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A peasant girl from the wrong side of the island finds love in this fairy tale musical

“Once on this Island” a musical by the Tony Award-winning team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, will be performed by the University of Louisville’s Department of Theatre Arts African American Theatre Program January 30th through February 3rd.

The play tells a story of a romance between a peasant girl and the rich city boy she saves from death, all while weaving Haitian religious beliefs and socioeconomic themes into the production. Directed by Nefertiti Burton, associate dean and theatre professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, the performance will combine storytelling, music and dance set to a Caribbean beat.

“The mismatched lovers are much like the “Little Mermaid” fable but with a tragic twist and calypso flavor,” Burton said. “The cast really brings this story to life with a triple play of singing, dancing, and acting.”

Louisville-area dance and voice teachers Frank Goodloe and Troy Bell assisted Burton with choreography for this play, which earned the 1995 Oliver Award for Best New Musical.

“Once on This Island” will be performed at 8 p.m. nightly, Jan. 30-Feb. 2 including 3 p.m. matinées on Feb. 2 and 3. All performances are at the Playhouse, 1911 S. Third Street.

Show tickets are $18 for the general public, $12 for faculty & staff, students and senior citizens. For tickets and information, call 502-852-6814 or visit

1911 S. Third Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40208

Phone: 502-852-6814
Price: $18 for the general public, $12 for faculty and staff, students and senior citizens.