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Once On This Island: Hits The Stage In Springfield

by Unite News Staff

Springfield, MO— Jana Bunch will perform the lead role as Ti Moune in the production of “Once On This Island.”
This one-act stage musical is scheduled to show at the Wilhoit Theatre located in the Breech School of Business on Drury University Campus May 13th – 28th.  Showings will be Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Matinees. Ticket Cost is Pay What You Will.
The production centers around a book with lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty. Based on the 1985 novel My Love, My Love; and, The Peasant Girl by Rosa
Guy, it is set in the French Antilles archipelago in the Caribbean Sea. It’s about a peasant girl on a tropical island, who uses the power of love to bring people together of different social classes.
The production is being presented by The Small Umbrella Theatre Company and the newly formed Black Arts Alliance. The Black Arts Alliance is a local, Black-led group of artists working in coalition with the Small Umbrella Theatre, Springfield Regional Arts Council, and Springfield Little Theatre to create opportunities for marginalized talent in Southwest Missouri. Their goal is to recruit BIPOC (Black, Indigenous people of color) and QTPOC (Queer and Trans People of Color) talent in Springfield, MO to give them a stage to perform and thrive on. The alliance pursues talent, offers resources, and welcomes opportunities to exercise that talent on stage, in film, and through music.

Show Dates: Preview: Thursday, May 12, 2022, Opening Night: Friday, May 13, 2022
Closing Night: Saturday, May 28, 7:30 p.m.
For more information about this production, go to: www.SmallUmbrellaTheatre.org

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