Graham High presents ‘Once On This Island Jr.’

From left to right: Omar Carranza, Kevontre Parker, Kristina Torain star in Graham High School's production of "Once On This Island Jr." / Photo submitted

By Katie Farrell
Times-News correspondent

   GRAHAM — “Once On This Island Jr.” is a musical that tells the story of a girl called Ti Moune, and her journey to keep hope even as times get tough. The book and lyrics are written by Lynn Ahrens, and the music is by Stephen Flaherty. “Once on This Island Jr.” is a “highly original” theatrical adaptation of “The Little Mermaid.”
“Ti Moune keeps hope in her heart throughout the entire play,” said Lashea Hazzard, stage manager and a member of the ensemble.
“No matter how much someone or something tries to bring her down, the best part of this show to me is the scene with Ti Moune and her parents. It’s emotionally moving,” said Kristina Torain, who plays Ti Moune.
Gods and goddesses choose Ti Moune for a “special fate.” Crysta Heady, who plays Asaka the Goddess of the Earth, said that she spends time with flowers in order to prepare for the show.

   “I literally sit in the grass,” she admitted.
Director Morgan Shearon said that “the message is that our lives become the story that we weave.”
Join the cast from 7 p.m. April 30 through May 2 in the Graham High School auditorium, 903 Trollinger Road, for the journey of Ti Moune and find out what’s “more amusing than mangoes” and why the power of love always conquers the power of death.

Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for adults. For more information, call (336) 570-6440 or visit

 Katie Farrell is a senior at Graham High School and a Teens & Twenties writer.


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