The Theater Company at Fort Lee will open its 2012 Mainstage season with performances of the renowned musical The King and I at the Lee Theater. The show opens Saturday, Feb. 18, and runs for six performances: Feb. 18, 25 and March 4 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 19, 26 and March 5 at 3 p.m.
The theater is on Mahone Avenue next to Burger King.
With music by Richard Rodgers and a script and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, the musical premiered on Broadway in 1951. Based on the 1944 novel Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon, which itself is based on the memoirs of the real Anna Leonowens, this musical follows Anna as she becomes the governess to the children of King Mongkut in the early 1860s. She comes to Siam looking to westernize its people, but she finds in time that they have just as much to teach her. Memorable songs include "Getting to Know You," "Hello, Young Lovers," "A Puzzlement" and "Shall We Dance?"
Tickets are $12 (adults) and $6 (age 16 and under) with special rates for groups of 12 or more with reservations. The production is open to the general public. Call the box office at (804) 734-6629 for tickets and information about gate entry.
The production stars Caitlin Burke as Mrs. Anna Leonowens, Eddie Menzies III as King Mongkut, Sharon Hollands as his Head Wife Lady Thiang and Worsham Abbott as the Kralahome, the King's right-hand man.
Jenn Kramer plays the part of Tuptim, a young lady who is brought to Siam as a present for the King, but she is truly in love with another man, Lun Tha, played by David Atkins.
Even more unforgettable characters are portrayed by Jeremy Roscher (Crown Prince Chulalongkorn), Paul Redling (Louis Leonowens), Isreal Rivera (Interpreter, Phra Alack), Chris Stephens (Captain Orton) and Mike White (Sir Edward Ramsey).
The King's wives are played by Amanda Sims, Sarah Erway, Sarah Henderson, Reagan McKenna, Cynthia Mitchell, Becky Shumar and Kyrie Sims.
The King's children are played by Chicho Pino, Georganna Dowdy, Isabella Koontz, Reana Lunt, Rose McKenna, Kieran O'Hare, Hannah Polaski, Suzi Redling, Abraham Rivera, Ariana Rivera, Abby Roscher and Lou Roscher.
The King and I is directed by Stephen Seals. Alisa Erway is the musical director. Choreography is by Tony Sharpenstein. The stage manager is Rachel Davis. The set is designed by Craig McFarlane and the lighting by Becky Lussier. Costume design is by Josh Kwinn and sound design by John "Red" Redling.