Once On This Island

Once On This Island

2018 Tony Award® – Best Musical Revival

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February 21 TO March 7, 2020

  • 7:00 p.m. Mondays – Thursdays Evenings
  • 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturday Evenings
  • 2:00 p.m. Saturday Matinees

Cast Bios

JORDAN ALEXANDER (Daniel Beauxhomme/Beauxhomme/Daniel’s Son) is thrilled to be making his PTC debut! Regional: Peter Pan, Oklahoma!, Grease (PCLO), Tulsa in Gypsy (Weathervane Playhouse), West Side Story, Aldolpho in The Drowsy Chaperone, A Raisin in the Sun (Summer Rep Theatre). Thank you to the entire creative team, DGRW, and Mom for your endless love and support! BFA, CCM. Intsagram: @JordnAlexander

GALYANA CASTILLO (Asaka) is thrilled to be returning to PTC in a dream role! Education: BFA, Savannah College of Art and Design. National Tour: Elf the Musical (Deb), Fame (Miss Sherman). Regional: Little Shop of Horrors (Crystal, Fulton Theatre), Seussical the Musical (Sour Kangaroo, Stages St. Louis), La Cage aux Folles (Francis, PTC), Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill (Billie Holiday, The Prizery), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Nell Carter, Forestburgh Playhouse), Chicago (Matron Mama Morton, Forestburgh Playhouse), Show Boat (Queenie, Shenandoah Summer Theatre), Guys and Dolls (General Cartwright, Theatre Aspen), Big River (Alice, Sharon Playhouse). Shout out to my Mother Dearest and my incredible girl, Maddie.

MARQELL EDWARD CLAYTON (Armand/Gatekeeper/Daniel’s father) is hyped to be performing with Pioneer Theatre Company in this powerful show! An NYC-based California native, Marqell has performed across North America. Select credits include: Pre-Broadway Tour of Ain’t Too Proud, and performing at South Coast Rep, Celebration Theatre, Moonlight Amphitheater, Rockwell Table and Stage, and Lambs Players Theatre. Film/TV – Playing With Beethoven (Heart on Fire Prod.), “Conan” (TBS). Training: Cal State Fullerton BFA Music Theatre Program. Marqell gives honor to God, his parents, and his agents at DDO Artists. Deuteronomy 31:6. Follow Marqell’s Instagram! @marqelledwardclayton

DERRICK COBEY (Tonton Julian) Broadway: Kiss Me Kate, Kander and Ebb’s The Scottsboro Boys (originated the role of Andy Wright); Off Broadway: The Scottsboro Boys (Vineyard), Tin Pan Alley Rag (Roundabout); Tours: Rent, Forever Swing; Regional: Parade, A Little Night Music, Pacific Overtures (Arden Theatre), Caroline, or Change (MST), Crowns (VSC), Jesus Christ Superstar (Bristol Riverside) Prince/Wolf in Into The Woods, Macbeth, Little Shop of Horrors (ISF); Ragtime (Bristol Riverside, Barrymore nomination), Civil War (Eagle Theatre), Ragtime (Paper Mill). The Scottsboro Boys (PTC, The Guthrie); ‪Abyssinia (Goodspeed, Northshore), two seasons with Sacramento Music Circus; Concerts/ Workshops: Andrew Lippa’s I Am Harvey Milk and A Little Princess, Adam Guetell’s Millions, Flaherty and Ahrens’ Rocky, Ragtime (Lincoln Center). Derrick received a Barrymore Award for his work in Parade. For my wonderful sister, Tiera.

TYLA COLLIER (Ti Moune/Peasant Girl) is grateful to be making her PTC debut! A resident of NYC, she was last seen Off-Broadway in Sistas the Musical (Tamika/Dance Captian) and Till (Woman 2). She is a proud graduate of The Boston Conservatory and holds a BFA in Musical Theatre. Endless glory and honor to God! Thanks to my family and my agents at The Mine! @tyla_collier & www.tylacollier.com

CICILY DANIELS (Mama Euralie) is thrilled to be returning to Pioneer Theatre Company! Daniels originally hails from Potomac, Maryland. Her credits include Broadway: Once on This Island (Storyteller, Asaka u/s, Erzulie u/s, & Mama Euralie u/s), Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Alana, Ursula u/s), All Shook Up (Ensemble, Sylvia u/s), Rent (Seasons of Love soloist, Joanne u/s); National Tour: A Night with Janis Joplin (Odetta, Bessie Smith), The Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess (Ensemble, Mariah u/s), Caroline or Change (The Washing Machine), TV & Film: “Mozart in the Jungle” (Payroll Clerk), “Boardwalk Empire” (Jazz Dancer), “Ugly Betty” (Zelda), Across the Universe; American Gangster. Cicily is a graduate of Yale University (BA Theater Studies). She would like to thank her family & her agents for their amazing support. 

KRISTIAN ESPIRITU (Erzulie/Peasant Girl) PTC debut! Kristian was most recently seen in the Ensemble of the first National Tour of School of Rock (u/s Patty/Sheinkopf). Other credits include Here Lies Love at The Public (Interviewer/ensemble), NYMF, Little Shop of Horrors (Music Theater Connecticut) and In the Boys Club, an all-women’s cabaret in which she was co-creator/producer/performer. TV: “Younger,” “Ray Donovan.” Thanks to Mom, Coral, Andreadis Talent, and Spencer. For womxn, survivors, and POC. Rise. IG: @kriscendo www.kristianespiritu.com 

PAUL-JORDAN JANSEN (Papa Ge) Chicago Theatre: Beauty and the Beast; Paramount Theatre, And Then There Were None; Drury Lane Theatre, Matilda; Drury Lane Theatre, The Wizard of Oz; Paramount Theatre, Joseph…; Drury Lane Theatre, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Favorite Regional Credits: The Prince of Egypt; TheatreWorks, Silicon Valley; Pioneer Theatre Company (PTC), Sting’s The Last Ship; PTC, The Count of Monte Cristo; PTC, Les Misérables; and The Hunchback of Norte Dame, Fulton Theatre. Jordan holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Pennsylvania State University. Honor to God and love to family. “For the Glory!”

TERANCE REDDICK (Agwé) Terance Reddick’s roots started off in church. Coming from a gospel background, that initial exposure shaped, created and bridged his unique connection to music and theater. From his Les Misérables Broadway debut to the International PopOpera group “Destino,” he has never forgotten what has always rang true to his heart and that is a sense of Christ, family and being of service to others.

ALANNA SAUNDERS (Andrea/Madame Armand) most recently just finished playing Jessie in Scotland, PA at Roundabout Theatre Company. Other credits: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Broadway), Into the Woods (National Tour), Pirates of Penzance (Barrington), Little Shop of Horrors (Cleveland Playhouse), NBC’s “Peter Pan Live!” (Tiger Lily). IG: @alannasaun www.thesaunderscollective.com/alannasaunders 

AVA LYNN SMITH (Little Girl/Little Ti Moune) is so excited to work with Pioneer Theater Company. She studies musical theater at Utah COPA. She recently performed at HCT (Sandy) as Amanda Thripp in Matilda and loved every minute. Other favorite roles were Omar in Aladdin Jr., Miss Smythe in Mary Poppins, Jr., and various roles in plays with CYT. She is grateful for all the support she receives from her parents and 5 brothers.

This production is sponsored by:

Richard K. and Shirley S. Hemingway Foundation