'The King and I' comes to Minot

MINOT, N.D. - The Western Plains Opera is bringing one of Rodgers and Hammerstein's all-time classics, "The King and I", to the small stage, and the Magic City will have the chance to experience it.

The cast and crew rehearsed for the big show at Ann Nicole Nelson Hall.

Nathan Brian, who plays the King Mongkut said, “'The King and I' is, to me, in the end 'The King and I' is about acceptance and love."

"Acceptance, understanding and forgiveness are huge, huge themes of the show," said Gabrielle Razafinjatovo.

The musical is a major collaborative effort including Minot State students, community members and children, and performers from as far as the West Coast.

Devera Bowles said, "Grandmother have called to say I love to sew, can I help you sew? And after I stopped crying tears of joy, it's really great. So it's a community experience."

Brian, who hails from Pasadena, Calif., says that to be a part of a cast like this is what makes his job so special. “The opportunities to get outside and come to places like this and preform with all of these kids, and this dance company, and all of these wonderful actors here in Minot is why we love doing this sort of thing," said Brian.

Razafinjatovo graduated from Minot State this past May, where she worked alongside professional actors. Now, she gets to take on her first lead role in a familiar place.

“We had a lot of opportunities to perform with Western Plains Opera. So those opportunities, if I look back and see like each of the roles I've played in those, I can see successively how my confidence has increased and just my comfort level onstage and with preparing a role," said Razafinjatovo

The King and I opens Thursday at 7:00 p.m. They will have four shows throughout the weekend.

Tickets are being sold on the Western Plains Opera website for $15-20.