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July 3, 2001
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OSWEGO -- Central New York audiences can make a date with a classic musical through the Waterman Summer Theatre's production of Rogers and Hammerstein's award-winning "The King and I," playing from July 18 to 22 at SUNY Oswego.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary, "The King and I" continues to entertain generations of audiences. "The exquisite costumes, choreography, the children and irresistible and challenging relationship between Anna and the king make this production such a crowd-pleaser," said director Ron Medici.
Evening performances will be at 8 p.m. July 18 to 21 with a 2 p.m. matinee performance Sunday, July 22. A pre-theatre buffet dinner will be held in The Forum at Hewitt Union on Thursday, July 19, and Friday, July 20, beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets are still available for all performances and both buffet dinners.
"The King and I" opened on Broadway March 29, 1951, at the St. James Theatre, where it ran for 1,246 performances. Further productions opened in 1977 and 1985 on Broadway, and a major Broadway revival was staged in 1996. "The King and I" has earned honors that include four Tony and six Academy awards.
Tom Nami, as the king, offers multiple skills for this production. "This may be one of the few times audiences will actually hear the king's role sung. Often directors cast a fine actor or a fine singer. Tom is strong in both areas," said Julie Pretzat, musical director for "The King and I."
"Kevin Keleher (Lun Tha) and Jen McNiven (Tuptim) are also fine young singers," Pretzat said. "Kevin is a fine young tenor who can sign a wide variety of musical styles from pop to classical." Both Keleher and McNiven participate in the College Choir, Chamber Singers and Solid State Singers.
Seating for the pre-theatre buffet is limited and early reservations are encouraged. Buffet items include Thai-style carrot and mango salad, hot and sour soup, roasted chicken with ginger and lime, Thai-spiced salmon, jasmine rice with lemon basil, hot and sour noodles, Asian vegetables with bean sauce and Thai rice pudding.
Tickets for "The King and I" and the buffet dinner are available through the Tyler Hall box office at SUNY Oswego. Box office hours are Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ticket requests can also be sent by e-mail to
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