The King and I: Classic Tony-Winning Musical from Camarillo Community Theatre
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Parts of the show were superb, and parts were less so. Hence, the four stars.
The female lead was excellent. She would be a star in any production; both her singing voice and her expressive acting talent were really top-drawer. She alone was worth the price of admission.
Others in the cast were less able, and that made the production less enjoyable. It was hard for me to hear the words sometimes -- I sat closer to the stage after intermission, and that helped a lot. Both the English and the Siamese boys weren't very good, and the male lead ... well, he's no Yul Brynner (but then, who is?). The set wasn't very, uh, palatial.
I think they pulled off the Uncle Tom's Cabin scene very well (although the set for that wasn't very imaginative, either).
The romance between the young lovers wasn't believable/well-developed. The female actress in that role was very good, however, and male could have been really good too but he wasn't onstage very much. The play ran long (started near 8:00, ended at 10:50), so their roles really couldn't have been very much expanded. Perhaps the production would have been better served if that part of the play had just been cut entirely(?).
The musical accompaniment was via a synthesizer (?), and the electronic nature of the music just didn't fit the era of the play's setting. And the recorded Thai music preceeding the show, while well-intentioned, was horrible.
So, there's my review. I thought the play was worthwhile at the Goldstar price, but I'm not so sure that I'd readily pay the full fare for it.
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With all the little great theaters in ventura county, this was a dishearting experience as i love king and I. My love for the play was not enough to want to attend again or can recommend to others...It is either horribly under funded or too...continued
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Directed by Elissa Polansky
Musical Direction by Don Chase
Choreography by Eric R. Umali
The King & I is more than a tale of what happens when East meets West and cultures collide. Based in part on a true story, it takes place in 1860s Siam, when Anna Leonowens (Cynthia Stults) brings her young son with her to the court of King Mongkut (Marcel Licera) so she might tutor his wives and children in Western ways. Featuring Kristina Reyes and Luis Soto as the star-crossed lovers Tuptim and Lun Tha, and Juan Bowen as the Kralahome, stern taskmaster to King Mongkut.