Encore! Encore! is what the crowd was yelling at the end of Once on this Island. The annual school musical had four performances with rotating casts the weekend of April 5-7.
Many parents and family stood up giving a round of applause for “the terrific performance put on by the students of Pallotti” according to Arts Academy director Mr. Saunders Allen. “Although the parents and other members of the audience weren’t able to record and take pictures, I felt as if the audience enjoyed the play and that it ran smoothly. There is always room for improvement, but it was nice.”
Mr. Palumbo seemed to love the play as he was part of the standing ovation. “I always love coming out to the plays to see all the work the students put in to making it a great show,” he said after one performance.
The play, based on the 1985 novel My Love, My Love; or, The Peasant Girl by Rosa Guy first hit Broadway in 1990 and was most recently revied in 2017, igniting renewed interest in the story.
The plot focuses on a peasant girl on a tropical island in the Caribbean. She interacts with the island’s differing social classes, using love to bind them all together.