Book and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Based Upon The Novel "My Love, My Love" By Rosa Guy 

Originally Directed and Choreographed on Broadway by Graciela Daniel 
Playwrights Horizons, Inc. Produced ONCE ON THIS ISLAND Off-Braodway In 1990 
Originally Production On Broadway By The Shubert Organization, Capital Cities/ABC, Inc. 
Suntory International Corporation and James Walsh, In Association With Playwrights Horizons

March 28-30, 2024, Patricia Corbett Theater

  • Director | Torie Wiggins, Alumni Guest Artist 
  • Choreographer | Julia Schick*
  • Music Director | Casey Reed*
  • Scenic Designer | Mark Halpin
  • Lighting Designer | Jessica Drayton*
  • Costume Designer | Erin Donnelly*
  • Sound Designer | Patrick Kiernan*
  • Wig & Make-Up Designer | Tiara Jones*
  • Production Stage Manager | Katie Reus*
  • Technical Director | Lukas Hummeldorf*
  • Props Manager | Amber Slater*
  • Intimacy Director| Chaz Walcott
  • Fight Coordinator | k. Jenny Jones

*CCM Student

ONCE ON THIS ISLAND is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

Once On This Island will last approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes, with no intermission

About Torie Wiggins

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Torie Wiggins is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with a BFA in Dramatic Performance (now known as Acting) and has been performing professionally for over 20 years. She has co-adapted and performed a one woman show, Your Negro Tour Guide, at various venues across the country. Her film work includes A Christmas Melody, starring and directed by Mariah Carey; The Old Man and the Gun with Robert Redford and Danny Glover and Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile starring Zac Efron.

She has performed with many local theatres, appearing on the stages at Know Theatre of Cincinnati, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, Human Race Theatre Co., Cincinnati Shakespeare Co., and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. She has also worked with WAM Theatre in The Berkshires and The Resident Acting Co. in New York City. Torie’s directing credits include productions at The Carnegie Theater, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Falcon Theatre and The Human Race Theatre Company, and she has worked as an Intimacy Director for the past 5 years. She is an accomplished voiceover artist, having lent her voice to multiple commercials, and most recently, to Broadway’s &Juliet. Also an accomplished playwright, her play Who All Over There was recently produced as a commission at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati in the 2022-2023 subscription series. Her play, Seen, was selected as a finalist for the AGE Legacy Playwriting Grant.

Torie has worked as a professor of acting and other theatre-related classes at Miami University, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Xavier University. She is so excited to be back at her alma mater!

The Company

  • Ti Moune | Erin Morton
  • Daniel | Peter Neureuther
  • Asaka | Julia Schick
  • Agwe | Essence Bell
  • Erzulie | Annalise Prentiss
  • Papa Ge | Sean Polk II
  • Mama Euralie | Indya Lincicome
  • Tonton Julian | Anargha Pal
  • Andrea Deveraux | Kristen Das
  • Daniel’s Father | Franco Valerga
  • Armand (Ancestor) | Maya Sharma
  • Storyteller | Ranease Brown
  • Peasant Ensemble | Ranease Brown, Jonathan Hobbs, Jordyn Jones, Carter Minor, Coty Perno
  • Beauxhomme Ensemble | Grace Capeless, Benjamin Cheng, Monique Churchill, Maya Sharma, Franco Valerga, Sam Yousuf
  • Ti Moune Understudy | Ranease Brown 
  • Daniel Understudy | Benjamin Cheng 
  • Asaka Understudy | Grace Capeless 
  • Agwe Understudy | Jonathan Hobbs 
  • Erzulie Understudy | Monique Churchill 
  • Papa Ge Understudy | Sam Yousuf
  • Tonton Julian Understudy | Coty Perno
  • Mama Euralie Understudy | Jayy Jones
  • Swings | Edin Kebede, Brian Cheung

Musical Selections

Musical Numbers

  • “We Dance” | Company
  • “Once Small Girl” | Mama Euralie, Tonton Julian, Little Ti Moune, and Company
  • “Waiting for Life” | Ti Moune and Company
  • “And the Gods Heard Her Prayer” | Asaka, Agwe, Erzulie, and Papa Ge
  • “Rain” | Agwe and Company
  • “Pray” | Ti Moune, Mama Euralie, Tonton Julian, Guard, and Company
  • “Forever Yours” | Ti Moune, Daniel, Papa Ge, and Company
  • “The Sad Tale of the Beauxhommes” | Company
  • “Ti Moune” | Ti Moune, Mama Euralie, Tonton Julian
  • “Mama Will Provide” | Asaka and Company
  • “Some Say” | Company
  • “The Human Heart” | Erzulie and Company
  • “Pray” (Reprise) | Company
  • “Some Girls” | Daniel
  • “The Ball” | Andrea, Daniel, Ti Moune, Asaka, and Company
  • “Promises” | Papa Ge, Ti Moune, and Company
  • “Forever Yours” (Reprise) | Papa Ge, Ti Moune, Erzulie, and Company
  • “A Part of Us” | Mama Euralie, Tonton Julian, Little Ti Moune, and Company
  • “Why We Tell the Story” | Company



