CALUMET - Being careful not to smudge her makeup, one of the littlest cast members of "The King and I" sat backstage waiting for her cue Tuesday.
"I'm having a fun time," Annalise Bean said. "People tell me I'm really cute."
Bean plays the youngest child in the play and even gets speaking lines onstage with the other children.
Bean and several other children and adults are part of the Calumet Players' presentation of "The King and I," a show by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, under the director of David Crowley.
The show will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sept. 15, 16 and 17 at the Calumet Theatre.
Crowley said after a few years of putting on smaller, lesser known shows, the players this year opted for "The King and I," a tale about widowed schoolteacher, Anna Leonowens, who arrives in Bangkok at the request of the king of Siam to tutor his children.
"The large shows bring in a big crowd," he said. "And this show has it all."
For the performance, cast members wear brightly colored costumes to fit each part and most of the costumes have been made by members of the Calumet Players. Many have dyed their hair or grown special facial hair to best suit their characters.
The musical features tunes sang by cast members with big voices and the show has a mix of children and adults.
"Kids are the future of the program, really," Crowley said.
The show was last put on by the Calumet Players 22 years ago, and Crowley said it was time to present the show again.
Cast members include Ernie Mooney, MaryPat Massopust, Mollie Trewartha, Noble Rundman, Ralph Horvath, David Crotty, Nick Bohmann, Kevin Heras, Kiersten Birondo-Kelly, Audrey Knuuttila, Sara Perfetti, Ryan Crotty, Chuck Wallace, Maureen Crotty, Brianna Foreman, Becca Lyle, Daniel Lyle, Erin Lyle, Thomas Lyle, Eva Nemiroff, Emma Sarazin, Sarah Anderson, Erin Aubin, Nick Bohmann, Anna Daavettila, Rachel Gerbig, Jed Kauppila, Adelyn Kauppila, Nancy Kauppila, Heidi Knuuttila, Kari Lyle and Tina Sarazin, as well as Bean.
"This is an excellent show," Crowley said.
For tickets, call 337-2610 or stop by the theatre box office.