Singer and rising actress Kim Se-jeong is set to make her first theater performance, as a soldier, in the army musical Return: The Promise of the Day, her agency Jellyfish Entertainment shared on May 25.
Return: The Promise of the Day is a story of friendship amidst the Korean War as two childhood friends voluntarily enlist together in the army. It centers on the search of the unrecovered remains of the soldiers who sacrificed their lives during the war to save the country. The musical is in honor of the movement by the Republic of Korea army to safeguard the belongings and remains of departed soldiers and ensure they make their way back to their families.
The musical gained popularity during its premiere late last year, selling out its seats 54 times and attracting over 50,000 spectators.
Kim Se-jeong takes on the role of Hae Sung, twin sister of Hae Il, played by Lee Jae-kyoon and Lee Chan-dong, a smart soldier who is highly respected by his friends. Former SPICA member Yang Ji-won and Lee Ji-hye are also set to portray Kim’s character. Some of the stars in the musical lineup include EXO’S Xiumin (Kim Min-seok), F.T. Island’s Hongki (Lee Hong-gi), and INFINITE’s Sungyeol (Lee Sung-yeol), to name a few. According to the agency, the viewers can expect Kim to “show a new charm” for this challenging role.
Kim (commonly known by the mononym Sejeong) made her entertainment debut in 2016 as a member of the girl group I.O.I. In the same year, she had her first small-screen acting stint with a cameo appearance in the KBS2 drama The Sound of Your Heart. She subsequently landed lead roles in two other KBS2 dramas, School 2017 (2017) and I Wanna Hear Your Song (2019).
Return: The Promise of the Day will run from June 4 to July 12 at the Woori Finance Art Hall in Olympic Park, Seoul. The production of the musical has assured the implementation and observation of distancing protocols such as spaced seating arrangement for the safety of the audience amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
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