All text and photos by: Jen Cowart
Immaculate Conception Catholic Regional School is about to christen its new Performing Arts Center with their first dramatic production of “The King and I.”
The show, directed by theater teacher Beverly Hopkins, will kick off on April 30 at 7 p.m. There will be two shows each day on Saturday and Sunday, one at 2:30 and one at 7 p.m.
“I think this is going to be a very good show,” said sixth-grader Max Derderian. “It’s going to be a lot more professional than in other years.”
Derderian explained that open auditions were held, and any student in grades five through eight who tried out was given a part. Younger siblings were given additional parts in order to fulfill the roles of the small children in the production.
On top of learning lines, Hopkins said the students were expected to learn songs and dance routines for the show.
“There’s a lot of choreography. They all had two left feet to start, now they have it all together,” she said. “They all tell me they have the songs stuck in their heads.”
Fifth grade teacher Patrice Beverly noted that the show is very colorful, thanks in large part to the costumes.
Hopkins said some of the costumes were donated from parents and some she found in second-hand stores. For the Civil War era dresses for the lead role of Anna Leonowens – played by Adriana Cancelliere – Hopkins had to do some searching.
Tickets for the show are available through the school. The cost of the tickets is $10 for adults and $5 for kids in the eighth grade and under.
For more information, call Immaculate Conception Catholic Regional School at 942-7245.