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Gallery: ‘King and I’ Dazzles Deerfield Audience

Deerfield Family Theater continues to present classic musical Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The Deerfield Family Theater’s production of “The King and I” opened Friday at Caruso Middle School and continues with performances Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the same venue.

Tickets remain available for all four shows at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $18.00 each and are available online, at the Jewett Park Community Center or through cast members.

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This classic musical based on a true story was written in 1951 by Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein II. An English widow, Anna, and her young son are summoned to assist the King of Siam.

Anna serves as a tutor to the King’s children and wives, according to the synopsis on the Deerfield Park District website. They get to know each other bridging the gap between eastern and western culture.

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Kim Jones November 14, 2012 at 02:48 PM
You really need to see Deerfield Family Theater's King and I. I was skeptical as it was in a Junior High, not a theater, but WOW. The venue may be a school, but the production was very professional. The sets, the costumes, the sound balance between orchestra and performers was all top notch. And the leads were absolutely amazing. Anna had just the right amount of emotions in the right places. The King is impressive but comtemplative, tough but concerned. Mary Alexander and Dave Lemrise had great chemistry together which gave the production a very true feeling. Lady Thiang played by Anne Arza brought tears to my eyes as she sang Something Wonderful with great emotion and quietly expressed her characters love for the king with tears at the end. Tuptim (Sarah Glieberman and (Lun ta) Tim Quinn were also very impressive with their duets . I've paid for many professional shows that did not have as much talent as these fine actors. The rest of the cast all performed well (Ricky Jacobson and Riley Strauss should also be commended for the Prince and Louis ) and the kids were very adorable. Its worth the money by far. One of the best productions of this show I've seen in a long time.
Calvin November 15, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Saw this last Saturday, it was a great show. Can't say I liked the chairs in the theater ( bring a coat to sit on or a cushion) , but the show itself was very good. The leads were all exceptional ( Anna, King, Lady Thiang, Tuptim and Lun Tha) all of the music was good but some of the songs were really, really fantastic. ( Something Wonderful and I have Dreamed were my favorites) I also loved the little tiny kids in the scene when the kids meet Anna. I really enjoyed the show and would recommend it.
Carolyn Russell November 15, 2012 at 03:42 PM
I saw the show on opening night and was really impressed with the set, the orchestra, the signing and the whole show. Very well produced show. I am going again this weekend with friends and recommend it to all!
Victoria Fleming November 16, 2012 at 04:05 PM
We need to think Mindy at Mindy Garfinkle Photography for the beautiful shots! Thanks, Mindy!!
Mindy Garfinkle November 16, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Thank you! It was fun!! www.mindygarfinkle.com

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