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Clackamas High thespians going to state

'Once on This Island' is the only muscial to be performed at state competition

SUBMITTED PHOTO  - Clockwise from left are: Addie Stouder as Asaka, Lauren Arant as Erzule, Sharon Baik as Ti Moune, Evan Shenk as Agwe and Radley Castillo as Papa Ge in Once on This Island.

Clackamas High School’s production of “Once on This Island” has been selected as the only musical to be presented at the Oregon State Thespian Festival April 1 at Elsinore Theatre in Salem.

The three-day festival is the signature event for Oregon thespians and attended by more than 1,000 theater students and teachers from all over the state.

The festival features main-stage productions, dozens of one-act plays, workshops and presentations — but only one musical.

“Once on This Island” is a tale of love between a peasant girl and a rich boy. Set in the Caribbean, the musical is a retelling of “The Little Mermaid” by Hans Christian Andersen.

Two benefit performances of “Once on This Island” will be at 7:30 p.m. March 29 and 30 at Clackamas High School, 14486 S.E. 122nd Ave., Clackamas.

Funds generated from the performances will defray the cost of traveling to and performing at the festival.

Seniors Sharon Baik, as Ti Moune, and Jonas Williams, as Daniel, headline the cast and crew of more than 85 students.

The fate of the young lovers is in the hands of the four island gods, played by seniors Lauren Arant and Addie Stouder and juniors Radley Castillo and Evan Shenk.

The vocal talents of Madison Bieker, Kerringten Jones, and Dylan Foster also are showcased in featured roles.

“I had the opportunity to have the lead role in my high school musical, which was selected as the musical to be performed for the International Thespian Festival in Bloomington, Ind.,” Director Steve Knox said. “It was an experience that none of us who participated will ever forget. This talented cast knows what it takes to dazzle an audience as evidenced by their selection for this prestigious honor. Being selected to perform at state is a very rare opportunity — a once-in-a-lifetime experience that they will treasure, always.”

Knox is the executive producer at Lakewood Theatre Company. He joins choreographer Michael Snider and musical director James Cameron on the production.

Admission is on a pay-what-you-will basis for the March 29 performance and $10 per seat March 30.