CANAJOHARIE — Rehearsals are currently in full swing for the Fort Plain-Canajoharie Drama Club production of “The King and I,” which will be presented on March 24, 25 and 26 at Canajoharie High School’s Arkell Performing Arts Center.
The Friday and Saturday performances will take place at 7 p.m., the Sunday performance taking place at 2 p.m. Adult admission is $7; $5 for seniors and students.
“The King and I” is a beloved Rodgers & Hammerstein production, presented all over the world for the past 66 years, and made famous after the 1954 movie, 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, Cecilia Hill and Michael Broady.
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.