Education

"Once On This Island" at the Wardlaw-Hartridge School, March 6th and 7th

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SCENE FROM THE ISLAND...Sam Brukhman '11 as Tonton Julian, Nikki Mugambi '15 as Little Ti Moune and Nia Allen-Lee '10 as Mama Euralie
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The Wardlaw-Hartridge School will stage its spring musical, Once On This Island, on Saturday, March 6th, at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, March 7, at 3 p.m.

Taking place on the Caribbean island of Haiti, divided by social prejudice, 'Once On This Island' is a calypso-flavored re-telling of the traditional "Little Mermaid" tale. The show revolves around Ti Moune, a poor peasant girl, who falls in love with Daniel, an upper class boy whose life she saves after a car crash. Various gods control the peasants' lives including the god of Love, (Erzulie) Earth (Asaka), Water (Agwe), and Death (Papa Ge). The show focuses on the effects social class divisions have on love.

Tickets may be purchased on the evening or afternoon of each performance and are $10 for adults and $5 per child or student.

The main cast includes: Milika Griffiths '12 as Ti Moune, Nikki Mugambi '15 as Little Ti Moune, Nia Allen-Lee '10 as Mama Euralie, Sam Brukhman '11 as Tonton Julian, Brian Downing '12 as Daniel, Lauren Levine '12 as Asaka, Billy Buchbinder '12 as Agwe, Ashley Martin '12 as Erzulie, Anthony Martin '10 as Papa Ge, Kayla Bashe '13 as Andrea, Katina Alamo '11 as Madame Armand, Alexandre Barbet '14 as the Gatekeeper, and Max Needle '16 as Daniel's Son.

During the performances, donations for the school's Haiti relief fund, which goes directly to Direct Relief International (www.directreliefinternational.org) will be collected. Additionally, donations for On Track Realty in Edison's Haiti Food Drive will be collected. Non-perishable items only - not in bags or glass.

For more information, please contact Sharon Byrne, music teacher, at sbyrne@whschool.org or (908) 754-1882, Ext. 186.

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