Friday, July 3, 2009

In the Wings: The King and I. Meet Jodie Schlatter.


Jodie Schlatter portrays Anna Leonowens in The King and I, the Civic Under the Stars production of the 2009-2010 season of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

Jodie has performed the role of Anna before. She enjoys the role because like Anna she is a teacher and loves children. She has done a lot of research about Anna, including reading about her experiences in Siam.

"Anna had four children, but two of them died as did her husband," Jodie said. "Anna had to have a job. The king of Siam wanted an English-speaking teacher and she traveled to Siam to teach his children. She then learned that she was expected to live in the palace, which she didn't want. What really affected me was learning that she really improved the lives of the people of Siam."

Jodie concluded by explaining what an audience will take away from a performance of the show.

"The audience will be affected by the story," she said. "The relationship between Anna and the king is complex – sometimes they enjoy one another's company, sometimes they hate each other. The story of their relationship will affect the audience. I also hope the audience will realize that there is good talent in Lafayette, that we can create a worthwhile evening of entertainment in this area."

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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