Turner High students stage a tropical tale

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  • Hillary Gavan/Beloit Daily News Turner High School students Aiden Diehl, Gabby Johnson, and John Hill play the Gods in the musical "Once on this Island." In the story, the Gods affect the fate of star-crossed lovers. Turner students have been working on the set every Sunday since early October.

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    Hillary Gavan/Beloit Daily News (From left): Turner High School student Andrew Himmelmann plays TonTon, Townview third-grader Adelie Ribeiro plays little Ti Moune, Beatrice Youd plays Mama Euralie, Samuel Rosenthal plays Daniel and Gabby Johnson plays a Goddess in the musical "Once on this Island."

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    Hillary Gavan/Beloit Daily News Turner High School student Sabrina Fitzgerald, plays a lovely peasant girl napping when she should have been working in "Once on this Island."

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    Hillary Gavan/Beloit Daily News John Hill (right) plays a God, and Allison Hoffman tell a story in the beginning of the musical "Once on this Island" as part of Turner Drama. The musical kicks off on Friday.

  • Hillary Gavan/Beloit Daily News Turner High School students Aiden Diehl, Gabby Johnson, and John Hill play the Gods in the musical "Once on this Island." In the story, the Gods affect the fate of star-crossed lovers. Turner students have been working on the set every Sunday since early October.

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    Hillary Gavan/Beloit Daily News (From left): Turner High School student Andrew Himmelmann plays TonTon, Townview third-grader Adelie Ribeiro plays little Ti Moune, Beatrice Youd plays Mama Euralie, Samuel Rosenthal plays Daniel and Gabby Johnson plays a Goddess in the musical "Once on this Island."

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    Hillary Gavan/Beloit Daily News Turner High School student Sabrina Fitzgerald, plays a lovely peasant girl napping when she should have been working in "Once on this Island."

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    Hillary Gavan/Beloit Daily News John Hill (right) plays a God, and Allison Hoffman tell a story in the beginning of the musical "Once on this Island" as part of Turner Drama. The musical kicks off on Friday.

BELOIT - As it's getting a little darker and colder this November, Turner High School's auditorium is a scene of sand, sunshine and star-crossed lovers.

Turner High School Drama will perform the Broadway musical "Once on this Island" at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 8 and 9 and at 2 p.m. on Nov. 10. It's $15 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens. For tickets, visit showtix4u.com. All seats are assigned, however, Turner Drama will be selling remaining seats at the door if they don't sell out ahead of the performance.

The musical features more than 14 songs with accompanying dance moves. Students have rehearsed the music and dance routines for the show for months, including all-day rehearsals on the weekends and set-building on Sundays.

The musical will mark the biggest performance of the year for Turner Drama, and everyone is invited to attend.

"This story is so beautiful. It has a lot of ups and downs, and everyone can relate to a part of the story. You will leave feeling changed after this," said Gabby Johnson, who plays a Goddess of love.

"People will enjoy all the many different emotions you get from watching it," said Sam Rosenthal, who plays Daniel.

"It's a fun musical with a very heartfelt story," said junior Sabrina Fitzgerald, who plays Ti Moune.

Set atop a set of palm trees, grass reeds and a beachy decor, the musical tells the story of a rich boy who becomes starstruck with a peasant girl on a Caribbean island. Director Tim Rosenthal said it's based loosely on the "Little Mermaid," sans mermaid. The tale begins with actors trying to soothe a little girl's fears over a storm, only to become characters in a lively story they begin to act out for her.

On Monday the students were practicing the many joyful and smile-filled tunes in their island attire.

The peasant girl, Ti Moune, played by Sabrina Fitzgerald, nurses the rich boy Daniel, played by Samuel Rosenthal, back to health after a car accident.

"Daniel is rich, snotty and arrogant," Samuel Rosenthal said. "He has to choose between what his father wants him to do, to marry someone he was promised to, or marry the one he is in love with."

There are four gods which affect the story based loosely on voodology.

The Goddess of Love, played junior Gabby Johnson, is the instigator behind the love story. The God of Water, Mother of the Earth and the Demon of Death also have parts in Ti Moune's story.

The cast also includes: Mama Euralie played by Beatrice Youd; Tonton Julian by Andrew Himmelmann; Armand by Ethan Lillard; Andrea by Allison Hoffman; Papa Ge by John Hill; Asaka by Mallory Combs; Agwe by Aiden Diehl; and Little TiMoune by Adelie Ribeiro, a Townview third grader.

The ensemble consists of Hannah Bennett, Calvin Coldren, Allison Covey, Shelby Curry, Lizzy DeZwarte, Nate Draeving, Ana Garcia, Elizabeth Heinze, Andre Hernandez, Abby Hummer, Camrie Jamerson and Kendell Kreyer.

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