Casey Reed, Music Director

  • Associate Music Director/Keyboard 2: Jacob Priddy
  • Guitar: Tristen Krueger
  • Bass: Jason Meusel
  • Percussion: Kyle Roemer
  • Reeds: Geovanny Morales-Santos

Production Staff

  • Assistant Technical Director | Benji Lookatch 
  • Assistant Stage Managers | Sarah Patisaul, Jordan Shaw
  • Assistant Sound Designer | Brady Smith
  • Production Assistant | Sarah Anderson
  • Assistant Production Managers | Annalee Crosser, Katie Reus
  • Child Supervisor | Sage Shepard
  • Assistant Scenic Designer | Mia Adrian, Ryan Bradbury
  • Assistant Costume Designer | Cassie Smith
  • Assistant Lighting Designers | Lucas Inman, Claire Michels
  • Wardrobe Supervisor | Amira Rowe
  • Wardrobe Crew Heads | Anya Brennan, Julia Schillaci, Anika Shirvaikar
  • Wardrobe Crew | Arden Allmon, Grace Baker, Griffin Simmons, Janice Huynh
  • Pattern Maker/Drapers | Abigail Barrientes, Clara Cavins, Lauren Fitts, Jayna Fry, Cassidy Kempthorne, Maura Kesterson, Meredith Randall
  • Crafts Artisan/ Milliner | Shelby Allred, Nato Hermann, Lauren Wooten
  • Production Electrician | Abigail Fluck
  • Lighting Programmer | Eli Suarez
  • Followspot Operators | Kait Naylor, Ella Rosoff 
  • Assistant Head Electrician/Board Operator | Hayden Valkema
  • Deck Electrician | William Blank
  • Head Carpenter | Willow Heichel
  • Scenic Charge Artist | Suzanne Barnes
  • Production Sound Engineer | Kaitlin Barnett
  • Audio 1 | Michael Donahue
  • Audio 2 | Reagan Warvel
  • Mic Crew | Hank Burns-Pavlik, Emma Miller
  • Sound Shop Graduate Assistants | Patrick Kiernan, Kaitlin Barnett, Bryan Pivaral

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CCM News


Four CCM alumni nominated in 2024 Tony Awards

May 1, 2024

Four UC College-Conservatory of Music alumni are named nominees in the 77th annual Tony Awards, recognizing the excellent work shared in Broadway productions during the 2023-24 season. The nominees, announced Tuesday, April 30, include Isabella Byrd (BFA Lighting Design and Technology, ’09), Shoshana Bean (BFA Musical Theatre, '99), Dorian Harewood and Leslie Kritzer (BFA Musical Theatre, '99).


CCM student wins USITT Make-up Design Award

April 5, 2024

The UC College-Conservatory of Music is thrilled to congratulate current masters student Tiara Jones, who was recently named winner of USITT’s Make-Up Design Award. Jones was recognized as part of the USITT24 Conference and Stage Expo in Seattle, Washington.


CCM Dance Series presents "Little Mermaid" April 12-14

April 4, 2024

UC College-Conservatory Music presents "Little Mermaid" on April 12-14, 2024 in Corbett Auditorium. Directed by Shauna Steele, the performance features music by David Arkenstone. Tickets on sale now through the CCM Box Office.

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Located in the CCM Atrium, the Box Office is open Tuesday-Friday from 1-5 p.m.; and one hour prior to curtain for all ticketed performances. MasterCard, Visa and Discover cards are accepted.

  • Location: CCM Atrium Lobby next to Corbett Auditorium
  • Telephone: 513-556-4183
  • Email:
  • Mail: CCM Box Office, P.O. Box 210003, Cincinnati, OH 45221-0003


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Wheelchair seating is available in both Corbett Auditorium and Patricia Corbett Theater. Seating is limited, so reservations should be made with the Box Office when ordering tickets. These seats are subject to availability.

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