Pequot Lakes Community Theatre debuts its first production of the season with "The King and I."

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.

The cast is composed of 21 local community members. Some names people might recognize from past productions, and others will make their community theatre debut with this performance. The cast includes Karla Johnson (Anna Leonowens), Jesse Brutscher (The King), Brianna Engels (Lady Thiang), Nicole Rothluetner (Tuptim), Noah Barnhart (Lun Tha), Josiah Sescher (Prince Chulalongkorn), Marc Olipant (The Kralahome), Caleb Prince (Louis Leonowens), Isaak Anderson (Sir Edward Ramsay), CJ Anderson (Captain Orton) and Phylipe Bell (Phra Alack/Interpreter).

The ensemble is composed of Amelia Dvorak, Gianna Sescher, Eli Sescher, Nicholas Sescher, Megan Loukota, Grace Loukota, Sarah Maroney, Isabel Pence, Thomas Salut and Ronnie Villa.

With music by Richard Rogers and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein, "The King and I" opens Friday, Oct. 4, and runs through Sunday, Oct. 13. Tickets can be purchased through the Community Education Box Office by calling 218-568-9200 or by going to and clicking the "Buy Tickets" button to choose a date and seat.