THE KING AND I A Family Affair
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he casting director of The King and
I wasn’t looking to cast parents and their own children. “It just worked out
that way!” says Joan Almedilla (playing Lady Thiang) of how she
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and her son, CJ
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Wu (playing Royal
Child), received their parts. “I’m
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day,” she adds, explaining that although her son would have traveled with her anyway, now they get to work together on stage, a first-time opportunity for CJ. School’s a priority for this busy pair. Lesson review is each morning. Afternoons, CJ joins other children in the production for school (when Almedilla gets her “me time.”) Almedilla says that when they were first cast, she didn’t know what to expect. But a team of adults and her director provides ageappropriate guidance. She’s allowing herself
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to enjoy the opportunity to share the stage with her son. “I just let him be,” she says, explaining that she doesn’t correct CJ with stage work, leaving that to the director and stage manager. That way, she’s the one he can turn to if he’s ever frustrated. “I want him to have a good time. I don’t want him to dread it!” The King and I comes to the Aronoff Center for the Arts (650 Walnut St.) April 10 - 22. Tickets available at cincinnati. broadway.com.
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