ABOUT THE SHOW: once on this island
This highly original and theatrical Caribbean adaptation of the popular fairy tale The Little Mermaid garnered a combined 16 Tony nominations between the original production in 1990 and the 2017 revival which earned Best Revival of a Musical. Ti Moune, a peasant girl, rescues a wealthy boy from the other side of the island, Daniel, with whom she falls in love. Unbeknownst to Ti Moune, the pompous gods who preside over the island make a bet with one another over which is stronger, love or death, the stakes being Ti Moune’s life. When she pursues Daniel, who has returned to his people, Ti Moune is shunned because of her lowly status. Her determination and capacity to love, though, is not enough to win Daniel’s heart, and Ti Moune pays the ultimate price; but the gods turn Ti Moune into a tree that grows so strong and so tall, it breaks the wall that separates the societies and ultimately unites them. Book by Lynn Ahrens. Music by Stephen Flaherty. Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. Based on My Love, My Love by Rosa Guy. Rated PG.
PERFORMANCE DATES AND TIMES
January 20 – February 5, 2023: Wednesdays – Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:00pm.
Once On This Island is available for sponsorship. CLICK HERE to learn how to sponsor this production.
AUDITION FOR ONCE ON THIS ISLAND
CLICK HERE to see key dates and important information.
MEET THE CAST
CLICK HERE for the cast list, to be announced in late October/early November.
MEET THE PRODUCTION STAFF
CLICK HERE for the production staff announcement.
BEHIND THE SCENES
Check back soon to take a look at how Once On This Island is brought to life at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre.
Related programs may be announced as the production draws closer.
ACCESSIBILITY RESOURCES AND PROGRAMS
We believe that all people should experience the thrill, excitement, and storytelling of live theatre. CLICK HERE to see a variety of accessible programs and services based on the needs of our community. For Once On This Island, we’ll offer an ASL Interpreted Performance, Audio Descriptive Performance, Relaxed Environment Performance, and a Pay What You Can Preview Performance.
Once the show has opened, you can CLICK HERE to access the show’s Digital Playbill. Why digital and not printed? This decision had many factors that went into it including the reduction of our paper footprint in an effort to be more climate-conscious as well as budgetary restrictions coming out of the pandemic. Digital Playbills remain archived long-term and can be accessed HERE.
MEDIA AND MARKETING
From promotional and production video trailers to local television and radio spots, you’ll find it all here. For media requests, contact Ben Greene, Director of Marketing and Engagement at email@example.com or Noddea Skidmore, Marketing and Communications Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.