Cast Portraits by Mia Isabella: ONCE ON THIS ISLAND by Public Theatre, San Antonio, July 15 - August 7, 2022

[cast portraits by Mia Isabella Photography - @miaisabellaphotography)


Once on this Island follows Ti Moune, a peasant girl, as she rescues a wealthy boy from the other side of the island, Daniel, with whom she falls in love. Unbeknownst to Ti Moune, the pompous gods who preside over the island make a bet with one another over which is stronger, love or death, the stakes being Ti Moune’s life. When she pursues Daniel, who has returned to his people, Ti Moune is shunned because of her lowly status. Her determination and capacity to love, though, is not enough to win Daniel’s heart, and Ti Moune pays the ultimate price; but the gods turn Ti Moune into a tree that grows so strong and so tall, it breaks the wall that separates the societies and ultimately unites them. (


With vibrant music and unique theatrical storytelling, Danielle King is excited about directing this musical: “I am honored to work with The Public and this amazing team of talented and passionate individuals to share this important story of love at this critical time in our lives.” 


The cast includes JANECIA STEVENSON* as Ti Moune; JEREMY BILBO as Papa Ge; VINCENT HARDY* as Agwe; DARCELL BIOS* as Asaka; REBEKAH WILLIAMS as Erzulie; EDWARD BURKLEY as Tonton Julian; CAMPBELL REID ANDREWS as Armand/Storyteller; REGINA BURPO as Mama Euralie; MICHAEL SALINAS as Daniel, NERRYL WILLIAMS as Madame Armand/Storyteller, BIANCA GONZALEZ as Andrea/Storyteller, RU MCINTYRE and HARLEM PAYNE as Little Girl, and ALAIA BROWN, JOSHUA COOK, JEREMY MARMOLEJO, DANICA MCKINNEY, and JESSICA WILLIS as Storytellers.


Directed by DANIELLE KING, the production team also includes JAIME RAMIREZ as Music Director, TANESHA PAYNE as Choreographer, JAVIER SANCHEZ as Scenic Designer, MICHAEL CIARAMITARO as Costume Designer, CARLOS R. NINE as Lighting Designer, CAROLYN OROSCO as Sound Designer, SAPHIRE MENDEZ* as Stage Manager, and GISELLE GALINDO* as Assistant Stage Manager.


 * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.


Run time: Two hours and 30 minutes with with one 15-minute intermission


Show themes: Once on This Island: A Musical focuses on some fearful, yet very passionate moments.  It may be best suited for children who are able to handle such subject matter. This gripping and other-worldly story will delight patrons of all ages. 


Events in Celebration of Once on This Island: A Musical

  • Opening Night— Friday, July 15, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Pay-What-You-Will Night** — Thursday, July 21, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Engagement Night with ASL — Thursday, August 4, 2022 at 7 p.m.

  • ASL Interpreted Performance —  Friday, August 5, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.

  • ASL Interpreted Performance —  Sunday, August 7, 2022 at 2 p.m.


Ticket link for Once on This Island: A Musical, click here

Tickets for Pay-What-You-Will Nigh, click here

For Engagement Nights, click here



Janecia Stevenson* — Ti Moune

Jeremy Bilbo — Papa Ge

Vincent Hardy* — Agwe

Darcell Bios* — Asaka

Rebekah Williams — Erzulie

Edward Burkley — Tonton Julian

Campbell Reid Andrews — Armand/Storyteller

Regina Burpo — Mama Euralie

Michael Salinas — Daniel

Nerryl Williams — Madame Armand/Storyteller

Bianca Gonzalez — Andrea/Storyteller

Alaia Brown — Storyteller

Joshua Cook — Storyteller

Jeremy Marmolejo — Storyteller

Danica McKinney — Storyteller

Jessica Willis — Storyteller

Ru McIntyre — Little Girl

Harlem Payne — Little Girl



Danielle King — Director 

Jaime Ramirez — Music Director

Tanesha Payne — Choreographer

Javier Sanchez — Scenic Designer

Michael Ciaramitaro — Costume Designer

Carlos R. Nine— Lighting Designer

Carolyn Orosco — Sound Designer

Saphire Mendez* — Stage Manager

Giselle Galindo* — Assistant Stage Manager


 * Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.


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Once on this Island
by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty
San Pedro Playhouse

July 15 - August 07, 2022
Russell Hill Rogers Stage, San Pedro Playhouse, San Antonio
800 West Ashby Place
San Antonio, TX, 78212

July 15 – Aug 7, 2022 — Russell Hill Rogers Theater