In my Sunday Spotlight column I had the privilege of talking at length with George Akina, who plays the King in the Good Company Players production of “The King and I”¬†at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater. He performs three times a week in the role despite having advanced prostate cancer. His story is one of fierce conviction, quiet determination, gentle humor and amazing courage.

I walked away from our interview deeply moved. I hope I was able to capture at least a small sense of Akina as an actor, father and man of faith.

(Pictured: George Akina and Tess Mize as Anna in Good Company’s production of “The King and I.”)


Donald Munro

Donald Munro

Donald Munro is The Bee's arts and culture critic. He currently has the opening song to "Galavant" stuck in his head and doesn't know if he can ever get it out.
Donald Munro

2 thoughts on “George Akina: notable King, remarkable man

  • May 5, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Mr. Munro
    I am so grateful for your kind words and for your caring interest in my husband George. Yes! you did an amazing job of “capturing” him.
    I have loved this quotation since I came across it several years ago when a friend of mine was battling cancer:
    “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.”
    Thank you for enhancing and enriching the “dance.” George and I were so touched by your column yesterday. We are so thankful for the care and prayers of many. To you, Dan Pessano and the cast, crew and staff of GCP a thousand thanks for your support ecetera, ecetera, ecetera…. The choice is: “Shall we Dance?”

  • May 5, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Mr Munro – What an inspiring article! It was an amazing story of a man trusting and praising God in difficult circumstances. Thank you very much for writing and sharing this story.


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