Once On This Island

One Island. Two Different Worlds.

by Lynn Ahrens (Book & Lyrics) and Stephen Flaherty (Music)

Once On This Island; Directed by Aderonke Adejare, Music Directed by Nat Artz, & Produced by Charnice Hoegnifioh

Once on This Island tells the story of the young, peasant orphan Ti Moune as she falls in love with a wealthy man from the other side of her island and discovers what the price of love truly is. Ti Moune’s story is a tale of defying one’s family and society in the pursuit of love and the consequences of trying to overcome racial and socio-cultural boundaries. The audience watches her journey and struggles alongside the gods, who gamble with her life to see whether love or death will prevail.

Once on This Island is an exciting musical that will enrapture and immerse audiences in a beautiful love story while enchanting them with the Caribbean’s vibrant culture. Actors will tell Ti Moune’s story through the lively and vibrant songs and dances of the show. After the long winter, this show will be a refreshing, lively start to spring that will warm audiences’ hearts and bodies as they dance in their seats and fall in love with this story!

WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE MEMBERS OF THE BIPOC & LGBTQIA+ COMMUNITIES TO AUDITION! WE ALSO WELCOME FIRST TIME THEATREMAKERS! Want to be involved with Yale theater, but don’t know how? We want you on our team! If you’re interested in auditioning or joining the production team or learning more about this production, please email Charnice Hoegnifioh at charnice.hoegnifioh@yale.edu or Aderonke Adejare at aderonke.adejare@yale.edu. Follow our insta @yaleonceonthisisland!

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Performance Dates & Times

April 14, 2022 - 8:00pm

April 15, 2022 - 8:00pm

April 16, 2022 - 2:00pm

April 16, 2022 - 8:00pm

Location

Lighten Theater

Venue Accessibility: 
Lobby is accessible via building entrance by the north Sachem Street gate. Upper lobby and balcony seating is located on the ground level. Lower lobby and stage level seating is accessible via an elevator. Facilities are located on both levels.

Patron Information

This performance is open to asymptomatic Yale students, faculty, and staff with an up-to-date vaccination status. Please bring your COVID 19 vaccination card, a clearly legible photo of your vaccination card on your phone, or your MyChart vaccination confirmation and a photo ID. Front of House staff will be checking tickets, IDs, and proof of vaccination. Yale-approved masks are required for all performers and audience members.

Performers

Ti Moune
Little Ti Moune
Papa Ge
Erzulie
Mama Euralie
Tonton Julian
Andrea Deveraux
Armand Beauxhomme
Gatekeeper
Dylan Carlson Sirvent Leon
Storyteller
Storyteller
Daniela Garcia
Storyteller
Storyteller
Lena Jones

Production Team

Musical Director
Nat Artz
Stage Manager
Assistant
Director
Semilore Ola
Assistant
Producer
Maggie Hankins
Assistant
Producer
Adia Keene
Assistant
Stage Manager
Maya Fonkeu
Choreographer
Choreographer
Dramaturg
Dramaturg
Graphic Designer
Graphic Designer
Set Designer
Sets Team
Julia Oladipo
Sets Team
Samantha Sims
Props Designer
Lighting Designer
Lighting Designer
Sound Engineer
Xavier Guaracha
Costumes Team
Costumes Team
Costumes Team
Makeup Artist
Makeup Artist
Binderiya Oyunbaatar
Makeup Artist