Effort as the Mother, Modesty as the Father
Musical actor, Park Eun-tae (Business School, ‘09)
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Ardent love story from the movie “The Bridges of Madison County” has been reborn as a musical in South Korea. Fateful memories that Francesca and Robert recall, perhaps, is full of emotions that ordinary actors can’t express. There is a musical actor Park Eun-tae, an alumnus of Hanyang University’s Business School, who fully absorbed himself into Robert Kincaid.
Acting with passion
From ‘Phantom’ and ‘Frankenstein’ to ‘The Bridges of Madison County,’ Park has filled his 11 years with 25 performances. Despite the tight schedule, Park is referred by the media as one of the most improved musical stars in South Korea.
One of his most favorable pieces is ‘Frankenstein. Musical ‘Frankenstein’ reveals the brotherhood of characters Victor and Henry, which later becomes defamed due to Henry’s modification into a monster. ’“Switching my role from one musical to another is an emotional burden, because I have to become another me. Leaving Henry from ‘Frankenstein’ behind was especially strenuous,” recalled Park.
Another musical that Park feels an affection to is ‘Phantom.’ Along with the charming characteristic and background stories of the role Eric, the musical register perfectly suited Park’s voice. “Escaping from the role Eric was a toil, since I was so captivated by his life and my all emotions were devoted to him,” said Park.
Under the breathtaking schedule of the musical world, the most recent musical choice of Park was “The Bridges of Madison County.” The musical is about an ordinary mother Francesca, who reveals the course of discovering woman in herself through Robert’s love. “When I was first offered with the role, I refused it because I knew the original Robert is a persona beyond my capacity. However, the production company dramatized Robert into a younger and frisky man, which intrigued all my interests to apply here,” said Park. The new journey of Park is about to begin, as he is practicing daily at Chungmoo Art Center.
Things you give up for what you want
In his high school years, Park expected to enter the Korea Military Academy or the Police Institute. “Since I was young, I loved getting attentions from the audience and being praised. So I often volunteered for school presidents and more,” recalled Park. However, Park realized that this does not suit his career. Even when he came to the Business School of Hanyang University, he could not give up on his dream- musical actor. He kept singing at the school club as a vocal, and he finally decided to achieve his long-cherished desire after a long contemplation.
Becoming a musical actor was a long road, but maintaining his position was an ordeal. On the day of the interview, americano-lover Park was drinking a banana juice for the health of his vocal cords. “Hearing the audience applauding after the curtain call is the happiest moment in my life. However, after delights follow responsibilities,” stressed Park. The hardest part of managing his body condition is maintaining the voice health, since the vocal muscles are not visible. Along with this, art and emotion should be expressed altogether. “In the early age, I thought there are special methods to managing body conditions, but now I grasped that usual habits are the key,” reminded Park.
Getting halted for the ‘Frankenstein’ performance due to vocal cord nodules was the most bitter slump Park experienced. “This is the path I chose. Giving up petty happiness with friends, family, alcohol, and other habits is what I sacrifice. In return, I’m compensated with the accomplishments and joy,” emphasized Park.
Because Park’s major at college was business studies, it was a dilemma for him to wonder whether his practice and development speed is fast enough, compared to other musical actors. However, he realized that efforts never betray. “Concentrate on your own clock only. Other clocks do not matter,” advised Park for those who agonize over their dreams.
Kim Ju-hyun firstname.lastname@example.org
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