READING, PA – Join Olivet Boys & Girls Club’s Center for the Arts Theater Camp, as they present the musical Once on this Island, JR. on August 9, 10 & 11 (Thursday, Friday & Saturday) at 7 pm. Admission is free! The PAL Center for the Arts, located at 328 Walnut Street in Reading.
Olivet’s Theatre Camp production of Once On This Island, JR. is directed by Nathanel Rothermel (Albright College graduate and past president of ASTEP – Artist Striving To End Poverty), musical directed by Michelle Metz (music specialist at Lauers Park Elementary) and choreographed by Janet Peck (Wonta Nara and N’Bonye Drum and Dance Ensemble). The Camp Director and producer is Richard Bradbury.
Once on this Island, JR. is an adaptation of the popular Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale “The Little Mermaid” set in the Caribbean. The story follows Ti Moune, a peasant girl who rescues and falls in love with Daniel, a young man from a wealthy family. When Daniel is returned to his home, the gods who rule the island guide Ti Moune on a quest to test the strength of her love against the powerful forces of prejudice, hatred and death.
Olivet’s Summer Theatre camp is supported by Olivet Boys & Girls Club and individual donors, local organizations and businesses through partnerships and grants: Reading Musical Foundation, the Sheila Fortune Foundation, Berks Community Action Program, Eric J. & Georganne W. Moyer, Eric Savage, the Edwin Barbey Charitable Trust, CareerLink and ResCare, VA Productions, Reading School District and the Greater Berks Food Bank. Olivet’s Summer Theatre Camp receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Once On This Island, Jr. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 Phone: 212- 541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684 www.MTIShows.com.
About Olivet Boys & Girls Club
The Clubs provide a safe environment with programs that encourage character development, education, life skills and exposure to arts and culture. Such exposure allows kids to see their way out of poverty and become productive, outstanding members of society. The Olivet Boys & Girls Club has a strong reputation for providing life-changing experiences to its members, including mentoring experiences with diverse, trained and caring staff and volunteers who want to make a difference in the life of a child.
A chartered member of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Olivet Boys & Girls Club serves over 3,300 members a year, 1,500 different participants a week and 800 kids a day at 14 locations in Berks and Montgomery Counties. The Club was founded in 1898. Its mission is “To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as healthy, caring, productive, responsible citizens. For more information about Olivet Boys & Girls Club visit www.olivetbgc.org