Dublin School will present “Once on this Island,” the Tony-nominated and Olivier-award-winning Broadway musical, on Feb. 23 through Feb. 26 at the Fountain Arts Theater on the school’s Dublin campus.
With book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty, and based on the 1985 novel “My Love, My Love; or, The Peasant Girl” by Rosa Guy, the musical is set on a fictional Caribbean Island. Part “Romeo and Juliet,” part “The Little Mermaid,” the musical is as much about the value of storytelling as it is about star-crossed lovers from two different worlds. Stories interweave, linked by the theme that what we imagine to be possible can indeed help us transcend the status quo. In celebration of the oral tradition, song and dance take center stage and become the vehicle through which a group of storytellers present a magical journey of “one small girl” with the will to defy the social norms of her island home in order to inspire change for later generations, even if her own fate is destined to be tragic.
Appearing in this production are local students Otto Vogel of Dublin as the young lover Daniel; Emma Williams of Concord as Ti Moune; Deven Hardikar of Peterborough as Papa Ge, Sly Demon of Death; Taya Kerwin of Hancock as Agwe, God of Water; and Gwyneth Thomson of Walpole as Erzulie, Goddess of Love. Cameron Harrington of Francestown will appear onstage and is also the production’s assistant director. Also included in featured roles are Destiny Goncalves of Massachusetts, Devyn Itula of Los Angeles and Liam Kelly of Connecticut. Eliza Sigel of Manchester is assistant lighting designer and Shaneil Wynter of New York is assistant choreographer.
Jenny Foreman is the director and Patrick Marr is the musical director. Sophie Luxmoore will be stage manager. Sets were designed by Foreman and constructed by Carl Von Mertens and Norm Bergeron. Local orchestra members are Tom Martin, Kyle Phaneuf, Steve Cady, George Robinson and Donna Morse.
The show will run Feb. 23 to Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. and on Feb. 26 with a 2 p.m. matinee. Admission is free (donations welcome). Reservations are suggested, call 563-1285.