Live theater returned to Dominican College on March 4 and 5, 2022, with Once on This Island. Members of the Aquin Players theatre club, theatre students, and alumni performed in the Spring Musical on the stage of the St. Dominic School.
Director James Filippelli, Ed.D., Assistant Professor of Fine and Performing Arts, said the return of live theatre to the campus indicated the return of normalcy, ”The Aquin players of Dominican College originally staged this musical for a March 2020 opening. However, one week before opening, COVID placed it on hold for two years.” Six of the original cast members were able to return for the performance two years later.
Once On This Island is a coming-of-age musical with book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, and music by Stephen Flaherty. It is based on the 1985 novel My Love, My Love or The Peasant Girl by Rosa Guy. The musical is about a peasant girl, Ti Moune, who uses the power of love to bring people of different social classes together. It is set on a tropical island in the French Antilles archipelago in the Caribbean Sea.