The Graffham Rustics - at The Empire Hall Since 1951

The Graffham Rustics
Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society November 2008 production was Rodgers and Hammerstein’s
“The King and I”



Rogers and Hammerstein's Broadway musical is adapted from Margaret Landon's fact-based novel and the 1946 film Anna and the King of Siam. Not always wanting to stick too much to tradition, The Graffham Rustics have cast a female in the role of the King of Siam with Joanna Ooman playing the blustering, headstrong Siamese potentate who meets his match in the form of Anna Leonowens, played by Ruth Till, the prim and proper English widow he's hired to oversee the rearing of his huge, unruly flock of children. Jose Harrison, a southern area representative of the National Operatic and Dramatic Association has been invited by the Graffham Rustics to direct this presentation of The King and I, one of the most popular musicals in stage history. The delightful score, which won an Oscar in the famous film version starring Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr includes three perennial favourite show tunes: "I Whistle a Happy Tune," "Getting to Know You," and "Shall We Dance”