Once on this Island Jr. Cast Interview with Maura Young!

Q: If you could control either love, death, water, or earth like the gods in the show, which one would you choose and why?

A: Probably love, because the world would be a much better place with more love, right?

Q: "Why We Tell the Story" is just one of the amazing songs in Once on this Island! Why do you think telling a story through the arts is still important to society? 

A: I think it is still important to society, because one, everything looks cooler with, singing, acting, and dancing. But really, don’t the people on stage light up immediately just because they’re preforming? And, hey, maybe the story we’re telling may change your whole input on life. Who knows?

Q: Why are you most excited about sharing this particular story with your community?

A: When I got cast in this production, I was beyond excited, because I LOVE this musical, and the story stuck out to me so much. And again, maybe it will change your whole input on life!

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Once on this Island Jr. Cast Interview with Mollie Wexler!

Q: If you could control either love, death, water, or earth like the gods in the show, which one would you choose and why?

A: I would choose LOVE because without it many people wouldn't be on this earth.

Q: "Why We Tell the Story" is just one of the amazing songs in Once on this Island! Why do you think telling a story through the arts is still important to society? 

A: Telling a story through the arts is important because it's a way of entertainment and makes people happy.

Q: Why are you most excited about sharing this particular story with your community?

A: I'm excited to share this very diverse and fun story with my community because it shows love can overcome many obstacles.

Join us for Once on this Island Jr. Sept. 13-23!

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Once on this Island Jr. Cast Interview with Oakley Weddle!

Q: If you could control either love, death, water, or earth like the gods in the show, which one would you choose and why?

A: First, this is my favorite question ever. I am struggling so much to choose between the powers of love and death. Love is so instrumental to our world and I believe love can conquer anything and outweighs even the most complex of situations. Nonetheless, I will say I would like to control death. Not in a villainous or deceitful way, but to use it to heal and to revive people from the dead. Death is so spiritual and powerful, I believe that would most beneficial way to help society.

Q: "Why We Tell the Story" is just one of the amazing songs in Once on this Island! Why do you think telling a story through the arts is still important to society? 

A: Seeing a whole cast of real life people put on costumes, put on a persona and tell a story to the audience is one of the most thrilling things to me. Sitting in darkness, seeing a production happen right before your eyes is the most magical thing on earth. So many colors, costumes and fantasies abound when a cast is going a hundred and fifty percent in telling a beautiful story. Stories of heartbreak, betrayal, grief, wonder and adventure are so fascinating to watch. We step out of our lives and began to feel what we often lack most. Empathy.

Q: Why are you most excited about sharing this particular story with your community?

A: Once On This Island talks so much of love, death, happiness, grief and heartbreak. My favorite thing about this show is that everyone will find something to relate with. Whether that be Ti Moune's adventure to human heart to eventually broken heart, maybe the god's empathy towards her, maybe Ti Moune's mother and father in their love for her and how they want the best for her. It's an extremely relatable show. I'm so excited to share why I tell the story and how much passion and love the whole cast has put into this show. Don't miss this phenomenal show of love, death, family and the joys of forgiveness.

Join us for Once on this Island Jr. Sept. 13-23!

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Once on this Island Jr. Cast Interview with Dara Wallace!

Q: If you could control either love, death, water, or earth like the gods in the show, which one would you choose and why?

A: Death because I could end so much heartache if I were the master over death.

Q: "Why We Tell the Story" is just one of the amazing songs in Once on this Island! Why do you think telling a story through the arts is still important to society? 

A: Something about a well told story really resonates with people and the arts have a way of giving full emotion to a story.

Q: Why are you most excited about sharing this particular story with your community?

A: Because it’s a star crossed love story full of passion and conflict. It’s an emotional roller coaster.

 Join us for Once on this Island Jr. Sept. 13-23!

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Once on this Island Jr. Cast Interview with Rocky Turnage!

Q: If you could control either love, death, water, or earth like the gods in the show, which one would you choose and why?

A: I would want to control love. Everyone wants to be loved in their life, but it’s also a powerful tool. It can be used in good and evil, so you have to be careful with it. The complexity and diversity of love has always been intriguing to me.

Q: "Why We Tell the Story" is just one of the amazing songs in Once on this Island! Why do you think telling a story through the arts is still important to society? 

