Perrysburg Musical Theatre to stage “The King and I”

Anna (Jen Braun) and children rehearse. (Photo provided)

From PERRYSBURG MUSICAL THEATRE

Perrysburg Musical Theatre, in its last show of its seventh season, will present Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The King and I” to the Perrysburg community this June 22 – 25.  

The King and I” is a timeless and ever-important reminder about overcoming cultural differences with understanding, respect, and love, while maintaining unique and personal traditions and values.  The story takes place in the early 1860’s in Bangkok, Siam (now Thailand), where the newly-widowed Anna Leonowens and her son, Louis, arrive from England, where Anna has taken a position as the schoolteacher for the children of the King of Siam. The King is determined to usher Siam into the modern world, and he thinks Western education can be a part of that – yet, Anna is horrified by many of the traditions that he holds dear.  They discover that they have a lot to learn from each other.  Music from the score includes “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Getting to Know You,””Hello Young Lovers,” and “Shall We Dance?”

The cast is comprised of community members throughout northwest Ohio, featuring Jennifer Braun (Anna) and Matt Boggs (King of Siam), and supported by a cast of more than 70 members.  The show is a family affair for many of the cast members:  mothers-and-daughters sharing the stage are Angela Paprocki and Paige Paprocki (Royal Wives), Carrie Sanderson (Lady Thiang) and Lindsay Sanderson (Royal Child/dancer), Tania Schneider (Royal Wife) and Caity Schneider (Royal Child/Buddha), and Amanda Hubaker (Royal Wife) and Alex Hubaker (Royal Child); husband-and-wife cast members include Chuck Kiskaddon (Captain Orton) and Wendie Kiskaddon (Nurse); and a number of siblings will hit the stage as well, including Clara, Grace, and Isaac Burkin and Jacob and Jordan Nahhas (Royal Children).

“The King and I” will be performed June 22-24 at 7 p.m. and June 25 at 2 p.m. at Perrysburg High School.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.perrysburgmusicaltheatre.org.  PMT will select the best available seats and hold them at “will call” for those ordering online.  In-person ticket sales and seat selection will be available at Perrysburg High School on June 19-21st from 6:30-8:00 p.m. and one hour before show time.   For more information, please visit www.perrsyburgmuscialtheatre.org.  

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