Monday, June 29, 2009

In the Wings: The King and I. Meet Rob Spaulding, the director.

Rob Spaulding directs The King and I, the Civic Under the Stars production of the 2009-2010 season of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

Rob was attracted to directing the show because of its scope.

"It's a wonderful show with a wide range of different things that go on. There are so many different elements to the show," he said.

Rob also portrays the king in the production. He complimented volunteers who have taken on duties during the rehearsal process to work on details about blocking, characterization and other performance elements while he acts onstage alongside the rest of the cast.

He concluded by explaining what he hopes audience members will take away from the show.

"I want the audience to have a real sense of enjoyment and pleasure," he said. "This story has an uncommon, bittersweet ending but before that I want the audience to have a sense of wonder and some cultural understanding. This is a massive production with a 30-piece orchestra and the Lafayette Ballet Company doing a real ballet in the context of the show, and we're looking to give the audience an all-around good theatrical experience."

The King and I runs July 10, 11, 17 and 18 at the Tippecanoe County Amphitheatre on State Road 43. Shows begin at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for youth aged 18 and under.

For more information about the show or to order tickets, please call 765-423-7529 or visit Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's Web site.

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