'Once On This Island' comes to Quirk/Sponberg

On Dec. 4, Dec. 5 and Dec. 6 at 7 p.m.“Once On This Island” will be playing in the Quirk/Sponberg Theater. 

“Once On This Island” is a tale bridging the gap between social classes, borrowing elements from classics like “Romeo & Juliet” and Hans Christian Anderson’s tale, “The Little Mermaid.” It is a musical set in the Caribbean, taking place in one act and based upon the novel “My Love, My Love: or, the Peasant Girl” by Rosa Guy.

The story is of a peasant girl named Ti Moune who lives on a tropical island and uses the power of love to bring people together. It is a story of two different groups of African American people – the “dark as night” peasants on one side, and the “grande hommes” – the descendants of planters and their slaves - on the other.

The story is essentially a retelling of Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Little Mermaid” in that Ti Moune must make a difficult choice and prove that love is stronger than everything else. Her choice is what eventually brings both groups on the island together as one and brings peace and harmony to all.

Tickets are $15 for regular admission, $12 for students/seniors, $9 for MAINSTAGE members, and $7 for youth ages 6-12.

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