The Caribbean comes to Cerritos in ‘Once on This Island’

February 19, 2017 - photo frame

Caribbean rum will not be required to feel like one has transient to a islands with a Tony Award-nominated low-pitched “Once on This Island,” opening during a Cerritos Center for a Performing Arts on Friday.

Presented by 3-D Theatricals, a low-pitched instrumentation takes place in Haiti and has all from African-inspired choreography, to adorned low-pitched numbers, to a set that transports a assembly to an island with healthy continue elements – hurricanes and all. The prolongation only finished a run during a Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center and will run in Cerritos by Mar 5.

With strain by a Tony Award-winning songwriting twin Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (“Seussical” and “Ragtime”), low-pitched numbers will embody “One Small Girl,” “Rain” and “Forever Yours.” Director Rufus Bonds, Jr., who indeed done his Broadway entrance as a performer in a New York-run, combined a low-pitched series and other Haitian elements that he feels enhances a story.

“There’s a partial in a commencement where a workers are operative in a fields. we saw these extraordinary Haitian movements with one chairman personification violin, and that’s only a impulse that we felt we had to emanate that speaks to a Haitians,” pronounced Bonds.

The story follows a farmer lady named Ti Moune, played by singer Leah Stewart, who yearns to know what life is like on a wealthier side of a island. She prays to a gods by strain – “Waiting for Life” – and nonetheless a God of love, death, water, earth and other cryptic spirits hear her prayers, any one has a opposite interpretation of what she is seeking for.

When a well-to-do Daniel, played by actor Cooper Howell, crashes his automobile on Ti Moune’s side of a island, she rescues and falls in adore with him. However, a gods start a gamble in her responsibility of what will conquer in a end: adore or death?

The low-pitched facilities a vast cast, many of whom are onstage for a whole show. Bonds pronounced it’s unfit to pinpoint a standout actors, since any one brings something to a table.

“I can’t contend adequate good things about this cast. They’re all element actors with lots of appetite and special talent in singing, dancing and acting,” pronounced Bonds.

The comfortless adore story is a lax instrumentation of a Hans Christian Andersen angel story “The Little Mermaid,” and formed on a Rosa Guy novel “My Love, My Love.”

“It’s a adore story that tells us that adore will always conquer death, even if it’s tragic. Because even if one dies, their adore has not died in us, we still feel and adore them,” pronounced Bond.

The contemporary set is staged to demeanour like a print frame, Bonds said, with colourful flowers, fruit trees, and other elements such as storms and plateau that execute a palatable island. The use of LED lighting and projections also assistance to tell a story and benefaction a stunningly colorful set.

The 3-D Theatrical prolongation association is famous for putting a possess turn on Broadway musicals, including “Beauty and a Beast,” “Spamalot” and “Oklahoma!” The strange Broadway prolongation ran during a Booth Theatre from 1990 to 1991, where it perceived 8 Tony Award nominations.

Bonds pronounced he hopes that a one-act production, that runs about 90 minutes, will leave a assembly with copiousness of good messages:

“I wish a assembly is changed by all they see: a dancing, a music, a colors. And it inspires them to love, live life to a fullest, and to believe, like Ti Moune, that there is some-more to life and anything is possible.”

Contact a writer: jmoe@ocregister.com

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