Auditions will be held for the Pequot Lakes Community Theatre production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s "The King and I" at 6:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, July 29 and 30, in the Pequot Lakes High School auditorium.

Performances will be Oct. 4-6 and 11-13.

Be prepared to sing, read from the script and learn fundamental dance moves. The choreographer is Stephanie White.

"The King and I" is set in the early 1860s, and concerns Anna Leonowens, a teacher who is hired to instruct the many children of the King of Siam, and the conflicts that arise when Eastern and Western cultures interact.

Director Michael Sander said: “Anyone familiar with the show or the movie knows that most of the characters are Eastern. In more than 15 years of directing productions in the Brainerd lakes area, I have seen auditions from very few actors of Asian descent, but I know that there must be some of you out there. If you, or anyone you know, is of Asian descent and is interested in performing, please come to the auditions or contact me at 218-587-4728 or at sandwood@uslink.net. This should not discourage anyone else from auditioning - all roles are open, and this will be a truly Technicolor production.”

The characters are as follows: Anna Leonowens, could be from 30 to mid-50s, strong-willed but still a romantic, sings many songs, but need not be a great singer; The King, a man of power and intellect, but with a barbaric edge; Lady Thiang, the King’s head wife, dignified peacemaker, sings “Something Wonderful”; Tuptim, slave who longs for independence, high soprano; Lun Tha, Tuptim’s secret lover, baritone; The Kralahome, prime minister who resents Anna’s interference; Louis Leonowens, Anna’s son, could be anywhere from 8 to 14; Prince Chulalongkorn, heir to the throne, could be anywhere from 8-14; Phra Alack, the royal scribe; Sir Edward Ramsay, British diplomat; Captain Orton, British sea captain; numerous royal children, wives, guards and servants.

Anyone unable to attend either audition date should get in touch with Michael Sander at 218-587-4728 or sandwood@uslink.net to arrange an alternate time.