Westfield High School will be presenting its annual dinner theatre with a production of "Once On This Island" on Nov. 15 and 16 at 7:30 .p.m. in the district auditorium.
"Once On This Island" is based on My Love, My Love, a book by Rosa Guy, which is a setting of The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen. Instead of a young mermaid, WACS' heroine is a poor orphan girl, TiMoune, who believes her purpose in life is to save an injured young man from the wealthy class on their tropical island home.
The Island is ruled by four gods who devise a plan to see which is stronger: love or death. The ending, although different from the animated cartoon, is more like the original tale written by Andersen. The music was written by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty who are also known for their music in the film "Pocahontas" and the musicals "Suessical" and "Rocky." They have set the story to beautiful tropical music featuring calypso, samba, reggae and other Caribbean styles.
The cast of Westfield High School’s production of “Once On This Island” strikes a pose during rehearsals.
Featured in the show are Ashley Poletto as the god of the earth, Trevor North as the god of water, Emma Fermier as the god of love, Chris Cockram as the god of death, Lucy Knappenberger as the orphan TiMoune and Chris Kelley as Daniel, the young man whom she tries to save. Tickets are available by calling Westfield High School or available at the door. The production is directed by Kent Knappenberger and is produced through special arrangement with Music Theatre International, New York, NY.