Once On This Island
May 12 – May 24, 2020
Once on this Island is a special two week engagement with limited availability! Looking for the best availability of seats and pricing? Check out performances May 12, May 13, and May 14 for the most options!
Book and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Once On This Island is a musical based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid; it is set on a fictional island (resembling Haiti) in the French Antilles in the Caribbean Sea. The show’s love story (a peasant girl falls in love with a wealthy man from the other side of the island) is a fairy tale told to a small child by the chorus (the villagers). Parents and concerned theatergoers should peruse the following guidelines carefully.
This production features theatrical haze, fog, live flame, sand, and water elements.
Violence/Scariness: In a song about the origin of the beauxhommes, the light-skinned island gentry, the chorus tells of a Frenchman, Armand, who came to the island in the time of Napoleon and married a pale blonde woman, but also “took his pleasure with the women / Who served him / Black peasant girls from the village beyond.” Today, the chorus points out, “They despise us for our blackness / It reminds them where they’re from.”
A character is threatened by a deadly flood and shelters in a tree. During a storm, another character is injured in a car crash. The show’s staging of these events (the car crash, the storm) is theatrical rather than realistic.
A character approaches a grand hotel, but he is refused entry by the guard at the gate, who knocks him down.
A character is given a knife and told that she must take another’s life; she raises the knife, but does not use it.
Sexual References: Sexual references are implied or suggested, rather than explicit.
A man invites a woman to “stay the night and show me your powers. Make me forget this pain.” The chorus surrounds them and hides them from view. There is no explicit sex.
Adult Language: None.
Alcohol/Drug Use: None.
ONSTAGE SEATING: We are pleased to offer limited onstage seating for $25. Onstage seating tickets will be available by phone (206.625.1900) or in person at our Box Office (1308 5th Avenue) only at this time. A $9.75 handling fee will be applied to phone orders.
Please be aware that these are considered to be view obstructed seats, as they offer a rear/side view of the performers, and that several theater effects are used in close proximity. There are also quite a number of guidelines that onstage audience members will be asked to adhere to:
Please be aware that theatrical haze, fog, live flame, sand and water elements are used in the production and will be in the proximity of audience members who are seated and walking onstage.
Late Seating: Please arrive at the theatre no later than 30 minutes prior to the performance start time. Latecomers will NOT be able to be seated on stage, and the 5th will not be able to guarantee reseating in the house.
Personal Belongings: All large coats, bags, cellular phones, and other personal items MUST be checked, complimentary, at Coat Check.
Dress Code: Please refrain from wearing clothing or items that may draw focus away from the performance. This includes but is not limited to clothing that may contain vulgar, offensive or politically charged sayings or images, clothing that may be deemed inappropriate for younger audience members, and watches, shoes or other items that may light up or glow. Out of consideration to the actors, also refrain from wearing strong perfume or cologne.
Programs: For artistic reasons, you will not receive the show program until the end of the performance.
Restrooms and Concessions: The performance runs approximately 90-minutes without an intermission, so please plan your trips to the restroom and concession areas accordingly. Food and beverages are not permitted on the stage or at your seat. Please note that once you have been seated onstage, you will be required to stay at your seat until the end of the bows.
View of the Performance: These seats offer a rear/side view. Some aspects of the action may be obstructed.