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Kim as Milky White in the Prizery's summer theatre production of Into the Woods. / June 15, 2017

Few other musicals boast such a variety of non-human characters.

The Prizery Summer Theatre’s first production, “Into the Woods,” features the cow Milky White that is essential to the characters’ goals. The protagonists have to feed a series of unlikely items to the cow in order to be granted their wishes. This bovine companion is played by none other than South Boston’s own Minjune Kim.

Kim, 15, spends the show in a cow suit. But this isn’t just some ordinary costume. It was specially made, rented out to the Prizery.

“It’s a lot different than you’d expect,” said Kim, citing the arrangement of levers inside the cow’s head, controlling Milky White’s mouth, tongue, eyelashes and neck.

The bottom half fits on him like a pair of overalls, and the front half puts his arms in the cow’s front legs. In order to make the cow come alive, he has to take one of his arms out of the legs and reach forward to control the handles.

But some things don’t change, regardless of the complexity or maker: “It’s extremely hot in there. But no matter how much I sweat, it doesn’t smell all that bad,” he quipped.

Onstage and off, actors have to run around, project their voices, switch costumes and shift props which can be exhausting work. To do that in a cow suit makes the acting a much more difficult process. Furthermore, Milky White is an integral character: “I’m in every single scene,” said Kim.

For some, spending a show in a cow suit might not be their preferred theatre experience. But Kim is satisfied to get a part, citing family travel that conflict with the other Summer Theatre shows, “Red, White and Broadway” and “The Addams Family.” “I’m just happy to get a role and meet new people – especially the professionals,” he said. “Better than sitting at home and doing nothing.”

“Into the Woods” opens Friday with multiple performances: or 572-8339.

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