by Annierra Matthews
The University of West Georgia’s Theatre Department presented “Once on This Island,” a musical nominated for a Tony Award, at the Townsend Center Main Stage. The play opened on Wednesday, Oct. 9, and the last showing was on Sunday, October 13.
“Once on This Island” follows the life of Ti Moune, a young woman who falls in love with the wealthy Daniel Beauxhomme from the other side of her island. However, the gods and Moune’s adopted parents, Mama Euralie and Tonton Julian, have a different story in mind for the young lovers. When Beauxhomme is returned to his people, the fantastical gods who rule the island guide Moune on a journey that tests the strength of her love against the powerful forces of prejudice, hatred and death.
The book and lyrics for “Once on This Island,” were written by award-winning writer Lynn Ahrens. Stephen Flaherty composed the play. Using their work, the talented actors and stage crew in the UWG Theatre Department transported the audience to a world where gods have the final say and true love may not be enough.
For more information on upcoming plays by the UWG Theatre Department, please visit www.westga.edu/~theatre.