CATS, in collaboration with InConcert Sierra and Sierra Stages, presents
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s
THE KING AND I
Music by RICHARD RODGERS
Book and Lyrics by OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II
Based on “Anna and the King of Siam” by Margaret Landon
Original Choreography by Jerome Robbins
THE KING AND I is presented through special arrangement with
March 17 to April 16, 2011
at the Nevada Theatre in Nevada City
King and I Cast
Natalie Bernad (Court Dancer; Eliza)
Allison Chan (Royal Wife)
Erin Cummiskey (Royal Wife)
John King (Interpreter)
Lisa Moon (Royal Wife)
Olivia Pritchett (Royal Wife)
Kelly Rowe (Royal Wife)
Virgil Wong (Phra Alack)
Bella Moon Drake
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.
|Pianos: Ken Getz and Ken Hardin · Violin: Rose-May Mickelson · Cello: David Eby or Eric Rubenstein · Flute: Melinda Douros or Kirsti Powell · Clarinet: Henry Hansen · Bass: Steve Nicholson · Percussion: Kit Bailey or John Basa|
|Director: Leslie Ann Rivers · Musical Director: Ken Hardin · Assistant Musical Director: Ken Getz · Dance Director: George Jayne · Technical Director: Tom Taylor · Lighting Designer: Chris Christensen · Costume Designer: Sovahn LeBlanc · Set Designer: Pam Hodges · Hair and Makeup Designer: Heather Zelle · Assistant Hair and Makeup Designer: Sara Quay · Properties Designer: Katherine Scourtes · Stage Manager: Heather Heckler · Production Managers: Peter Mason, Hock Tjoa, and Lisa Moon · Collaborators:InConcert Sierra and Sierra Stages|
Theatre Review (as heard on Capitol Public Radio): The King and I, by Jeff Hudson
With an experienced professional playing the King, and three women with conservatory-trained voices as the female leads, it’s hard to call this show “community theater.” It isn’t as grand as a Music Circus show, but there is marvelous chemistry between handsome Jared Lee, an Equity actor from Elk Grove, and young Grace Fae, a recent graduate of the theater program at Yale.
The historic Nevada Theatre, a little gem dating from the 1800s, adds to the charm. Yet despite the venue’s intimate size, the stage is still big enough to handle the mob of cute school-age youngsters, who play the King’s numerous children.
For decades, “The King and I” was usually staged with Anglo actors playing the Asian roles, which strained the show’s credibility, and sometimes looked just plain silly. That’s what makes this production, using as many ethnically appropriate actors as the company could muster, so refreshing.
The winning chemistry between the leads actors makes this show a winner. And it’s nice to hear them sing in a smaller hall, without microphones. Colorful costumes, ranging from big hooped Victorian skirts to traditional Siamese garb, will attract your eyes. At three hours, it’s a full-length old school musical, but it feels much shorter. This cute little semi-professional production is an experience I’m happy to recommend – but you’ll want to reserve tickets, because some performances are already sold out.
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