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Macon Chronicle-Herald - Macon, MO
  • Once On This Island

  • The Macon R-1 school play starts this week. Read about it here.
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  • Music has been filling the Middle School gymnasium since early September. The cast of Macon R-1 High School's production of "Once On This Island" has been practicing three to four times a week in preparation for their performances later this week.
    "This has been one of the easiest musicals we have ever put together," said Assistant Director Kathy Hyatt. "There is lots of dancing and singing."
    Leading roles are played by Jake Sullivan as Daniel and McKenna Nelson who portrays Ti Moune.
    They are supported by a cast of more than 20 high school age students and two young thespians, Elise Nelson and Jasmine Outlaw.
    Elise, the younger sister of McKenna will portray a young Ti Moune.
    "This really has been a great cast and crew to work with," said Musical Director MHS Vocal Music Instructor Rachel Westfall.
    "The unique thing about this show is that every performer is involved in the entire show," said Westfall. "This is not one of those performances in which a few leads get all the stage time and the extras make occasional appearances, and that is what drew me to this show."
    "Once On This Island" was written by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. It is set in Haiti and is based on the cultural, religious and racial divisions found there between the mulatto ruling class and the dark-skinned, rural peasants. The core ideas of the script deal with prejudice and the separation of people because of their differences.
    ""Once on this Island" is all about storytelling, and this cast has truly stepped up to plate to ensure that the story of Ti Moune is told," said Westfall.
    Musical accompaniment for the production is provided by Macon R-1 Band Instructor Jamie Baker, Elementary music teacher Kim Brown and high school students Shelby Hicks and Brett Lucas.
    The performances are in the Middle School gymnasium on Nov. 7, 8, and 9 beginning at 7 p.m. each night.
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