Zimmerman students ready to break in their new auditorium
Zimmerman High School will be presenting Rodger and Hammerstein’s “The King and I” April 28-30. This is the classic musical story about Anna Leonowens, a widowed British schoolteacher, who travels to Siam with her son in the 1860s to teach the royal children of the king. Conflict ensues because of the differences in cultures and on account of the strong personalities of the schoolteacher and the king. This heart-warming story is both comedic and tragic at times, a memorable and endearing show that the whole family will enjoy.
The musical contains some of Rodger and Hammerstein’s most well-known songs including “Getting to Know You,” “Whistle a Happy Tune,” and “Shall We Dance?” The ballet within the play, “Small House of Uncle Thomas,” is both exotic and lovely, a favorite of those who are familiar with this show.
Anna is played by junior Linny Briggs and the King of Siam is played by sophomore Josh Freeman, who recently played Ebenezer Scrooge in the ZHS fall play. Anna’s son, Louis, is played by seventh-grader Joey Kirk, and the crown prince, Chulalongkorn, is played by seventh-grader Tyler Aderman. The head wife, Lady Thiang, is played by Ellie Palashewski and the king’s concubine, Tuptim, is played by senior Cassy Boucher.
Tuptim’s lover, Lun Tha, is played by junior Tyes Laidlaw. The king’s right hand man, the Kralahome, is played by sophomore Mason Decker-Spence.
The students are excited to present their first big show in the new auditorium in Zimmerman. This will also be their first show with a pit orchestra. The student orchestra is directed by band instructor Shannon Curtis.
The show has been challenging, educational and fun for 70 or more students involved in the cast, crew and orchestra. Eleven elementary students from Zimmerman schools are also involved in the production. The musical is directed by Jon and Maureen Palashewski with tech director Rich Kimmerle, set designer Amy Cunningham and choreographer Lora-jean Jones.
Performances will be 7 p.m. Friday, April 28; 7 p.m. Saturday, April 29; and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 30. Tickets are available at the door one hour before show time and are $6 for general admission and $4 for students and seniors.