A: Telling stories is so important to society today. Take musical theater for example, through song and dance we are able to convey so much more emotion than we could with words. Sometimes seeing something happen before your eyes is a greater experience than just being told.

Q: Why are you most excited about sharing this particular story with your community?

A: Once on this Island is a unique story that shows all sides of life, not just the ones we would like to see, like a lot of musicals do. We get to explore the sly ways of death, the powerful ways of water. All the gods work together to attempt to balance the society they control, and we can see the struggles they go through.

Join us for Once on this Island Jr. Sept. 13-23!

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Once on this Island Jr. Cast Interview with Dylan Stevenson!

Q: If you could control either love, death, water, or earth like the gods in the show, which one would you choose and why?

A: I would control water because water can be very powerful. And water can help people and hurt people all in the same ways. I would try to control floods so no one would get hurt.

Q: "Why We Tell the Story" is just one of the amazing songs in Once on this Island! Why do you think telling a story through the arts is still important to society? 

A: Telling the story through the arts is very important because the arts paint a picture for everyone. Reading the story is one thing, actors and actress performing the story is much better.

Q: Why are you most excited about sharing this particular story with your community?

A: I am excited to share this story with my community because I believe there are people when they come into our theater, they would know nothing about Once On This Island. They would watch us tell this story and they would remember what we did.

Join us for Once on this Island Jr. Sept. 13-23!

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Once on this Island Jr. Cast Interview with Paisley Rhyne!

Q: If you could control either love, death, water, or earth like the gods in the show, which one would you choose and why?

A: If I had control like the gods in the show, I would control water. Water is my favorite compound element and we can not survive without it.

Q: "Why We Tell the Story" is just one of the amazing songs in Once on this Island! Why do you think telling a story through the arts is still important to society? 

A: It is important to tell the story through art because it can speak to children and adults and experience in a way they may not have imagined.

Q: Why are you most excited about sharing this particular story with your community?

A: I am excited to share this story with people who are going through a hard time and show them that with love you can over power anything.

Join us for Once on this Island Jr. Sept. 13-23!

Once on this Island Jr. Cast Interview with Vivie Myrick!

Q: If you could control either love, death, water, or earth like the gods in the show, which one would you choose and why?

A: I would control love because love is the greatest gift we can give anyone. “The greatest thing that we can do is to help somebody know that they're loved and capable of loving.” -Fred Rogers

Q: "Why We Tell the Story" is just one of the amazing songs in Once on this Island! Why do you think telling a story through the arts is still important to society? 

A: Telling stories through the arts helps to bring people together. People of all races, religions, and backgrounds are brought together.

Q: Why are you most excited about sharing this particular story with your community?

A: This is the ultimate story of love. I think everyone will enjoy this story.

Join us for Once on this Island Jr. Sept. 13-23!

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Once on this Island Jr. Cast Interview with Kelsey Moultrie!

Q: If you could control either love, death, water, or earth like the gods in the show, which one would you choose and why?

A: Although love is the most powerful, it is not something that can be contained or controlled, but rather a force that means something different to each of us. So love is out. Death, although very different from love, is similar. It is not something that is meant to be controlled by us, and especially not by me. That leaves Water and Earth, and out of the two of those I think water is cooler and more powerful. So water it is!

Q: "Why We Tell the Story" is just one of the amazing songs in Once on this Island! Why do you think telling a story through the arts is still important to society? 

A: Stories are passed down from generation to generation, and in most stories there is a moral. We can use the arts to share important lessons with the audience in hopes of helping our society grow.

Q: Why are you most excited about sharing this particular story with your community?

A: Once on this Island provides us with a very powerful question. Which is stronger, Love or Death? Logically, Death wins every time right? How can an unseen force so-called “Love” win against something so inevitable like Death? It seems at the end that Death will prevail, but when you look at the full picture you can see that Love was there all along, and Love will go on even after Death. Once on this Island portrays this beautifully, and I am excited to share this particular concept of the show with my community.

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Once on this Island Jr. Cast Interview with Ryan Mesler!

Q: If you could control either love, death, water, or earth like the gods in the show, which one would you choose and why?

