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KING AND I Cast Announced

Center Stage Jackson is pleased to announce the cast for second production of its 2012-2013 season, Rodger’s & Hammerstein’s beloved musical “The King and I,” to be performed November 2-4 and 9-11, 2012 in the Baughman Theatre, Potter Center, at Jackson Community College.

Heading the cast is Lisa Ykimoff as Anna Leonowens and Todd Lutz as the King.  Also starring Sandy Haynes as Lady Thiang, Serenity Sanders as Tuptim, Elliott Hitt as Lun Tha, Tommy Diablo as Kralahome, Anthony Hodshire as Prince Chulalongkorn, Ian Wrzesinski as Louis Leonowens, John Kolezar as Cpt. Orton, Preston Judd as the Interpreter, Victor McDermott as Phra Alack and Ava Baldermann as Princess Ying Yaowalak.

The Ensemble: Alyssa Baldermann, Cyndi Baldermann, Michael Bryce Baldwin, Samantha Baldwin, Mary Carter, Alayna Czajkowski, Jennifer Czajkowski, Lesley Delgado, Dante Diablo, Hannah Guise, Alison Haynes, Bridget Haynes, Dawn Hines, Olivia Hines, Chloe Horsfall, Darby Horsfall, Jennifer Horsfall, Zeke Horsfall, Ria McDermott, Abbigail Nelson, Margie Pelkey, Brandy Piggott, Chris Rebescher, Debra Sanders, Felicity Sanders, Whitney Weston, Hailey Whisman, Heather Whisman, Jenna Whisman and Whitney Weston.

Artistic Director and Vocal Director is Denise Weber.  The King and I Staff:  Max Waagner-Producer, Dean Weber-Technical Director, Robert Spencer-Musical Director, Pam Bullock-Stage Manager, Samantha Baldwin-Choreographer, Tracy Royer-Rehearsal Pianist, Ellen Yoakam-Costumer, Pam Hill-Properties, Todd Lutz-Marketing, Wendy Jacobs-Lights, Chuck Edwards-Sound and Bob Bullock-Rigging.

East versus West makes for a dramatic, richly textured and ultimately uplifting tale of enormous fascination.  It is 1862 in Siam when an English widow, Anna Leonowens and her young son arrive at the Royal Palace in Bangkok, having been summoned by the King to serve as tutor to his many children and wives.  The King is largely considered to be a barbarian by those in the West, and he seeks Anna’s assistance in changing his image, if not his ways.  With both keeping 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.  Musical numbers include “Whistle a Happy Tune”, “Hello, Young Lovers”, “I Have Dreamed”, “Getting to Know You”, “Shall We Dance” and many more.


Reservations can be made by calling 517-782-8473 (Addison Awning).  General Admission: $15 adults & $12, ages 12 and younger (ticket price includes $1 JCC restoration fee).