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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

Production Team

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."

-Cast Member

Photos by Aly Inglish

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