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 Yul Brynner.
“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 Palmeri.
“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.