This year’s musical, Once on this Island, will engage and entertain

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This year’s musical, Once on this Island, will engage and entertain

Vanessa Garcia, Staff Writer

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This year’s musical is one not to be missed. It will capture audiences with its score, characters and universal story line

Once On This Island is a special story centered around how “love is more powerful than any obstacle,” said Zoe Elerby, a cast member. “It brings the audience back to a basic teaching of love, respect and courage.”

The music also will keep the audience both engaged and uplifted, said Elerby. The musical offers a sense of unity and belonging, which will further keep the audience immersed in its message.

The musical should not only be seen for its overpowering message, but for its “absolutely gorgeous set,” said Coral Manley, who plays a storyteller in the production. She also states that “thanks to everyone who came and helped on our tech days; we have a set that matches the beautiful story and enchanting music.”

The best part about seeing this musical is that “it’s 90% singing, so a lot of detail goes into the body language and into the expressions,” said Jason Stevens, musical director and English teacher.

“We hope everyone can come see it and enjoy the beautiful music score,” Stevens continued.

Manley added another reason to invest in the musical. “I think [the audience] would really appreciate the not-so-cliche ending; it’s not what you’d expect.

Stevens said that the cast took smaller steps to reach goals in hopes that the production fully resonates with the audience. By doing this the the musical is set to connect to the audience and offer a rewarding experience.

Stevens said a great deal of thought goes in to choosing plays and musicals. This musical, for instance, allowed Stevens to cast a variety of students.

“When trying to decide each year on a play or musical, we try to make them different from years past,” said Stevens. “We also like to give the cast members from freshman year to senior year a larger field of experience.”

In addition to the performance for students today, February 28 at 3 p.m., the musical runs from Thursday, March 1 through Saturday, March 3 at 7 p.m.

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