Choral & Classroom

The King and I - Getting To Know Collection


Music by Richard Rodgers

Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Based on Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon

Originally Choreographed by Jerome Robbins

Overview / Synopsis

The Getting To Know Series: Uniquely adapted musicals specifically for youth performers. East versus West makes for a dramatic, richly textured and ultimately uplifting tale of enormous fascination. It is 1862 in Siam when an English widow, Anna Leonowens, and her young son arrive at the Royal Palace in Bangkok, having been summoned by the King to serve as tutor to his many children and wives. The King is largely considered to be a barbarian by those in the West and he seeks Anna's assistance in changing his image, if not his ways. With both keeping a firm grip on their respective traditions and values, Anna and the King grow to understand and, eventually, respect one another, in a truly unique love story. In this adaptation for pre-high school students, the content has been edited to better suit younger attention spans, but all the magic and beauty of the original are still in place. You and your students will be enchanted by the timeless story and the dazzling score, while at the same time learning about theater and its production.

Run Time: Approximately 50-70 minutes

Perusal Pack - HL00138308 $15.00

Production Pack - HL00138300 $650.00

This Production Pack includes:

  • Production Guide
    • Includes:
    • Performance/Accompaniment CD
    • Choreography DVD
    • Media Resources Disc
  • Piano/Vocal Score
  • 30 Student Scripts
  • Instant Digital Download
Individual Components

00138301 - Piano/Vocal Score $50.00

00138302 - Student Script $10.00

00138303 - Student Script 10-pak $50.00

00138304 - Production Guide $50.00

00138305 - Guide to Choreography and Staging DVD $25.00

00138306 - Vocal Tracks CD $25.00

00138307 - Accompaniment Tracks CD $50.00

00138308 - Perusal Pack $15.00

00138309 - Digital Resources Disc $25.00

Special Feature: Digital Downloads!

Once you have been approved for a license, you will receive an email from the Rodgers & Hammerstein organization welcoming you to the Getting To Know... family. This email will include a download link for the following digital resources:

  • Audition-ready materials, including ready-to-print, show-specific audition music, scenes, and even specially created audition accompaniment tracks (Audition accompanist optional!)
  • Show-specific information, including a music cue sheet, props list, scene-by-scene set breakdown, a list of costumes by character, and official show artwork
  • A digital copy of the Production Guide, which you can use on your tablets and mobile devices
  • A complete set of Vocal Tracks for the show - start your rehearsals now!
By accessing these digital resources, you can begin the process of planning your show, and even hold auditions.

New Production Pack Resources:

iTheatrics built on the strength of the original Getting To Know... resources and brought them up to date with the best practices from the field. Materials are streamlined and consist of:

  • Production Guide
  • Student Scripts
  • Piano/Vocal Score
  • Accompaniment and Vocal Tracks
  • Guide to Choreography and Staging DVD
  • Digital Resources Disc.
This means fewer physical books for you to carry. It also means that the resources you need most in rehearsals like Vocal Tracks and the Production Guide can be uploaded onto your mobile device. Forgot your Production Guide? No worries, you can now access it on your iPad. This is an industry first, and something that will make putting on a show with young people even better!

I Whistle A Happy Tune

[Anna and Louis]

The March of Siamese Children


Getting to Know You

[Anna, Wives, Children]

We Kiss In a Shadow

[Lun Tha, Tuptim]

A Puzzlement


Home Sweet Home - The Royal Bangkok Academy


Something Wonderful

[Lady Thiang, Butri, Thara, Samorn]

Small House of Uncle Thomas - Introduction


Arrival in Canada

[Tuptim and Children]

Shall We Dance? (Part 1)

[Anna, King]

Shall We Dance? (Part 2)

[Anna, King]

Shall We Dance? (Part 3)


Finale Ultimo


The King

The King is an imposing ruler. Having been born to his royal position and educated only in preparation for the throne, his range of experience is very limited. He has a commanding presence, speaks forcefully, stands solidly on both feet, can be extremely gruff in expressing himself, while also having a keen sense of humor.

Anna Leonowens

Anna Leonowens is an English schoolteacher who is intelligent, poised, strong-willed and cultured. Her husband died six years ago leaving her with a young son. A well-educated and patient teacher, she expresses her opinions in a polite but firm manner.

Lady Thiang

Lady Thiang is the King's head wife and mother of Prince Chulalongkorn. She is dignified, humble, dependable and efficient.

Louis Leonowens

Louis Leonowens is Anna's son. He is smart and inquisitive, open to and fascinated by new experiences. His father died several years ago and he is very close to and protective of his mother, with whom he has a very strong relationship.

Prince Chulalongkorn

Prince Chulalongkorn is the King's oldest son and heir to the throne. Like his father before him, he has been groomed to be king since birth. He is supremely confident in himself, even a bit arrogant and stubborn.

The Kralahome

The Kralahome holds a very important position within the Royal Palace as the King's most trusted advisor and confidant. He has served the King faithfully for many years, having earned his trust and respect, and he is very protective of the King.


Tuptim is a teenage girl from Burma who has been sent to be a slave in the Royal Palace. She speaks English well and loves to read. Tuptim has great determination and is willing to take risks to get what she wants.

Lun Tha

Lun Tha is a young emissary for the Prince of Burma, and as such is educated and responsible. He is very much in love with Tuptim and would do anything to protect her, but this love causes him to be foolhardy.

Sir Edward Ramsay

Sir Edward Ramsay is an extremely dignified and cultured British diplomat. Although he has come to Siam to determine whether or not the King is a barbarian, he is open-minded, gracious and warm.

Princess Ying Yaowalak

Princess Ying Yaowalak is one of the King's youngest daughters. She will grow up to be Ying, the narrator of the story. She's a delightful, eager little girl who is extremely fond of Anna and heartbroken at the thought of losing her.

Captain Orton

Captain Orton is a middle-aged Englishman who has spent his life working on the sea. He has probably never seen a single woman with a child travel along on such a long voyage, as Anna and Louis have, and is therefore especially concerned for their well being.