News Column

Don't miss 'The King and I'

July 17, 2014

By Lisa Boykin Batts, The Wilson Daily Times, N.C.

July 17--Audiences have only four chances to see "The King and I" opening tonight at the Boykin Center, so don't miss it.

The summer theater production presented by the Arts Council of Wilson includes the elements that made the Rogers and Hammerstein musical so popular: beautiful music with a live orchestra, period costumes, gorgeous sets and an endearing story of a British widow, Anna, who travels to Siam to teach and Westernize the king's many children.

"It's just great," director Jeremy Tucker said of the show. "This cast has gone above and beyond. I know that Wilson will have its expectations exceeded."

Tucker said he's wanted to do this show for years. He remembers seeing it performed in Wilson when he was around 9 years old. It caught his attention on stage and when he watched the movie with his grandfather.

"I've been fascinated with this story and the music and the themes of the show," he said.

There are so many highlights to the musical, including the song "Getting to Know You," when Anna, played by Leanne Bernard, is working with the children, and "Shall We Dance," when Anna and the king, played by Curtis Campbell, dance across the stage -- she in a lovely ball gown, he in elegant Siamese attire in the style of the mid-1800s.

This is the fourth year of the revised summer stage shows. Tucker said audiences have grown to expect big things from the summer shows, and the actors and crew work hard to deliver that.

Tucker said the show has been a good experience for him, having the opportunity to work with both seasoned actors as well as newcomers to the stage.

He said he enjoys seeing the story come to life and sharing it with a community that supports theater.

If you want to attend one of the shows, you should plan to buy tickets in advance. Summer shows usually sell out, and advance tickets are disappearing quickly.

"The King and I" will be presented tonight through Saturday at 7:30 and Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Boykin Center, 108 W. Nash St.

Tickets are $13 for adults/ $10 for students and seniors and can be purchased online at or at the Wilson Arts Center, 291-4329. -- 265-7810


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