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By Ira Liebowitz

Working on the maxim, "Never argue with success," (Oklahoma and South Pacific), Barry Kaplan offered "The King and I" to an eager camp, one which awaited, anticipated, and received an inspiring, entertaining presentation.

The historic tale of an English schoolteacher and her experiences with the King of Siam is classic in its beauty. When set to music by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, the story attained even greater significance due to the grandeur of the words and music.

The production is now history, its memory to remain forever. While we at Ranger have only relative amateurs as far as performing is concerned, the great musical was treated with all due respect when presented by the senior boys and girls. Its beauty was retained, its values highlighted, and all its greatness pointed out in a stimulating evening.

In the role of the quaint yet dignified Anna, Andy Horowitz delivered a highly effective image. Singing beautifully and speaking graciously, she provided all viewers with a truly fine performance. As the paradoxical, insurmountable Siamese ruler, Mel Goodman gave what will certainly be regarded as one of the outstanding characterizations in the history of the Playhouse. Molding with firmness, speaking with might, he recreated the famous image that has always been of such great significance to followers of the theater. The performance was ideal and captivating.

Giving excellent support to these two or Tommy Hess as Anna's son Louis, Merle Braunstein as the understanding Lady Thiang, Harold Leff as the king's "right hand man," and Barry Goldstein as the king's heir.

The story requires but little retelling, its name having reached a pinnacle already. Anna has been called to Siam for the purpose of teaching the king's children. In the process of doing so, however, she must deal with the whims and ways of the king, a strange, proud man unwilling to accept any principles other than his own. How she gradually manages to reach him is the subject of this fine play, supplemented by such memorable tunes as "Getting to Know You," "Something Wonderful," "March of the Siamese Children," and "Whistle a Happy Tune."

"The King and I" is certainly not a simple production. Camp Ranger, nevertheless, cannot help but offer all those connected with its presentation one grand, heartfelt round of applause for treating a great play with true dignity.

CAST

Louis .......... Tom Hess
Anna ........... Andy Horowitz
Mr. Lahome ..... Harold Leff
Tumtim ......... Carol Hoochman
Chulalongkorn .. Barry Goldstein
Orton ........ David Lapidus
Interpreter .. Richie Halpern
King ......... Mel Goodman
Lady Thiang .. Merle Braunstein
Guard ........ Andy Simmons

WIVES: Roberta Bergofin, Nancy Wasserstrom, Nancy Grossman, Tina Zitman, Barbara Flamm, Pat Satz, Tama Topf
CHILDREN: Jill Braunstein, Joan Grossman, Robin Peck, Sue Hoffman, Carol Weidman, Jane King, Harlan Ellis, Amy Marks, June Tanenblatt, Robin Weinberg, Sue Brody, Nancy Kaplan, Ann Tanenblatt, Estelle Lurie

PRODUCED & DIRECTED BY Barry Kaplan
SCENERY BY Howie Greenberg
PROPS BY Ronnie Braunstein and Lois Chizner
MUSIC BY Steve Nevitt
PROGRAM BY Sue Hoffman
SPOTLIGHT BY Arlene Reiser