The musical Once on this Island at Palm Beach Lakes High School is set to open for ONE WEEKEND ONLY. PBL Drama and Chorus Departments will be donating 25% of all profits made from this wonderful show to UNICEF.
West Palm Beach, Fl.- The Palm Beach Lakes Drama and Chorus departments have teamed up to present a touching story of forbidden love set on the island of Haiti. With a book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, and music by Stephen Flaherty, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND takes traditional storytelling elements and infuses them with a Caribbean feel that every audience member, young and old, can feel and appreciate. Under the direction of Brad Barfield (Drama director) and the musical guidance of Leanora Wilkinson (Chorus director), the students at Palm Beach Lakes look to make this their most successful production to date. The show will open November 17, and run through November 19, 2011 at 7pm in the Palm Beach Lakes Auditorium.
The vibrant number sets the stage for the prejudice and social differences called “We dance” opening the show, the stage is set for the gods of Earth, Water, Love and Death to test the strength and will of all the people on this island. A young peasant girl, praying to the gods for a new, better life, discovers a rich boy clinging to life after his car crashes near her village. She nurses him back to health and falls in love with the boy who is from “a different place”. Sent on a journey by the gods, “Ti Moune” is determined to prove that her true love conquers all.
Since this year marks the 220th anniversary of the Haitian Revolution against the French, the PBL Drama/Chorus Departments have decided to honor the country and its rich heritage by presenting a story set on the Jewel of the Antilles. As we all know, the Haitian people have shown strength and resilience throughout history. However the people of Haiti are still in need of relief and aid after the devastating earthquake of 2010.
The PBL Drama and Chorus Departments will be donating 25% of all profits made from this wonderful show to UNICEF in hopes that we can help others in need; while sharing the passion that we truly have for performing. The Florida State Thespian Festival will also be reviewing the show, as the cast and crew look to be chosen to represent Palm Beach Lakes High at the Florida State Thespian Festival in March.
Please come support this terrific musical production ONE WEEKEND ONLY! November 17, through November 19, 2011 at 7 pm, in the Palm Beach Lakes Auditorium, 3505 Shiloh Dr., West Palm Beach, Fl. 33407. Tickets are just $10 and can be purchased by contacting Brad Barfield at (561)640-5000 or by email at [email protected].
Richard Cameron of Theatre Chat thanks Palm Beach Lakes High School Drama and Chorus Departments. Cameron’s articles have featured conversations with Tony Award winning Producer Stewart Lane, Emmy Award winning Casting Director Jeff Greenberg, multiple Broadway and TV stars and creative teams bringing arts lovers together around the world for the largest social media arts movement. Tag You’re it! Share with your communities.