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June 6, 2001
 
WATERMAN SUMMER THEATRE
PRESENTS 'THE KING AND I'
OSWEGO -- SUNY Oswego's Waterman Summer Theatre will present Rogers and Hammerstein's "The King and I" from July 18 to 22 in Waterman Theatre of Tyler Hall. The famed musical will be under the direction of Ron Medici of Oswego's theatre faculty and the musical direction of Julie Pretzat of Oswego's music faculty.
This summer's production will be the last for Medici. His first project upon arriving at Oswego in 1979 was undertaking the production of "The King and I" and, coincidentally, the same show will mark his departure.
"The King and I" will run at 8 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday and close with a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday. Tickets will go on sale at the Tyler Hall box office beginning Monday, June 11, at 10 a.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and students, and $8 for children under 12. A family package for two adults and two children is available for $35.
The popular pre-theatre buffet will again be offered Thursday and Friday at 6 p.m. in The Forum in Hewitt Union. The buffet will have an Asian flair to complement the production. Tickets for the show and buffet are $28 for adults, $26 for senior citizens and students, and $24 for children under 12.
Anastasia Meehan, a student at Oswego, has been cast in the role of Anna, while Tom Naomi of Fulton will play the King. The parts of Louis and the Prince will be played by Marc Haynes and Matt Dengler.
Cast as wives are Rebecca Hamlin, Alice Massimi, Paige Stanley, Jennifer Giannetto, Danielle DeGone, Rachel Reubens, Lorrie Anderson, Laura Mandanas, Laura Taverni and Katherine Baer.
Local youths taking part in the musical are Andrew Barron, Casey Nelson, Richard Mandanas, Stefan Merchant, Dustin Kavanaugh, Greg Reynolds, Jessica Donovan, Emily Merchant, Miriam Carvalho, Emily Pitcher, Kim Markowski, Roopa Bhopale, Alison Vanouse, Tess Korbesmeyer and Sam Purdy.
Additional roles include Mark Mirabito as Kralahome, Ben Merchant as Edward Ramsey and Patty Tyrie as Lady Thiang.
Michaeleen Melita will serve as costume designer, with William Russell Stark Sr. designing the scene and lighting. Designs for this summer's visual interpretation are based on the work of John Mincher, professor emeritus of theatre at Oswego. Mincher's designs were used in the 1979 Summer Lyric Theatre's production of "The King and I."
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the musical. "The King and I" opened March 29, 1951, at the St. James Theatre on Broadway. Half a century later, its popularity still resonates with generations of audiences.
For more information on Waterman Summer Theatre or reservations to "The King and I," call the Tyler Hall box office at 312-2141 or e-mail tylerbxo@oswego.edu.
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