Village Theatre Troupe Presents "The King and I"

Village Theatre Troupe Presents "The King and I"
Posted on 04/20/2012

The king proclaims, "When I sit, you sit. When I kneel, you kneel, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera!"

The Village of Orland Park Theatre Troupe will perform its spring musical, Rodgers and Hammerstein's "The King and I," at the Carl Sandburg High School Performing Arts Center. Evening performances on April 27 and 28 begin at 7:00 pm with a Sunday matinee at 2:00 pm. The high school is located at 13300 South LaGrange Road in Orland Park.

"The village's theatre troupe is one of the best in the region," said Orland Park Mayor Dan McLaughlin. "If you enjoy Broadway musicals and are looking for some great entertainment close to home, this is a show you'll want to see," the mayor said.

The musical is based on the 1944 novel, Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon and tells the story of British school teacher Anna who is hired by the king to educate the royal children.

Amy Stiehr, of Lockport, appears as Anna while Nicholas Greanias of Lemont, portrays the king.

Since its 1952 Broadway debut, The King and I has won numerous Tony awards and is most often remembered for its 1956 feature film starring Yul Brynner as King Mongkut of Siam, Deborah Kerr as Anna and Rita Morena as Tuptim.

"Anyone who enjoys musical theater will want to see this show," said village Recreation Operations Manager Irene Buikema, executive producer. "We have a cast of nearly 50 very talented area residents who have been rehearsing for several weeks," she added.

Frann Carnivele-Sidlow is the show's producer/director with Jim Mazeika assistant directing. Michael Barr and Jeanie Cacciato are music director and choreographer, respectively.

"'The King and I' was always one of my favorite musicals when my sisters and I were younger," Carnivele-Sidlow said. "I remember watching it on TV with my parents and we wouldn't move when it came on," she recalled, smiling.

Orland Park residents appearing in the show include Joseph Boyce appearing as Prince Chulalongkorn, Christina Cucci appearing as Lady Thiang, Emily Johnson portraying Tuptim, Dan Nevinger as Lun Tha, Andrew Rich as Louis Leonowens, and Bryan Riess appearing as The Kralahome. The cast also includes Joseph Berlinski (Worth) appearing as Sir Edward Ramsay.
Also appearing are Camille Auskalnis, Brenda Bass, Rachel Berlinski, Sarah Callis, Alyssa Chavez, Andrew Dicksen, Kyle Dicksen, Mariah Dicksen, Amy Erxleben, Bob Fitzpatrick, Michelle Hynes, Patricia Lynch, Jake Mackey, Demetra Maniatis and Lorrie Peccatiello.

Prince and princesses include Mikhail Auskalnis, Caroline Bueche, Ellie Callis, Madeline Carrillo, Alexa Faille, Madelyn Filipiak, Rose Foley, David Ford, Amanda Hall, Cara Hall, Rachel Juwayyid, Allison Kazlauskas, Josephine Leafblad, Veronica Leafblad, Mollie McCormick, Isabella O'Brien, Jamison O'Sullivan, Joe O'Sullivan, Michael Peccatiello, Eleanor Rybak, Gabia Skultinas, Cameron Szymczak, Veronica Vaughn and Taylor Villa.

Advance tickets are currently available at the Village of Orland Park Recreation Administration Office, 14600 South Ravinia Avenue. A limited number of tickets may be available at the door. Additional information is available by calling the department at 708/403-PARK.