Tuesday, June 30, 2009

In the Wings: The King and I. Meet Shellie Johnson.

Shellie Johnson portrays Lady Thiang in The King and I, the Civic Under the Stars production of the 2009-2010 season of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

Shellie auditioned for the show because "it always has been dear to me. The soundtrack was one of the only 8-track tapes that my parents had in the car when I was younger. The score is some of the first music I heard a lot. I also have memories of listening to the music when my oldest daughter was just a toddler; my mother often danced with her to the song 'Shall We Dance,' which made my daughter smile."

Shellie explained that Lady Thiang is the king's head wife.

"Lady Thiang is absolutely devoted to the king and wants to further his purpose in Siam," she said. "She is his absolute servant, and she is in charge whenever he is not around."

Shellie concluded by explaining what she thinks audience members will take away from a performance of the show.

"The music and lyrics by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II will stick with the audience after a performance," she said. "Also, if audience members are interested in world history, they might decide look into this historic period more because a lot of questions are raised."

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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