The Holroyd Musical and Dramatic Society presented a production of “The King And I”. There were 6 shows in all, consisting of an evening show on a Friday and Saturday and a Matinee on a Saturday on the 14, 15, 21, 22 September 2007.
Tuptim was played by my daughter Celine. This is the third principal role in the play with the King and Anna as the first and second roles, of course.
The story of Tuptim is that of a Princess of Burma who was given as a gift to the King of Siam (Thailand), presumably to forge an alliance between these 2 kingdoms. However, Tuptim is in love with a Burmese man called Lun Tha who was also tasked by the King of Burma to escort Tuptim to Siam.
|This was the scene when Celine (Tuptim) first appears in the play. In this scene, she is presented to the King by the emissary Lun Tha. The King cursurly examined her and left.|
|In this scene, the Kralohome (Prime Minister of Siam) informs Tuptim that the King is pleased to have her as a gift.|
(BTW the costume used by Celine in these scenes was designed and sewn by her sister Jessica. She also worked backstage on these shows, looking after Celine’s make-up, hair and costume changes.)
|We Kiss in the Shadows|
In the story, Tuptim is already versed with the English language and has written play, an adoptation of an American Novel called Uncle Tom’s Cabin. When the King decided to host a ball for the visiting British dignitaries, Mrs. Anna suggested that the play be presented at the Theatre Pavillion. At the night of the ball, Lun Tha was ordered to leave Siam, a move that was meant to severe the relationship with Tuptim. Instead, Lun Tha arranged an escape with Tuptim.
|In these scenes, the couple sang I Have Dreamed. This is about their aspiration on how beautiful life is going to be after their escape.|
|They were interrupted by Anna who was looking for Tuptim as she was expected at the Theatre Pavillion for her presentation. Before heading off to the theatre, Tuptim bid Anna farewell, expecting that this was going to be their last meeting.|
|This was followed by the news that Lun Tha has been captured and was killed by the secret police. In this scene, the messenger informed the Kralanome, who was within hearing distance from Tuptim, that Lun Tha is dead.|
|Tuptim broke down and declared “Then I Shall Join Him” as she was dragged out of the scene, where she gave a blood curtling scream as she was being killed behind the scene.|