CJ Performing Arts Presents: Once On This Island

Journey to the island as CJ Performing Arts Presents: Once on This Island, Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17.

The musical takes place in the French Antilles archipelago in the Caribbean Sea and showcases how a peasant girl uses the power of love to bring people of different social classes together.

“We give her a challenge,” Angelo Moore-Knight ‘18, who portrays Papa Ge in the musical, explained. “Between the four gods, we’re like siblings. Myself and Erzulie (Ashley Gerhard ‘18) have a bet going on to see if the girl would choose love or death based upon the scenario.”

An exciting element to the musical were younger cast mates, as the musical called for “young islanders.” After an audition process, eight local elementary students were cast for the musical.

“It was so nice to work with children who eventually be in the place we are,” Moore-Knight said.

This production marks Moore-Knight’s final musical for CJ. He performed in all fall plays and spring musicals during his time at CJ.

“It’s an amazing feeling, but when I think about it, it’s bittersweet,” reflected Moore-Knight.

Once on This Island will be performed Friday, Mar. 16 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Mar. 17 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door. Students may pre-purchase a ticket for $5 during lunch on Friday.

Posted March 15, 2018