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Parting Shot

Students in SCU's dance program

Star-crossed lovers with fates entwined by the gods of love, earth, water, and death—these are the ingredients for the Caribbean musical tale of “Once on This Island,” produced onstage at SCU this past spring. Ti Moune, a poor peasant girl, falls in love with upper class Daniel, and is forced to test her love against the powerful forces of prejudice. “In the end, Ti Moune is hope for us all,” director Mark Monday told The Santa Clara: “hope for [overcoming] class distinction and racism, because her journey brings others closer together.” The Tony-winning play by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty is based on Rosa Guy’s novel My Love, My Love—itself inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid.”

Photo: Charles Barry