MVNU actors, musicians to perform "The King
April 28-30, 2011
May 5-7, 2011
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio -- Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s Drama Department presents the Rogers and Hammerstein musical “The King and I” on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 28-30 and May 5-7, at 8 p.m. in Thorne Performance Hall, located within the R.R. Hodges Chapel & Fine Arts Center.
The musical, set in Siam in 1862, tells the story of English widow Anna Leonowens and her young son as they arrive at the royal palace in Bangkok, having been summoned by the King to serve as a tutor for his many children and wives. The King, who is largely considered to be a barbarian by those in the west, seeks Anna’s assistance in changing his image. While both keep a firm grip on their respective traditions and values, Anna and the King grow to understand and, eventually, respect one another in a truly unique love story. This uplifting tale debuted on stage in 1951.
The play will feature Andrew Pugh (Mansfield) as the King of Siam, Alicia Brooks (Canal Winchester) and McKenzie Vaughn (Westerville) as Anna Leonowens, Meghan Borkosky (Arlington) and Leah Ralston (Harrison) as Tuptim, and Kate Buell (Auburn, N.Y.) and Janel Lantz (Barton, N.Y.) as Lady Thiang. The performance will be directed by Virginia Cameron, assistant professor of music, and produced by Dr. Daniel Behr, professor of communication. Students Jenn Krell and Aaron Behr serve as assistant musical director and assistant director, respectively.
Tickets are $7 per person and can be reserved in advance by calling the ticket hotline at (740) 397-9000, ext. 1620. Tickets are also availabe at the door.
Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students and working adults. U.S. News & World Report ranks MVNU in the top 50 Regional Colleges (Midwest) for the seventh year in a row. With a 400-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and eight additional satellite Graduate and Professional Studies sites throughout the state, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education to more than 2,600 students from 26 states and seven countries/U.S. territories.