'Once on This Island' Brings Caribbean Color to Asbury

WILMORE, Ky. — The Asbury University Theatre and Cinema Performance Program brings the Caribbean to the stage November 10-12 and 17-19 with the musical production of Once on This Island at the University’s state-of-the-art Greathouse Theatre.

This enchanting one-act musical, written by Lynn Ahrens, wrestles with legend, love and sacrifice through the tale of Ti Moune, a young orphan girl chosen by the gods for a special purpose. Ti Moune saves the life of a wealthy young man named Daniel, cheating death but resigning herself to pay a price. Ti Moune and Daniel find love — despite their different social classes — until Daniel reveals he has been betrothed to another and must keep his word. Then the tale takes a tragic turn with its poignant example of true sacrifice and devotion.

Once on This Island is a play that speaks to what God did for us by sacrificing his son so that we could live,” says Asbury University Assistant Professor Jeff Day, director of the musical.

Sophomore Lucy Allen will play Ti Moune, leading a cast of nearly 20 students.

Performances take place at 7:30 p.m., and the $7 tickets will be available at the theater box office prior to each show. The Greathouse Theatre is located in the new, $12.6-million Andrew S. Miller Center for Communication Arts on Asbury’s campus.

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