The Academy at Asheville Arts Center to perform “Once On This Island, Jr.”

November 23, 2009 at 11:55 am Leave a comment

The Asheville Arts Center is proud to announce one of our esteemed children’s theatre offerings this fall, “Once on this Island, Jr.”  This musical is being put together by our extremely talented Academy students and is set to perform in December.

Click here to view the Facebook invitation!

More about the show:

once-on-this-island-junior-colorOnce On This Island Junior is a Caribbean adaptation of the popular Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale “The Little Mermaid” featuring a poignant story and catchy, Caribbean flavored score.

This is the story of Ti Moune, a peasant girl who rescues and falls in love with Daniel, a young man from a wealthy family. When Daniel is returned to his people, the gods who rule the island guide Ti Moune on a quest to test the strength of her love against the powerful forces of prejudice, hatred and death.

Told in a presentational style reminiscent of story theatre, it is equally effective regardless of its cast size and features minimal – though colorful – sets and costumes that capture the imagination of the audience. Creative dance or movement-driven staging is also part of the show’s style, calling upon performers to portray trees, wild animals and even a fierce rainstorm.

With its touching story and catchy pop and Caribbean flavored score by songwriters of the film Anastasia and the Broadway smash Ragtime, Once On This Island Junior is a multi-cultural feast for the heart, mind, and soul.

The Academy cast had the amazing opportunity to work with original Broadway cast member, Gerry McIntyre on November 14.  Mr. McIntyre also directed a production in New Orleans with kids who had survived Hurricane Katrina, featured in the documentary, “After the Storm.”  Click here to see more about the documentary.

Show dates are December 4 & 5, 2009 at North Buncombe High School in Weaverville, NC. (7pm Friday, 3pm & 7pm Saturday)  Mark your calendars!

More about our Academy program:

AcademyTheatreFestPicTHE ACADEMY AT THE ASHEVILLE ARTS CENTER is a year-round, progressive conservatory for students with the commitment and desire to deepen their performing arts education in acting, singing and dance.  August 2009 marks the beginning of the Academy’s fourth year.  Current Academy students have earned lead roles in many community and school productions, paid voice-overs, and film projects.  Two concentrations of study are offered: the Musical Theatre Concentration and the Drama/ Acting Concentration.

Students in grades 4 – 12 (ages 10-18) are eligible and may be admitted by audition after submitting an application.  Younger students may qualify for our Junior Acting Company, a pre-Academy program for those 10 years old and younger.

The Academy’s “acting company” conservatory approach allows students and instructors to build a supportive, exciting, boundless learning group.  Together they’ll explore the tools and styles of performing on stage, film and TV.  Academy students are the core of our Children’s Theatre Workshop and annual Academy productions.


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