It's Island Time at MCCC's Kelsey Theatre with
"Once On This Island" Aug. 17-26

7/20/07


Summer concludes with a trip to the islands at MCCC's Kelsey Theatre when The Pennington Players present "Once On This Island." Dates and show times for this magical, musical legend are Fridays, Aug. 17 and 24 at 8 p.m., Saturdays, Aug. 18 and 25 at 8 p.m., and Sundays, Aug. 19 and 26 at 2 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is conveniently located on Mercer's West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.

Set on an island in the Caribbean's French Antilles, "Once On This Island" combines themes from "The Little Mermaid" with "Romeo and Juliet." Written by the award-winning team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty and based on the novel, My Love, My Love by Rosa Guy, the show tells of the tragic romance between Ti Moune, a poor peasant girl, and Daniel, an upper class boy from the other side of the island. Hampered by deeply imbedded social prejudices and the interventions of the four gods who rule the island - Erzulie, the Goddess of Love; Asaka, Mother of the Earth; Agwe, God of Water; and Papa Ge, Demon of Death - their love will be sorely tested.

Originally opening off-Broadway, the show moved to Broadway in 1990, where it ran for 469 performances and was nominated for eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. Remaining true to its island inspiration throughout, the musical score features rousing, upbeat numbers like "Mama Will Provide" and "Some Say," as well as touching ballads like "The Human Heart" and "Forever Yours."

Caitlin Tierney is Ti Moune and Drew Cyburt is Daniel.

Cast members include, seated from left, Drew Cyburt, Samille Ganges, Meera Mohan, and Caitlin Tierney; standing from left, Shannon Shackleford, Bill Kamps, Kyrus Westcott, Edgard Garcia, Adrienne Bogarde, and Sally Graham. Not pictured: Michael Hollinshead.

The cast features Caitlin Tierney as Ti Moune, Drew Cyburt as Daniel, Samille Ganges as Mama Euralie, Edgard Garcia as Tonton Julian, Adrienne Bogarde as Asaka, Keenan Westcott as Agwe, Bill Kamps as Papa Ge, Shannon Shackleford as Erzulie, Michael Hollinshead as Armand, Meera Mohan as Andrea, and Sally Graham as Little Ti Moune. The show is directed by Frank Ferrara, with musical direction by Shannon Ferrara and choreography by Jill Potash.

Tickets are $16 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $10 for students and children. Free parking is available next to the theater. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333. Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible and provides assisted listening devices upon request. For a complete listing of adult and children's events, visit the Kelsey webpage or call the box office for a brochure.

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