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June 21, 2001
OSWEGO --The enchanting tale of Anna and the King of Siam will come to life in Oswego State University’s portrayal of Roger and Hammerstein’s "The King and I" July 18 to 22 in Waterman Theatre. This year celebrates the 50th anniversary of "The King and I".
"The King and I" is directed by Ron Medici and under the musical direction of Julie Pretzat. The role of the King will be played by Tom Nami of Fulton, vocal director at Fulton High School with music theatre experience in both Oswego and Syracuse. "This may be one of the few times audiences will actually hear the King’s role sung," says Julie Pretzat, musical director for "The King and I."
Anna will be portrayed by Anastasia Meehan, a theatre and English major at Oswego State University. Meehan has sung with the Oswego College Choir and the Solid State Singers.
Other musical talents include Matt Dengler who is playing the part of Louis. Dengler has sung for the past three summers with the Waterman Summer Theatre and is a member of the Syracuse Children’s Choir.
Oswego State produced "The King and I" in 1979 on Waterman Theatre. The show was Ron Medici’s first directing effort at Oswego and fittingly will be his last.
Also contributing to the show are Marc Haynes as the prince, Mark Mirabito as Kralahome; Ben Merchant as Edward Ramsey; Patty Tyrie as Lady Thiang; Jen McNiven as Tuptim; Kevin Keleher as Lun Tha; and Sam Purdy as a monk.
Wives will be played by Rebecca Hamlin, Paige Stanley, Jennifer Giannetto, Danielle DeGone, Rachel Reubens, Lorrie Anderson, Laura Mandanas, Laura Taverni, Katherine Baer, Alison Vanouse and Tess Korbesmeyer.
Youngsters Andrew Barron, Casey Nelson, Richard Mandanas, Stefan Merchant, Dustin Kavanaugh, Jessica Donovan, Emily Merchant, Miriam Carvalho, Emily Pitcher, Kim Markowski, and Roopa Bhopal have been cast in children’s roles.
Tickets for "The King and I" are currently on sale at the Tyler Hall Box Office. Tickets can be purchased by calling the box office at 312-2141 or by email to Box office hours are Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The popular pre-theatre buffet will again be held at the Forum Restaurant on Thursday, July 19 and Friday, July 20. An Asian theme is being planned for the meal.
Seating for the buffet is limited and early reservations are encouraged. Tickets for the buffet and show are $28 for adults, $26 for seniors and students and $24 for children under 12.
For more information on "The King and I" please call the Tyler Hall Box Office at 312-2141 or visit
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