Once on this Island
A New Musical
Book and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Based upon the novel "My Love, My Love", by Rosa Guy **
July 23rd - July 26th at 8 pm
July 26th at 2 pm
July 30th - August 2nd at 8 pm
August 2nd at 2 pm
August 6th - August 9th at 8 pm
Director/Choreographer: Johanna Boyce
Music Director: Wendy Valastro
Co-Producers: Jo Sabel Courtney & Amena Smith
Assistant Director: Andrea Cronan
Assistant Music Director: Carol Wilcox Schein
Stage Manager: Cathy Rylant
Technical Director: Jack von Behren
Lighting Design: Patrick Clow
Set Decor: Rick Loya
Costume Design: Donna Collins
Properties: Evelyn Frey
Assistant Choreographer: Emily Bickford
"Once On This Island delivers melody, love and joy in tropical abundance"
Once On This Island, an enchanting musical fable, tells the story of forbidden love between people from two different worlds. Originally inspired by Hans Christian Anderson's The Little Mermaid, the Broadway show transports the story to a Caribbean island where social prejudice divides the island. Presented as a 'play within a play', a cast of village storytellers, attempting to calm a frightened young child, tell the romantic tale of a peasant girl who saves a rich city boy from death.
Director/Choreographer: Johanna Boyce
Before moving to Vermont in 1990, Johanna Boyce was the director of her own avant garde dance company based in NYC. Her company performed at venues throughout the United States and Europe including The American Dance Festival, Boulder Dance Festival, Walker Art Center, Dance Theater Workshop, The Kitchen and Jacob's Pillow. She is a recipient of The New York Dance and Performance Arts award and received five Choreography Fellowships from the NEA.
Musical Director: Wendy Valastro
Wendy Valastro is a graduate of the Eastman Preparatory School of Music, the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, and the University of Michigan School of Education. She has been teaching for 25 years, most of it in the publicschool system as a music educator or primary classroom teacher. Wendy is co-founder and co-director of Kidshow, a musical theatre camp for children, now in its 20th year. She is also the Music Director at Temple Sinai in South Burlington. Her theater involvement has included producing and directing shows in her school district as well as music directing and acting in shows for community theater. For Lyric Theater, she has been Music Director for five shows: Annie, Man of La Mancha, Pippin, Fiddler on the Roof, and The Sound of Music. She has also been a cast member in two productions. Wendy lives in South Burlington with her husband, James, and two daughters, Elana and Laura. She is looking forward to being Music Director for Once On This Island with the Stowe Theater Guild because the beautiful music and the story have such a wonderful message.
There are a maximum of 18 roles in ONCE ON THIS ISLAND. All the cast members are storytellers; storytellers who join together during an Island storm to calm a small child, and together enact the tale of TiMoune, a young girl rescued from a flood by Gods who seem to have planned a special destiny for her. TiMoune is adopted by caring parents and raised in a peasant village which is socially separate from the rich city behind gates on the other side of the island. TiMoune grows into adulthood wishing for more in her life than the peasant life she knows and entreats the Gods of Water, Earth, Love and Death to help her begin her destiny. The God of Water devises a plan by which she meets a boy from the wealthy caste forbidden to her, and the Gods wager whether she will trade life for love.
**Originally Directed and Choreographed on Broadway
- The Storytellers
Little TiMoune -
Grace Blewer, Alison Smith, Elana Valastro
TiMoune - Charlotte Munson
Daniel Beauxhomme - Billy Hannon, Jr.
Papa Ge (Demon of Death) - Patrick Clow
Erzulie (Goddess of Love) - Serena Magnan
Asaka (Mother of Earth) - Jennifer Warwick-Sokolowski
Agwe (God of Water) - James Blanchard
Mama Euralie - Kelly Kendall
Tonton Julian - Steve Kendall
Andrea Devereaux - Ebby Rylant
Armand Beauxhomme - Mark Leopold
- The Peasants -
The Peasants/Grandhommes -
Jo Sabel Courtney