Potsdam, NY, Jul 28, 2009 — A classic piece of musical theater opens at SUNY-Potsdam tonight. The King and I, written by Rodgers and Hammerstein, is the Community Performance Series' summer production. It's the musical story of the tutoring of the stubborn, King of Siam's wives and children by a widowed English school teacher in 1862. It was based on Margaret Landon's 1944 novel Anna and the King of Siam. The Potsdam production includes a cast, staff and crew of more than 100 individuals. Todd Moe spoke with Director Vic DiMonda, and Darlene Sinclair, who plays Anna, the widowed English school teacher. DiMonda says they had to reinvent the production because of the popular Broadway and film versions starring Yul Brynner as the King.