Bekasi – On Thursday 21 November 2019 at The Amani Palladium Theatre, The London School of Public Relations Transpark, Juanda Bekasi, LSPR Teatro presented the 18th LSPR Teatro production entitled ‘The King and I’ an adaptation from the book ‘Anna and The King of Siam’ by Margaret Landon. The performance was attended by a varied audience, especially LSPR students. It was held for 4 days from 21 – 24 November 2019, with music by Richard Rodgers, and books and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II.

King Siam and Anna Leonowens

The success of ‘The King and I’ production was also due to the hard work of Michelle as Production Manager, Justine Sapphira as Assistant Production Manager, and Bartolomeus K. Putra as Director. Guidance was provided by Mr. Aldy Inzaghi, S.I.Kom as the Executive Producer, Mr. Gerardo Tanor, S.I.Kom as Head of Creative and support from Mrs. Patricia Vicky Sihombing as General Director.

King Siam and Anna Leonowens

The King and I Theatre production is about a teacher from England named Anna Leonowens who arrived in Siam Bangkok at the request of the King of Siam to teach his children. After a few days, the King of Siam received a present from the King of Burma, a beautiful slave girl named Tuptim, to become one of his wives. Tuptim was escorted by Lun Tha, a scholar who came to copy the design of a temple. Both of them secretly fell in love and decided to leave the kingdom of Siam. The departure of Tuptim and Lun Tha caused great anger to the king, so in the end they separated. At the same time, Anna and the King were at loggerheads, which caused Anna to return back to her country. After several months passed, Anna received a letter from the kingdom saying that the king was dying because of his failure to deal with the various problems in his life. The production ended with the death of the king.

Tuptim and Lun Tha

The King of Siam was played by Dimas Rehand Arends, Anna Leonowens by Cantika Citra Alisa, and Tania Luthfina as Tuptim. The theatre production was packaged as a musical drama with several comedy scenes added, with the sound quality and roles well represented. The production was a resounding success right up to the last day of performance.

Article by Putri Syifa Salsabila, Sherin Arisia

Photo by Alip Putera Bangsa