By Jacob Froelich and Lydia Mwambi
Celebrate Black History Month with a stage full of black excellence. This cast is standout in so many ways. From the wide range of vocal talent, to the depth and warmth that the actors portray so stunningly. Loosely based on the tale of “The Little Mermaid,” Once On This Island takes us on the journey of a brave young girl determined to find her place in the world. The journey begins when an unassuming couple stumble across a small girl in a tree. Phillip Boykin and Danielle Lee Greaves, as Tonton Julian and Mamma Euralie respectively, set the tone for the show through an emotional number when they adopt the small girl. This massive act of selflessness and love follows the girl they call “Ti Moune”, who in turn seeks to bestow this love on another.
Ti Moune (Courtnee Carter) finds her way through this epic journey by using her voice to command the attention of her parents as she comes of age. Carter is strong and powerful with her vocal talent and yet brings a softness to the role that makes it easy to sympathize with her. Through out the show, Ti Moune is guided by the four gods of her island, Agwe (god of water), Asaka (goddess of Earth), Erzulie (goddess of love) and Papa Ge (god of death). These four gods stand out in their respective roles, each playing a very unique role in Ti Moune’s journey. We especially enjoyed Kyle Ramar Freeman as Asaka, for the amazing vocal talent and life she brought to the role.
Set on an island in the French Antilles, Once On This Island offers viewers an escape to a different world. Through the combined efforts of Camille A. Brown’s choreography, Dane Laffrey’s set design, and the incredible music of Stephen Flaherty, we felt absorbed into life on the island. The cultural aspects presented in the show provide a unique and exciting experience for all. A true celebration of a different and beautiful way of life.
We hope you will find the opportunity to enjoy all this show has to offer and walk away with a little more love in your heart.
Once On This Island is now showing at The Ordway for the following dates and times;
February 6, 2020 at 7:30 PM
February 7, 2020 at 7:30 PM
February 8, 2020 at 2:00 PM
February 8, 2020 at 7:30 PM
February 9, 2020 at 2:00 PM
February 9, 2020 at 7:30 PM
Get tickets : Online by clicking this link – GET TICKETS. Box Office 651.224.4222. Or, in person at The Ordway – 345 Washington Street Saint Paul, MN 55102. Prices range from $27-107.