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ONCE ON THIS ISLAND was Lynn Ahrens' and Stephen Flaherty's first real
taste of success. Based on the novel 'My Love, My Love' by Rosa Guy, the
show is a twist on the traditional 'Little Mermaid' tale, and tells the
story of Ti Moune, a poor peasant girl who falls in love with Daniel, an
upper class boy whose life she saves after a car crash. Central to the
story are four gods that the peasants believe rule their lives. The gods
of Love, (Erzulie), Earth (Asaka), Water (Agwe), and Death (Papa Ge) cause
the lives of the young lovers to intersect, and send Ti Moune on the
fateful journey that tests the strength of her love.

Set in the French Antilles, 'Once On This Island' boasts a score that is
immediately and continually reflective of this locale. There are rousing,
upbeat numbers like 'Mama Will Provide,' and 'Some Say,' as well as
poignant ballads like 'The Human Heart' and 'Forever Yours.' While some of
the numbers stand on their own, there can be no mistaking a song from
'Once On This Island' with a song from any other show, because Ahrens and
Flaherty never betray the story's Caribbean roots.

'Once On This Island' originated at Playwrights Horizons on April 6, 1990.
It opened at the Booth Theater on Broadway on October 18, 1990 and played
for 469 performances. The show also received eight Tony Award Nominations,
including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. On May 12, 2002, the
original Broadway cast reunited for a special two concert benefit
performance benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the Cantor
Fitzgerald Relief Fund.

This production of 'Once On This Island' is by SODA - Bangor University's
Student Operatic Dramatic Association, which puts on a musical production
each year in Theatr Gwynedd. This year, the creative team decided to
double-cast the show due to the high level of demand and amount of singing
required by the lead roles - it was thought unfair to have to make the
leads sing so much and it also meant that more people had an opportunity
to shine!

Ti Moune: Claire Davies and Ellie Welch
Daniel: Nicholas Arnaoutis
Mama Euralie: Kirstin O'Direain and Ffion Roberts
Tonton Julian: Anthony Sweeney
Asaka: Hannah Judge and Sally Beaman
Agwe: Daniel Twist and Sam Poote
Erzulie: Hannah Kearney and Aimee Poote
Papa Ge: Ken Burley and Rob Watts
Armand: Laith Jawzi and Sam Wells
Andrea: Polly Taylor and Danni Shaw

Performance dates: Wednesday 20th, Thursday 21st, Friday 22nd and Saturday
23rd April 2005, 7.30pm, Theatr Gwynedd (plus a Saturday matinée).
Price: £7.50 for adults, £5 for NUS students and other concessionary

For further information, please visit the 'Once On This Island mini-site:

Address: Theatr Gwynedd, Ffordd Deiniol, Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 2TL
Tel, Box Office: 01248 351708
Tel, Administration: 01248 351707
Fax: 01248 351915
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