This past Saturday, I traveled to Seoul with my Junior Master 2 class & Jess (along with her Sprout 1 class) for the 3rd annual April Superstar Concert. It was the awards ceremony for all the winners of this year’s UCC contest. We met at April around 10am & took a 2-hour ride in the shuttle bus. We had to share our bus with the Seed 1 kids from Techno Valley… they had a shit ton of family members attend. The bus ride was fairly pleasant… with my kids randomly joking around and having deep discussions about KPOP. We stopped halfway at a rest stop to have lunch. Within 2 minutes of arriving at the rest stop, I managed to lose all of my kids who decided to run off to the arcade -_____-. I fulfilled my dream of eating those mini potatoes. Another thing to cross off my Korea bucket list.
The theater was in Nohyun-dong (close to Line 7). It was this mini local theater used for ballet and children-related performances. I have to say it held about 100 people or so. All the winning classes sat in reserved seats in front while the parents and guests sat in the back. The MCs for the day was some charismatic Korean guy and Sydney (one of the April coordinators from HQ). In between the performances, they played mini games with the audience. Those were fun. At one point, I somehow found myself onstage dancing/singing (or at least attempting to) to Ailee’s “Heaven.” My Junior Master 2 class was absolutely wonderful with their performance. Gavin got too into the moment and started a “everybody say HO!” segment.
After the performances, they had a classical music concert. They played about 10 minutes of music but the lead guy talked for about 45… just play dammit! I drifted in and out of sleep throughout the concert, only waking up every time Gavin signaled me that the camera was swerving my way again. They handed out awards to all the participants afterwards. The 1st place winners will be getting a set of Scholastic encyclopedias!! WOW OMG BECAUSE I DIDN’T SLEEP FOR 2 WEEKS JUST SO MY KIDS COULD WIN EFFING ENCYCLOPEDIAS -_______-. Overall, it was a pretty neat event and I’m glad Daejeon Dunsan got a chance to attend. I’m also impressed by the amount of spirit and campus pride my class had. We came to the event with green and yellow thunder sticks with the words “DAEJEON DUNSAN is #1!” on it. Having fun > being polite and prestigious. Anyways, here are some pictures from the event: