The East Pasco Adventist Academy, 38434 Centennial Road in Dade City, presents “The King and I” on Saturday and Sunday.
Colin Cameron, 14, portrays the stubborn but progressive King of Siam who struggles with keeping traditional roles alive while seeking to bring his kingdom into the modern world. Colin’s cousin, Taylor Cameron, plays Anna Leonowens, an English schoolteacher hired by the king to teach his many children.
Amber Parham plays the role of Lady Thiang, the king’s chief wife who pleads with Anna to understand that she cannot deal with the king as she would a man of her culture.
Marvin Robertson, 80, is director. This is his seventh play with the EPAA. He brings many years of directing children’s and collegiate productions having served as dean of the School of Music at Southern Adventist University for 33 years.
“It will be spectacular from the standpoint of costumes and all of that and the students will come through with their usually good performances,” Robertson said. “It’s more of a challenge because lines are limited to eight or nine characters pretty much and the others have to act and acting without a line is very hard. The kids that are acting without lines are kneeling down for hours on end it seems and keeping focused is a problem,” but, he added, the kids will be able to handle it.
This is Colin’s sixth production. The eighth-grader played the prince in last year’s production of Cinderella. “I’ve moved up in the world,” he quipped.
He found the king more difficult to play because the king’s personality is opposite of his own. “It’s hard to play him because he’s, like, really strict and I’m not kind of strict; I’m more of a bouncy person,” he said.
“The King and I” will be performed Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. on the East Pasco Adventist Academy stage, 38434 Centennial Road between Zephyrhills and Dade City. Reserved seating is $10 and $9 and open seating is $7. Advance tickets are for sale in the school office today or one hour before show time. For more information call (352) 567-3646 or visit epaacademy.org.
The play is based on the book “Anna and The King of Siam” by Margaret Landon with lyrics by Rodgers and Hammerstein, and music by Rodgers.