College Presents Student-Run Musical “Once On This Island”

Release Date: Saturday, February 6, 2010

PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Chestnut Hill College Music Department presents the student-produced musical, “Once On This Island” on Friday, February 5, 2010 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, February 6, 2010 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the College Auditorium located at 9601 Germantown Avenue in Philadelphia.

“Once On This Island” is a one-act musical bringing elements of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid and Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet together in the backdrop of the French Antilles in the Caribbean Sea. One night, while a little girl is frightened of a passing thunderstorm, four storytellers tell her the story of Ti Moune, a young peasant girl who falls in love with Daniel, “a grand homme” who lives on the other side of the island. The island, which is ruled by four gods (Asaka, Mother of the Earth; Agwè, God of Water; Erzulie, Goddess of Love; and Papa Ge, Demon of Death) hear the young girls prayer for love and grant her wish, sparking a bet over which is the stronger power: love or death. The story of “Once On This Island” unfolds with song and an unforgettable message of love and tolerance.

“Once On This Island” is the third student-produced musical at Chestnut Hill College, previously running productions of “Godspell” and “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” in past years. Students are in charge of every detail of the production from running rehearsals and directing to props and choreography. “Chestnut Hill College has a way of giving students leadership opportunities in their field that they may not receive elsewhere,” says junior Nick Raspanti, the director of this year’s production. “It can be difficult to manage and communicate with so many students who also have full course loads, other activities, and work off campus, but in the end watching them perform to the best of their abilities is the most rewarding part of being a director or musical director.”

Tickets are $10 for general admission, $8 for students with I.D., and complementary for the Sisters of St. Joseph. For more information, please call 267.709.4980.

Cast Director- Nick Raspanti
Music Director-Mark Urmson
Vocal Director-Jeremy Triplett
Choreographer-Ashley Pavone
Ti Moune- Shaina Ward
Mama Euralie- Alyssa Cherewaty
Ton-Ton Julian- Chris Dunn
Daniel-Travis Wolfe
Agwe- Koashine Dupont
Asaka- Kelly McKay
Erzulie-Jacqueline Trujillo
Papa Ge- Devin Devoe
Andrea-Brittany Martyn
Armand-Joseph McGovern
Little Ti Moune-Surya Bromley
Ensemble: Kaycee Flore, Jacqueline Wojcik, Mary Kate Whelan, Erica Butler, Heather Greene