Intensive training: Studio 1 camp concludes with performances of “Once on this Island”

The cast of Studio 1's "Performance Intensive Sr. Camp" pose for a recent photo. / Tami Kress, Special to the Times-News

By Abby Chester
Times-News correspondent

   This summer, young actors and actresses were been able to experience the world of acting through Studio 1’s summer camp, “Performance Intensive Sr. Camp.” Tami Kress, executive director of Studio 1, has led the two-week, intensive camp for ages 12 to 18 years old.
The campers have learned lines, dances, songs and blocking to bring their musical to life.
The chosen musical “Once On This Island” is a lively and tragic show with a Caribbean feel and lots of dancing. A mix between “Romeo and Juliet” and “The Little Mermaid,” it takes place on a tropical island where poor peasant girl Ti Moune falls for the handsome but rich Daniel Beauxhomme.
Their love is forbidden, because Daniel is not allowed to marry a peasant like Ti Moune. As for Ti Moune, her father, Tonton Julian, does not support her love for Daniel and wants her to fall for a village boy.
The peasant people in the village where Ti Moune lives are superstitious and believe that four gods control everything around them. These gods control Ti Moune and Daniel’s story, and they believe that Ti Moune and Daniel can succeed in their love.
Daniel does not believe in the gods, as he is a rich boy who does not need superstition to prosper. In the end, Daniel has to choose between Ti Moune and his betrothed, Andrea.
If you are interested in seeing this production, you can buy tickets for $10 each online from the Studio 1 at or purchase them on the day of the performances. Shows are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Sara McMillan Brown Theatre, Studio 1, 1332 Plaza Drive, Burlington.

 Abby Chester is a rising eighth-grader at Western Alamance Middle School and a Teens & Twenties writer.


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