Thursday, August 11, 2022

Lancaster Catholic Students Bring Musical Tale of ‘Once on This Island’ to Life

Showcasing their talents in the performing arts, students at Lancaster Catholic High School are bringing the Caribbean legend of faith, hope and love to life this weekend with their presentation of “Once on This Island.”

The musical tells the story of peasant girl, Ti Moune, who falls in love with the well-to-do Daniel. Though their love is considered forbidden by their communities, Ti Moune shows her island what it means to have unwavering hope, unfailing love and abundant life.

The one-act musical uses minimal props and sets, yet transports the audience to the Caribbean with vibrant melodies, energetic dance and lively colors. Ti Moune is played by Isabelle Titzer, whose vocal talents drew audible gasps from the audience during a special performance for Lancaster Catholic alumni on March 16.

“The cast, crew and orchestra put so much effort into this show, and I couldn’t be more proud of all of them,” said Emma Reynolds, ’14, director.

“I loved this show for our school because there are so many themes of faith in it, and it contains the theological virtues of faith, hope and love. There is also the theme of love being stronger than death, and love conquering death, which is central to the Catholic faith,” she said.

Performances this week are March 17, 18 and 19 at 7 p.m. in the Old Main Auditorium, and cap off nearly three months of after-school and weekend rehearsals.

(Photos by Jen Reed, The Catholic Witness.)

By Jen Reed, The Catholic Witness

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