Catawba College’s Blue Masque presents ‘Once on This Island’ March 20-23

  • Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2013 12:01 a.m.
Tracy Ratliff
Donna Steele, Rayshaun Sandlin
Tracy Ratliff Donna Steele, Rayshaun Sandlin

SALISBURY —As spring begins to show its face, join Catawba College and the Blue Masque on a journey of hope and love in the theatrical production of “Once on This Island.”

The production opens at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Catawba’s Florence Busby Corriher Theater.


With a moving story written by Tony Award winner Lynn Ahrens, and stunning score composed by Grammy nominee and Tony winner Stephen Flaherty, “Once on This Island” tells the story of a girl on a tropical island, who uses the power of love to bring people of all kinds together in harmony.

Led by an ensemble of story-tellers, “Once on This Island” throws the audience into a folktale through song and dance.

In this adaption of Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Little Mermaid,” student director Jodye Carroll of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., wanted to focus on a more choreographed performance.

“It’s very movement-based, which is certainly a big factor in why I chose it, but it also pushes some very tough questions, and it leaves room for interpretation, which I really love,” Carroll said. “This is not your typical happy musical where everything is tied up with a bow at the end.

“It really showcases some great talent that we have here on campus through a genre that the department hasn’t really explored in quite some time.”

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