LOUDONVILLE — Auditions for the Mohican Community Theatre's summer production of the musical "The King and I" are scheduled for Thursday, April 19, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, April 21 from 1 to 2 p.m.
Auditions will be held at the Ohio Theatre. Adults, children and dancers are encouraged to audition for this critically acclaimed "east meets west" musical production.
"The King and I" is set in Bangkok, Siam (Thailand) in the late 1860s. It tells the story of an English widow (Anna Leonowens) who is employed by the King of Siam to tutor his wives and children in western ways. However, western ways sometimes clash with the King's leadership style.
The relationship between the King and Anna is marked by conflict through much of the piece, as well as an unspoken love to which neither can admit.
Memorable songs such as "Shall We Dance?" and "Getting to Know You" highlight the score by Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein. A secondary love interest involves the characters of Tuptim and Lun Tha, whose tragic love affair is thwarted by the King.
Show dates will be June 22 through 24 and 29 through 30 on the Ohio Theatre stage.
People interested in auditioning should come prepared with a short vocal selection.
There are parts for seven males, three females, 10 royal wives and 12 royal princes and princesses.
The show features two young male juvenile parts, approximate ages 8 to 12 as the King's son and Anna's son. Also featured will be the royal dancers who interpret a ballet to the narration of "Uncle Tom's Cabin."
Director, Traci Cooper, acknowledges that those auditioning for royal wives and princes and princesses, and members of the court should be able to perform various kinds of ceremonial bows to the King and to each other. Some of these bows include being on one knee, prostrate, and kneeling.
For more information, call 419-994-9989.