Art Talk Monday: The King and I

This week's Art Talk Monday is written by Tracy Calloway, Board President of Ruston  Community Theatre. Read below for the scoop on this week's performance of The King and I.

Starting July 11th, Ruston Community Theatre will present the Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical, The King and I.  This musical has proven to be RCT’s largest production to date with no less than 70 cast and king and i postercrew participating in the production.  Due to the success of our last two musicals, Annie in 2011 and Annie Get Your Gun in 2012, and due to the demand for more performances, we have decided to have six performances of The King and I instead of our normal four.  Production dates will be July 11, 12, and 13 at 7:00pm, a 2:00pm matinee on July 14, and two more performances on July 18 and 19 at 7:00pm.

This will be RCT’s third annual musical as part of the Gale and Lucy Chumley Classical Musical Theatre Series.  In 2010, the Chumley daughters, Barbara Chumley and Audrey Chumley-Sullivan, presented RCT with a monetary gift in memory of their parents.  This gift allows RCT to produce an annual musical for the next 10-15 years.  RCT is grateful to the Chumley family for their contributions to theatre and the arts in Ruston.

Dee Alexander will, once again, handle directorial duties with musical help from Jeanne Patterson, John Mitchell, Matt Cardenas, and Sandy Lassiter.  Jane Petrus and Jane Wallace are partnering as stage managers.  Jim Young will be the sound director while Don Stevens will handle light design.  Also, enough cannot be said about Karen Pittman and her team, who are responsible for the almost one hundred costumes needed.

The scale of this production has highlighted the word “Community” in Ruston Community Theatre.  There are the over seventy cast and crew from the community, nearly half of which are RCT first-timers.  The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer provided RCT with rehearsal space for most of June.  Also, countless people have loaned costume pieces, set pieces, and props.

I encourage everyone to come enjoy the sights and sounds of The King and I at the Dixie Center for the Arts starting next week.  See you there!