Written by Elizabeth Davis. Posted in News & Weather

Darlington School’s fine arts department will present “Once on This Island” on stage at the Rome City Auditorium this weekend.  Showtimes are Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm.

“Once on This Island” is a vibrant Carribean tale featuring song and dance with words and lyrics from Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty.  Shelly Daniel, director of Darlington’s fine arts department, describes it as “Romeo and Juliet meets ‘The Little Mermaid’ mixed with Greek mythology” that is highlighted by great storytelling.

In the story, the god of death is waging war with the goddess of love; the inhabitants of the island are pawns in that battle, according to Daniel. Peasant girl Ti Moune, portrayed by Darlington senior Palesa Molapo, is set up to fall in love with someone she just can’t have.

Who will emerge victorious from the battle?  You’ll just have to see the show to find out!  Tickets can be purchased online at www.darlingtonschool.org in advance or at the door.  General admission is $10.  Darlington families and booster club members may request reserved seating at no additional cost.  The general public can purchased tickets for the reserved seating area at a cost of $15 each.  Reserved tickets are offered online only and are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

And don’t forget that the Rome Little Theatre’s production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown:  The Broadway Musical” will run for one more weekend at the historic DeSoto Theatre.  Showtimes are 8 pm tonight and Saturday night and 2:30 pm on Sunday.  For tickets and more information, visit www.romelittletheatre.wordpress.com.

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