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Getting To Know... The King and I

East versus West makes for a dramatic, richly textured and ultimately uplifting tale of enormous fascination.

  • Short Musical
  • Drama
  • 70 minutes

  • Time Period: 19th Century
  • Target Audience: Appropriate for all audiences
  • Set Requirements: Unit Set/Multiple Settings

  • Performance Group:
  • Youth Groups, Community Theatre

The Getting To Know Series: Uniquely adapted musicals specifically for youth performers. 

East versus West makes for a dramatic, richly textured and ultimately uplifting tale of enormous fascination. It is 1862 in Siam when an English widow, Anna Leonowens, and her young son arrive at the Royal Palace in Bangkok, having been summoned by the King to serve as tutor to his many children and wives.

The King is largely considered to be a barbarian by those in the West and he seeks Anna's assistance in changing his image, if not his ways. With both keeping a firm grip on their respective traditions and values, Anna and the King grow to understand and, eventually, respect one another, in a truly unique love story.

In this adaptation, the content has been edited to better suit younger attention spans, but all the magic and beauty of the original are still in place. You will be enchanted by the timeless story and the dazzling score, while at the same time learning about the theatre and its production. 

PLEASE NOTE: All schools wishing to peruse or perform a Getting To Know... musical should contact our office for more information. Community theatres and youth organizations should apply by clicking on the license button on the left. For questions related to Getting To Know... musicals, contact the ORiGiN™ Theatrical office.


  • Casting: 6M, 4F
  • Casting Attributes: Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Roles for Children
  • Casting Notes: Ying is the narrator of the story. This character has been created expressly for this adaptation and does not appear in the musical The King and I.

  • YING - the narrator
    CAPTAIN ORTON - a sea captain
    LOUIS LEONOWENS - Anna’s son
    ANNA LEONOWENS - an English schoolteacher
    THE INTERPRETER
    THE KRALAHOME - the King’s executive officer
    THE KING OF SIAM
    LUN THA - an emissary from Burma
    TUPTIM - a girl from Burma
    LADY THIANG - the King’s head wife
    PRINCE CHULALONGKORN - heir to the throne
    PRINCESS YING YAOWALAK - a royal daughter
    SIR EDWARD RAMSAY - a British diplomat
    CHORUS OF SAILORS
    PALACE GUARDS
    ROYAL WIVES AND ROYAL CHILDREN

    Characters in “The Small House of Uncle Thomas”:
    UNCLE THOMAS
    EVA
    TOPSY
    ELIZA
    KING SIMON OF LEGREE
    ANGEL / GEORGE
    SIMON'S SLAVES
    SIMON'S SOLDIERS
    SEARCH DOGS
    BUDDHA
    "RAIN STORM"
    "MOUNTAIN"
    "SNOWFLAKES"
    "FOREST"
    MUSICIANS

  • Name Price
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    1 x Lib-Vocal Book
    1 x Vocal Book

    $24.00
    Showkit Shipped upon receipt of a signed License Agreement and full payment of all invoices. This must be hired as a condition of the License to produce this show.

    2 x Director's Scripts
    1 x Director's Guide
    2 x Piano-Vocal Scores
    20 x Student Libretto-Vocal Books
    1 x Study Guide
    1 x Performance/Accompaniment CD
    1 x Choreography Video
    10 x Chorus Books

    $895.00