March 19, 2013 > MSJHS tangles with the gods in "Once on this Island"
MSJHS tangles with the gods in "Once on this Island"
Submitted By Tanya Roundy
Mission San Jose High School's spring musical, "Once on this Island," is an energetic, lively tale of a young girl who is sent on a journey by the gods to see if Love is stronger than Death. Loosely based on "The Little Mermaid," Papa Ge (the God of Death) and Erzulie (Goddess of Love), along with the other gods, play with Timoune's fate in typical mischievous godly fashion.
Falling in love with a rich young man, Timoune saves him from Death by promising her own soul and follows him home to "heal" him from his injuries. She arrives to find he is already engaged and that while Daniel loves her, they cannot marry because of tradition and social constraints. The God of Death offers Timoune her life back if she can kill the young love, which she ultimately can't. Timoune sacrifices her own happiness and life for love, allowing the gods to feel compassion in her death and turn her into a tree that breaks down the walls between rich and poor and setting future generations free to love and be together.
Featuring an Indian/Asian theme in costume and a mix of classical Indian, Bollywood, Ballet and Hip hop dance, this show will reach all audience members. The story is universal across time and cultures. Everyone will find themselves in one of the characters and their emotions.
The ensemble cast includes about 40 performers, featuring James Gao as Pape Ge, Shivanni Ariathurai and Mars Sartori as Asaka, Soukhya Inamdar as Erzuli, Joshua Roundy as Agwe, Leena Yin and Lucy Shen as Mama, John Roundy as Tonton, Daniel Zopfi as Daniel, MC Mendonca and Gelsey Plaza as Timoune, and Lynnea Shuck and Ahsas Sood as Andrea. There is also a technical crew of 10.
This show will truly astound and leave you singing and dancing, with tears in your eyes!
Once on this Island
Mar 21 - 23
Mission San Jose High School
41717 Palm Ave., Fremont
Tickets: $15 adults, $10 seniors and children under 12