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Arnold High School Presents "Once On This Island"

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J.R. Arnold High School theatre students will perform Once On This Island, a high energy fairy tale musical, in the Helen Blackburn Arnold Auditorium on the campus of Arnold High School on April 26,  27 and May 3, 4, 2013. All performances are at 7:30pm. This highly acclaimed, family friendly, high energy show follows a young woman on her journey to discover her fate. This production of Once On This Island marks the first time in Bay County that the show has been performed. Donations accepted at the door will go to support future productions at Arnold High School, but admission is free as the students strive to give the gift of live theatre to our entire community.

Once On This Island is a highly original and theatrical adaptation that resembles the popular fairy tale The Little Mermaid while also capturing the passion of such love stories as Romeo and Juliet.  In almost non-stop song and dance, the show tells the story of Ti Moune, a peasant girl who rescues and falls in love with Daniel, a wealthy boy from the other side of her island. When Daniel is returned to his people, the fantastical gods who rule the island, guide Ti Moune on a quest to test the strength of her love against the powerful forces of prejudice, hatred and death. In the end everyone learns that fate sometimes brings us places we never expected, and the audience is reminded why "We Tell The Story," in the jubilant closing number.

Arnold High School's theatre department has a record of intensely strong performances, and has been recognized as one of the best high school theatre programs in the state. Students have been working on this production throughout the spring and are sure to impress with this unique performance.

The running time for Once On This Island is about an hour and a half, and the show is most appropriate for children in 3rd grade and up. For more information about the show or the theatre program at Arnold High School please visit