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Once On This Island Poster 250"Once On This Island" Preview

South Plantation High School Theatre director Jason Zembuch recently held his "Meet The Director" parent orientation for the upcoming fall production of the musical "Once on This Island".

Once On This Island is about Ti Moune, a peasant girl raised in a deaf world, rescues a wealthy hearing boy from the other side of the island, Daniel, with whom she falls in love. Unbeknownst to Ti Moune, the pompous gods who preside over the island make a bet with one another over which is stronger, love or death, the stakes being Ti Moune's life. When she pursues Daniel, who has returned to his people, Ti Moune is shunned because of her lowly status. Her determination and capacity to love, though, is not enough to win Daniel's heart, and Ti Moune pays the ultimate price; but the gods turn Ti Moune into a tree that grows so strong and so tall, it breaks the wall that separates the societies and ultimately unites them.

We were fortunate to have the Paladin players give us a sneak peek of what is to come. This performance was the first time the Paladin players actually performed this song with live accompaniment, led by musical director Mr. Daniel Evans.



Well, these videos were shared by one of our Friends fo the Theater and they made their way to one of the stars of the Broadway Production of Once Upon Thiis Island, Tony Award nominee Mr. Phillip Boykin, who took the time to visit our Facebook page and leave us a wonderful note of encouragement!

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The Paladin Players Awarded Grant!

The Friends of the Theater is proud to announce that under The Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative, the South Plantation High School theater program has been awarded a $5k grant from the American Theater Wing for desperately needed dance mirrors!! Thank you to Friend of the Theater Robin Case and District Grants Manager Rebecca Reichert-Cuffe for working so hard to secure this grant and most of all the American Theater Wing and Andrew Lloyd Webber for this tremendous gift.

 

FREE PARKING AT THE PALADIN PLAYHOUSE...ALWAYS!!!

It's very important that we make this clear as it has come to our attention that, despite Director Jason Zembuch's request to football parent volunteers that they specifically ask whether a guest is visiting the school for the football game or one of our productions (currently The Crucible) so as to determine if they should collect a parking fee, these volunteers have not be doing that and in fact, one particular football parent volunteer told Director Zembuch that she was NOT going to do that because they need to raise $7k for uniforms!

This parent clearly had no consideration of the fact that our production of The Crucible costs money to produce too. In fact, we are in the hole nearly $8,000...money we make back through ticket sales, playbill advertising, concessions and our own fundraisers. What we do not do is charge for parking and we do not expect our theater patrons to pay for parking to support the football program.

So please be aware....if you are attending a show and it happens to coincide with a football game, make sure you tell any football parent volunteer that asks you for a parking fee that you are there for a Paladin Playhouse theater production and that the Paladin Playhouse never charges a parking fee.

Now Accepting Donations!

So you can't make evey show or fundraiser. We understand. Your life is busy. But you can still help and we have just made it easier to do that!! We have set up a way to donate to the South Plantation High School theater program! Please consider making a donation to the program. We receive ZERO dollars from the Broward School District. We have to raise all the money needed to produce our shows. That's why we need your help. So, if you can, please make a small donation. Our program changes lives.

Keep Calm and Learn Sign LanguageTheater For The Deaf Style at South Plantation High School

You may not be aware but South Plantation High School is recognized as the only cluster school in the Broward School District for the deaf and hard of hearing. Because of this unique status, theater program director Jason Zembuch chooses to direct all productions in a style known as "Theater For The Deaf" with all mainstage productions being performed in both voice and sign language. Come to a show and experience a "Theater For The Deaf" production for yourself and discover the beauty of a performance in both voice and sign language!

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