A tropical retelling of “The Little Mermaid”

Art February 18, 2019 16:20

By The Nation

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Bangkok Community Theatre launches its 2019 season with the Broadway musical “Once on this Island”. The show is set on a Caribbean island with a catchy Caribbean influenced score, and promises a joyful theatre experience.



 The one act, ninety-minute musical, opened on Broadway to great acclaim in 1990, and got its Tony Award for best revival of a musical in 2018, competing against revivals of “My Fair Lady” and “Carousel”.

Based on the 1985 novel “My Love, My Love” or “The Peasant Girl” by Rosa Guy, “Once on this Island” in set in the Antilles. It centres on a peasant girl on a tropical island, who is guided by the island gods of earth, water, love and death. With their guidance and strength she uses the power of love to bring together people of different social classes and backgrounds. 

The story begins as Ti Moune is orphaned by a storm. She is adopted by two loving peasants and she dreams of a life bigger than her own. She falls in love with a boy from the rich side of the Island and heals him after he suffers from a car crash. The power of love guides her to overcome death and to her final destiny. 

Directed by Michael Allman, the show will be performed by a multinational cast that includes Ashley Moyles, Bonnie Zellerbach, Celia Barthman, Emilia Clarke, Jay Pangilinan, Kaylee Marie, Kristoffer Cabuyao, Naomi Bactol, Neil Anthony Castillo, Pearl Rapeeporn, Philip Luis and Zipporah Gene.

The line-up of songs includes “Mama Will Provide”, “The Human Heart”, “We Dance” and “We Tell the Story”.

“Once on this Island” will be staged from March 22-23 and again on March 29-30 at 7.30pm with matinees at 4pm on March 23 and 30 at Creative Industries, M Theatre. Tickets are priced at Bt850. For more information, Find out more at www.BangkokCommunityTheatre.com.