The Kind And I

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. Along with the dazzling score, the incomparable Jerome Robbins ballet, ‘The Small House of Uncle Thomas,’ is one of the all-time marvels of the musical stage.

Cast/Characters

Captain Orton – Bob Margrett

Lewis Leonowens – William Loeffler

Anna Leonowens – Joan Heule

Phra Alack, interpreter – John Kloosterboer

The Kralahome – Tyrone Wesley

The King – James Danks

Lum Tha – Leo Radakovich

Tuptim – Marcia Hahn

Lady Thiang – Marilyn Zimmermann

Prince Chululongkorn – Anthony Forkner

Sir Edward Ramsey – Jim Williams

Prince Ying Yaowlak – Jeff Margrett

Royal Children – Michaela Alonzo, Rodrigo Alonzo, Pat Beniger, Julie Daehnert, Tammy DeTroye, Susan Dobbe, Chris Forkner, Garrett Forkner, Amy Hoell, Todd Humphrey, Dan Kelm, Greg Margrett, Matthew Matthies, Dawn Meyer, Denise Meyer, Andy Oberg, Abigail Schlehlein, Amy Schlehlein, Craig Talatzko, Danielle Toppins, Juliane Toppins, Tammy Zahn, Jackie Zimmermann

Royal Wives – Kathy Andersen, Shirley Dobbe, Jocelyn Ertel, Karen Irish, Elaine Jumes, Mary Keen, Lisa Mahloch, Debra Sabol, Mary Sprosty, Marge Steinhage, Joan Wakefield, Julie Williams

Sailors/ Priests/ Guards – Brian Kelm, Paul Jumes, Jordon Grunow, Kevin Zimmermann, Jack-Kevin Keller

Uncle Thomas Ballet

Chorus – Karla LaFave, Maria Lahm, Karen Irish, Jordon Grunow, Jack-Kevin Keller, Kathy Mattern, Linda Huibregste, Joy Dulmes, Paul Jumes

Uncle Thomas – Mary Wagner

Little Eva – Lisa Somodi

Little Topsy – Suzanne DeMars

Eliza – Elaine Jumes

Guards – Brian Kelm, John Kloosterboer

Simon – Debra Sabol

Dogs – Greg Margrett, Jeff Margrett

Angel – Susan Kilton

Buddha – Kevin Zimmermann

Production Staff

Directed & Designed by: Robert R. Dippel

Musical Director: Glen Holmer

Vocal Director: Charlotte Chusid

Choreographer: Deborah Schlehlein

Stage Manager: Gail Bahrs

Costume Design: Pat VonRautenkranz

Light Design: Don Zastrow

Master Electrician: Rob Jameson

Sound Design: Dick Pool

Properties: Betty Segor

Make-Up Design: Mary Braun

Master Carpenter: Pal Scahill

Cover Art: Roger Lahm

Orchestra

Director/ Piano: Glen Holmer

Piano: Wayne Wildman

Bass: Jeff Jaeckels

Percussion: Mike Fischer