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Once On This Island

Once On This Island

Date & Time
Thursday, August 10, 2023
7:00 pm
621 S. Linden St. , Normal, Illinois
Get ready to be swept away on an extraordinary journey as Coalescence Theatre Project, in conjunction Normal Live, present the highly anticipated musical, “Once on This Island,” at the Connie Link Amphitheatre. The vibrant and magical production will take audiences on a spellbinding adventure, filled with love, hope, and the power of storytelling.
Based on the novel “My Love, My Love” by Rosa Guy, “Once on This Island” first graced the Broadway stage in 1990 and instantly became a sensation, winning critical acclaim and numerous prestigious awards. Now, this reimagined version of the Tony Award-winning musical is set to captivate hearts once again with its soul-stirring melodies, choreography, and powerful storytelling.
“Once on This Island” tells the compelling story of Ti Moune, a fearless young girl who embarks on a remarkable journey to prove that love can transcend social boundaries and conquer all. Set on a Caribbean island divided by social prejudice, the musical intertwines the themes of love, sacrifice, and the resilience of the human spirit. With a captivating score blending Caribbean rhythms and contemporary pop music, the show offers a unique and uplifting experience for theatergoers of all ages.
Under the direction of Elaine McCoy Hill, with her assistant director Gina Cleveland, the talented cast of “Once on This Island” brings the vibrant characters and the island’s rich culture to life. Audiences will be transfixed by the breathtaking work of choreographer, Lyndetta Alsberry, music director Deonte’ Mosely, assistant music director, Lorraine Loving. Presented with set designed by Karla Baily Smith, and costumes by Ashleigh Fager with Avery Schoen, created to evoke the magic and color of this Caribbean world.
The production features a stellar ensemble cast, including Mena Williams, Thatcher Ross, Nakiya Rice, Autumn Nicole, Myranda Wiggins, Tre’veon Campbell, Darraugh Giffin, Myrissa Wiggins, Lyric Borkholder, Colin Dunifin, Tai Lynn Jiardina, Karina Dagner, Yasmine Hamilton, Felicia Jiardina, Taniah Jones, Faber Montgomery, Ace Overton, and Charles Jiardina, whose exceptional performances will leave audiences spellbound. The creative team, led by producer Don Shandrow, has meticulously crafted a visually stunning and immersive experience that transports the audience to a world of magic and wonder.
“We are thrilled to bring ‘Once on This Island’ to the Connie Link Amphitheatre and share this extraordinary story with our audiences,” said Shandrow. “This musical is a powerful celebration of love, resilience, and the power of storytelling, and we can’t wait for our audiences to experience the magic and joy that this production brings.”
“Once on This Island” promises to be an unforgettable theatrical experience, filled with soaring melodies, breathtaking visuals, and a powerful message that resonates long after the final curtain call. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this extraordinary journey.
Tickets for “Once on This Island” are now available for purchase, in advance at…, or at the gate on the evening of the performance. The musical will run August 10 through the 20th at the Connie Link Amphitheatre, 621 South Linden St, Normal, IL. Ticket prices are $10 general admission, $5 students.