Ponus Ridge Middle School student Plinio Chavez is watching Yul Bynner every night this week to prepare for his role in the Norwalk school's production of The King and I.
"I'm listening to his accent, and trying my best to walk like him. I watch the way he puts his hands on his hips and how he reacts," says the eighth-grader. You can attend Ponus' presentation of the Rogers and Hammerstein musical Friday, April 8, and Saturday, April 9, at 7:30 p.m.
Music director Maggie Tomasiewicz says the schools sixth annual production is a departure from the style of previous shows. "In the past we did comedies. This year, we decided to do something more emotional and dramatic.
Tomasiewicz says the students "stretched themselves as actors." She also says that they rented "beautiful" costumes that add to the quality of the production.
As part of a school fundraiser for cancer last week, Plinio shaved his head, as did a few other cast members. He said it made him become more like the king with the smooth crown. "The timing of the fundraiser worked well for us," said Tomasiewicz. Plino plans to get another close head shave just before the performance.
Tickets cost $5 for students and $8 for adults and can be purchased at the door. Ponus Middle School is located at 21 Hunters Lane, Norwalk.
Do you have children in the cast or crew? Are you planning to attend The King and I?
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