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Once on This Island – Casting Breakdown

  • 1.  Once on This Island – Casting Breakdown

    Posted 11 days ago
    No, this thread is not about the racial makeup of casting this show. With my school in Kenya, I am excited to see what strong connection we can make between this fictional Caribbean island and Kenya's cultures and colonial history.

    What I am looking for now is any advice re: the script's double-casting of named roles and storytellers. This works well for a smaller cast, certainly for the professional production. If you've done the show, for larger school casts, what did you do? Did you just add a larger chorus to the storyteller crew? Did you separate all double-casting and have an entirely different group do all the storytelling? I'd be interested to hear how various productions handled this and it went for you.


    Steven Slaughter
    Rosslyn Academy
    Nairobi, Kenya

    "Be joyful, though you have considered all the facts." - W Berry

  • 2.  RE: Once on This Island – Casting Breakdown

    Posted 10 days ago
    I did the Junior version, but I used separate story tellers and added a small children's chorus because we are a k-8 school.  They exited prior to the hurricane and came back in the end.  I also used a small ensemble of percussionist, that added some rhythms throughout various parts.  They remained on the stage until Ti Moune went to Daniel.  I also used an expanded ensemble in the village and a separate ensemble of Beaux Hommes, to accommodate the casting of more students.

    Myndee Fleury Washington

    Music & Drama Teacher

    Union Park Charter Academy

    "Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you EVERYWHERE"- Albert Einstein