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Getting To Know... Rodgers & Hammertstein's The King and I

Anna is a widow from England, and he is the King of Siam. When Anna travels to Siam to teach his many children and wives, the two find themselves in an unlikely friendship.

  • Short Musical
  • Backing Tracks, Drama
  • 60 minutes

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

  • Performance Group:
  • Youth Groups, Jr High/Primary, Community Theatre, Elementary School / Primary

In 1862, an English widow, Anna Leonowens, and her young son arrive at the Royal Palace in Bangkok, Siam, 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 for pre-high school students, 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 and your students will be enchanted by the timeless story and the dazzling score, while at the same time learning about theater and its production.


  • Casting: 6M, 4F
  • Casting Attributes: Ensemble cast, Room for Extras, Roles for Multicultural Casting, 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.

    The King and I takes place in Siam during the early 1860s, and the roles should be cast accordingly.
  • Chorus Size: Large

  • The King and I is inspired by the novel Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon and is based on the lives of real people. The story takes place in Siam during the early 1860s in and around the Royal Palace. Many of the characters are Siamese or from surrounding countries and of Asian heritage. The actors should be cast accordingly. The use of make-up or prosthetics to alter an actor’s ethnicity is prohibited.

    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

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    1 x Vocal Book

    $24.00
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    1 x Piano/Vocal Book
    1 x Production Guide
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