatre presents the Korean tale 'Mirror Princess Pyung-gang'

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota Department of Theatre presents the ancient Korean folktale “Mirror Princess Pyung-gang” by Euni Choi, March 20-24, in the Arena Theatre of the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts.

“Mirror Princess Pyung-gang” is a non-traditional musical sung a cappella. Actors also use their voices and bodies in imaginative ways that lead to distinctive story-telling. Shannon Billie of Omaha, Neb., is Yeony, a young maid who dreams of becoming the beautiful Princess Pyung-gang. In a dream, Yeony steals the Princess’ mirror and escapes into the forest where she meets a Boy, played by Zach Hebert of Floyds Knobs, Ind., who has lived with the animals in the forest and does not speak. Upon their meeting, Yeony transforms him into the General Ondal, Pyung-gang’s husband, and begins to teach him her language. In time, she falls in love with him only to be confronted by two soldiers who mistake Yeony and the Boy as Princess Pyung-gang and Ondal, whom they have orders to capture.

Anoo the Storyteller, played by Emily Dorsett, Sioux City, Iowa, guides the ensemble of scene changers who speak through song and create sound effects and the environment. The scene changers include Emily Grode and Reid Determan, both of Mitchell, S.D., Darius Rahmlow and Brianna Adams, both of Lincoln, Neb., and Nathaniel Vogel of Phoenix, Ariz.  Directed by Jaehoon Kim, a graduate student from Seoul, South Korea, “Mirror Princess Pyung-gang” is a family-friendly production with musical direction and stage makeup by undergraduate students Brady Allen of Osmond, Neb., and Brooke Richmond of Redfield, S.D. Scenic, costume and lighting designs are by theatre professors Tim Case, Linda Scribner and Anthony Pellecchia.

“Mirror Princess Pyung-Gang” is at 7:30 p.m., March 20-23, and at 2 p.m. on March 24. Tickets are $15 adults, $12 senior citizens (62+), $10 K-12 & non-USD students with ID, and $5 USD students with ID, and can be purchased weekday afternoons, noon to 5 p.m., by calling the box office at (605) 677-5400 or online at

A photo of Shannon Billie (Yeony) and Zach Hebert in a scene from “Mirror Princess Pyung-gang” is available for download at


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News