Kids' Commute: The King and I - Getting to Know You

May 12, 2015

Learn about the musical, "The King and I" this week on Kids' Commute!

This weekend, Interlochen Arts Academy is putting on the musical, The King and I

To celebrate, Kate Botello is walking us through five of her favorite parts of the Rodgers and Hammerstein show, on Kids’ Commute.

The King and I, is based on the 1944 novel, Anna and the King of Siam, by Margaret Landon.  Turns out that novel was based on the diaries of a lady named Anna Leonowens, who was a schoolteacher from England in the early 1860’s. Anna was hired by King Mongkut of Siam (now Thailand) to teach scientific, and modern knowledge to his many royal children.

Today, we are going to hear Anna teach her first lesson to the royal children. 


The children have never met a stranger before, or anyone else who doesn’t live in the royal palace with them. So, Anna’s first lesson is to teach the children is how to make friends! 

Now, in the movie clip below, Deborah Kerr is playing the role of Anna. However, it is Marni Nixon who sings all the songs in the film. That’s right, Marni Nixon is so talented that she can sing, and still imitate Deborah Kerr's speaking voice. Pretty cool, huh!?

Can you notice how similar any difference between Anna’s speaking voice, compared to her singing voice?

Music piece for today:
Getting to Know You by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, performed by Deborah Kerr and Marni Nixon 

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