Once on This Island Broadway Jr. Showkit
By Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens
Bring the magic of Broadway to your classroom and school theater with these student adaptations of classic Broadway musicals. Each of these treasured tales is teacher-tested, kid-friendly, and custom tailored for success.
The ShowKit includes all the resources you need for a successful production with easy suggestions for staging, costuming, and sets, making it a perfect opportunity for an all-school collaboration.
The vocal parts have been carefully adapted to be sung by unchanged or changed voices and the script and score have been custom-tailored to make the show appropriate for young performers through the ninth grade.
Upon placing your order, you will receive a Dramatic Performing Rights License from Hal Leonard Corporation which will allow your organization unlimited performing rights for one year.
Showkits are only available to accredited schools (grades K-9) and homeschool associations.
Once on This Island is an engaging, Caribbean-flavored musical set on an unnamed island in the French Antilles. The story of Ti Moune, a peasant girl who falls in love above her class, is told around a fire by a group of Caribbean peasants as they wait out a terrible storm. Once on This Island uses the tradition of storytelling to pass down history, values and insight from one generation to the next. The result is a lesson to be passed along for generations to come. With the gods looking over her, Ti Moune’s journey of unrequited love comes to prove that the power of love is stronger than the power of death. Ti Moune’s courage and spirit prove that love can withstand the storm, cross the Earth, and survive even in the face of death.
Cast of Characters:
Little Girl/Little Ti Moune is the perfect role for a very young performer. This girl should be able to stay focused and listen. The role also requires some singing with the ensemble.
Storytellers 1-4 are the four narrators that tell the story of Once on This Island Jr. They can be male or female. Not only do they sing the bulk of the show, but they also focus the audience’s attention on important events throughout the production. These four roles are the true leads!
Mama Euralie is the symbolic mother of us all. She should possess a nice voice, and be a good actress. Be sure to audition Mama with Tonton as you will want to cast two people who perform well together, look like a couple and have stage chemistry.
Tonton Julian is the loving adopted father of Ti Moune. The actor who plays this role should have a nice voice, and be a good actor. It helps to cast a boy whose voice has changed, although not necessary.
Ti Moune/Peasant Girl is the focus of our story and is featured in solo songs and dance. The actress performing this role should have an excellent voice and be an excellent dancer. The music Ti Moune sings is written in a pop style.
Daniel Beauxhomme is the male ingenue in Once on This Island Jr. Cast a young man who has a nice voice. Pair up potential Ti Mounes and Daniels at your final audition.
Daniel’s Son is a very small walk-on part at the very end of the show. Cast a younger actor who resembles older Daniel. The actor need not sing and has no dialogue.
The Gatekeeper has one scene. He should be impressive in size with a booming voice.
Daniel’s Father is not sympathetic or understanding of his son’s wishes, unlike Tonton Julian. This is a small role, requiring some singing and acting.
Andrea is Daniel’s beautiful fiancee. She is refined, educated and the exact opposite of Ti Moune.
Papa Ge is the self-described "sly demon of death." The actor performing the role should have a nice voice and an evil laugh.
Asaka is the Goddess of the Earth and sings one of the most popular and fun songs of the show, "Mama Will Provide." Cast an excellent singer who moves well and is capable of an earthy look.
Agwe is the God of Water. He has a solo early in the show that requires an excellent voice (“Rain”). Cast an actor capable of singing the song.
Erzulie is the triumphant Goddess of Love. She should have a pretty voice that is compatible with a pop style of singing.
Gossipers 1-7 are one-line features – a great place to cast performers who may not quite be ready for a larger role, but deserve a feature line or two.
Choir of Storytellers (who also play peasants, villagers, guests and grand hommes) is easily expandable to accommodate as many young people as necessary. Cast any young person with the desire to perform.
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