Sunfish, New Musical Featuring Larger-Than-Life Puppets, Takes Top Jury Honor at Daegu International Musical Festival

By Carey Purcell
July 10, 2013

The new American musical Sunfish, with music by Hyeyoung Kim and lyrics by Michael Cooper, received the top Jury Honor for Music Theater Production at the Daegu International Musical Festival (DIMF).



Directed by Will Pomerantz, the cast of Sunfish includes Joanna Carpenter (Aheh), Eric B. Turner (Father), Jamie Kolnick (Madame Omi), Ryan Stutz (King/Storyteller) and Jeremy Gaston (Monk/Storyteller) and features Lizette Cruz, Rasheem Ford, Timothy Fuchs, Amber Hurst-Martin, Sarah Rolleston and Sai Somboon as Storytellers.

Based on the Korean folk tale, "Sim-Chung," Sunfish follows the journey of a devoted daughter and the sacrifices she makes while helping her blind father regain her eyesight. The production features hand-crafted puppets that are larger than life.

The creative team of Sunfish includes Pomerantz (choreography), Oran Bumroongchart (scenery), Sarah Cubbage (costumes), Allen Hahn (lights), Tae Jong Park (sound), Kathleen Doyle (puppets and masks), Brendan McMahon (puppet consultant), Yan Li (music director), Aaron Jodoin (co-orchestrator) and Will Kellogg (props). Robin Carus and Jennifer Peralta-Ajemian are the casting directors, Benjamin Harper is the production stage manager), Corey Pearlstein is the general manager and Neal Wilkinson is the Production Manager.

Kim and Cooper are winners of the prestigious Jonathan Larson Award, Daryl Roth Award, and were nominated for the Mac Award. Kim is the composer of Café-in (Caffeine), currently running in Tokyo, Japan at Amuse Musical Theatre. Cooper penned additional lyrics It Shoulda Been You.