A: I would control earth because love and death are two extremely powerful things that I wouldn’t be able to handle. Earth is strong, yet not overwhelming.

Q: "Why We Tell the Story" is just one of the amazing songs in Once on this Island! Why do you think telling a story through the arts is still important to society? 

A: The arts are important to society simply because anyone can see it, anyone can do it, and everyone can enjoy it. The arts don’t only provide entertainment, but also help express ideas and emotions.

Q: Why are you most excited about sharing this particular story with your community?

A: This story is different than the average tale. The story is unusual and quite fascinating, making it a phenomenal musical and amazing experience in general.

Join us for Once on this Island Jr. Sept. 13-23!

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Once on this Island Jr. Cast Interview with Molly McFarland!

Q: If you could control either love, death, water, or earth like the gods in the show, which one would you choose and why?

A: I would want to control love. If you could control love, you would be able to turn the world into a beautiful, peaceful and loving place. Everyone would care for each other and help each other, and there would be no more wars or fighting and we would have kindness, love and peace throughout the world.

Q: "Why We Tell the Story" is just one of the amazing songs in Once on this Island! Why do you think telling a story through the arts is still important to society? 

A: I think since the beginning of time people have acted out stories for many different reasons. They were entertaining, but they also taught many valuable lessons. It was easier to understand and remember the lessons and stories passed down through families and villages when they were acted out. I think that is still very true today.

Q: Why are you most excited about sharing this particular story with your community?

A: I am very excited about sharing this story because there are problems the characters face on their island that we are facing in our community today and we can learn from this story how to be and how not to be.

 Join us for Once on this Island Jr. Sept. 13-23!

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Once on this Island Jr. Cast Interview with Lucy Belle McFarland!

Q: If you could control either love, death, water, or earth like the gods in the show, which one would you choose and why?

A: I would chose love because love is a very powerful thing. I also think love needs to be handled with care. If love gets in the wrong hands, love can get messed up. If it is in the right hands, it can be magical.

Q: "Why We Tell the Story" is just one of the amazing songs in Once on this Island! Why do you think telling a story through the arts is still important to society? 

A: At first you may think you're just being entertained, but you are actually learning many things during the "telling of the story." It can be a useful tool to help kids understand some important lessons while being entertained!

Q: Why are you most excited about sharing this particular story with your community?

A: I am very excited about sharing this show with everyone especially because this show will be so beautiful and share an important message. It is also a great show to draw kids into theatre and help them understand the arts better. I am very excited because there are so many great lessons. For example, love is strong and powerful. If someone truly loves you, they will do just about anything for you.

Join us for Once on this Island Jr. Sept. 13-23!

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Once on this Island Jr. Cast Interview with Anneliese Lum!

Q: If you could control either love, death, water, or earth like the gods in the show, which one would you choose and why?

A: I think earth because I could stop world hunger.

Q: "Why We Tell the Story" is just one of the amazing songs in Once on this Island! Why do you think telling a story through the arts is still important to society? 

A: It helps you understand things that you didn’t understand before.

Q: Why are you most excited about sharing this particular story with your community?

A: Im excited because I get to share a story of a girl who lived life by loving and getting a great reward

Join us for Once on this Island Jr. Sept. 13-23!

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Once on this Island Jr. Cast Interview with Kalisa Lee!

Q: If you could control either love, death, water, or earth like the gods in the show, which one would you choose and why?

A: I would want to control love. Love includes many different emotions. It can make you laugh or cry. It brings joy and sorrow Love connects all kinds of people. Love is universal!

Q: "Why We Tell the Story" is just one of the amazing songs in Once on this Island! Why do you think telling a story through the arts is still important to society? 

A: Telling a story through the arts is an amazing way for people of different backgrounds to enjoy and experience the story together.

Q: Why are you most excited about sharing this particular story with your community?

A:This story shows many necessary lessons for people to live, love, and work together. I think my community can grow in peace and understanding just like the characters in the play.

Join us for Once on this Island Jr. Sept. 13-23!

Once on this Island Jr. Cast Interview with Brady Jones!

Q: If you could control either love, death, water, or earth like the gods in the show, which one would you choose and why?

A: I would choose death because I could control how long a person lives. I know that sounds weird, but let me explain. If a person were terminally ill and in pain, I could allow them to die peacefully. If they are relatively healthy, they could live long lives and enjoy their grandchildren.

