Once on This Island

stage with actors lifting small child with a jungle background

Projection Design

Book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty

  • Produced by the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe
  • Directed & Choreographed by Jim Weaver
  • Production Manager: Kevin White
  • Scenic Designer: Harlan Penn
  • Projection/Video Designer: Michelle Harvey
  • Projection Technician: Thom Korp
  • Costume Designer: Pla Rockland
  • Wardrobe Manager: Adrienne Pitts
  • Asst. Wardrobe Manager: Amber Myers
  • Lighting Designer: Michael Pasquini
  • Sound Designer: Patrick Russini
  • Sound Engineer: Alex Judd
  • Shop Foreman: Roland Black
  • Properties Master: Annette Breazeale
  • Photos by Sorcha Augustine Photography
Time lapse view of my screen during the song “Rain”
Time lapse view of my screen during the song “The Human Heart”

Sarasota Magazine Review:

It shows in everything: the costumes designed by Suwatana Rockland (especially those of the four gods of the island on which the characters live), the projection designs by Michelle Harvey (which immediately take us to the waves along a beach, a stretch of road, or an upscale hotel), the scenic design by Harlan Penn (which features a center circle that rotates to good effect in more dramatic scenes), the lighting by Michael Pasquini, and more. All enhance the touching tale of Ti Moune (Ilexis Holmes), a charmer from her first number, “Waiting for Life,” which wins the audience over early on.

Herald Tribune Review:

Joined by a large and vibrant ensemble, they all create some beautiful stage pictures, aided by projections from Michelle Harvey, Harlan Penn’s simple yet effective set that reflects wood huts and sandy beaches, and Michael Pasquini’s lighting that matches the emotional moments in tone.


  • Ti Moune: Ilexis Holmes
  • Daniel Beauxhomme: Jermarcus Riggins
  • Papa Ge: Lee Hollis Bussie
  • Agwe: Raleigh Mosely II
  • Erzulie: Jazzmin Carson
  • Little Ti Moune: Riley Aparicio-Jerro & Jaliyah Campbell
  • Andrea: Maicy Powell
  • Armand: Jacob Smith
  • Tonton Julian: Leon Pitts II
  • Mama Euralie: Toddra Brunson
  • Asaka: Tarra Conner Jones
  • Ensemble: Donovan Whitney, Moriah Cary, CJ Melton, Kyla Bolling, Canela Vasquez