Once on this Island” musical: a magical tale of love and storytelling

If you haven’t bought tickets to any of Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe’s  (WBTT) productions, you should do so before they are sold out. Having seen WBTT’s production of “Once on This Island” last week, I’m anxious to see several of their upcoming season’s shows and hope you will, too.

The musical is based on Rosa Gay’s novel “My Love My Love,” and draws inspiration from Caribbean folklore and mythology. The story follows a young peasant girl named Ti Moune who dreams of a love story that transcends the boundaries of class and societal expectations. Ti Moune falls in love with Daniel, a man from a wealthy family, and makes a pact with the gods, offering her life in exchange for Daniel’s safety. The musical beautifully tells a story of complicated social issues of race, class, and affairs of the heart.

Once on this Island has an outstanding cast.

The production of Once on This Island is equally impressive, with a set design that transports the audience to the heart of Haiti, gorgeous costumes, and energetic choreography by Jim Weaver. The cast is truly remarkable, with each member bringing a unique energy and talent to the stage. Once on This Island is truly a timeless love story that celebrates the power of love, sacrifice, and the resilience of the human spirit.

In all, the show is a vibrant piece of work, showcasing the abilities of WBTT’s cast and backstage crew.

About Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe

(WBTT) is a nonprofit theater located in Sarasota, Florida. It offers sizzling musical productions, dramatic live shows, young artist showcases, and community forums on the arts. The theater was founded in 1999 by Nate Jacobs, who is also the artistic director. WBTT has a large, multi-talented cast, fine musicians, and gorgeous costumes, sets, and lighting. For more information, click here.

~ Andrea Martone

Andrea Mastrocinque-Martone is Sarasota Event Calendar’s Chief Editor. She is the former A & E Editor for Sarasota Observer Newspapers and is currently a public relations consultant. www.Insightfulpr.com

Andrea Martone

Andrea Martone is a former Arts & Entertainment Editor for the Sarasota Observer Newspaper Group, as well as a former Editor-in-Chief of a Long Island (New York) newspaper chain. She moved to Sarasota 14 years ago after working as an executive in NYC in public relations and marketing. She currently is a Public relations & marketing consultant and President of Insightful PR. She lives and breathes all things art, culture, music food and wine and is proud to be the Executive Editor of Sarasota Events Calendar.

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