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MVHS musical an island adventure

Oct 31, 2012
Dagney C. Ernest Medomak Valley Players will wrap up their run of “Once On This Island” this weekend in Waldoboro; Pictured are JP Lobley as Papa Ge and Brianna Gross as Ti Moune, who makes a deal with the god of death to save her lover.

Waldoboro — The Medomak Valley Players, directed by retired educator Nancy Durgin, will present “Once On This Island” Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 9, 10, 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. — the run’s only matinee — in the Dolloff Auditorium of Medomak Valley High School, Manktown Road. All tickets are $10.

The community is invited to join the MVHS Players on Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s island adventure. “Once On This Island” offers a beautiful musical story of star-crossed lovers, living life each day as it comes, and forgiveness. The cast and crew have worked tirelessly with renowned actress/director/choreographer Dixie Weisman and director Durgin to bring this magical fable to life.

The cast features many seniors in their final MVHS musical including Brianna Gross as Ti Moune; Kristen Simmons as Asaka, Goddess of the Earth; Isabelle Lobley as Andrea and other roles, as well as dance captain; Greta Brown as Erzulie, Goddess of Love; Justin Gillman as Daniel Beauxhomme; Amanda Dever as Mama Euralie; Paul Brown as Armand; Angela Gray as Anabelle; Hannah Babcock as Gatekeeper; and Grace Jameson as Natassia. Senior Brenna McAfee serves as stage manager.

This cast of 25, including young Rachel Gross in her second MVHS show, have thrown their hearts and souls into this show and hope to share it with their friends, families and communities. Tickets may be reserved by calling 832-5389.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

Andrea (Isabelle Lobley, left) is engaged to Daniel (Justin Gillman) who has fallen in love with peasant girl Ti Moune (Brianna Gross) in Medomak Valley High School’s “Once On This Island,” a Caribbean tale of class-crossed love. (Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest)
The gods laugh at the dreams of peasant girl Ti Moune (Brianna Gross) but end up becoming involved. From left are Joseph Lobley as Papa Ge, Halie Haskins as Agwe, Kristen Simmons as Asaka and Greta Brown. (Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest)
Ti Moune (Brianna Gross) tends to, and falls in love, with Daniel Beauxhomme (Justin Gillman), to her island village’s, and its gods’, dismay. (Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest)
Kristen Simmons plays Asaka, Mother of the Earth.
Greta Brown plays Erzulie, Goddess of Love.
The orphaned Ti Moune, played as a child by Rachel Gross, is raised by the kindly Mama and Tonton (Josh Beckett and Amanda Dever) in in Medomak Valley High School’s “Once On This Island.”
Paul Brown and Ariel Haskins help tell "The Sad Tale of the Beauxhommes" in Medomak Valley High School’s “Once On This Island."
At the end of the show, the entire cast celebrates their story being told. (Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest)
This year’s musical is dedicated to Lynn Lackoff, far right, who assisted the Medomak Valley High School musicals for almost a decade. (Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest)
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