Once On This Island: The Musical

This Once On This Island: The Musical unit also includes:

Love is stronger than fear. That is the take-away from Lynn Ahrens' Once on this Island. A study guide for the one-act musical, based on Rosa Guy's 1985 novel, My Love, My Love, provides theatre arts students with background information, a synopsis, and activities related to the play.

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Instructional Ideas

  • If attending a performance is not possible, clips from the musical are available on YouTube
Classroom Considerations

  • Some experience with musical composition is preferable but not required
  • Most appropriate for theatre arts classes, the guide is designed to accompany a reading of or an attendance of a performance of the musical

  • Activities include song writing, set, and costume design workshops
  • Also included are reflection questions and suggestions for extension activities