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Production of “The King and I” brings Idaho State University and community together

Posted June 20, 2014

A cast of more than 40 community members and Idaho University students are showcased in the musical “The King and I” that will have its final performances June 19-21 at the Stephen’s Performing Arts Center.

The cast ranges from age four to 60, and includes dozens more people who work behind the scenes. These cast members include undergraduate students, alumni, high school students and members of the children’s chorus.

“I have the crème de la crème of actors,” said Diana Livingston Friedley, a music professor at ISU who is making her musical directing debut. “When you’ve got a great cast, the show writes itself.”The King and I Production at ISU

Along with being on stage, members of the community are designing the set, creating costumes, and taking care of the many children between scenes.

“It really is a community effort,” Friedley said.

Friedley said “The King and I” is not something to miss and offers something for every member of the audience.

“Even if people in the audience do not have a background in theater or music, there will be at least one song in the play that they have heard before,” Friedley said.

“The King and I” is based on the book “Anna and the King of Siam” by Margaret Landon and is set in 1862 in Siam, now known as Thailand. The story tells of Anna Leonowens, a widowed English schoolteacher, summoned by the King to tutor his multiple wives and children. Anna and the King, who are both firm in their beliefs and traditions, eventually fall in love with each other.

The annual summer theater program produced by the School of Performing Arts and the College of Arts and Letters showcases Southeast Idaho’s talent and the resources ISU has to offer.

The final performances of “The King and I” will be showing June 19-21 at 7:30 p.m. in Beverly B. Bistline Theatre at the Stephens Performing Arts Center.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children under 18, $14 for faculty/staff/seniors, and $7 for ISU students with their student ID. There is also a $10 group rate for parties with more than 10 people.

Tickets can be purchased at the Stephens Center Box Office in person or by phone at (208) 282-3595. Tickets are also available at Vickers Western Wear, the PSUB Campus Connection Desk, and online at www.isu.edu/tickets.