The King and I is a famous musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein, based on the diaries of Anna Leonowens who traveled to Thailand in the mid 1860s to act as an English teacher and governess for his Royal children. At first, Anna and the King don’t get along, yet over time they learn more about one another and gain a mutual respect and appreciation for both their cultures.
The actors, actresses, orchestra and choir members spent months preparing for this complex performance, committing themselves to staying late after school so that they could perfect their acting, singing, dancing and orchestral performance. While the play demanded much of their free time, the students remained committed to their academics as they also fulfilled requirements of the MYP project, Cambridge examinations, CNS projects and subject assessments.
While acting and music is a big part of a musical performance, the show could not have been successful without the help of a multitude of students and teachers who worked behind the scenes. The backstage crew ensured smooth transitions between scenes, the props crew created the atmosphere for each of the different scenes, the sound and lighting crew made sure that the actors and musicians could be seen and heard, the makeup and costume department provided beautifully colorful costumes and the ushers helped to manage the audience.
The long hours, dedication and collaboration of the students and staff involved with the musical all came together on the night of Saturday, 11 June, during the gala performance of The King and I. Amarta Hall was packed with students, staff, family members and members of the Bekasi community who were able to enjoy the magic of Rodger and Hammerstein’s The King and I. While the night of the actual performance has been and gone, the students who were involved in the play are certain to take away many lessons. They not only learned about the technical aspects of putting on a school production but they also learned so much about themselves and what they are able to achieve with hard work and dedication.
On behalf of The King and I directors, we are grateful for the opportunity to have worked with such a talented and dedicated group of students who put their heart and soul into presenting what most would agree was not only entertaining, but also an inspirational performance that will surely leave a lasting impression on all who were in attendance.