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!