Fabulist Theatre Presents
ONCE ON THIS ISLAND April 6-14
Once On This Island is a one-act musical with book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty. Based on the 1985 novel “My Love, My Love; or, The Peasant Girl” by Rosa Guy, it is set on an island in the French Antilles, in the Caribbean Sea. The show includes elements of Romeo and Juliet and Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid. It is the story of an orphaned peasant girl named Ti Moune, who uses the power of love to bring together the different social classes living on her island.
The original Broadway production ran from 1990 to 1991, and the West End production opened in 1994, where it won the 1995 Olivier Award for Best New Musical. The musical is currently being revived on Broadway in a production that opened on December 3, 2017 after being in previews since November 9, 2017 at the Circle in the Square Theatre. It is currently a NY Times Critics “Top Pick”.
On April 6, 2018, tickets are 2 for one.
Director Damon Bradley Jang states “we wanted to cast based on the culturally diverse community of performers who make up Greater Vancouver and might otherwise be underrepresented in the city. We fully acknowledge that the story is a largely set in Haiti but we wanted to use the story as a platform to address the more universal themes of love, death, and fighting against the class system. At the end of the day, these are storytellers, telling a story.”
Vancouver’s 1st semi-professional CAST of Once On This Island includes:
Ti Moune – Brianna Clark (title role in the 2017 Ovation-Award-winning Cinderella panto, METRO THEATRE) Daniel – Michael Gnansounou (Vancouver Debut) TonTon Julian – William Taylor* (Othello, BARD ON THE BEACH) Mama Euralie – Marci Chimich (Vancouver Debut) Agwe – Ricardo Cunha Pequenino (Parade, A Chorus Line, FIGHTING CHANCE PRODUCTIONS, Ovation nominee for Best Male Newcomer 2017) Asaka – YooRa Kang (Heathers, FIGHTING CHANCE PRODUCTIONS) Erzulie – Alexandra Quispe (Merrily We Roll Along, UNITED PLAYERS) Papa Ge – Sari Rosofksy (Draining The Swamp, CURIOUS CREATIONS – VANCOUVER FRINGE FESTIVAL) Andrea – Karliana DeWolff (Canadian Premiere of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, FIGHTING CHANCE PRODUCTIONS) Armand/Daniel’s Father – Jorge Taracena (Vancouver Debut) Little Girl/Little Ti Moune – Arta Negahban (Billy Elliot, ARTS CLUB THEATRE COMPANY) Storytellers – Jessie Chan (Vancouver’s SHOWSTOPPERS), Yasmin Pena (title role in FVGSS’s The Little Mermaid panto), Teilani Rasmussen (Lindbjerg Academy), Kenneth Tynan (Elixir of Love, VANCOUVER OPERA)
*appearing courtesy of the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association. All performers appearing under the Artists’ Collective Policy.
Director/Associate Choreographer: Damon Bradley Jang (Songs For A New World, FABULIST THEATRE, Little Shop Of Horrors – choreographer, VAGABOND PLAYERS)
Choreographer: Marion Landers (AFRICAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL OF MUSIC AND DANCE SOCIETY, Welcome Back To Harlem! ROOTED THEATRE)
Musical Director: Amy Gartner (Vancouver Debut, star of The Who’s Tommy, RENEGADE THEATRE COMPANY, Merrily We Roll Along, UNITED PLAYERS)
Producer: Mary Littlejohn (Songs For A New World, FABULIST THEATRE, Under The Hawthorn Tree, THE TWO MARYS) Costume Designer: Chris Sinosich (Ovation winner for Beauty and The Beast, THEATRE UNDER THE STARS VANCOUVER) Lighting Designer: Michael Metod (Cabaret, TOMO SURU PLAYERS)
Stage Manager: Dionne Phillips (BROADWAY CHORUS, GIGGLES & GAGS
Redgate Revue Stage, 1601 Johnson Street (Granville Island) Vancouver 8pm showtime, approx 90 mins (no intermission)
Ticket Link: https://ootivan.brownpapertickets.com
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