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Finding a Home on the Stage

Gwangsu “Ethan” Kim’s rise to becoming a lead
Junior Gwangsu Ethan Kim posing in front of the auditorium where he frequently performs.
Aasrith Veerapaneni
Junior Gwangsu “Ethan” Kim posing in front of the auditorium where he frequently performs.

Recently, junior Gwangsu “Ethan” Kim has been given the opportunity to perform one of the lead roles of the upcoming program put on by South Windsor High School, “The Play That Goes Wrong¨. For Kim, him being involved in this play allows him to both grow his love for the theater, build relationships, and do what he truly loves.

Kim first started his journey on the stage with the male acapella group, Understaffed, back in his freshman year.

As he slowly grew comfortable around and on the stage, he joined Choral Spectrum, the award winning show choir at SWHS. With the help of Mr. Jereme Martineau, he cracked through his shell. “At first being on stage was the worst,” Kim explained as he talked with The Prowl.  

Sophomore year proved to be crucial in Kim’s growth as a performer. Along with his first year as a member of Spectrum, he joined the cast of the ‘Addams family’ as ‘The Hand’. “Being on stage is a lot cooler than watching it,” Kim expanded, as he discussed delivering deeper into the theater world. He began going to a few more shows across the state, watching recordings of Broadway musicals, and quickly became a student of the theater.

¨I wanted to be a part of it because the idea of being on stage and performing was something I’ve always wanted to do,¨ Kim explained, as he discussed his bigger role this year. Outside of his start with ‘Addams Family,’ he also played a main supporting role in SWHS’s production of ‘Into The Woods.’ All of this culminated in his first leading role in the upcoming play, ¨I was at first very surprised, I wasn’t going for the lead role because I wasn’t used to memorizing that many lines.” Still, his talent could be seen by the audience, and he took the leap of faith. 

“I like to surprise people,” Kim commented, discussing his love of performing. The junior got his first solo performance earlier this week, performing as a soloist for Understaffed in their set at Cabaret, and he continues to grow as both a performer and as a person. 

Most importantly, I want to be able to perform a show that makes the audience cheer and laugh.

— Ethan Kim

Confining himself to simply the SWHS stage isn’t a pitfall that Kim is willing to fall into. He has already had multiple call backs for a play at Opera House Players located in Enfield. He also hopes to continue learning new skills and building relationships to allow his work on stage to expand past high school, both in college and putting it towards his career.

Kim’s growth can’t only be attributed to him though. “My mom loves the idea of me doing the play because I found something that I actually enjoy doing,” he said, which helped solidify his leap into the world of theater. Alongside his fellow castmates and performers, he remains excited, and a bit nervous, to battle further with both Choral Spectrum and SWHS’s plays.

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Andrew Kronenwetter
Andrew Kronenwetter, Staff Writer
Andrew Kronenwetter is a 15 year old sophomore at South Windsor High School. He lives off making people happy and driving with his friends.  Kronenwetter admires his family and prefers riding dirt bikes and quads over most other activities. This is his first year taking Journalism, and he's very excited to be part of The Bobcat Prowl.
Aasrith Veerapaneni
Aasrith Veerapaneni, Content Editor
Aasrith Veerapaneni is a senior at South Windsor High School, and the Content Editor for The Bobcat Prowl this year. When not working with the Prowl, he has his fingerprints all over the Music department, being a proud member of Choral Spectrum and Understaffed. He also watches a large variety of different sports, keeping himself up to date with all the stats and facts throughout the year. His passion for English and writing, and his competitive drive, is evident in all of his work.