DEARBORN, Michigan – Rogers and Hammerstein’s classic musical The King and I comes to life on the stage of the Edsel Ford High School Auditorium, at 7 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, May 3, 4 and 5. An additional matinee will be performed at 3 p.m. on May 5, 2012.
The Edsel Ford High School Performing Arts Department will present this classic musical production, which has an appeal for all ages.
Students from DuVall Elementary, Stout Middle School and other Dearborn Public Schools support the performing Arts Students of Edsel Ford High School in “The King and I.” The younger students appear in principal roles as well as in the chorus and dance scenes of this musical production.
The story of “The King and I” depicts the experiences of a British schoolteacher, Anna, who is hired as part of the King of Siam’s drive to modernize his country in the 1860s. The relationship between the King and Anna is marked by conflict through much of the play, as well as by a love that neither is able to express.
The musical is based on the 1944 novel Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon and derives from the memoirs of Anna Leonowens, who became governess to the children of King Mongkut of Siam in the early 1860s.
Ticket prices are, in advance: $8 students and senior citizens; $10 general admission. At the door: $10 students and senior citizens; $12 general admission.
Box office hours are Monday-Friday, 2:30-6 p.m. beginning April 23 for advance ticket sales. On Thursday and Friday, May 3 and 4, the box office is open for pre-sale ticket sales from 2:30-4 p.m.; regular ticket sales begin at 6 p.m. prior to the 7 p.m. performance. On Saturday, May 5, the box office opens one hour before the 3 p.m. matinee and one hour before the 7 p.m. evening performance.
Edsel Ford High School is located at 20601 Rotunda Dr., Dearborn, Mich., 48124.
Students all attend Edsel Ford High School unless otherwise noted.
- Captain Orton – David Nycz
- Louis Leonowens – Brendan Hay, DuVall Elementary School
- Anna Leonowens – Annelise Folkema and Meara Theirry
- The Interpreter – Kevin Talanges and Josh Cliff
- The Kralahome – Josh Cliff and Kevin Talanges
- The King – Benjamin Timpf
- Phra Alack – Spencer Venis
- Lun Tha – Nathaniel Booth and Lucas Ramon
- Tuptim – Sarah Remily
- Lady Thiang – Sarah Husein Clare Russell
- Prince Chululongkorn – Nicola Morabito, Stout Middle School
- Sir Edward Ramsey – Errick Lisk and Jared Nelson
- Princess Ying Yaowlak – Nora Heaton DuVall Elementary School
- Wives – Teria Berry, Lauren Dewulf, Deanna Dib, Joanna Frantz, Kelsey Hudie, Sara Justice, Lily Melekian, Ayliah Porter, Natalie Randall, and Claire Young