Once on this Island
Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens
Stage Right Performing Arts
Goppert Theatre, Avila Univerisity
Kansas City, Summer 2016
A group of peasant storytellers recount a tale of unconditional love in the face of death to a young girl terrified during the heart of a storm. The story takes the audience on a journey through two different worlds on the same island, separated by economic inequality and racial tension. It takes the courage of one to end the hatred and suffering of generations.
Once on this Island was the first production at Stage Right Performing Arts to be performed by a cast of only middle-school students. Ward guided the large cast and production team through the arcs of this timeless musical by insisting on simplicity in production and complexity in movement.
"Once on this Island gave me the chance to observe his directing method thoroughly, and the quality product delivered at the end was a result of Mitchell's strong ability."
-Darrington Clark: Actor, Music Director
Artistic Director: Donna West
Executive Director: Scott West
Director: Mitchell Ward
Music Director: Darrington Clark
Costume Design: Austin Skibbie
Scenic Design: Dani Mader
Lighting Design: Evan Brittain
Sound Design: Evan Brittain, Mitchell Ward
Choreography: Reuben E. Hoyle, Tyler Eisenreich
Stage Manager: Lucy McDonald
Technical Director: Olivia West
Assistant Director: Kylie Ledford
Assisant Music Dir.: Alec Walberg
Assistant Costumer: Aly Brooke
Assistant LD: Rachael Carney
Assistant SM: Michael Moore
Sound Engineer: Sean Weston
"Once on this island and Stage Right have taught me so much about loving people and obviously all of my singing and dancing skills."
Photos by Aly Inglish