Category: 2012-13 Season

The King and I

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Press Release
April 15, 2013

The Belleville Theatre Guild,
256 Pinnacle Street, Belleville
(613) 967-1442

Cast members, The King and I 
Front Row (L-R): Left to right: Sarah Vanberkel, Katy Nicholas, Isolbel Kyte, Regan Girard, Alex Pordham, Hannah McKillop, Meaghan Lattanzio, Aaron Dettlinger, Will Kyte, Brooke Ramsay, Christine Jensen-Bellwood, Sarah Dettlinger, Brayah Pickard, Angelina Coyle.
Back Row (L-R): Tom Higginbottom, Ben Jensen-Reid, Josiah Fillmore, Sean Scally, Daniel Beylerian, Randy Reid, Danielle Dettlinger, Braelyn Guppy, Mackenzie Windsor, Chanel Harrigan, Steve Forrester. Not present: Robin MacKinnon, Ellie Lindenberg, Nancy Garrod, Cameron Jardine, John O'Connor, Alison Temple, Marlisa Hows, Holly Flynn, Sebastian Schmalz, Jamieson Pickard, Emma Pinchin.

“Getting to Know You” at the Pinnacle Playhouse

Belleville: The many works of Rodgers and Hammerstein have amazed and enthralled audiences for decades. Closing off this year’s season at the Pinnacle Playhouse will be the enchanting The King and I. With a large and talented cast, director Moira Nikander-Forrester brings the Siamese royal court to the stage in this 1952 Tony Award-winning musical.

Loosely based on the novel Anna and the King by Margaret Landon, the musical is set in the lavish 19th century court of the King of Siam. In 1861, King Mongkut wrote to his Singapore agent asking him to find a British lady to be governess to his many children. Enter Anna Leonowens, who modernizes the education of the royal children while clashing with the King in a struggle over customs and culture.

Director Moira Nikander-Forrester says, “It is the glorious music and lyrics by Rodgers and Hammerstein that truly make this show a family favourite. The audience will recognize many popular tunes include Getting to Know You, Whistle a Happy Tune, Hello, Young Lovers, and Shall we Dance.”

“Our large 37-member cast is very talented and enthusiastic ranging in age from 3 to 70,” Moira continued. “The audience will recognize many BTG regulars among them, but we are very excited that a number of our lead actors are entirely new to our stage.”

Rehearsals for The King and I are in full bloom this spring at the Belleville Theatre Guild. Nikander-Forrester says, “Bringing this musical to life presents many challenges because a period piece of this sort requires costumes, hair, and makeup that are appropriate to the time and place in the world where it is set. As well, the movement of the actors and the dancers are things we are not familiar with, so much research was needed before any cutting, sewing, blocking, or choreographing could begin. Happily, everything is coming into the mix and the audience is in for a very special evening of entertainment.”

Our musical director, Dave Farmer, has contributed his usual high standard of vocal direction to our cast. The songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein will echo on the BTG stage in full harmony. The show will take the stage June 6th to 22nd at the Pinnacle Playhouse, with special previews on June 3rd and 4th.

Visit the BTG website at to find out more about this production, as well as our upcoming season. The theatre guild is proud to announce the five plays that comprise our 2013-2014 season, with descriptions, performance dates, and audition dates all listed on our website. New to the stage this year will be a children’s production taking place in December. Please visit our box office or visit the subscription page of our site for more information regarding subscriptions.

Be sure to catch The King and I early—you’re sure to want to see it twice! Tickets are $22.00 ($10.00 for students) and we offer thirteen performances from June 6th to 23rd, including two Sunday matinées. Show time is 8:00 p.m. for evening performances, and 2:00 p.m. for matinées. Discounted tickets are available for the previews on June 3rd and 4th. Call the box office at 613-967-1442, or order your tickets on-line.

The Belleville Theatre Guild offers elevator service right into the theatre, a barrier-free washroom, and room in the front row for wheelchairs and other mobility devices. See you at the Pinnacle Playhouse!

Submitted by
Erica Holgate