City Musical Theatre
THE KING AND I
Music by Richard Rogers; Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Director: Ed Harrington
Choreographer: Dolores Kirkwood Musical Directors: James Bryson & Lloyd Nicholson
Set Designer: Jean Claude Olivier
Massey Theatre: April 15 May 1, 1999
by Frank C. Scott
The King And I was a hit with the patrons of Royal City Musical Theatre: the full house loved the show giving a standing ovation at curtain time. RCMT is continuing their fine tradition of offering large-scale musicals of a professional caliber. In this production, talent of all sorts, from both cast and crew was clearly visible. This theatre company enriches New Westminster's cultural identity; but more importantly, it cultivates talent-- talent that most certainly will grace our professional stages in the future.
Of the ninety-some odd performers in this show, only three were professionals; all the rest were amateurs. No other community theatre company in Canada gives so many actors the opportunity to involve themselves in such large-scale productions, produced at such a high level of professionalism. What RCMT is doing is a very rare thing in this country. They deserve credit and thanks for being such leaders in the performing arts.
Debra da Vaughn and Tim Lau played the young lovers Tuptim and Lun Tha, and both captivated the audience with their strong, powerful voices when they sang "We kiss in a shadow" and "I have Dreamed." Of all the young rising stars in this production, these are the two to watch in the future.
Director Ed Harrington, Choreographer Dolores Kirkwood, and Musical Director Jim Bryson, have once again teamed up to prove why RCMT is considered one of the premier theatre groups in Canada. Congratulations to you all on your 10th anniversary.
The other star of this production, like any other Rogers & Hammerstein musical, is the technical side. Jean Claude Olivier's set, along with Chris Sinosich's costumes, and Gail Ruginis's makeup design, captured the perfect mix of lavish opulence. To see all those children so colourfully costumed having so much fun was a real joy.