• Rehearsal schedule as of Nov. 10:

    Tuesday, Nov. 13 - Full cast 3:15-5:15 (Dance)

    Wednesday, Nov. 14 - Anelise (3:15-3:30), Norah (3:30-3:45), Shoam (3:45-4:00), Nico (4:00-4:15)

    Thursday, Nov. 15 - Storytellers 3:15-5:15 (Blocking and music)

    Monday, Nov. 19 - Full cast 3:15-5:15 (Dance and music)

    Tuesday, Nov. 20 - Full cast 3:15-5:15 (Dance and music)

    Monday, Nov. 26 - Full cast 3:15-5:15(Blocking and music)

    Tuesday, Nov. 27 - Full cast 3:15-5:15 (stumble-through if we're ready)

    Wednesday, Nov. 28 - Full cast 3:15-5:15 ("clean-up" things that need work)

    Thursday, Nov. 29 - Full cast 3:15-5:15 (clean-up, no Mr. Riss)

    Friday, Nov. 30 - Full cast 3:15-5:15 (clean-up, no Mr. Riss)

    Tech Week (Each rehearsal mandatory)

    Monday, Dec. 3 - Full cast and crew - 3:15-6:30

    Tuesday, Dec. 4 - Full cast and crew - 3:15-6:30

    Wednesday, Dec. 5 - Full cast and crew - 3:15-6:30

    Thursday, Dec. 6 - Full cast and crew - 3:15-6:30

    Friday, Dec. 7 - Full cast and crew - 5:00 PM Call, 7:00 PM Show

    Saturday, Dec. 8 - Full cast and crew - 5:15 Call, 7:00 PM Show



    Once On This Island 2018 Cast List

    Thank you all for auditioning – while there were tough decisions to be made, I’m glad that everyone who auditioned will have the chance to be a Story Teller or named role. This cast list was typed in a hurry so that you didn’t have to wait any longer – if there are any misspellings, incorrect alphabetization, or if your name isn’t on here – please email me so that I can correct the cast list.


    Date and time of first rehearsal will be announced next week.


    Story Tellers (distribution of lines TBA) – Sophia B, Lacianne B, Sabina C, Miles C, Kaia D, Sara D, Annie D, Alex E, Caitlin G, Franny K, Maria K, Lydia K, Tyler L, Ashley M, Kayleigh M, Annaleise M, Isabella M, Johanna N, Brandon P, Fiona P, Qameryn R, Qynadi R, Iryna R, Julia S, Will S, Oona S, Sophie S, Matias T, Jasper Z


    Asaka – Anelish C


    Agwe – Norah E


    Erzulie – Shoam F


    Papa Ge – Nico D


    Mama Euralie – Maggie M


    Tonton Julian – Nitin K


    Ti Moune – Julia T


    Daniel Beauxhomme – Jack M


    Daniel’s Mother – Emma S


    Andrea Devereaux – Caitlin T

    Dear Students and Families,
    I am still working on cast list. Where I'm at right now is I need to give those who have regular conflicts on Friday the chance to have their callback at some point on Monday. I won't have a cast list earlier than Tuesday. I know some of you are anxious, and I really don't mean to keep you on pins and needles.
    With that said, I want to emphatically reiterate (look those words up!) that you are far likelier to be a Storyteller (Ensemble) than a "big part." Moreoever (another word to look up!), in many ways the Storytellers have more to do than some of the "big parts", which is why I cringe every time I hear the non-Storyteller roles referred to in that way. I'm putting a lot of careful thought into casting, of course, but I cannot overstate the fact that the ensemble almost always drives the entire show - and in this show, that is more the case than almost any other show I know.
    I am hoping that we can have some semblance of a first read/sing through in the next two weeks. It is complicated since I'm in the last 2 weeks of the 7th/8th grade musical (which I hope you come see!), but if all goes according to plan, I can definitely get together with you all on Friday, November 2 from 3:15-5:00.
    What will be the most helpful is you getting familiar with the songs in the meanwhile. Make sure if you do any YouTube listening that you search for "Once On This Island Jr" - the Jr. version of the show is quite different than the version on Broadway!
    I will, in the meanwhile, have a cast list as soon as I'm done hearing callbacks. Have a great week!
    -Mr. Riss
    Dear 6th grade families,
    Auditions for the 6th Grade Musical, Once On This Island Jr, will be held after school this Friday, October 12. Callbacks will be next Friday, October 19. Please plan to attend both dates. If one or both dates do not work with your child’s schedule, please reach out to me ASAP and we’ll figure an alternative out!
    For auditions, students will be singing excerpts from “Waiting for Life to Begin” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svAb_8yWvL0) and/or “The Human Heart” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acCRNsSY9BA). I will have print outs of lyric sheets on hand for any who need them for the audition, and will go over both songs prior to hearing individuals sing.
    It will be super helpful to receive information ahead of the audition by filling out this survey: https://goo.gl/forms/J84VsIvaC09Kk4Mm1
    Please direct any questions to directorjriss@gmail.com.
    I am SO excited to work with this group again! Hope to see many folks on Friday!
    Jon Riss