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REVIEW: Olney's 'King and I' dazzles sold-out audience
WASHINGTON SPEAKS • NOVEMBER 21, 2013 • BY Patricia Leslie
Christmas arrived early in Olney this season, sprinkling magic and royal entertainment by way of Olney Theatre Center's, The King and I.
How can you beat a gorgeous palace setting filled with smiling children, a king, a governess dressed in mid-1800s finery, and music to charm even the biggest Scrooge in the bunch?
East meets West and vice versa in Olney Theatre Center's holiday show The King and I and the production once again proves why this Rodgers and Hammerstein musical is so popular. It has an unbeatable score and a bevy of cute children like The Sound of Music but with a more complex story and exotic setting. For those unfamiliar with the plot, The King and I is loosely based on the true story of Anna Leonowens, who tutored the children of Mongkut, the King of Siam, for five years in the Siamese Grand Palace during the 1860s. Many of you will be familiar with the film version starring Deborah Kerr and Yul Brynner.
Olney Theatre Center is a proud partner of Barrie School.
Olney Theatre Center is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization. All programs are made possible by support from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County; the Maryland State Department of Education; and the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Arts.