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  • RBTC presents Once on This Island!
    Posted: October 10, 2011 2:02 PM

    Red Branch Theatre Company, the professional theatre company in residence at Drama Learning Center opens their final show of the season, Once On This Island. Performances will be October 14-29.


    Once On This Island is an original Caribbean adaptation of the popular fairy tale The Little Mermaid. Based on the novel My Love, My Love by Rosa Guy, the fast-paced story follows island peasant girl Ti Moune as she rescues and falls in love with the wealthy Daniel from the other side of the island. Four elemental island gods lead Ti Moune on a mission to test her love for Daniel against all odds in this nonstop, song-and-dance story. With a catchy, Caribbean-inspired score brought to you by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens (the same songwriting team responsible for Ragtime and animated feature Anastasia), Once On This Island garnered eight Tony® nominations during its Broadway run.


    Once On This Island will mark the end of Red Branch Theatre Company’s 2011 season entitled “Telling Tales.” Following successful runs of Into the Woods, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, and original work Web of Deceit, Once On This Island serves as the perfect bookend to a season that has been filled with fairy tale and fantasy. The stories told in this season have helped Red Branch Theatre Company to continue its mission of fostering a love of theatre in its audience which is life-long.


    Stephanie Lynn Williams, Co-Founder and Executive Producer, leads the helm of this production as director. Williams has previously directed Bridge to Terabithia and The Adventures of Pippi Longstocking for the Red Branch stage. Dustin Merrell serves as music director; Mark Allen, Jason Kimmell, Jenny Male, and Dawn Barnes contribute as choreographers;  and Danny Clemens is stage manager.


    Tickets are now on sale and available for purchase on the web at or by calling (410)997-9352.


    Performance Dates

    October 14-15, 21-22, 27-29 at 8 PM

    October 16 & 23 at 3 PM


    Special Events

    October 16 & 23 – Following our matinees, choreographer Dawn Barnes will be conducting a brief interactive African Dance workshop.  For many years Dawn has taught at Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland, where she was Associate Professor of Performing Arts.  During her full-time tenure at Howard Community College, she founded and directed Aurora Dance Company and appeared regularly on Howard’s cable television station as host of the program “On Location.” She has written, directed and produced several films as well as a Liberian television comedy series. Dawn is currently Director of Liberia Renaissance Foundation, Inc., a philanthropic organization and teaches part-time at Howard Community College.


    October 21 - Parents Night Out PJ Party – 7:30 – 11:00 PM – parents drop their children off at 7:30 to see the show under the supervision our highly qualified Drama Learning Center teaching staff. After the show, children enjoy snacks, arts & crafts, and theatre fun! Advanced registration is required. Ages 8 and up are recommended for this production.




    $18 – General Admission

    $16 – Students and Seniors

    $15 – Groups of 10 or more

    $25 – PJ Party

    $20 – Price at the door

    Reservations are highly recommended



    Ti Moune                     Anastasia Stewart

    Little Ti Moune            Mycah Brown

    Mama Euralie              Michelle Harmon

    Tonton Julian               Wil Lewis

    Daniel                          Eric Hufford

    Papa Ge                       Mark Stephens

    Asaka                          Felicia Akunwafor

    Agwe                           Cory Jones

    Erzulie                         Samantha McEwen

    Andrea                         Melody Easton

    Armand                        Peter Crews

    Storytellers                  Portia Boston

                                        Tanika Cook

                                        Brandi Dyer

                                        Kristina Hopkins

                                        Cristina Shunk

                                        Monece Starling

                                        Claire Schreibfeder


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