Mt. Hebron's `King and I' involves over 100 students

Play is being performed today through Saturday

Howard Live

November 06, 2003|By Caitlin O'Grady | Caitlin O'Grady,SUN STAFF

More than 100 students have been involved in Mount Hebron High School's fall production of The King and I, drama teacher Tom Sankey says.

The production will be performed at 7:30 p.m. today, tomorrow and Saturday in the school auditorium. The first performance was yesterday.

The cast includes children from nearby Waverly, St. John's Lane and Hollifield Station elementary schools. A few middle school pupils are also in the cast.

Lead roles are played by Arelle Oberlander, as Anna, and Scott Chanavoich, as the king. Sankey said he directed the play to emphasize the love story.

The King and I, by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, appeared on Broadway and has been made into motion pictures. It is the story of an English teacher, Anna, who goes to Siam, now Thailand, to tutor the king's children and develops a relationship with him.

"I feel like it shows the different cultures and the diversity that make up our community," Sankey said.

The hardest part of putting on the production, Sankey said, was trying to make it authentic to the period and culture. The production uses two sets: a ship and a palace.

Sankey said he chose the show because it is a beautiful story that he wanted to share with his students. "It's a good lesson to be willing to change for the betterment of human kind," Sankey said.

Mount Hebron is also planning to perform The Will Rogers Follies this school year, he said.

Tickets for The King and I are $8 and can be reserved by calling the school at 410-313- 2880.

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