Drama Club to present “The King and I” March
The Fort Plain-Canajoharie Drama Club will
present "The King & I" on Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 25 at
7 p.m. A Sunday matinee is planned for March 26 at 2 p.m. All
performances will be at the Arkell Performing Arts Center at
Canajoharie High School. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for
seniors and students.
“The King and I” is a beloved Rodgers &
Hammerstein production, and has been presented all over the world
during the past 66 years, and was made into a movie in 1954 starring
“The King and I” tells the story of Mrs. Anna
Leonowens (played by Jillian McGowan) and her son Louis (played by
Keagan Ford), who arrive in Siam, where the widow Anna has been
contracted to serve as a governess and English tutor to the many
wives and children of the stubborn King Mongkut of Siam (played by
Jared Paratore). Anna and the King have a clash of personalities
from the start, as she works to teach the royal family about English
language, customs and etiquette. They work together, however, to
prepare a lavish dinner party for a group of European diplomats in
an effort to change their opinion of the king and of Siam.
Anna is helped along the way by the King’s prime minister, The
Kralahome (Isaiah Cechnicki), head wife Lady Thiang (Quinn Jones)
and the eldest son Prince Chululongkorn (Vicente Nunez). While
working with the wives and children, Anna is also drawn into the
story of a young slave girl Tuptim (Zoe D’Arcangelis), who has been
presented to the King to be his newest wife, despite her secret love
with the Burmese court official Lun Tha (Michael Daniels).
Also appearing are Connor Bowden as Sir Edward
Ramsey, Sophia Rogers as Princess Ying, Bretton Scofield as Phra
Alack, Mason Rivenburgh as the Interpreter, and Michael Hoffman as
the Man Slave. Company dancers include: Eliza Cechnicki, Vicki
Wilday, Michael Daniels, Sophia Rogers, Sarah LaComb, Vivian Hopkins
and Samantha Keaney.
The King’s wives are portrayed by: Sarah Bowden,
Alexia Hill, Vivian Hopkins, Samantha Keaney, Caitlynn Lawrence,
Macenzie Richtmyer, and Bretton Scofield. The King’s children are
played by: Ryan Beam, Cameron Brownell, Jenna Conley, Sarena Conley,
Madison Delgado, Maura DiMezza, Aliza Hopkins, Sarah LaComb, Mathea
Leonard, Ethan Mykel, Chad Rogers, Kristin Sanders, and Emily
“The King and I” is directed by Will Ryan and
produced by Lauri Broady, along with musical director Norma Bowley.
They are assisted by: Lisa Hill (costumer), Ron Hill, Jim Fiaschetti
and Michael Broady. Choreographer: Tina Goldswer. Student crew
members include: Allison Ramsey, Garrett Oeser, Alex Montanye,
Carlie Montanye, Rob Rogers, Catherine Twitchell, Zack Rogers.
Production artists are: Mason Rivenburgh and Allyson Dahlin.
The King and I will be presented at the Arkell
Performing Arts Center at Canajoharie High School on March 24 and 25
at 7 p.m., and March 26 at 2 p.m. Admission is $7 adults and $5 for
students and seniors. There will be an intermission with
refreshments at each performance.