Children’s Playhouse of Maryland presents Once On This Island, Jr.

Feb 22, 2019 | by Hope H. Davis | 443.840.5053 (office) | 410.971.5560 (cell)

First performance March 2, 1 p.m. at CCBC Essex

Baltimore County, Md.Children’s Playhouse of MD (CPM), in residence at CCBC Essex, proudly presents Once On This Island, Jr. The show is based on the novel, “My Love, My Love” by Rosa Guy. This production features 41 student actors from Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Harford County.

Nyani Hawkins of Baltimore appears as Ti Moune, with Kevin Franiak of Nottingham as Daniel. Also featured are Catie Zimmer of Baltimore as Papa Ge (God of Death), Anderson Gray of Parkville as Agwe (God of Water), and Dersha Horrey of Dundalk as Asaka (God of Earth).

Liz Boyer Hunnicutt directs this production, with musical direction by Charlotte Evans and choreography by James Hunnicutt.

Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid, Once On This Island, Jr. tells the tale of an island divided between the peasants, whose lives are ruled by powerful gods, and the wealthy, who are in charge. These worlds collide when Ti Moune, a peasant girl, saves Daniel, a wealthy youth, from a car crash on a dark and rainy road. She pledges her life to spare his, as she has fallen in love with him. As the storytellers narrate, Ti Moune follows Daniel’s family against the advice of her community, which fears her rejection. What will become of Ti Moune? Will the gods intervene? Once On This Island, Jr. is a timely story of love in a world of prejudice.

From the opening number We Dance through Mama Will Provide to Why We Tell The Story, fabulous Caribbean dance numbers will have the whole family on their feet.

Once On This Island, Jr. will be performed March 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17 at 1 p.m., with additional shows on March 9 and 16 at 4:30 p.m. The 1 p.m. show on March 10 will be sign language interpreted by students of the CCBC Catonsville American Sign Language Certification program. The 4:30 p.m. show on March 16 is a sensory friendly performance.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance by calling the CCBC Box Office, 443.840.ARTS Tuesday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., or online at Group ticket prices are available through the Box Office. Advanced ticket purchase is highly recommended for this show. Tickets will be available at the door if space permits.

Performances are held in the Administration Building Lecture Hall, by parking lot 4, at CCBC Essex, which is a wheelchair-accessible facility. Please request accommodations at the time of ticket purchase. For more information, please call the Box Office, or the CPM Administrative Office at 443.840.2426. Need directions to CCBC Essex? 

Children’s Playhouse of Maryland, Inc. is a not for profit community theatre dedicated to youth performers ages 18 and under.


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