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Community Invited to Audition for LMC Musical Once on This Island

December 18, 2013

BENTON TOWNSHIP, MI – Additional auditions for the Lake Michigan College Theatre Department’s Spring Musical Once on This Island, will be held on Thursday, January 9, at 7 p.m. in the Hanson Theater of the LMC Mendel Center for the Arts & Technology on the Napier Avenue Campus. Auditions are open to LMC students and the community. The performance will be March 28 - 30, and April 4 - 6, 2014 and will be directed by Dr. Calvin McClinton.

In this one-act musical, a troupe of peasant storytellers act out the story of Ti Moune and Daniel to a young girl frightened by a storm on a Caribbean island. Vividly, in a style unique to island life and culture, they depict a story of faith, love, and sacrifice. 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 are by Lynn Ahrens with music by Stephen Flaherty.

On the islands of the Caribbean, storytelling is not only an art; it is a way of life. Stories and folktales are used to communicate history, provide a practical education, teach morals, affirm values, and, of course, entertain. In Once on This Island, Ti Moune is a peasant girl who falls in love with Daniel Beauxhomme, one of the aristocratic grandes hommes who live on the other side of the island. The four gods who rule the island – Asaka, Mother of the Earth; Agwé, god of Water; Erzulie, goddess of Love; and Papa Ge, Demon of Death – intervene in the romance to move it along, and to play out their own grievances.

The main characters include 6 females and 7 males of varying ages and many small and ensemble roles, both female and male. Not all parts require singing, but it is helpful. Those auditioning should come prepared with a short monologue, vocal selection, resume, and head shot. A backstage crew is also needed. Those interested in backstage work, including set, sound, light, or costuming, need only to complete an audition sheet on one of the audition dates or contact the Performing Arts Office at (269) 927-8876.

It is not necessary for participants to be an LMC student, however college credit and scholarships may be available for those taking part in Once on This IslandDRAM 112 Stagecraft provides the opportunity to learn while building the set for Once on This Island. Stagecraft meets on Monday and Wednesday from 12:40 to 2:50 p.m. DRAM 202 Theatre Practicum is for anyone involved in Once on This Island, actor or stage crew, and is scheduled Monday through Friday as available. For questions regarding auditions, these classes, or other options in theatre contact the LMC Theatre Director Dr. Calvin McClinton at (269) 927-8627. Classes at Lake Michigan College begin Monday, January 13, 2014. 

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