Press Release: ​​​​​Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

A Courageous Journey Inspired by Chinese Folktales: The Musical Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is Up Next at South Coast Repertory in Theatre for Young Audiences

COSTA MESA, Calif. (​​​​Jan. 24, 2020)— The next Theatre for Young Audiences show at South Coast Repertory (Artistic Director David Ivers and Managing Director Paula Tomei) is the musical Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. Min Kahng adapted the story from Grace Lin’s award-winning book—the tale of a young girl’s brave adventure to save her village and based on Chinese folklore. Jennifer Chang makes her SCR directorial debut with this production, on the Julianne Argyros Stage, Feb. 7-23. This is the 50th young audiences play produced at SCR since 2003. Tickets are on sale now:

This thrilling musical adventure filled with magic, mystery and fantastical creatures! Young Minli’s poor village desperately needs good fortune. So she sets out on a quest to find The Old Man of the Moon, who holds all the answers to life’s questions. Along the way Minli rescues a dragon, encounters the dreaded Green Tiger and, by drawing wisdom from her father’s stories, moves closer and closer to riches greater than gold.

Kahng is an award-winning Bay Area playwright and composer. His produced works include Bad Kitty On Stage; Where the Mountain Meets the Moon: A Musical Adaptation; The Song of the NightingaleTales of Olympus: A Greek Myth Musical; and Story Explorers—a new work for young audiences with autism. His current projects include a musical adaptation of Henry Kiyama’s The Four Immigrants Manga; a re-imagining of the tale of Calafía; and Midas, a new musical for young audiences based on the Greek myth. Kahng is a recipient of the Theatre Bay Area Titan Award for Playwrights and is a resident playwright with Playwrights Foundation. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Theatre Communications Group, Theatre Bay Area and Theatre for Young Audiences USA.

Lin is a New York Times best-selling author and a NeCaGeNa, with her books having received Newbery (Ne), Caldecott (Ca), Geisel (Ge) and National Book (Na) awards. While a self-professed introvert, Lin also talks a lot: occasionally as a commentator for New England Public Radio, a reviewer for the New York Times, video essayist for PBS NewsHour and TEDx speaker. She also hosts the “kidlitwomen*” podcast. In 2016, she was recognized by President Obama’s office as a Champion of Change for Asian American and Pacific Islander Art and Storytelling, which encouraged her to continue to create her books.

The cast includes Randy Guiaya, Nicole Javier, Chloris Li, Mike Palma, Albert Park, Miller Tai and Aja Wiltshire.

The design and creative team includes Deborah Wicks La Puma, musical director;  Tesshi Nakagawa, scenic design; Anthony Tran, costume design; Lonnie Rafael Alcaraz,  lighting design; Melanie Chen Cole, sound design; Yee Eun Nam, video design; and Joann DeNaut, CSA, casting. The production manager is Holly Ahlborn and the stage manager is Talia Krispel.

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon has generous support from Honorary Producers Phyllis and Larry Hogle, and Leona Aronoff Sadacca. The Corporate Honorary Producers is Union Bank.

Tickets start at $24 for children ages 4-12; $29 for adults. The show is recommended for ages 6 and older. Following each performance, the cast will meet with children and parents on Ela’s Terrace at SCR. For complete information, visit

Related Information for Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

Tickets: May be purchased online at, by phone at (714) 708-5555 or by visiting the box office at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. Ticket prices start at $24 for children ages 4-12; $29 for adults. Low-priced preview performances run Feb. 7-9, and Feb. 14. Regular performances run Feb. 15-23.

Performance Dates and Times: 

  • Previews
    • Friday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m.
    • Saturday, Feb. 8, at 4:30 p.m.
    • Sunday, Feb. 9, at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
    • Friday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m.
  • Regular Performances
    • Saturday, Feb. 15, at 2 p.m., and 4:30 p.m.
    • Sunday, Feb. 16, at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, Feb. 22, at 2 p.m., and 4:30 p.m.
    • Sunday, Feb. 23, at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • Special
    • Saturday, Feb. 22, at 4:30 p.m., is an American Sign Language-interpreted performance.

ABOUT SOUTH COAST REPERTORY: Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory, founded in 1964 by David Emmes and Martin Benson, is led by Artistic Director David Ivers and Managing Director Paula Tomei. SCR is widely recognized as one of the leading professional theatres in the United States. While its productions represent a balance of classic and modern theatre, SCR is renowned for its extensive new-play development program, which includes the nation’s largest commissioning program for emerging and established writers. Of SCR’s more than 530 productions, one-quarter have been world premieres. SCR-developed works have garnered two Pulitzer Prizes and eight Pulitzer nominations, several Obie Awards and scores of major new-play awards. Located in Costa Mesa, Calif., SCR is home to the 507-seat Segerstrom Stage, the 336-seat Julianne Argyros Stage and the 94-seat Nicholas Studio.