Saturday, April 14, 2012

Review: Once on This Island / Academy of Childrens Theater, Shreveport-Bossier, at East Bank Theater continues Sun, Ap 15, 2 pm and Sat, Ap 21, 7 pm

Undulating, sweet-sounding kids literally filled the stage at East Bank Theater on opening night of Once On This Island. It seemed impossible to resist their joy at being on stage and having a Caribbean story to tell.

It's a compact show - one hour, twenty minutes on opening night - by the Academy of Children's Theater, and one in a consistent line of hit musicals from directors Cynthia Whitaker and Lauren Ross.

The packed theater was borne upon the music of the excellent 3-piece orchestra led by Daniel Ley and the voices of lead vocalists Nia Savoy, Trey Jones, Cara Watson, Brianna Richmond, Josh Meyers, and Kolby Ledbetter.

Literally, everyone sings well. And ACT has admirable depth. Highly regarded performers such as Christian Dantes, Courtney Van Eaton, Thomas Keys and Jori Jackson brought uptown vibe to lesser roles.

Highly recommended for the incomparable comfort of watching the youth of our city develop a professional and winning performance style.

From the ACT FB page: "Another sold out show!!! You don't want to miss Sunday's performance at 2pm and due to overwhelming demand we have added another show on Saturday April 21st at East Bank Theatre. Call today to get your tickets!! 318.741.8310"

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