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King & I

Date

17th March 2017

Society

Heckmondwike Players

Venue

Cleckheaton Town Hall

Type of Production

Musical

Director

Pete & Sheelagh Forsyth

Musical Director

Adam Boniface

Choreographer

Sheelagh Forsyth

Report

Author: Jacqui Hartley

The "King & I" is based on Margaret Landon's "Anna and the King of Siam", it opened on Broadway in March 1951, and the popularity of Rogers and Hammerstein's wonderful music never seems to fade.

A truly splendid evening from Heckmondwike Players, they held the interest of the audience from start to finish, with brightly coloured costumes and a good set greatly enhanced by clever lighting.

The King, (Ian Fryer) full of authority and flair, kept the audience captive with his interpretation of the role and delivered his "It's A Puzzelment" with panache.  There was excellent chemistry between the experienced Anna Leonowens (Christine Shoesmith) and the King, both worked very hard to give outstanding performances.

Lady Thiang, (Sheelagh Forsyth) sang her "Something Wonderful" beautifully, and the two boys Louis Leonowens, (Robert Savile) and Prince Chulaongkorn, (George North) sang well and complimented each other.

Tuptin (Charlotte Jones) delivered the story of the Ballet extremely well and the interpretation of the Ballet was impressive, sometimes this gets lost, but not tonight.

The children were a delight introducing themselves to Anna, and they also danced in the Ballet.  All the other characters gave good support to the main principals.  They also had good strong singing from the chorus.

Well done the Players.