ONCE ON THIS ISLAND
The Margaret Howard Theatre College, on of the UK’s leading drama schools, will be presenting a stellar production of the musical Once On This Island at Spazju Kreattiv, St James Cavalier.
Eight Maltese students form part of the 20-piece cast, who will be flying over to Malta for the show. All these students are currently working their way through the three-year course at the London-based college.
Margaret Howard, the founder of the college, explains that she’s developed an excellent working relationship with Malta, and is eager for some of her students to showcase their work here.
“The fact that eight of our students will be performing at home is a very special event,” she says, adding that she also has similar professional links to Ireland, Spain, France and Bulgaria. “Performing in Malta is a ‘thank you’ to our Maltese friends for their support and an opportunity to widen our friendship base. We also hope that it will give our students’ family and friends the chance to watch these amazing young people at work.”
The musical is written by Lynn Ahrens, with music by Stephen Flaherty. The show is often regarded as a cross between Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid. Set in the French Antilles archipelago in the Caribbean, it tells the story of a peasant girl on a tropical island who uses the power of love to bring people of different social classes together.
Once On This Island will be performed at St James Cavalier on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th June at 8pm, with a matinee performance at 4.30pm on the 4th June. It is directed by Kevin Fountain, with musical direction by Jordan Li-Smith, choreography by Helen Conway and Holly Penny, and lighting design by Chris Gatt.
Tickets can be purchased from the Kreattivita website.