Opening night draws closer

Actors in The Green Room Community Theatre's production of "The King and I" use their imagination a lot.
While rehearsing at Grace Reformed United Church of Christ in Newton, the actors imagine a royal throne to their left, a table to their right and an elaborate backdrop behind them. The location of props and backdrops stops this week for the actors, who will get their first glimpse of the Old Post Office Playhouse and its production stage.
"This is one of the best casts I've ever worked with," said Sylvia Schnople, the musical's director. "The cast is so excited to move into this new theatre."
The show was originally scheduled to open Friday, but opening night was delayed one week to allow the cast sufficient time to practice on the OPOP stage.
"The cast would be ready to open Friday, but they just need the stage to practice on," Schnople said.
The cast will tour the building Wednesday night to acquaint themselves with the new stage and all the OPOP's new state-of-the-art amenities.
With the new stage, however, will likely come new problems and challenges.
"For this stage, I'm not exactly sure what it's like," Schnople said. "I think it will be a difficult week, but we're all very excited."
The cast, however, is prepared to rise to the occasion. Schnople said the cast's professionalism, dedication and talent amaze her every time they get together.
"The King and I" is a Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II musical about Anna Leonowens, who travels to Siam to teach the king's children. During her lessons, Leonowens challenges King Mongkut and his children and develops special relationships with them.
Although the musical is set in the 1860s, its message speaks to today's theatre-goers.