ONCE ON THIS ISLAND (2012)

FRIDAY & SATURDAY: January 27 & 28 / February 3 & 4 at 7 PM
SUNDAY: January 29 at 3 PM

SMMHS Theater
200 Seymour Avenue in St. Michaels
Adults $10 / Students $5
 

The St. Michaels Middle High School Drama Department proudly presents the colorful Broadway musical, Once On This Island.  A highly original Caribbean-flavored theatrical production which finds its roots in the popular fairy tale The Little Mermaid, the show employs almost non-stop song and dance to tell the story of TiMoune, 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 TiMoune on a quest to test the strength of her love against the powerful forces of prejudice, hatred and death.

Performances will be in the St. Michaels Middle High School Theater, 200 Seymour Ave. in St. Michaels.  Opening night is Friday, January 27 at 7 PM, with 4 more performances following on Saturday, January 28 and Friday and Saturday, February 3 and 4 at 7 PM, and Sunday January 29 at 3 PM.  (A snow date of Sunday, February 5 at 3 PM has been reserved, if needed.)  Tickets, $10 for adults and $5 for students, can be purchased at the door, and are also available in advance at the St. Michaels Middle High School office and Reeser's Pharmacy in St. Michaels, and Crackerjacks in Easton.  The doors will open one half hour before performance time.

With book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty, Once On This Island is produced and directed by SMMHS music and drama teacher Rebecca Hale, with music direction by Heather Schimpf, and is performed by a cast of 21 middle and high school students.  The tradition from previous shows of live orchestral accompaniment will continue with Once On This Island.

The cast of Once On This Island is a robust group of young actors and actresses, with Lissa Einhorn as TiMoune, the young peasant girl; Jasper Dudley as Papa Ge, the sly Demon of Death; Bailey Swann as Asaka, sassy Mother of the Earth; Krystle Ashman as Agwe, the powerful Goddess of Water; Emily Campbell as Erzulie, the beautiful Goddess of Love; Stewart Mitchell as Daniel, the young grand homme who captures TiMoune’s heart; Julie Swaine as Mama Euralie, TiMoune’s warm and loving adoptive mother; Ethan White as Tonton Julian, TiMoune’s gentle and caring adoptive father; Hanna Gill as Andrea, the refined young French woman to whom Daniel has been betrothed since childhood; Elliott Fisher as Armand, the French founder of the Island / Daniel’s Father, who disapproves of Daniel’s love for TiMoune; Olesia Vinje as Madame Armand, Armand’s proper aristocratic wife; Taylor Bennett as Beauxhomme, who is Armand’s son and Daniel’s grandfather; Emma Myers as the Little Girl, frightened by the storm, who is told the story of TiMoune; Kyla Pollard as Little TiMoune (TiMoune as a child); and Rainforest Bollero, Grace Coughlan, Sophia Cumbo, Hannah Fountain, Quinn Jennings, Olivia Morris and Alex Spittler, portraying townspeople and peasants.

This year’s orchestra, conducted by Scott Schimpf, will be small and charming.  Kathy Mitchell, a junior at SMMHS, is new to the orchestra pit and will be playing piano.  Local professionals, some returning from previous years and others who are new to us this year, include Brian Robbinson, Ron Demby, Ali Rodriguez, Heather Schimpf, and Jeff Staley.

The St. Michaels Middle High School production of Once On This Island is made possible by a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council, with additional support from Talbot County Public Schools, our local business community, and individual donors.