Dream High is a South Korean television series aired by KBS2 in 2011. It features combination of celebrity from different KPop-groups specifically miss A’s Suzy, Kim Soo-hyun, T-ara’s Eunjung, IU, and 2PM’s Taecyeon and Wooyoung. Without a doubt it was a perfect mishmash. The drama was well-liked among teenagers, and brought in viewership ratings in the 18 to 20 percent range during its two-month run.
Dream High was all about 6 students from Kirin Art School searching while reaching their dreams and to manage their friendships. Kirin Art School is located in Seoul for students who wish to become K-pop idols. The story starts in the year 2018, where superstar ‘K’ is staring an old photo taken during his school day and then flashback to the year 2010 where everything started. One day Director Jung Hamyung (by Bae Youngjun) has returned to Korea and came back to Kirin Art School. He also wanted to personally hold a public audition for 100 new students for the new semester.
On the audition day, many aspiring applicants came. Go Hyemi (by Miss A Suzy) a student majoring in Classical Music was forced to go for the audition and give up on her dream because her father has been in deep debt to Ma Dooshik (by Ahn Gilkang). Yoon Baekhee (by T-ara Eunjung) dream of becoming a star and the both of them went for the audition. At the audition, Hyemi betrayed Baekhee and said that she was a third-class singer which really disappoints Baekhee a lot, by then she was determined to win Hyemi in every aspect.
At the end of the audition, 97 students were chosen which includes Jason (by 2PM Wooyoung), Kim Pilsuk (by IU), Yoon Baekhee, to complete the number of auditionees Director Jung decided to add 3 more special students into the group. They are Go Hyemi, Hyun Shihyuk /also known as Jingook (by 2PM Taecyeon) and also country boy Song Samdong (by Kim Soohyun). As a teacher which was about to get dismissed by the school, Teacher Kang Ohhyuk (by Uhm Kijoon) was asked to assist by the director, he is in-charge of the special students. As well as, the director also personally invited English Teacher Yang Jinman (by Park Jinyoung) to stick together Kirin to teach English.
Go Hyemi at the outset she wanted to unleash but was caught by Ma Dooshik. Teacher Kang came to her save and brought her home. At the start Teacher Kang’s noona Kang Ohsun (by Ahn Sungyoung) was unwilling to let Hyemi and her little sister Hyesung to stay in their house, but after Teacher Kang explained all things up she finally agreed. Hyemi overheard these and thought she was the one who rescued Teacher Kang instead. However Teacher Kang explained to her that he need to find all the 3 students earlier than the school ceremony in order for them to be qualified as the special students and Hyemi leaved to the countryside where Samdong is located and attempt to ask him to come to Seoul.
In this dram there are 6 students revealing in their own characteristics and talents. One that was really impressive is Jason and Pilsuk couple, from the very beginning; Pilsuk is a flabby girl who has an excellent voice. During the audition she met Jason and after which Jason treats her really well. However with the lack of confidence, she was always bullied in school. One day, she confessed her feelings towards Jason and was kind of rejected. By then she was determined and she leaved a Jason with a word that when they’ll meet 200 days later, she will lose weight and make-up herself for good.
And on the other side, there were a trouble between the couple. It’s a very complicated with Jingook, Hyemi and Samdong that they stuck in a triangle-love and Baekhee’s unrequited love for Jingook. Sadly, nothing actually comes out in the end for this couple and they fall on the same ground.
It was a really a heart melting story talking about dreams and friendship. It also shows how an ambitious student actually mislaid herself in the middle of going after her aspiration and did a lot of silly things. Not only those students will be taught a lot from watching it, I think some of the principles and moral traits that the teachers bear in this drama is also really worth to learn from.
It may not be what everyone has been wanting. But this drama inspires a lot. In the end it is a must watch!