March 18, 2014
BENTON TOWNSHIP, MI – The Lake Michigan College Theatre Department will present its spring musical, “Once on This Island”, under the direction of Dr. Calvin A. McClinton. Performances will be Fridays and Saturdays, March 28, 29, April 4, and 5 at 7:30 p.m. with Sunday matinees on March 30 and April 6 at 3 pm. Dr. McClinton is assisted by Carol Orlaske and musical director, Roy Bronkema.
The story is told by a troupe of peasants (Brittany Reed, Kendra Wood, James Burton, Bryce McNeil) acting out the story of Ti Moune and Daniel to a young girl (Amaurei Whiteside) on a Caribbean island frightened by a violent storm. The island is inhabited by the rich landowners (John LaVanne, Robin Hegendorfer, Michael Glowacki) and the poor peasants (Jolita Burton, Michael Essex) who have to scrape out a living. Ti Moune (Imyn Burton) is an orphan girl chosen by the gods (Meghan Pelkey, Robert Foster, Kuanus Hardnett) for a special fate and saved for a special destiny by Asaka, mother of the Earth (Ana Urbini).
Vividly, in a style unique to island life and culture, the characters depict a story of faith, love, and sacrifice. Central to this tale are the four gods inspired by real life deities from Afro-Caribbean religious traditions. Based on Rosa Guy’s 1985 novel, My Love, My Love; or, The Peasant Girl, which was in turn inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid, the story is transposed to an island in the French Antilles, where class status and intra-racial politics collide. Book and lyrics for this one-act musical are by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty.
Tickets are on sale through the LMC Mendel Center Box Office by calling (269) 927-1221 or online at www.lmcmainstage.org. Prices are $7 general admission, $5 seniors, $4 for groups of 20 or more, and free for students with a valid student ID. Performances are at the Hanson Theatre of the Mendel Center for Arts and Technology on the Napier Avenue Campus located at 2755 East Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor, Michigan. For further information, please call the Performing Arts Department (269) 927-8876.