Monika Roberts-Brown (L), husband Bob Brown and Roxanne Jackson share a moment following the opening performance of “Once On This Island”. Roxanne plays “Mama Euralie” in the Lakewood Playhouse production of “Once On This Island”. (Photo by Scott Campbell)
Story by Phil Raschke
Lakewood Playhouse’s current musical production,”Once On This Island,” vividly tells the romantic tale of forbidden love on a Caribbean island. The play was written by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty who also wrote “Anastasia” and “Seussical.”
Originally inspired by Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid, the play uses a cast of island storytellers to develop the tale of a peasant girl’s love for a boy above her social status. The romantic story is told through lush ballads, rousing choral numbers and colorful dancing.
First night attendee Bob Brown of Lakewood said “Island” was “a story that transcends the ages. A wonderfully different experience that was well received by everyone.”
Bob’s wife, Monika Roberts-Brown said “Island” was “two hours of pure getting away. The play was wonderfully done and I was amazed at the clever use of colorful material to simulate water, sand and walls. In many ways, the play reminded me of “West Side Story” with a Caribbean setting. In short, I just loved it!”
“Once On This Island” is continuing at the Lakewood Playhouse through Sunday, April 27. Performances on Friday and Saturday start at 8 pm. Sunday performances start at 2 pm. Reservations can be made by calling the Box Office at 253-588-0042 between 1 and 6 pm Tuesday through Sunday. Tickets and information are also available online.