ST. GEORGE – The stage is nearly set for an enriching theatrical experience, as Pine View High School presents Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Tony Award winning musical, The King and I, Nov. 6-9, at the Pine View High auditorium.
More than one hundred students from all ages have come together to showcase a classic story that demonstrates how music, education, tolerance and energy can bring positive change to individuals and nations.
“The King & I is a unique story that highlights the themes of tolerance, love and understanding as Eastern and Western cultures clash together onstage,” said Pine View Director, Ani Rogers. “The story of Anna and the King provides some moving perspectives about these messages – messages that are important for each of us to continue to apply in our community today. It is such a strong and applicable story that is so moving and powerful.”
The story takes place in 1862 when Anna, played by Joy Ellsworth, an English schoolteacher is summoned by the King of Siam, played by Nathan Bennion, to come tutor his many wives and children. With Anna’s help, the King hopes to dispel the barbaric image he seems to have around the world. As they get to know each other, Anna and the King try to keep a firm grip on their individual traditions and values. In the process they grow to understand, and eventually respect one another.
After a highly rewarding first year at Pine View, where her debut musical was honored as one of the top five productions in the region, Rogers said this year’s cast and crew are off and running.
“These kids have a passion to create a real and emotional, raw magical performance,” Rogers said. “They have the talent and training to dig in, put in long hours and do whatever it takes to make the show a success.”
Cierra Pugmire who plays Lady Thiang, said the director has a lot to do with that passion. “I love the insight Miss Rogers has about the character relationships in the show. I think audiences will marvel at the depth and levels of interaction that take place, including some “special twists” Miss Rogers has worked in.”
“I couldn’t be more pleased with the progress of the show,” said Rogers. “Every day I feel so lucky to be working with such a great team. Theatre truly is collaborative effort. I am so appreciative to everyone involved.”
The show features unforgettable music with vocal music by Robert Reimer, and orchestration music conducted by Ed Candland, as well as the delightful Jerome Robbins ballet with choreography by Becky Reed.
Open seating tickets will be sold before each performance at the auditorium door one hour before the show begins.
Event details and contact information
- When: Nov. 6-9, at 7:30 p.m.
- Where: Pine View High auditorium
- Contact: Jelynn Nielsen at 435-229-8573
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