HORSEHEADS, N.Y. (WENY) -- The Horseheads High School Greenroom Players will be presenting the Tony Award-winning musical Once on This Island this upcoming weekend.

Set in the French Antilles archipelago in the Caribbean Sea, Once on This Island tells the story of Ti Moune, a young peasant girl who falls in love with the wealthy Daniel Beauxhomme on the island of Haiti. By bringing people of two social classes together, the two star-crossed-lovers must show how the power of love can conquer all, including death.

Darby Thompson was honored to take on the role of director for the production. In his 'Director's Note,' he said the show is perfect for the world we live in today.

"[We live in] a time when the world seems so divided...a time when people flock to opposing sides on every issue, just as the island’s two sides are divided between the rich and poor," Thompson said. "Yet as young Ti Moune undertakes a quest to win the heart of Daniel, we come to see that life is not about what divides us -- be it social class, color, ability, gender or religion -- but what unites us. We learn that our most powerful resource is love: love that is blind to differences; love that brings people together; love that even forgives when it must. And that is a story worth telling."

Nicole Delany, a senior at Horseheads High School, plays Ti Moune in the Greenroom Players' production. After taking a personal hiatus from the theatre world, stepping into the shoes of the show's leading lady was, at first, a daunting task.

"I have not been on stage in a while," she said. "So, getting back on stage was definitely nerve-wracking, especially getting the lead part. It was a little scary at first, but after a lot of encouragement from everyone in GRP, it's been so awesome playing this role." 

Playing opposite her as Daniel is Jack Skelly, a senior at Horseheads High School. Skelly was involved in the Greenroom Players' last production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, which ended just one week before the 2020 COVID-19 lockdown began. He was thrilled to return to the stage with Greenroom Players after two years.

"It was very difficult at first because it had been such a long time since I had done anything involving music, but it was just as amazing as I remember it being," he said.

Once on This Island will play at the Horseheads High School auditorium March 17 and 18 at 7 p.m., and March 19 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets to attend performances are $15 for adults and $12 for students and senior citizens. They can be bought either at the door or online here.

Greenroom Players is also giving viewers the option of watching the performances via household streaming. For that alternative option, tickets will be $20 and can be purchased here.