Getting to Know... The King and I

Music by Rodgers, Richard

Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

The Getting To Know Series: Uniquely adapted musicals specifically for youth performers. East versus West makes for a dramatic, richly textured and ultimately uplifting tale of enormous fascination. It is 1862 in Siam when an English widow, Anna Leonowens, and her young son arrive at the Royal Palace in Bangkok, having been summoned by the King to serve as tutor to his many children and wives. The King is largely considered to be a barbarian by those in the West and he seeks Anna's assistance in changing his image, if not his ways. With both keeping a firm grip on their respective traditions and values, Anna and the King grow to understand and, eventually, respect one another, in a truly unique love story. In this adaptation for pre-high school students, the content has been edited to better suit younger attention spans, but all the magic and beauty of the original are still in place. You and your students will be enchanted by the timeless story and the dazzling score, while at the same time learning about theater and its production. Run Time: Approximately 50-70 minutes

Running approximately 70 minutes, Getting to Know ... THE KING AND I is the perfect show to introduce young people up through 9th grade to the wonders of live theater.

Basic Details
  •  Strong Role for a Leading Man
  • Strong Role for a Leading Woman
  • Roles for Children
  • Specific Minority Casting
  • Musical Drama
  • From the World of Literature
  • Social Themes
  • Period Piece/Historical
  • Classic Broadway
Total Cast: 13+
Female: 5
Males: 8
Cast List:
  • Captain Orton
  • Louis Leonowens
  • Anna Leonowens
  • Kralahome
  • Interpreter
  • The King of Siam
  • Phra Alack (the King’s secretary)
  • Lady Thiang (Wife, Mother)
  • Lun Tha
  • Tuptim
  • Prince Chulalongkorn (Child #7)
  • Princess Ying Yaowalak (Child #10)
  • Sir Edward Ramsay
  • Thara (Wife, Mother)
  • Butri (Wife, Mother)
  • Samorn (Wife, Mother)
  • Child #1 (female)
  • Child #2 (male)
  • Child #3 and Child #4 (twins)
  • Child #5 (male)
  • Child #6 (female)
  • Child #8 (female)
  • Child #9 (female)
  • Child #11 (female)
  • Child #12 (smallest, female)

Cast Members needed for Small House:

  • Uncle Thomas
  • Eva
  • Topsy
  • Eliza
  • Simon
  • Buddha
  • Angel (George)
  • Slaves
  • Dancers (Attendants and Dogs)


  • Guards (including Guard #1, Guard #2, Guard #3, Guard #4)
  • British Visitors
  • Seamstresses

Additional Ensemble Members can be added for:

  • Guards
  • Dancers
  • Wives
  • Children


  • Product Code: HL09970462
  • $650.00