Agwa, God of Water (Finn Dahlstrom), laughs with fellow gods Papa Ge (Milo McDonald), Asaka (Cienna Charania), and Erzulie (Yukari Stevenson) when Ti Moune (Maia Cassie) prays for the love of a boy. (QMS photo)

Love conquers all, in dramatic style, in Duncan’s Queen Margaret’s School show

It was a risk to take on such a challenging show but the cast are up for it: director Tilly Lorence

More than 30 enthusiastic Queen Margaret’s School students are eager to present Once on This Island Jr. at the school’s Fine Arts Hall on May 16.

It’s a special tale that has been waiting to be told, according to QMS communications manager Hayley Picard.

“For generations, stories have been passed down to teach valuable lessons about life, love, pain, and hope,” she said. “Few do this better than Once On This Island Jr., the simple tale of Ti Moune, the peasant girl whose love for a boy from the wealthy side of the island takes her on a journey through all of life’s experiences and more, ultimately proving that the power of love is greater than prejudice, fear, and even death.”

When you consider that this subject matter is being tackled by intermediate and middle school age students, you have to stand back in awe.

Director Tilly Lorence admits that selecting the style of a sung-through musical such as Once on This Island Jr., was a risk, but one she was ready to take with the right cast.

“Since I began teaching theatre 15 years ago, I have waited for the right group of young actors to perform this challenging play,” she said. “This is an advanced musical for children in Grades 4–7 as it has many working components and the cast is large — with over 30 actors and crew!”

With a story that puts a microscope on the topics of discrimination, racism, and social class segregation, Once On This Island Jr. is more relevant today than ever.

“The deeper messages of redemption through love, provides us with hope for the future,” shares Lorence. “Once On This Island Jr. reminds us how community can truly come together through story.”

Evening performances on May 15–16 are already sold out, but tickets are still available for the 3:30 p.m. performance on May 16. Contact QMS atreception@qms.bc.ca or 250-746-4185 to see if they can fit you in.

Just Posted

Harvest time at Saison full of friends

Many hands make light work. Ingrid Lehwald and Frédéric Desbiens rely on… Continue reading

Farmers worry about water availability in Cowichan Valley’s Koksilah watershed

Some water licences restricted for first time last summer

Editorial: Cowichan’s farmers thriving despite challenges

Farming and food in Cowichan are interconnected.

Youth airlifted off Mount Tzouhalem after mountain biking accident

A boy was airlifted to hospital Saturday afternoon following an accident on… Continue reading

Cowichan students kept indoors as police search for man with knife

Staff initiated a Hold and Secure protocol at both Tansor Elementary and École Mount Prevost

VIDEO: Lake Cowichan remembers the fallen with impressive cenotaph ceremony

Remembrance Day attracts a big crowd of Cowichan Lake folks

Trudeau to take sober approach to unveiling new cabinet for minority mandate

Liberals survived a bruising campaign that diminished Trudeau’s stature as a champion of diversity

Lowe’s says it will close 34 ‘underperforming’ stores across six provinces

The stores include 26 Ronas, six Lowe’s and two Reno-Depots

B.C. to advocate for frustrated, confused, unhappy cellphone users, says premier

Maple Ridge New Democrat Bob D’Eith to advocate for more affordable and transparent cellphone options

‘Our culture is not a religion,’ indigenous educator tells B.C. Supreme Court in case of smudging at school

Mother also gave evidence Tuesday in Nanaimo courtroom, case continues Wednesday

Salvation Army kettle campaign targets $200,000 for Island residents in need

Goal is to raise $250,000 this year for Vancouver Island residents needing support

‘Very disrespectful’: B.C. first responder irked by motorists recording collisions on cellphones

Central Cariboo Search and Rescue deputy chief challenges motorists to break the habit

Daily cannabis linked to reduction in opioid use: B.C. researchers

Researchers looked at a group of 1,152 people in Vancouver who reported substance use and chronic pain

Most Read