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Milton Hershey School to Present ‘Once on this Island’ on March 5-7

Milton Hershey School is proud to present its rendition of the critically acclaimed, award-winning musical Once on this Island.  The community is invited to attend one of four performances during Winter Family Weekend.

Performances will occur on:

  • Thursday, March 5 at 7 p.m.
  • Friday, March 6 at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 7 at 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 7 at 7 p.m.

All performances will take place in the Memorial Hall Auditorium (901 Homestead Lane, Hershey).

The musical is based on the 1985 novel My Love, My Love by Rosa Guy and made its Broadway debut in 1990. Once on this Island was nominated for eight Tony Awards in 2018 and won Best Revival of a Musical. The compelling score takes place on an island in the Caribbean Sea and tells the story of a fearless peasant girl who uses the power of love to connect people of different social classes.

“The students are learning about the topic of classism and helping the audience understand the timely and relevant theme. They are also exploring the school’s social and emotional learning curriculum by focusing on collaboration, responsibility, and perseverance,” said Ed Varner, director of the Visual and Performing Arts department at MHS.

More than 65 students in the cast and crew have been working on the show since December. The production features MHS high school students and is directed by teachers: Larry Dorf, director; Andrea Kurnat, vocal/music director; Jeremy Ulrich, pit orchestra director; and Jessica Hillier, choreographer.

Tickets are free and available through Eventbrite beginning Feb. 1, 2020. Because seating is limited, tickets are required. Click here for tickets.

(While the school does not provide wheelchairs or other mobility devices, readers who need accommodations for a disability are asked to notify the MHS Campus Service Center 72 hours in advance at 717-520-2647).

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