Sweet Briar College’s Division of Performing Arts will present its second musical, “The King and I,” at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 18-20, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21 in Babcock’s Murchison Lane Auditorium.
The production is directed by William Kershner and features music by Richard Rodgers. Written by Oscar Hammerstein II, the book and lyrics were based on “Anna and the King” by Margaret Landon. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for students and free for children younger than 12 and for members of the Sweet Briar community. To reserve tickets, contact the box office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (434) 381-6120, beginning Oct. 8. To order by credit card, visit lynchburgtickets.com.
The musical coincides with Kershner’s ‘Silver Soiree,’ an event to celebrate his “first 25 years at Sweet Briar,” said box office manager Shelbie Filson. The celebration will take place after the Saturday, Oct. 20 performance at the Elston Inn Conference Center. A free pre-show dinner lecture by Kershner at 6 p.m. in Prothro Dining Hall will precede the performance. Regular dinner rates apply. Reservations for the lecture can be made through the box office beginning Monday, Oct. 8.
All area teachers and students will receive free admission for the premiere on Thursday, Oct. 18. The Sunday, Oct. 21 matinee will be sign-interpreted.
In a true community effort, the cast of 50 features Sweet Briar students, staff and friends, including Catherine Ramos ’13 as Anna Leonowens; Emma Kieley ’16 as Tuptim; Shannon McCarthy ’16 as Lady Thiang; and the vice president for finance and administration, Scott Shank, who plays Sir Edward Ramsay. Performing arts faculty involved are music director Rebecca McCord, choreographer Loretta Wittman, vocal coach Marcia Thom, designer/technical director Cheryl Warnock and costumer Ursula Kuhar. Mary Rora ’12 serves as the master electrician and assistant lighting designer, and M.A.T. candidate Ebet Davey ’12 is the assistant director. Even family members are involved in the production.
“Assistant soccer coach Amy Dahlin’s daughter is one of the dancers, and the royal children include one of Dean Amy Jessen-Marshall’s daughters, as well as the daughters of alumna Laura Price ’99 and professor Rebecca McCord,” Filson said.