Q: "Why We Tell the Story" is just one of the amazing songs in Once on this Island! Why do you think telling a story through the arts is still important to society? 

A: Telling the story through the arts is important because it is a fun and entertaining way to tell a story. The actors are able to immerse themselves with song and dance and excite an audience.

Q: Why are you most excited about sharing this particular story with your community?

A: This story to me correlates to the world today. Rich and poor are represented where the rich are walled off from the peasants and think that they are better. They do not believe in the peasants silly superstitions.

Mark your calendars to join us for Once on this Island Jr. Sept. 13-23!

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Once on this Island Jr. Cast Interview with Payton Jenkins!

Q: If you could control either love, death, water, or earth like the gods in the show, which one would you choose and why?

A: I would want to control love because it can overcome time, distance, and even death.

Q: "Why We Tell the Story" is just one of the amazing songs in Once on this Island! Why do you think telling a story through the arts is still important to society? 

A: The arts is an important outlet for storytelling because it is a much more personal experience since you’re seeing it performed live and you can tell all the time and effort has created an amazing product.

Q: Why are you most excited about sharing this particular story with your community?

A: This story shows the importance of loving each other even when we think the other person is wrong and I think that’s a really important message to tell.

Mark your calendars to join us for Once on this Island Jr. Sept. 13-23!

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Once on this Island Jr. Cast Interview with Cecilia Hartney!

Q: If you could control either love, death, water, or earth like the gods in the show, which one would you choose and why?

A: Love because love is an important part of our lives. We need love to be kind toward each other. Bringing love into difficult situations will improve them. It could make our world a better place.

Q: "Why We Tell the Story" is just one of the amazing songs in Once on this Island! Why do you think telling a story through the arts is still important to society? 

A: It is important to tell stories through the arts for a lot of reasons. When you artistically tell a story it's easier to remember. People can learn from these stories and not repeat the mistakes of the past. It's also great entertainment!

Q: Why are you most excited about sharing this particular story with your community?

A: I am excited to show people what Once on this Island is about. It just won a Tony award this year for best revival of a musical!

Mark your calendars to join us for Once on this Island Jr. Sept. 13-23!

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Once on this Island Jr. Cast Interview with Henry Hartmann!

Q: If you could control either love, death, water, or earth like the gods in the show, which one would you choose and why?

A: I would control the earth because I would love to make flowers bloom and I would make all the plants of the earth grow so I could bring back nature as it was before the Grand Homme came to the island.

Q: "Why We Tell the Story" is just one of the amazing songs in Once on this Island! Why do you think telling a story through the arts is still important to society? 

A: It is important because the arts brings the community together.

Q: Why are you most excited about sharing this particular story with your community?

A: It teaches us the story of how love concurs all and I like all the dancing.

Mark your calendars to join us for Once on this Island Jr. Sept. 13-23!

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Once on this Island Jr. Cast Interview with Zoe Goolsby!

Q: If you could control either love, death, water, or earth like the gods in the show, which one would you choose and why?

A: I would choose love because I could spread it throughout the world.

Q: "Why We Tell the Story" is just one of the amazing songs in Once on this Island! Why do you think telling a story through the arts is still important to society? 

A: I believe telling a story through arts is important because telling a story could inspire someone else’s life.

Q: Why are you most excited about sharing this particular story with your community?

A: I am excited about sharing this story with the community because it shows love is more powerful than death.

Mark your calendars to join us for Once on this Island Jr. Sept. 13-23!

Once on this Island Jr. Cast Interview with Xea Goolsby!

Q: If you could control either love, death, water, or earth like the gods in the show, which one would you choose and why?

A: I would control earth. I would get to control how everything grows and also have a really big green thumb.

Q: "Why We Tell the Story" is just one of the amazing songs in Once on this Island! Why do you think telling a story through the arts is still important to society? 

A: I think telling a story through the arts are important because you want to see the story the actor/character can tell.

Q: Why are you most excited about sharing this particular story with your community?

A: I’m excited about telling a story because people will be able to relate to the character’s story.

Mark your calendars to join us for Once on this Island Jr. Sept. 13-23!

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