Step back with us to 1862 Siam and envision through the eyes of little Louis Lenonowens, how his widowed mother, Anna, wraps the King of Siam around her little finger. Or does she? The King of Siam has summoned Anna from Great Britain to teach his many children and wives a bit of Western culture. The King is seen as a barbarian to many, and he seeks to change his image. But it is not easy. As a man and a woman battle wits, see how they come to grips with each of their own culture’s and learn to respect, and eventually love one another.
“The KING AND I” was the recipient of 4 Tony Awards including Best Musical and Score in 1952, 6 Academy Awards in 1956, 4 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival in 1996, 4 Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical Revival in 1996 and 3 Outer Critics Circle Awards in 1996. The songs “I Whistle a Happy Tune”, “Hello Young Lovers”, “Getting to Know You”, “Shall We Dance”, have made this musical a popular and time honored show for all generations to enjoy and experience.
As you have heard, The Carnegie Players will be producing Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “THE KING AND I” this summer commemorating The Players 20th Anniversary. The show will hit the R.C.H.S. stage on August 8, 9 and 10, 7:30 p.m. The Director will be Karen Kelley Dugan, Music Director is Claudia Earnest and the Production Assistant will be Kelsie Witt. We are excited to have these fun and talented ladies with us this summer. Any of you that have been a part of their prior shows, know their desire to produce a fantastic show and still make it an enjoyable experience.
Audition dates will be Monday May 20 and Tuesday May 21, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. in the R.C.H.S. Auditorium. Please enter R.C.H.S. via the north entrance door #8. Children in grades six and under must be accompanied to auditions by a parent or guardian. Call backs, if needed, will be on Thursday May 23 with time to be determined at a later date. Information will be forthcoming on audition needs and what the directors are looking for with cast selection and the cast size.
The following is a rough rehearsal schedule:
June 3 – first read through and rehearsal
June 3 to June 20 – full rehearsals on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights. The full cast WILL NOT be required to be at every rehearsal the first three weeks. A full detailed schedule will be released after the cast has been selected and individual needs of the cast have been determined. Most of the beginning rehersals will be spent learning the music, basic blocking on stage and the beginning of choreography taught.
June 24 to July 19 – a scaled back rehearsal schedule with most rehearsals devoted to the leads and the main numbers. One of the directors will be gone during this period of time. During this time concentration on sets and costumes will happen.
July 22 to August 7 – full rehearsals. Youth that are involved in the local Teen Mission Project, July 21 to July 27, please so note your involvement with Teen Mission on your Audition forms, and the directors will work around that schedule before and after the Mission Week. We need youth of all ages in this musical.
July 29 to August 1 will be Tech Week
August 5 – Production Week!
August 8, 9 and 10 – “THE KING AND I”
The Carnegie Players Board would like to invite for special recognition prior directors, music directors, choreographers, pit musicians, cast members and board members to mark our 20th Anniversary celebration.
Please be watching your e-mail, Facebook and our website for more details soon.