“Once On This Island” Struts its Way to NDC

Once On This Island
Once On This Island: The Musical

The Notre Dame College Performing Arts Theater Program is performing another great production.

The audience won’t find any 1950s couples proclaiming, “You’re the One That I Want,” and they certainly will not watch young New Yorkers singing “525,600 Minutes.”

This year, the theater production presents two different worlds and will bring one island to life: a musical entitled Once on this Island.

This is an incredible tale of an adventurous young woman named Ti Moune, who is played by NDC student Marcia Leon. She falls in love with Daniel, played by NDC student Jack Lentz, whom she knows that she could never marry because she is a peasant and he is a wealthy young man.

However, she soon learns from the gods: Asaka, Mother of the Earth, Agwe, God of Water, Erzulie, Beautiful Goddess of Love, and Papa Ge, Sly Demon of Death, that love is always absolute and all-powerful over hate.

The touching performance contains over 15 musical numbers that are sure to make viewers want to get up and dance. There will also be some songs that are guaranteed to grab their attention. From Aska’s foot-tapping “Mama Will Provide,” presented by NDC student Olivia Winsteard, to Agwe’s  edge-of-your-seat “Rain,” performed by NDC student David Petrovic, each musical number tells a story.

With characters full of energy and emotion, it will be as easy as island life to remember this performance.

Once on this Island is a great musical,” said NDC student Garett Scharf, who plays Armand, Daniel’s father. “It’s a story about love and the conquer of evil.”

This show will be enjoyable to all ages and is sure to be the musical that the audience will talk, text and Tweet about afterward. Not only will the spectators experience fun and excitement, but they will fall under love’s true power.

They will most definitely experience the “awwww” factor resulted from a few touches of romance. And look out for a plot twist. This is a catch that the audience won’t want to miss!

Be sure to capture this exciting musical and support NDC’s talented students.

Performance dates are March 26-28 at 8 p.m. and March 29 at 3 p.m. All shows will be held in the Performing Arts Center located in the basement of the NDC Administration Building.

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