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PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 14, 2007



Media Contacts:

Josh Roberts, Director of Marketing

(425) 392-1942 x129; jroberts@villagetheatre.org
Jennifer Rice, Rice Public Relations

(206) 285-5175; rice1234@yahoo.com



KING & I Features: Korean Pop Star King, CBS Reality-TV Star, Dozens of Adorable Kids
Everett and Issaquah, WA – Village Theatre continues its 2007-2008 Mainstage Season with The KING & I featuring Korean Pop Star – and Broadway veteran - Michael K. Lee as a charismatic, energetic and quite charming King. Beth DeVries lights up the stage as Anna, and fresh off the CBS Reality TV Series KID NATION, Mike Klinge stars as her son Louis. Dozens of area children ranging in age from 7 to 17 also enjoy the spotlight –perfect for the entire family this holiday season.
Set against a dazzling exotic backdrop, Rodgers and Hammerstein's Tony Award-winning classic is a stunning tale of learning to love and learning to change. West and East collide when Anna, a British school teacher, is commissioned to govern the King of Siam's many children. Clashing cultures eventually melt into enduring love as Anna and the King realize that people aren't always who they seem. With remarkable musical numbers like "Getting to Know You," "Something Wonderful," and "Shall We Dance?" THE KING & I is one of the most exquisite stories ever told.
What: The King & I

Music by Richard Rodgers


Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Based on Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon
Where: In Issaquah: Francis J. Gaudette Theatre

303 Front Street North

Issaquah, WA 98027

In Everett: Everett Performing Arts Center

2710 Wetmore Avenue

Everett, WA 98201
When: Issaquah Dates: November 14–January 6, 2008
Wednesdays through Saturdays: 8:00 PM

Sundays and selected Saturdays: 2:00 PM

Selected Tuesdays: 7:30 PM

Selected Sundays: 7:00 PM



Everett Dates: January 11–27, 2008 – ON SALE: 12/05/07

Wednesdays through Saturdays: 8:00 PM

Saturdays and Sundays: 2:00 PM

Sundays: 7:00 PM


Tickets: Issaquah:

$20-$55, Box Office (425) 392-2202 or (866) 688-8049



Everett:

$15-$49, Box Office (425) 257-8600 or (888) 257-3722



www.villagetheatre.org

Student & Military Rush: ½ price 30 minutes prior to curtain for any available seat. Group discounts available for groups of 10 or more.

MICHAEL K. LEE* (The King) Village Theatre credits: The Who's TOMMY (Tommy), Making Tracks (Dylan/Paul/Lucky Chuck/Dai- Lum), and The Wedding Banquet (Wai-Tung). Broadway credits: Pacific Overtures (Kayama), Jesus Christ Superstar (Simon Zealotes), Miss Saigon (Thuy), RENT (Steve). International credits: Miss Saigon (Chris) in Korea; They're Playing Our Song (Vernon) in the Philippines; A Twist of Fate (Richard) in Singapore. Please visit www.michaelklee.org. Graduate of Stanford University.
BETH DeVRIES* (Anna Leonowens) Village Theatre credits include: Fairystories, Snapshots, The Music Man, Secret Garden, Six Wives, and Cupid & Psyche. Favorite roles include Laura in Goblin Market at ACT, Lisa in Quilters at TAG, and Eve in Children of Eden at CLO. Beth is also involved in commercial work and voiceovers, and she just filmed the short movie Continuum
Mike Klinge (Louis Leonowens) is 12 years old, and in the seventh grade. He is thrilled to have his own role in a Village Theatre Mainstage production, after understudying the role of Randolph in last season’s Bye Bye Birdie. Past Village Theatre Kidstage roles include JoJo in Seussical and Gavroche in Les Misérables. You can currently see Mike on the CBS reality series Kid Nation.

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About Village Theatre
Based in Issaquah, WA, with operations in Everett, Village Theatre is a leading producer of musical theatre in the Pacific Northwest. Producing entertaining quality productions for the entire family since 1979, Village Theatre has grown into one of the region's best-attended Equity theatres, with over 17,000 subscribers and 170,000 projected total attendance each season. Through its Village Originals program, Village Theatre is nationally recognized for its contribution to the development of new musicals, having launched over 60 new works to date. Village Theatre also takes pride in nurturing tomorrow’s audiences through its youth education programs, Pied Piper and KIDSTAGE, serving over 53,000 young people, families, and schools annually.

 

Village Theatre season sponsors are The Boeing Company, Continental Airlines, Microsoft and Lombardi’s.


Village Theatre is also funded in part by 4Culture/King County Lodging Tax Revenue, ArtsFund, ArtsUnited, Bellevue Arts Commission, City of Everett, City of Issaquah, Freixenet/Deakin Estates, Issaquah Arts Commission, The National Endowment for the Arts, Northwest Suites, The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, PONCHO, The Shubert Foundation, Snohomish County Hotel/Motel Tax Fund, Standing Ovation, and Washington State Arts Commission.
Editor’s Notes:
Detailed King & I Cast List
The King Michael K. Lee*

Anna Beth DeVries*

Tuptim Jennifer Paz*

Lun Tha Christian Rey Marbella

The Kralahome/ King Cover Ben Gonio*

Lady Thiang Kim Varhola*

Wife/ Lady Thiang Cover Heather Apellanes

Wife Shannon Colcher*

Wife/ Tuptim Cover Melissa Ann Fleming

Wife Sarah Francis

Wife Maya Perkins*

Wife Kelly Mak*

Ensemble/ Dance Captain Daniel Cruz*

Ensemble/ Interpreter/ Kralahome Cover Joseph Tancioco

Ensemble Thanhdat Nguyen

Ensemble Trent Saunders

Ensemble Justin Ramsey

Ensemble/ Phra Alack/ Lun Tha Cover Manny Golez

Ensemble Mike Dela Cruz

Sir Edward/ Captain Cover Mathew Ahrens

Captain/ Sir Edward Cover Stephen Franklin Fogg

Louis Mike Klinge

Prince Bryan Djunaedi

Royal Child Alexandra Hildreth

Royal Child Emily Rudolph

Royal Child Josh Rudolph

Royal Child Emma Russell

Royal Child Emma Watanabe

Royal Child Luke Watanabe

Royal Child Cameron Wolf

Royal Child Clare Watanabe & Rachel Lau

Royal Child Samantha Yee & Jake Shin


*The Actors and Stage Managers are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.


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