‘Once On This Island’ is billed as a “highly original and theatrical adaptation of the popular fairy tale ‘The Little Mermaid’ and it’s booked as the grand opening performance for the Hattiloo Theatre at Overton Square.
With book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, and composed by Stephen Flaherty, “Once On This Island” begins July 18th and runs through Aug. 3rd.
“We really want to open our doors wide to all of Memphis and Shelby County,” said Ekundayo Bandele, Hattiloo’s founder and artistic director.
After several years on Marshall Ave. near Downtown, the Hattiloo is set to write the next chapter of its history from its multi-million dollar new building at 37 S. Cooper. A Community Grand Opening was held June 28th.
Sponsored by Laurelwood Shopping Center and Teach for America Memphis, “Once On This Island” is described as almost non-stop 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.
During its run, Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows will begin at 7:30 p.m., with a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. that features free on-site childcare of children 3 to 12 years old. Pay-What-You-Can Thursday will be July 24, with a 7:30 p.m. show time.
Tickets for the special Thursday performance must be purchased in person or by phone at 901-525.0009. Theatre tickets are $30 for general admission and $22 for subscribers.