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George Akina: notable King, remarkable man


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.”)


Responses to "George Akina: notable King, remarkable man"

Jenny Akina says:

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?”

Jill Thiessen says:

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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