Do you love musicals? Do you like learning about other cultures? Join us as we journey to the Orient for an adventure in royalty, love, and tragedy with The King and I. In this class, you will learn how to enjoy seeing a musical performed on stage. You’ll learn what goes into making a musical production – everything from musical composition, acting, singing, set design, choreography, costumes, plot, and history. You will also learn how to be a great audience member by practicing with your classmates. We will study Siam - which is present day Thailand - in the 1860s by learning about what they ate, how they talked, and how they dressed. We will also discuss the memoirs by Anna Leonowens that led to the production of The King and I.
For the special class finale, we will attend a performance of The King and I at Bass Concert Hall! Please note: Fee for subsidized tickets to final performance is not included in price of course.
For each class, students with IDDs may be dropped off at the UT Littlefield Café to socialize for 30 minutes with each other and screened volunteer students from UT. Students will then participate in an interactive discussion about the topic for the day in the Biomedical Engineering (BME) building across from the café. Here they can follow along with handouts of class slides and bring in their homework to discuss with their peers. Lastly, students will complete simple but fun projects. Families can pick up their student by the café at the end of each class. Occasional student absences are acceptable due to vacations and illnesses.
Please address all questions, including requesting information about available scholarships, to program coordinator Jon Pierce.