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July 18, 2013
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Broadway at Baker, Music Theatre for Young People to present 'Once on This Island'

Baldwin City, Kan. — Broadway at Baker and Music Theatre for Young People will present "Once on This Island" at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, July 28, at Rice Auditorium on the Baldwin City campus. Cary Danielson-Pandzik will direct the musical theater production.Broadway-at-Baker2

"Once on this Island" is a contemporary, Caribbean-flavored musical by the Tony Award-winning songwriting team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty based upon the book "My Love, My Love" by Rosa Guy. "Once on This Island" is the highly original and theatrical adaptation of the popular fairy tale "The Little Mermaid." In almost nonstop song and dance, the show tells the story of Ti Moune, a peasant girl who rescues and falls in love with Daniel, a wealthy boy from the other side of her island. When Daniel is returned to his people, the fantastical gods who rule the island guide Ti Moune on a quest to test the strength of her love against the powerful forces of prejudice, hatred and death.

At Broadway at Baker, students spend seven days on the Baldwin City campus receiving instruction in all aspects of musical theater production before the performance on July 28. Baker University Associate Professor of Theatre Tom Heiman serves as the technical director for the week. Baker alumna Ali Watson is the head counselor. Patrick King, a Baker theater major, is in charge of lighting for the show. Musical theater veterans, including Broadway at Baker alumni, and Danielson-Pandzik share their expertise in music, dance, and drama throughout the camp.

Admission for "Once on This Island" is $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and children under 12. Tickets are available at the door or by calling (785) 594-8478.

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