CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL - OMAHA, NE
original and theatrical Caribbean adaptation
of the popular fairy tale The Little Mermaid garnered eight Tony nominations
for its Broadway run, including Best Musical, Book and Score. In almost
non-stop song and dance, the show tells the story of Ti Moune, a peasant
girl who rescues and falls in love with Daniel, a wealthy boy from the other
side of her island. When Daniel is returned to his people, the fantastical gods
who rule the island guide Ti Moune on a quest to test the strength of her love
against the powerful forces of prejudice, hatred and death.
ONCE ON THIS ISLAND is a director/choreographer's dream, an intimate show presented in
a dance/movement-driven style reminiscent of story theatre, with a small band
and minimal - though colorful - sets and costumes that capture the imagination
of the audience. Its catchy, contemporary, and Caribbean-flavored score by the
Tony® Award-winning songwriting team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (RAGTIME
and the animated film Anastasia) includes tender ballads and rousing
celebratory numbers for an ensemble cast of strong singers.
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