Upcoming Major Production: THE KING AND I
Look forward to The King and I, one of the favorite Rogers and Hammerstein musicals. Opening July 31, The King and I continues August 1, 2, 7, 8, and 9 at 7:30 PM with
matinees on Sundays August 3 and 10 at 2:00 PM.
East versus West makes for a dramatic, richly textured and ultimately uplifting tale of enormous fascination. It is 1862 in Siam when an English widow, Anna Leonowens, and her young son arrive at the Royal Palace in Bangkok, having been summoned by the King to serve as tutor to his many children and wives.
The King is largely considered to be a barbarian by those in the West, and he seeks Anna’s assistance in changing his image, if not his ways. With both keeping a firm grip on their respective traditions and values, Anna and the King grow to understand, and eventually, respect one another in a truly unique love story. Along with the dazzling score, the incomparable Jerome Robbins ballet, “The Small House of Uncle Thomas”, is one of the all-time marvels of the musical stage.
You will be treated to the beautiful voices of Kristy Morrison as Anna, Scott Bishop as the King, Jane Marie Price as Tuptim, Austin Solesbee as Lun Tha, and Sharlene Kaye as Lady Thiang, Hendricks Coates as Prince Chululongkorn and Randy Warren as Anna's son Louis. Other actors are Jack Molnar as Sir Edward Ramsey, Matt McClurg as Captain Orton, Mark Burke as the Kralahome, Bobby Burke as the Interpreter, Melvin Thompson as Phra Alack, and Autumn Samsel as Princess Ying Yaowalak.
Other princes and princesses are Maredith Anderson, Annabelle and Madelynne Brackett, Dakota, Nevaeh and NIcole Bragg,
Sofia Espinosa, Makayla Ryals, Asher Samsel, Lizzie Sanders, Caroline Schapansky, Ariel Schwartz, Jobie Tench, Jordan Vena, Sam Warren, Ava Wehrstein, and Megan Zimmerman. Matthew Espinosa and Joe Flores will portray twins.
Other wives of the King are Lindsey Brackett, Renee Carr, Olivia Espinosa, Alyssa Greene, Cheyenne and Savannah Hayes, Diane and Grace Knect, Jenifer Kulow, Madeline McClurg, April Michael, and Lynne Warren. The children and wives form an excellent chorus.
Bob and Lynda Smith, directors, have high praise for the professional choreographer, Carrie E. Elrod. She is a dream to work with and gets maximum results from her dancers.
The ballet "The Small House of Uncle Thomas" and other dances are very special parts of the show. Dancers Cheyenne Hayes, Savannah Hayes, Jenifer Kulow, and Madeline McClurg add expertise to the cast of dancers who also are wives and children of the king.
The King and I is presented through special arrangement with R & H Theatricals: www.rnh.com
Tickets are $18 for adults and $11 for students. Directors expect a sell-out and advise that you get your tickets early!
Reservations may be made online, or you may order them at 706-839-1315.